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PurposeHacking, DIY
~110 (138 in 2020, 200 in 2016, 250 in 2015, 207 in 2013, 90 in 2011)[1]
Formerly called

shackspace is a Stuttgart hackerspace run by shack e.V., a non-profit association, established in 2009. Originally located in North Stuttgart, it moved to Stuttgart-Wangen in March 2011. It is among the largest and fastest-growing hackerspaces in Germany, with over 110 paying members.[2] The mission of shackspace is to foster an environment where people can collaborate on ideas, share knowledge and talents, and explore aspects of life including science, technology, software development, arts and crafts and anything else members express an interest in. shackspace views itself as not only a physical workspace, but also a community of like-minded people.


The idea of a Stuttgart hackerspace was born at the BarCamp Stuttgart in September 2009.[3] In February 2010 a shackspace association was founded, with 23 founding members,[4] who moved to the planned location in North Stuttgart in April 2010. The hackerspace grew rapidly in its first year and moved to a larger facility, located in Stuttgart-Wangen, in March 2011.[5][6][7] shackspace is primarily financed through membership dues but has historically accepted public funding[8] and third party sponsorship that have allowed expansion and improvement of rooms, purchase of equipment, and realization of bigger projects.


Core members of the group pay monthly dues starting at € 9,60. Non-members are welcome to attend workshops on a variety of subjects, Thunder Talks and other public events as well as take part in different social events such as Plenum and Open House. Visiting beyond this can be arranged on a case by case basis with current members.

Activities & events[edit]

The purpose of shackspace is to increase knowledge and skills related to computer software, hardware and data networks. The association is engaged in numerous activities. For example, the society participated in the Hobby & Elektronik fair in 2010, 2011 and 2014[9] where they gave workshops, presentations and showcased projects. The shackspace society is also present at events of the Chaos Computer Club, such as the Chaos Communication Congress, Chaos Communication Camp, Gulaschprogrammiernacht (GPN) and many others.[10]

shackspace is also used by other initiatives and groups in and around Stuttgart to host events (tech talks, workshops, project demos, and parties), such as Thunder Talks,[11] Java and Python workshops, public viewing of Google I/O[12] and worldwide HTML5 Campout[13] in collaboration with Google Developer Group Stuttgart, regular meetups of the Linux User Group Stuttgart (LUGS),[14] KDE Code Sprint,[15] NASA International Space Apps Challenge.[16][17][18] Any group that identifies themselves with the purpose of the shackspace are also welcome to use the location for meetups and events.

Besides the main purpose of the shackspace association, the members are also engaged in many other activities, for example an urban art workshop,[19] rhetoric workshop, and chemistry experiments.[20] Once a year,an open-house event gives an overview of all activities offered. There is also the regular weekly night social event, Plenum, that provides a good chance to meet people, talk about projects, and take a look around.

Physical space & facilities[edit]

shackspace is currently located at Ulmer Straße 300 in Wangen (Stuttgart). The current space has several rooms for electronics work, a classroom equipped with a video projector, a lounge area with sofas for laptop work and socializing, and a kitchen.

shackspace offerings include a computer server, machine tools, electronic instrumentation, electronic components, woodworking tools, materials for craft and art, and office supplies. A complete list of equipment can be found here.


shackspace is an incubator for many projects.

A complete list of current projects can be found here.


DeimHart recorded an episode of their podcast at shackspace.

shackspace was used as the backdrop and location for a critical interview by TV station SWR on the ELENA system that was going to be implemented in Germany.

Tim Pritlove hosted multiple meetings with his listeners at shackspace.

Radiotux, Binaergewitter, and Retinacast are recording and/or streaming their podcasts from shackspace and are using shackspace (audio-)equipment.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "HackerspaceWiki: shackspace". Hackerspaces. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  2. ^ "HackerspaceWiki: shackspace". Hackerspaces. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  3. ^ "The Hackerspaces session at the BarCamp Stuttgart 2" (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  4. ^ "Protokoll Vereinsgruendung shack e.V." (PDF) (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  5. ^ "Ein neuer Freiraum für Stuttgarts Kreative". Stuttgarter Zeitung (in German). 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
  6. ^ "Aus dem Hobbykeller in die Hacker-Lounge". Stuttgarter Wochenblatt (in German). 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  7. ^ "shack lädt zum Tag der offenen Tür ein: Hackertreff in Stuttgart". Good News Stuttgart (in German). 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
  8. ^ "Rescue shackspace!". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  9. ^ "shackspace auf der Hobby & Elektronik Messe Stuttgart" (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  10. ^ Hornig, Andreas (Jan–Feb 2013). "SpaceUp Stuttgart - Deutschlands erste Raumfahrt Unkonferenz". Luft- und Raumfahrt (DGLR) (1): 46. ISSN 0173-6264.
  11. ^ "Thunder Talks" (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  12. ^ "Google I/O Extended at shackspace". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  13. ^ "Worldwide GTUG Campout Meetup". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  14. ^ "Treffen: Linux User Group Stuttgart (LUGS)" (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  15. ^ "Meetings/September BW Sprint". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  16. ^ "NASA International Space Apps Challenge" (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  17. ^ "NASA official announcement". Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  18. ^ Hornig, Andreas (Jul–Aug 2012). "NASA's International Space Apps Challenge – Raumfahrtprojekte für jedermann in Stuttgart". Luft- und Raumfahrt (DGLR) (4): 53–54. ISSN 0173-6264.
  19. ^ "Urban Art Workshop (Graffiti / Stencil Art / Street Art)" (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  20. ^ "Project: Chemistry". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  21. ^ "Project: Hackerspace Global Grid". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  22. ^ Meyer, David (2011-12-30). "Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship". BBC. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  23. ^ Elsbrock, Philipp (2011-12-30). "Hacker aus Stuttgart - Mit dem Lötkolben ins Weltall". Stuttgarter Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  24. ^ Albanesius, Chloe (2012-01-01). "Proposed Hacker Satellite System Would Fight Web Censorship". PCMAG. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  25. ^ Sebayang, Andreas (2012-01-02). "Hacking im Weltraum - Hacker basteln an eigenem Satellitennetzwerk" (in German). golem.de. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  26. ^ Montalbano, Elizabeth (2012-02-04). "Hackers Plan Satellite Network For Web Disaster Time". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  27. ^ Moyer, Edward (2011-12-31). "Hacking confab conjures visions of space-borne 'SOPA Wars'". cnet. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  28. ^ DesMarais, Christina (2011-12-31). "Hackers Said to be Planning to Launch Own Satellites to Combat Censorship". PCWorld. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  29. ^ Meusers, Richard (2012-01-02). "Hacker wollen sich über Satellit vernetzen" (in German). Spiegel Online. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  30. ^ Meyer, David; Kling, Bernd (2012-01-03). "Hacker arbeiten an unabhängigem Satellitensystem" (in German). ZDNET. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  31. ^ "White Box" (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  32. ^ "Shackuino" (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  33. ^ "16×16 LED Plasma Display with 100% hand-made SMD Driver PCB". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  34. ^ "Project: White Box". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  35. ^ "Project: blinken35" (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-19.

48°46′38″N 9°14′8″E / 48.77722°N 9.23556°E / 48.77722; 9.23556