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Current Listservs

Maker discussion list. Use for general discussion, requests for the membership, questions and group annoucements.
Members discussion list. Use for stuff related to the running of the space.
Board discussion list. Use for governance issues and stuff related to the running of the space that requires some privacy.

Old Listservs

The google-group that served as our initial mailing list bhamhackerspace[at}googlegroupsdotcom.

maker resources

3d printing


materials and tools


  • Adafruit and Sparkfruit are great for people who are starting out or who are intermediate. They have great information, helpful suggestions and great support forums. They have a lot of eletronic stuff, as well as soft circuitry and some other hobbyist things (like arduino boards) that your average elctronics supply place would not have. But their selection as far as general electronics (resistors, leds, battery holders, batteries, switches, etc.) is somewhat limited to the types of things you would need for certain projects... and the small stuff is usually a little more "retail" priced through them.

electronic components

  • Octopart search many sources for availability, pricing, datasheets by part number
  • Mouser is excellent for straight up electronics. The search function there is absolutely fantastic. Always check spec sheets because occasionally the "product page" info is wrong.
  • Digikey is similar.
  • Electronics Goldmine has a lot of mixed packs of things.
  • All-Electronics Similar to the Goldmine better organization
  • Jameco more pricey than Mouser or Digikey but can find some things considered obsolete by the others. Also has good kits and tutorials.

CNC equipment


Moved off to the Fiber Lab/Resources page


Video Tutorials


  • Environments
    • Processing -- Simplified programming language used to program the Arduino. Prefab java (lots of built in functions). More advanced students can 'pop the hood' and take a look at the libraries.
    • Arduino -- prefab microcontroller


List moved to software packages page.
Capterra software evaluation and rating site.


Makerspace Business Models

Finetuning the business model


How to start a makerspace

Sample Business Plans

The importance of tracking volunteer time

The importance of tracking volunteer time

How to find additional volunteer help

Types of Commercial Leases

Alabama Core Operating Standards

Federal paperwork

Hardcore stuff
Checklist of steps required to complete a non-profit set-up
Small Business Administration look-up page for business licenses required by ZIP code
Our results as a general business (not a no-profit - there was no non-profit option

Alabama and Birmingham Licenses Required

Do we need to apply for state business license? Reference - The Everything NonProfit Toolkit, page 109.
From Small Business Administration page - Alabama Zip Code 35212
Step 1: Tax Registration

City of Birmingham business license

Notes moved to Business License page.

City Zoning

City of BIrmingham zoning ordinances

Organizational Tools

Bigger Better Meeting Space (when needed)

Doozer Software's meeting room



Grant sources has been moved off to it's own page


Moved to Non-profit application page.

Goods for Nonprofits

Local Venture Assistance

Makerspace Media Coverage

Specific Interest Code Groups

Kids's Programming, Coding and Engineering interest and development groups

Black Girls Code. Shirley is looking for individuals to help launch a local chapter.
Change the Equation
CoderDojo - Chris's friend works with the Seattle group
Computer Clubhouse
FOSS Outreachy
Girls Develop It
Girls Teaching Girls to Code
Girls Who Code
Google Made With Code

Women's Programming, Coding and Engineering interest and development groups

A list of women in technology interest groups
the Ada Initiative
Amazon Women in Engineering (AWE)
the Anita Borg Institute
Change the Equation
Dames Making Games
Digital Sisters
FOSS Outreachy
Girl Geek Dinners
the Google Anita Borg scholarships
Google Made With Code
[the Grace Hopper Celebration
[the Hackbright Academy]
[HP Helion OpenStack Scholarship]
Ladies Learning Code
Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship
Palantir Scholarships for Women in Engineering
PyLadies; Red Hat Women in Open Source Award
FEM Inc.
She’s Geeky
the Society of Women Engineers
Tech Lady Mafia
Tools For Change in STEM
Women 2.0
Women in Games
Women in Technology
Women Who Code
Women Who Tech