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|Founder||Volunteers, including Mitch Altman, Jacob Appelbaum and many other hackers|
|Affiliations||Pumping 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. 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. It was organized in 2007 and has had permanent facilities since 2008.
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 and CRYPTO.
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." 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."
Noisebridge has been covered by international media for a myriad of projects involving their membership, including NPR, the BBC, the BBC World Service, Wired, The New Yorker, The Guardian, CNET, Le Monde, Heise Online, ORF, Irish Times, Die Welt Online, Die Zeit Online, Der Standard, and elsewhere.
Noisebridge is located at 272 Capp Street, a 6000-square-foot commercial space in San Francisco's Mission District. 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
- Optics lab,
- Mycology lab
- Biotech lab
- Photo development darkroom
- A lights-out cloud computing lab with more than 100 computer cores and contributed resources to several open source projects, including the GCC compile farm
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.
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. Altitudes reached have exceeded the operational limits of consumer level GPS systems.
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