A group of electronics hackers and hobbyists looking to establish a “Maker Space” in the greater Hartford area will be meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16 at City Steam 942 Main Street, Hartford.

Maker spaces are popping up throughout the country, providing workspace, equipment, and networking opportunities usually for a monthly membership fee.

The Hartford group hopes to establish the “Hotspace,” a 3000-5000 square foot “communal technical space” in the Greater Hartford Area that will be open 24 hours a day. The communal atmosphere allows for group collaboration and the sharing of expertise and ideas. 

The Maker movement is growing in recent years, although it has its origins in the early days of computing when hobbyists like Steve Wozniak and Bill Gates used to gather at the “Homebrew Computer Club” to show off their latest projects.

Those attending the Wednesday meeting are encouraged to bring their own gadgets for “show and tell.” Organizer Steve Yanicke will bring some of his wearable electronics.

Other Connecticut maker spaces are located in Waterbury and in New Haven at The Grove. Similar efforts are currently working to bring spaces to Norwalk and Danbury.

More information can be found on the Hotspace website.

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