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Update, July 2021: We are open, but with only a few restrictions: If you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to wear a mask, and you can eat inside! (Unvaccinated people must wear a face mask. No eating is allowed because you can’t eat with a mask on.) If you have symptoms, do not enter the space. If you have been exposed, do not enter the space for 10 days.

HackRVA is a member-run and organized non-profit makerspace in Richmond, Virginia. HackRVA is a space filled with tools, computers, and people who like to build, invent, tinker, expand their minds, and learn and share new skills. You’ll find a diverse group of individuals who are into electronics, robots, woodworking, embedded software, metalworking, programming, music, art, video, photography, 3D printing, sewing, textiles, and virtual reality—and that’s for starters.  HackRVA members have access to the makerspace, tools, community and learning opportunities through member-lead workshops, events and projects.

Check out our workshops on Meetup.com and stay connected through social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). We also post projects and pics around the web to inspire other Richmond makers and those abroad.

Location

(We are not open to visitors, except by appointment, or at open house events. Contact us at [email protected])

We are located in Scott’s Addition at (Mailing address):
1600 Roseneath Road, Suite E
Richmond, VA 23230

We’re located in Scott’s Addition immediately behind The Dairy Bar, across the parking lot from Tang and Biscuit. If you’re using GPS, enter 3404 W. Moore Street 23230 to get to the parking lot. The entrance to our space is off of West Moore Street. You’ll see our sign and door in the parking lot with the chain-link fence. Don’t park in the lot! Towing is enforced. (Members get a pass.)

Contact

Interested in joining? The best way to find out more information is to attend our open houses on Thursdays from 7-9. If you are unable to make one of these then you can contact us at [email protected] to set up an appointment for a tour and more information.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @hackRVA
Facebook: hackrva
Meetup: HackRVA

FAQ

I read the above, but what are you exactly … and what’s it all about?

We’re a makerspace or hackerspace. We are a group of people sharing tools and skills. Sometimes we’re referred to as a gym for the brain, a clubhouse for nerds, a mad scientists’ lair, a geek social club, or a preeminent basement. We’re a space filled with tools, computers, and people interested in making things, learning new skills, technology, gadgets, and hands-on experiences.

There are several kinds of makerspaces. Some are business incubators, some are for teaching kids STEAM topics, some do training and take grants. We are a member-coöp. We share tools and knowledge, and sometimes have classes open to the public. Members’ dues keep the space going. Members run the space and manage the organization. No-one owns the space, nobody gets paid, and everyone contributes in whatever way they can to help it flourish. If you’re interested in a hobby or subject of knowledge that is “makery” related you’ll likely find not only a space to work on your projects, but camaraderie as well.

We are not about making money, although some members do sell some work. We are more about learning and making things for fun. Members are willing to share any skills and knowledge. Skills range from computers to wood working, audio, video, design, electronics, sewing and rug tufting. There are too many to list. Members regularly ask for help on Slack (a closed, members-only messaging platform.)

We have tools to create in new ways, like 3d printing, 3d design, laser cutting and etching, computer controlled routers to carve and cut wood. We have a wood shop with lathe, table saw, bandsaw, drill press, track saw, and more, and (very important), space to work.

You provide the enthusiasm, we’ll provide the tools—and the community. Let the making begin. Come visit us or become a member!

HackRVA Labs, Inc., a is non-for-profit corporation managed by a board of directors and organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to HackRVA Labs are tax deductible. Contact [email protected] for more information.