News Archive


Team Steaming Balrog Applies to Join Red Bull Soapbox Race

What combines hacking, rolling fast downhill and  madcap design? Soapbox derbies!

A group of Oxford Hackspace members have put together an entry for the Red Bull Soapbox Race 2017 being held in London in July.

After some discussion on the Oxhack mailing list and receipt of an application pack from Red Bull via snail mail, a willing group of ad hoc vehicle visionaries sat down to bang out some designs.

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The First Oxford Hackspace Textile Open Day

Yesterday, Oxford Hackspace held its first regular open day for people interested in textiles. It has been a long haul returning the flood-damaged former Council education department walk-in safe to a usable condition as our textile room, and this event marked both its grand opening and an attempt to use it to foster a new community to join the others within the space. Continue reading “The First Oxford Hackspace Textile Open Day”

Oxford Hackspace Hosts JanJam Game Jam

On January the 14th the Oxford Hackspace provided the location for a new event dedicated to game creation – the January Game Jam! Organised by Simon Roth and sponsored by VideoBrains (who kindly provided us with PIZZA), the JanJam gathered people of all skill levels, from professional indie developers to total beginners. Continue reading “Oxford Hackspace Hosts JanJam Game Jam”

PCB Assembly And Reflow Soldering At Oxford Hackspace

The board-populating workstation set up in our electronics workshop.
The board-populating workstation set up in our electronics workshop.

One of the facilities we offer at Oxford Hackspace is surface-mount electronic assembly and reflow soldering, the placement of solder paste and components on entire surface-mount circuit boards and their soldering all at once in a temperature-controlled oven. We recently completed a run of a small audio input board prototype, and to show you the process in detail we’re presenting it here. Continue reading “PCB Assembly And Reflow Soldering At Oxford Hackspace”

Cheltenham Hackspace Open Day

Cheltenham Hackspace's busy workshop area
Cheltenham Hackspace’s busy workshop area

On Saturday a group of us made our way over the Cotswolds to Cheltenham, for the Cheltenham Hackspace open day. They’ve had a turbulent time on their way to their new home, and having moved in and got everything going they’re anxious to show their new home in an industrial unit in the north of town to the world. Continue reading “Cheltenham Hackspace Open Day”

Announcing RiverHack 1.0

Announcing *RiverHack 1.0*, a hackathon bringing together citizens and waterway user communities with water scientists, environmental charities, the Environment Agency, local government and a mass of programmers, artists and data scientists, to together hear what the challenges to river health are, and to see what we can do about them. Continue reading “Announcing RiverHack 1.0”

TIE Pilot Helmet and Flight Suit

13350534_1706573249594044_3282413408630284085_oI’ve wanted to go to a con in costume since I knew people, you know, did that.  UK Games Expo was that con and this is the story of that costume.  I went to UKGE to play in the X-Wing Miniatures Game regional championship and Yavin Open Tournament.  The former had more than 100 players and the latter nearly more than 400.  I’m also intending to bring the costume along to EMF and spend some time out in costume there, assuming it’s not heatstroke weather in an all-black jumpsuit and helmet… Continue reading “TIE Pilot Helmet and Flight Suit”

Oxhack Does Hackaday Global Create Day

This Saturday, April 23rd, simultaneous to the traditional games play/hack, a second event will also be running. The event is the Hackaday World Create Day 2016, which is a design challenge which prompts people to get together in groups or alone, at the same time as many other nodes elsewhere in the world, and using their design, mechanical and other skills, try to come up with some great technical ideas for solving social problems. The groups then submit their ideas to the site, which will feature the best ideas on their front page, and “there will be prizes.”

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Women, Can You Hack It?

Of course you can!! Oxford Hackspace will be throwing their doors as part of the 2016 Oxford International Womens Festival, on the 10th of March. Come and try a variety of free workshops and demos at our brilliant new premises in the basement of the Oxford Centre for Innovation, on New Road in central Oxford, OX1 1BY. Continue reading “Women, Can You Hack It?”