Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's Hackerspace. For members, this document is here to help you integrate into our group as easily as possible. For non-members, you can see if becoming a member is something you might be interested in.
Becoming a Member
We want to make sure you can get the most from your experience with Bloominglabs. If you are interested in becoming a member we ask that you attend 3 meetings or workshops and get to know everyone first. Let someone know of your intent to join and we'll mark you down. Once you've been to three public events we'll have you fill out a membership form and pay the first months dues. That's it! We always welcome new people and even if you don't wish to join you are welcome to hang out at the public meetings each week.
Your Role (as a Member)
- Come to open meetings on Wednesdays and get to know your fellow members
- Come to a workshop and learn something new
- Build something awesome
- Ask Questions!
- An RFID fob for 24x7 access to the Bloominglabs Space
- Access to tools and supplies at Bloominglabs
- Free or reduced cost for all Bloominglabs workshops (excluding materials fees)
- Member storage area to keep projects safe while not working on them
- Access to Bloominglabs servers for projects
- Access to group buys on tools and supplies
- A good feeling for supporting a good cause :-)
Hours of Operation
The Bloominglabs Space is accessible to members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Wednesdays are our public meetings from 7pm until 10pm and the space can get rather busy.
YOU NEED TO SIGN ONE BEFORE YOU ENTER THE SPACE! They are conveniently located in the hanging file next to the door to our room.
When filling out your membership application you will be required to fill out a liability waiver (if one is not already on file) as well as be shown the location of all building exits, fire extinguishers, and the first aid kit. It is your job to watch out for your own safety.
YOU NEED TO BE QUALIFIED BEFORE YOU CAN USE ANY POWERTOOLS! You must talk to the Bloominglabs safety zsar or a qualified qualifier and take a brief safety course before you are allowed to use any power tool. Usually this is a fast process that only takes a moment of your time, and you can be qualified on multiple tools in one sitting.
Members get free or reduced cost access to public workshops and supplies. Don't see a workshop on the calendar that interests you? Ask around and see if anyone else shares your interests, you might be the last straw which makes a workshop happen.
Interested in Teaching?
- Read this page: Hosting workshops
- Pick a topic
- Guage interest from the membership
- Pick a date (non-meeting date)
- Talk to a Board member to get your event advertised and put on the calendar
- DO IT!
Our Online Resources
See the New Members page for the latest online resource list.
Bloominglabs makes no claim to any intellectual property created by Bloominglabs members or created using Bloominglabs resources or facilities. Members are encouraged, but not required, to make freely available under an open source license approved by Open Source Initiative (OSI) or a Creative Commons (CC) license, any documentation, schematics, plans, and/or source code created using Bloominglabs resources or facilities. Any member working on a project that is NOT licensed under an OSI approved or CC license must inform collaborating members of the project's licensing terms BEFORE collaborating.