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Welcome to ACKspace; a hackerspace located in Heerlen, The Netherlands.

A hackerspace is a place where people get together, socialize, share knowledge, tinker and build stuff.

In order to make this possible we have a collection of tools, (useful) stuff, work area and a lounge where we can relax and discuss our favorite games.

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Welkom bij ACKspace; een hackerspace in Heerlen, Nederland.

Een hackerspace is een plek waar mensen samenkomen, socializen, kennis delen, knutselen en dingen bouwen.

Om dit mogelijk te maken hebben we een verzameling gereedschap, (bruikbaar) spul, een werkruimte en een lounge waar we kunnen ontspannen en onze favoriete spellen kunnen bespreken.

Deelnemer worden

Willkommen bei ACKspace; ein Hackerspace in Heerlen, Niederlande.

Ein Hackerspace ist ein Ort, an dem Menschen zusammenkommen, Sozialisieren, Wissen teilen, Dinge basteln und bauen.

Um dies zu ermöglichen, haben wir eine Sammlung von Tools, (nützliche) Sachen, einen Arbeitsbereich und eine Lounge, wo wir uns entspannen und unsere Lieblingsspiele diskutieren können.

Werden Sie ein Teilnehmer (Englisch)

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Event: Main Page
Featured: Yes
State: Planned
Start date: 2019/08/03
Start time: 16:00
End date: 2019/08/03
End time: 20:00
Contact: Prodigity
Kind: Party
Location: ACKspace
Fee: €5,-
Short description: omnomnom

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Tool wall
Project: Main Page
Featured: Yes
State Active
Members Prodigity
GitHub No GitHub project defined. Add your project here.
Description Tool boxes tend to get cluttered and make it difficult to determine after usage if all tools are back. A tool wall seems like the proper way to solve these problems.
Tool wall.jpeg

Tool boxes are horrible for organizing your tools (atleast the vast majority of them).
Having your tools organised makes it easier to find what you are looking for as well as checking if you put everything back in place.

As is, it's not yet finished;

  • A few tools still need to be placed on the tool wall
  • There is no indicator at the moment which tools should go where
  • The hooks currently used to hang some of the tools are a poor fit and could do with being replaced

Feel free to improve the current setup!
Some 3d printed holders would probably look ace :D

Dimensions of the holes ASCII style:

^        | |
|        | |
|5       |_|
|5   _:<----->:_ .....
|   | | 35 mm | |    ^
|m  | |       | |    | 15.4mm
|m  |_| 45 mm |_|    v 
|   :<--------->:'''''
|   :<--> _
|   20 mm| |
|        | |
v        |_|
ACKspace defrag
Project: Main Page
Featured: Yes
State Active
Members Prodigity
GitHub No GitHub project defined. Add your project here.
Description A collection of projects and events that help keep the space tidy.
No project picture! Fill in form Picture or Upload a jpeg here

What is the purpose of this project?

One of the missions of a hackerspace is to provide the right environment for you to work on your projects.
A messy hackerspace is not the right environment;
Having to look for tools and materials is time consuming, not having any space to work on your project because of junk lying around is demotivating and a mess just isn't nice to look at.

This project is an analysis of how the clutter appears in the first place and the strategies that have been implemented to fix it.

Why does the space become messy?

Well... when observing hackers in their natural habitat, a few behaviours become apparent that seem to contribute:

Clutter furniture

Participants typically only clean up the mess they recognize as their own.
While cleaning up their own mess, participants will sometimes forget an item.
When the participant visits the next time they are blissfully unaware of the item.
As participants will only clean mess they recognize as their own this item has now become furniture.

9001 screwdrivers

Participant wants to build stuff.
Participant needs tools / materials to build stuff.
Participant can't find tool / materials in storage location X due to clutter.
Participant buys tool / materials and stores them in location X.
Location X is now even more cluttered.
Positive feedback loop shows unbound growth consuming the hackerspace and eventually earth itself.

For the hoard!

Participant acquires stuff:

  • "We definitely need 100 DB27 cables, I mean what if we need them all at once? And you want to throw them away... for shame!"
  • "I don't need it but somebody will definitely use this so I will add it to the similar pile of stuff that nobody has touched in 8 years."
  • "We should keep it, you can't acquire this stuff anymore." / "We should keep it, it's still relevant."
  • "This might come in handy one day, should we ever need to interface with other old stuff that I will acquire for hacking purposes under the same pretence."

What measures have been taken to keep the space clean?

New rules:

  • Clean desk policy; no mess is allowed on the tables resulting in a drastic reduction of clutter buildup.
  • Permission is required to dump stuff in storage.
  • Participants are allowed max 2 crates but can store whatever they want in these crates. This shifts the responsibility of keeping / discarding stuff from nobody / everybody to one specific person.


  • A Tool wall has been set up to keep the tools better organised.
  • A new cable rack has been set up in the storage specifically built to sort wires and reduce cable entangling. [TODO: link]


  • The storage has been cleaned up;
    • An entire rack of shelves has been cleared and dedicated to participant crates
    • Another rack of shelves has been cleared and now houses the new cable rack system
    • All drinking crates are now stacked up against the wall
  • The soldering corner has been tidied up
    • Collection of random crap has been discarded as it only invited to add to the pile of mess
    • The drawers have been sorted
  • Tools have been sorted according to the frequency of their usage and their quality
    • Unused and bad tools are now in 'cold storage'

What still needs to happen:

  • Raw material such as wood needs to be stored in a better fashion
  • The slACKspace needs an overhaul
  • Two junk corners in the hACKspace need to be sorted and tidied up.
  • Materials in the 'consumables' drawer needs to relocate; preferably to a cupboard.
  • ... ?

Event: Main Page
Featured: Yes
State: Active
Start date: 18-08-2019
Start time: 13:00
End date: 18-08-2019
End time: 17:00
Kind: Meeting
Location: ACKspace
Fee: Free
Short description: Werken aan een project? You go girl!


Vanaf heden is er elke:

  • vóórlaatste zaterdag op oneven maanden en elke
  • vóórlaatste zondag op even maanden

tussen 13:00 en 17:00 een hacksessie evenement.

Het is dan de bedoeling om deze paar uurtjes exclusief te gebruiken om aan je project of willekeurige hack te werken, al dan niet als groepje. Je hoeft niet per se te komen, maar dit is natuurlijk hét moment om verder te komen met projecten.

  • Heb je een idee, maar weet je niet hoe je het kunt uitwerken? Vraag het dan op de mailinglijst, IRC of Telegram groep.
  • Kom je een onderdeel te kort? Mail het bestuur.
  • Ben je op zoek naar inspiratie? Kijk eens op patches welcome of bij de geparkeerde projecten en voeg jezelf gewoon toe aan je nieuwe favoriete project
  • Is iets, maar dan ook iets niet duidelijk? Gewoon vragen!


De volgende dagen zijn gekozen voor 2019:

  • Zaterdag 19 januari (weekend van ShmooCon)
  • Zondag 17 februari
  • Zaterdag 23 maart (week voor de open dag)
  • Zondag 21 april (weekend van easterhegg)
  • Zaterdag 18 mei
  • Zondag 23 juni
  • Zaterdag 20 juli (begin van de bouwvakvakantie, weekend van HOPE)
  • Zondag 18 augustus
  • Zaterdag 21 september (week voor de maker faire)
  • Zondag 20 oktober (anderhalve week voor halloween)
  • Zaterdag 23 november (weekend van T-DOSE(?))
  • Zondag 22 december (begin van de kerstvakantie, week voor CCC)

Visiting address:
Kloosterweg 1
6412 CN Heerlen
Mail: see the communication page

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