Hack The Library – The aftermath

Yesterday was the first of our monthly #HackTheLibrary days at Oldham Library where we take over an area of the library and share our passion for technology and making with the general public.


Throughout the day we made LED Throwies, A simple make consisting of a battery, LED’s and a magnet.

LED Throwies

As is often the case when it comes to hacking or making somebody decided to adapt the idea to something else and started making LED christmas cards.

LED Christmas Cards
LED Christmas Cards

We ran a few Code Club sessions where children of all ages learned how to make games in Scratch.

Programming with Scratch
Programming with Scratch

We demonstrated 3D printing with an Up plus 2 3D printer which was kindly loaded to us by STEMnet

Up Plus 2 3D Printer
Up Plus 2 3D Printer

Jonothan made himself a Minion

Jonothan and his Minion
Jonothan and his Minion

We played with a Leap Motion, as device that allows you to control a computer by gesturing with your hands.

Leap Motion

We’ll be running Hack The Library events each and every month on the 4th Saturday of the month, Stay tuned for more information.

Photos by Lisa Marie Gee

Hack the Library

We like pubs, we particularly like the Bank Top Tavern, they have been and continue to be fantastic to us.

However there comes a time, when every hacker, even the currently homeless ones like us has to get down and… you know… hack stuff.

So now we’re are pleased to announce working in partnership with Oldham Libraries we have a second home! Meeting on the 4th saturday of the month we’ll be taking over part of the library for hacking, making, games, learning and more.

Signup on on meet up, or turn up on the day, and find out what its all about.

Things we will be hacking:

  • Minecraft
  • QR Codes
  • Textiles
  • Computer Games
  • Board Games
  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi
  • 3d Printing
  • A Dalek…


Don’t worry, we’ll still be in the pub on the 2nd Tuesday too!

I love it when a plan comes together…

So much is happening right now and unfortunately we can’t quite share it publicly, but fingers crossed there will be lots of news coming this week.

One thing we all need to do is get the communication going between the meets, there is lots to be done and we need some volunteers.

While IRC is great for chats the easiest and most unobtrusive thing is probably google groups, request permission to join the group at https://groups.google.com/d/forum/hackoldham and then all you need do is email hackoldham@googlegroups.com to communicate with the group.

So what are you waiting for? signup and get involved.

Almost time for our 2nd monthly meet.

Its that time again where we get together at the Bank Top Tavern, drink beer, play games and plan world domination.

This month we have some exciting news to share so join us and find out what its all about.

HackOldham Meetup

Oldham, GB
24 Members

We are trying to build a hackspace in Oldham town centre, with co-working, maker-space and events galore. Come and join us and see how you can get involved.

Next Meetup

Lets meet up, plan world domination, play games, and make th…

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014, 7:00 PM
9 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →


Meanwhile, you many enjoy what the hackers at the Trondheim Maker Faire 2014 put together to promote the event.

Bus Stop Pac-Man – Behind the Scenes from Norwegian Creations on Vimeo.

Welcome Geekon Radio!

So @p0welly has just been chatting to Millie on Preston FM, We’ll post the podcast when it goes live, but if you want any more information about the things discussed, check out the links below.

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Local (ish) Hackspaces




The backspace Foundation


Maker Faire


Other Stuff





Update: A Hacker pub? maybe?

What started out as an idea, is starting to become a reality.

This week the founders will be meeting up for our first formal meeting, the aim is to get organised, dish out some tasks and set a date for our public meet ups, details of which will be posted tomorrow evening.

Over the coming weeks, we have Business Growth Hub, who are helping us prepare business plans and sort out the legal aspects, With that in place we will be in a better position to work with Oldham Council to find a location in the Independent Quarter. As bingojackson is still a licensed publican we kind of fancy an old pub but thats probably a bit of a pipe dream.

We still need loads more questionnaires answered, so please if you haven’t already filled one in do so, and if you have ask someone else to do it!


Hello world!

Welcome to HackOldham, or at least welcome to the idea of HackOldham.

You see a few of us geeky types want to build something, and we need your help and support to do it.

We want to build a Hackspace where people of all backgrounds can come together to hack at things and make them better.

We want to build a Maker space where people with ideas can come and turn them in to realities.

We want to build a Co-working space where micro-businesses and freelancers can come to support each other and thrive.

We want to build HackOldham

Show your support by filling in our questionnaire.

Creative & Digital, Coworking & Maker Space