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Formation 2008
Purpose Hacking
Origin Washington, DC
Founders Nick Farr, Adam Koeppel, Andrew "Q" Righter, Alli Rense, Eric Michaud, and volunteers[1]
Affiliations Metalab, Chaos Computer Club, NYC Resistor, Noisebridge and similar
Website HacDC homepage

HacDC is a hackerspace in Washington, D.C. and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. According to the HacDC website, "HacDC members improve the world by creatively rethinking technology. We break, build, and occasionally abuse technology in the pursuit of greater knowledge about how it works and re-purposing it to build new things."[2] In March 2009, its activities were described by the Washington Post.[3] In April 2011, its activities were mentioned by FastCompany.[4]

The board members are currently Ben "The Pyrate" Mendis (President), Chris "haxwithaxe" Koepke (Vice President), David McInnis (Secretary), Katie Bechtold (Treasurer), Shawn Nock (Director At Large), Reuven Cohen (Director At Large). Terms are one year long. The last elections were held on February 15, 2012.[5]


HacDC encourages participation by anyone who feels they can contribute, and non-members are welcome at the space at any time. All workshops and activities are free, with some exceptions for materials costs, and all are open to the public. As of April 2010, membership stands at over 50 people. Dues, which give organizational voting rights, are $50 per month as of February 2011.[6]

HacDC's active pool of members bring a wide range of skills an interests to the community - ranging from science, visual and performing arts, electronics and mechanical design. This results in some very unusual and interesting collaborations among members, some of which have appeared at Washington, DC area art exhibits and performances.

Physical space[edit]

HacDC is located on the second floor of the St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, at the intersection of 16th and Newton Streets, NW in the Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights area of Washington, DC.

The main, upstairs space is equipped with lots of soldering irons, electronics tools, lots of table space, and a projector screen. The downstairs area is primarily for storage and heavy tools, but is undergoing some reconfiguration to make it more general purpose. The church common spaces are available for larger events.



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Coordinates: 38°55′59.29″N 77°2′9.34″W / 38.9331361°N 77.0359278°W / 38.9331361; -77.0359278