We are Interlock Rochester

Rochester's Hackerspace

Interlock is a non-profit organization that provides space for its members and the local community to develop and share their interests in science, technology, art, and culture.

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A little bit about

Who We Are

Interlock Rochester is a 501(c)3 non-profit Hackerspace whose goal is to provide a physical space and community to its members and the public at large. We provide workshops, classes, and a community of hackers with a wide range of interests: 3D Printing, information security, electronics, micro-controllers, laser cutting, radios, programming, networking, and much more that falls on the geek spectrum.

Fundraising to

Save the Hackerspace

Goal Thermometer Please help support our efforts to raise money to save Interlock Rochester. After after 10 years of being in service, we're due for either a reboot or we have to shut our doors. We're doing a push now to find the next generation of members that are interested being part of a fun community as well as doing a fundraiser drive.

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How much do you need and where does it go?


First the money goes to pay our rent and operations. That is the bare minimum to keep the doors open. After we've hit that goal, we will be investing into the space itself to rebuild it into what our members use it most for. This could include new furniture, Updated workspaces, Better A/V systems, Borrowable tools and equipment... and more! If you're interested in ways to improve the space, tell us and we can help you.

How else can I help?


If you're in the area, consider becoming a member or if you're out-of-town, consider setting up a regular donation. That's the biggest help. But you can also help us by donating your time to rebuild the space. Reach out to a member and see where you might be able to get involved. Hang out on our IRC or Slack channel, attend meetings. Enjoy the space! That's what it's for in any case.

What is our

Hackerspace

A hackerspace is a physical location for individuals to gather, collaborate, socialize, work on projects, and make things. There are more than 350 hackerspaces worldwide that have registered with Hackerspaces.org, a lot of which have been established for several years, while some are still in the early planning stages.

The tools you need

Access to electronics bench and tools (e.g. soldering iron, oscilloscope)

The knowledge you want

Dedicated classes on several subjects and a community of helpful members in several fields

Who are our members?


The members of Interlock Rochester have diverse backgrounds and interests, and there are no requirements for background knowledge. You do not need to be an expert in any given area of computing, science, mathematics, or art. We take pride in welcoming anyone into our community who has a genuine interest in learning, sharing, and collaborating on ideas and projects.

What kind of projects do you work on?


Members have a very wide range of backgrounds including 3D Printing experts, electronics engineers, radio enthusiasts, programmers, information security boffins, network admins, classic arcade aficionados, and the list goes on. Members often bring their personal projects to space to share or ask for help on. You can see what projects we’re working on at our Wiki. Members often work in teams to complete their projects. If you have a project you’re looking for a partner in, stop by and meet the group.

Become a Member

If the idea of a hackerspace interests you, we welcome you to become involved in our community. You do not have to pay dues to get involved with Interlock events and activities. If you're interested in supporting Interlock by being a member, Please attend our weekly Tuesday meeting and speak to one of our directors. You can also email them at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Full Membership: $60per month
  • Key fob for 24×7 access to the space
  • Access to electronics bench and tools (e.g. soldering iron, oscilloscope)
  • Access to various hand and power tools in the space
  • Permission to checkout group owned devices and equipment
  • Dedicated space to keep your personal projects and equipment
  • Shell account access to Interlock servers
  • Access to the group discussion list
  • Access to various tools in the space
  • Voting rights for where money should be spent, how the space should look, and other general decisions made by the group
Student $40per month
  • All of the above rights of a full member
  • Must be enrolled currently in school (Collage, High School, Grade School)
Table Hacker $120per month
  • All of the above rights of a full member
  • A dedicate desk, chair, power and Internet hookup
  • A lock and key to your office to keep your equipment in