Industrial city hackerspace teaches something more valuable than code

( – Access Space is one of the longest-running hackerspaces in the world. Based in the United Kingdom in the northern industrial city of Sheffield it was established in the year 2000. At Access Space, a lot more goes on than just coding and programming. The organization, for example, re-purposes old laptops for non-profits –  and continues to champion and support under-represented communities by being all-inclusive.

In an interview with’s Daniel James and Ikem Nzeribe of Moss Code, founder James Wallbank says, “The key is that people with lots of resources bring those resources with them. So a project that has social aims shouldn’t marginalize the excluded. The biggest deal was being open consistently; we published all our opening times and stuck to them. Always have someone around to greet people, and try really hard not to judge people before they’re involved.”

At our recent PCC Open House at Sprauve Library on St. John, our own Pamela Finley created makerspaces at which children created towers from foodstuffs and hovercrafts!

There are nearly 2,000 “hackerspaces” around the globe that provide a way for communities to share ideas, create and develop solutions. Hackerspaces (sometimes called hacklabs, makerspaces or hackspaces) can be hosted anywhere and spur greater understanding of such diverse fare as computing, science, math, technology, digital or electronic arts, machining, or visual arts and crafts.  (read more on


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