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Circuit Hacking Monday at Noisebridge, San Francsico (2015-02-23 by Mitch Altman).jpg
A Circuit Hacking Monday event at Noisebridge in 2015
FounderVolunteers, including Mitch Altman, Jacob Appelbaum and many other hackers
PurposeHacking, Making
AffiliationsPumping Station: One, Chaos Computer Club, Metalab, e.a.

Noisebridge is an anarchistic hackerspace located in San Francisco, inspired by European hackerspaces Metalab and c-base in Berlin. It is a registered non-profit California corporation, with IRS 501(c)(3) charitable status.[1] It describes itself as "a space for sharing, creation, collaboration, research, development, mentoring, and learning," and outside of its headquarters forms a wider community around the world.[2][3] It was organized in 2007 and has had permanent facilities since 2008.[4]


Noisebridge 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. Noisebridge members have been involved with research projects that won the best paper awards from top tier academic conferences such as Usenix Security Conference[5][6] and CRYPTO.[7][8]

Media coverage[edit]

Noisebridge won the SF Bay Guardian 2010 Best of the Bay award as "Best Open Source Playground"; the review concluded, "the vibe is welcoming and smart."[9] In 2011 the SF Weekly awarded Noisebridge Best of San Francisco as "Best Hacker Playground", describing it as "the ultimate in DIY ethic" and noting its "distinctive sense of humor."[10]

Noisebridge has been covered by international media for a myriad of projects involving their membership, including NPR,[11] the BBC,[12] the BBC World Service,[13] Wired,[14] The New Yorker,[15] The Guardian,[16] CNET,[3] Le Monde,[17] Heise Online, ORF, Irish Times, Die Welt Online, Die Zeit Online, Der Standard, and elsewhere.[18]

The hackerspace features prominently in Cory Doctorow's fictional 2013 novel Homeland,[19] and influenced Annalee Newitz's novel Autonomous, which was partially written at Noisebridge.[20]

Physical space[edit]

Noisebridge is located at 272 Capp Street, a 6000-square-foot commercial space in San Francisco's Mission District.[21] The current space has many workspaces, which change dynamically. As of July 2021 these include:

  • Machine shop which includes a 100W laser cutter
  • Wood shop
  • Two classrooms
  • 2D/3D printing shop with CNC vinyl cutter
  • 1Gbit/s Internet uplink
  • Sewing and textile workshop
  • Electronics shop with SMD capabilities
  • Modular synthesizer workshop
  • VR system with green screen
  • Digital Audio Workstation
  • Library of paper books
  • Book scanning workshop
  • Vintage video game archive and arcade cabinet
  • Photo booth
  • Sofas for laptop work and socializing

During most of 2007 and 2008, Noisebridge was a group of people meeting in new locations weekly. In October 2008 the Noisebridge group began renting a commercial property in San Francisco's Mission District but it quickly outgrew that location.

Past workspaces prior to June 2018 include

Community participation[edit]

Arduinos for beginners workshop, July 2011

Noisebridge members regularly speak at events around the world such as Defcon, Blackhat, The Chaos Computer Club's Chaos Communication Congress, CCC Camps, HOPE, and more, as well as present at local events such as Maker Faire, and contribute to the founding of hackerspaces elsewhere.[23]


The "Spacebridge" weather balloon probe above clouds, in February 2010

Noisebridge had a near space exploration program, which launched weather-balloon probes exploring altitudes of nearly 70,000 feet, carrying a variety of smartphones and digital cameras for imaging and altitude sensing using a GPS system.[24][14][12][25] Altitudes reached have exceeded the operational limits of consumer level GPS systems.[26]


NoiseTor (or Noisebridge Tor Project) is a Noisebridge initiative to create and operate additional Tor relays.[27] The project accepts financial donations to sponsor additional nodes.[28][29]


Many women have reported instances of being sexually harassed and assaulted at Noisebridge.[30] Co-founder Jacob Appelbaum was accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment.[31]


  1. ^ "Search Charitable Organizations". Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Noisebridge website's Vision page". Noisebridge. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Elinor, Mills (30 November 2009). "Building circuits, code, community at Noisebridge hacker space". CNET News. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  4. ^ O'Brien, Danny (24 October 2008). "Hackers need space to innovate". Irish Times. Retrieved 3 December 2010.(subscription required)
  5. ^ "Lest We Remember: Cold Boot Attacks on Encryption Keys". USENIX Security. 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Lest We Remember: Cold Boot Attacks on Encryption Keys". Proc. 17th USENIX Security Symposium (Sec ‘08), San Jose, CA. Princeton University. July 2008. Archived from the original on 23 February 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  7. ^ "CRYPTO 2009: Program: Best-paper award for Short Chosen-Prefix Collisions for MD5 and the Creation of a Rogue CA Certificate". International Association for Cryptologic Research. 16 August 2009.
  8. ^ "MD5 considered harmful today: Creating a rogue CA certificate". 25th Annual Chaos Communication Congress. Berlin. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Best Open Source Playpen". SF Bay Guardian. 27 July 2010. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Best Hacker Hangout – 2011 – Noisebridge". SF Weekly. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  11. ^ Kalish, Jon (21 November 2010). "DIY hackers tinker everyday things into treasure". NPR. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  12. ^ a b Knowles, Jamillah (19 August 2010). "Hackspaces get closer to home". BBC. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  13. ^ "The Arts Hour on Tour in San Francisco". BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  14. ^ a b Ganapati, Priya (12 August 2010). "Amateurs Fling Their Gadgets to Edge of Space".
  15. ^ Weiner, Anna (2 December 2016). "Trump Preparedness: Digital Security 101".
  16. ^ "Hackers of the world unite". The Guardian. 13 January 2010.
  17. ^ Eudes, Yves (4 September 2009). "Biohackers: les bricoleurs d'ADN (Biohackers: DIYers of DNA)". Le Monde. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  18. ^ "Noisebridge website's Media coverage page". Noisebridge. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  19. ^ Doctorow, Cory (February 2013). Homeland (text file). Tor books. ISBN 978-0-7653-3369-8. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  20. ^ @Annaleen (30 June 2018). ""Let's just say that I wrote parts of the first draft while sitting in the very first space that Noisebridge had in San Francisco."" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ Martínez-Cabrera, Alejandro (11 September 2010). "Hackerspaces nurture creative spirits". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  22. ^ "Noisecloud". Noisebridge. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  23. ^ Aithal, Archana (25 April 2011). "Xinchejian: Hackerspace Shanghai". CNN International. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  24. ^ Ganapati, Priya (12 February 2010). "DIY Group Sends $25 Balloon to 70,000 Feet". Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  25. ^ "Spacebridge". Noisebridge. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  26. ^ "Spacebridge Alpha Launch". Noisebridge. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  27. ^ "About Noisebridge Tor". 5 January 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  28. ^ Steele, Sharon (3 December 2016). "Tor at the Heart:". Retrieved 17 June 2018. [..] covers legal costs for exit operators when needed
  29. ^ "2014 FOSS Donations". DuckDuckGo Blog. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  30. ^ Montgomery, Kevin (1 October 2013). "Claims of Sexism and Sexual Assault Plague Noisebridge Hackerspace". Uptown Almanac. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  31. ^ Loll, Anna Catherin (11 October 2016). "Power, secrecy and cypherpunks: how Jacob Appelbaum ripped Tor apart". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2019.

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Coordinates: 37°45′45″N 122°25′10″W / 37.762413°N 122.419313°W / 37.762413; -122.419313