How do you pronounce HSBNE?

General consensus is it’s pronounced ‘AYCH ESS BEE ENN EE’.

Do I need to be a paying member to come to HSBNE?

Yes and no, we try to make sure our events are as open to the public as possible. Tuesday night meetings are open to anyone. In addition we have workshops and other open events that anyone can attend. If you’d like to know if people are at the space, or arrange a time to visit, your best bet is to post to the HSBNE Forum.

I don’t really want to be a member, but I’d like to support what HSBNE is doing. How can I help?

Thanks! Join in on some of the projects and events we have going on. Spread the word about HSBNE. That’s what we consider helpful support.

Are you a hackerspace or a makerspace?

It doesn’t matter. Hackerspace is the preferred term of the ‘hackerspace movement’. Makerspace could be used when you don’t want to scare someone who doesn’t understand the true history of the word hacker.

Should I be scared that your hackerspace will break into my computer?

No, that’s not what we do at all. We use the term hacker in the the historical ‘creative use of technology’ sense, not the ‘media boogeyman cybercriminal’ sense. We make stuff that’s ‘hacked together from different parts’.

Will you hack into someone’s facebook for me?


I’d like to donate a bunch of stuff I don’t use anymore. What can I give you?

Well thank you! We do already have quite a lot of equipment. Please check out our Donations page.

When is the hackerspace open?

The hackerspace doors open to the public every Tuesday afternoon to night 5:00pm till late. If you're a member the hackerspace is open 24×7 via RFID cards, 365 days a year, including public holidays. In fact, especially public holidays.