Who or what is HackHeim, you ask!?
Short answer: A creative workshop in Trondheim. To get a richer answer, we asked Hackheim to tell us a bit about themselves:
HackHeim was an idea that originated online and via word-of-mouth among a group of enthusiasts in June 2012, and the maker collective was founded over a round of beers at Kieglekroa. From humble beginnings, Hackheim today boasts nearly 600 members on their public forums. HackHeim’s most active members, “Kjernen”, are currently leading seminars, maker faires, social gatherings and are widely recognized as the most active and enthusiastic community of makers in Trondheim.
Hackheim made a decision to leave their original makerspace, “Brakka”, in the fall of 2014. For the last year Hackheim have been aiming at creating Trondheims premiere hackerspace as a partner with Work-Work.
A hackerspace is characterized by an open workshop where people come together to work on hobby projects, both hardware and software based. The motivation for the work is the desire to learn something new, make something usefull (or often just something silly), or simply because it’s a tough challenge! Implementation is often characterized by do-it-yourself solutions and curiosity. The “hacker” subculture developed around higher education institutions in the US and continental Europe, but has so far had little impact here in Norway. There has, however, long existed a similar environment in the city in the form of workshops in academic societies as Omega and Elektra at NTNU and HIST.
So how will Hackheim fit into Work-Work?
Hackheim ambition is to get “nerds” out of the couch, and into the hackerspace. This will be a great place for sharing ideas, knowledge and experience. But this will be a place for more than just talking: Hackheim will feature workshops for welding, hammering, printing and soldering. Hackheim believes that the best ideas arise when the right people meet and discuss ideas and new concepts. You want to make a occulus-rift-3D-printer-boardgame with support for online play? AWESOME, Hackheim will help you make it happen, and Work-Work will hastily give you space for it in the bar for your beta-test!
Both Hackheim and Work-Work share a common idea: there is no reason why innovation and creation should be the sole responsibilty of educational institutions and large consultant offices. We must remember, Apple started in a garage!