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Noise Bridge is a renowned non-profit hackerspace for technical creative
projects. Noise Bridge is community-operated hackspace wherein a majority of people are artists and audiences who are interested in the intersection of art and technology. To participate in Noise Bridge, you do not have to pay any membership fees. The amenities offered at Noise Bridge include infrastructure for work utilizing textiles, music, wood, metal, computer programming, electronics, science, robotics and space for events.
An educational non-profit institution, Noise Bridge, is a collaborative space open to people interested in programming, hardware, hacking, physics, chemistry, security, robotics, art and technology. Noise Bridge organizes workshops and projects which builds up room for collaboration, learning and mentoring. The members and visitors of Noise Bridge have to follow one simple rule: “Be excellent to each other”. The collaborative space at Noise Bridge has been inspired hackerspaces in Europe like Metalab of Vienna and CBase of Berlin. Noise Bridge is located in the heart of San Francisco.
Noise Bridge has won “Best Hacker Background” in 2011 of Best San Francisco Weekly Award. Gaining media attention, again and again, Noise Bridge has been covered by various international media for bags of projects like the BBC, The New Yorker, etc. If you are a techie, arty or crafty, then Noise Bridge is the place for you.
Noise Bridge San Francisco bring forth a variety of amenities which are available for free. You can just come here and start working on your project.
Library: Noise Bridge offers access to an onsite mini-library which is filled with a huge variety of books on subjects ranging from learning a programming language to learning German.
Multiple rooms: Noise Bridge has different classrooms for hosting workshops and display projects. All in all, Noise Bridge is the perfect space for learning and innovation.
Bike storage: You can park your bike in Noise Bridge’s bike rack without any problem.
Meeting: There are several meetings and events hosted in Noise Bridge which include workshops, panels and presentations, play games and party.
Open from 11 am to 10 pm daily: Noise Bridge San Francisco is open at precisely 11 am and not closing until well after 10 pm. In case you have a non-expired daytime access token, you will be able to get into Noise Bridge between 10 am and 11 pm too.
Classes and groups
Noise Bridge San Francisco offers different classes in different subjects like art, technology, programming, etc. For example, the Game Bridge class at Noise Bridge is open to anyone who wants to learn programming, design, music, game development, etc. The Cambridge class has Neuro hacking, 3D Printing, Haskell, Music and Gaming Archivists.
Tools: This hackerspace has a huge variety of tools, infrastructure and equipment which can be used by anyone. The tools available here are a sewing machine, saw stop, table saw, Roland MDX-40A, Maslow CNC, Router Table, Lathe, etc. Feel free to visit Noise Bridge and be a part of these amazing projects.
Areas: Noise Bridge San Francisco has arranged different departments which are dedicated to a different field of work. These different departments are sewing, woodworking, Hackatorium, Turing, Sparkle Forge, Library, NAW-Noise Audio Workstation and more.
Projects at Noise Bridge San Francisco
- Noisebridge Gaming Archivists Live Arcade Cabinet (NAGLAC): The NAGLAC project at Noise Bridge allows people to play classic console games with classic controllers alongside live streaming their gameplay on the internet. This project brings forth a big opportunity for people who want to play classic games and have never tried to live streaming on the internet before. Through this project, people can raise funds for Noise Bridge by just turning on their live stream.
- Ordibooth: The Ordibooth is a modular photo booth that was started as a project named Ordi for Maker Fire 2017. Ordibooth is a professionally lit photo booth having the ability to render output to any CNC machine. The Ordibooth at Noise Bridge San Francisco can print full-colour photographs up to 18″ wide.
- Flaschen Taschen: Flaschen Taschen is an award-winning 10’ by 9’ (3m x 2.75m) video display which has been made by glass bottles, milk crates, RGB LED strings (1575 LEDs) and a controller board. Every glass bottle has been capped with a single RGB LED and the bottoms of the glass bottles are used as lenses for emitting light. The Flaschen Taschen project has a German name as a homage to C-Base’s Mate-Light project. Noise Bridge has been inspired to build the Flaschen Taschen project after seeing the Mate-Light at Chaos Communication Congress.
- EEG: EEG is a method of reading the activity of the brain by using electrodes on the scalp of a person. Noise Bridge is currently working on a setup that will measure the alpha and beta waves along with providing a good resolution for collection of ERP data.
How to be a part of Noise Bridge San Francisco?
At Noise Bridge, you don’t have to pay a huge amount to access the amenities and tools that you will need for your project. Noise Bridge is completely free and open to everyone. Moreover, any member of Noise Bridge can teach and learn at this hackerspace. If you are spending a lot of time at Noise Bridge without donating, then you are required to contribute in some material way for helping Noise Bridge to grow.
Noise Bridge is the largest non-profit hackerspace in San Francisco which is run entirely by volunteers and tax-deductible monetary donations. If you want to contribute to Noise Bridge, you can do it in three ways:
Philanthropy: By contributing financially to Noise Bridge, you will have 24/7 access to this hackerspace. You can donate your money on Patreon, with a credit card or via PayPal. You must pay a recurring monthly donation to Noise Bridge and you will be recognized for being outstanding.
Membership: Membership at Noise Bridge entails contribution in the official governance process, that is, duties to learn, improve and govern Noise Bridge.
Local Community Outreach: Noise Bridge is looking forward to helping in co-ordinating the collaborations with local schools and other Mission district organizations. If you are a part of a local organization in search of workspace, equipment or workshop teachers, you can directly contact Noise Bridge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviews of Noise Bridge San Francisco
The hackerspace has been existing in the Mission Street for more than a decade now. “We’re supported by all the people who use the hackerspace, donating their time, donating their energy and donating their cash,” said a so-called hacker-in-residence of Noise Bridge.
The common link which keeps Noise Bridge together is a shared desire to educate, said Naomi Lundman, who has been at Noisebridge for two weeks. “I have an ongoing project at Noise Bridge,” Lundman said. “I’m able to use most of the resources. Everyone here is so helpful. There’s the motto of this hackerspace ‘be excellent to each other.’ And I’ve definitely experienced that.”
Location: Noise Bridge is very close to the bus stations at 2169 Mission Street. Commuting to Noise Bridge is easy as it is a few blocks away from the 22 Fillmore and 12 Folsom Mini-busses. There are a lot of shops, restaurants, cafes and salons around Noise Bridge.
Nose Bridge’s Address: 2169 Mission St. 3rd Floor