HeatSync Labs: A Nonprofit Hackerspace Looking for a New Home

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All of the paperwork's been filed and HeatSync Labs, Chandler's collaborative hackerspace, has officially gained nonprofit status this week ... now all they need is a new lab.

The brain trust has outgrown Gangplank (the Chandler-based co-op space), which has been their home for the last year. And the group's been lobbied to move to downtown Phoenix, Mesa, and even spots in Chandler. Still, the group remains undecided. After all, HeatSync has to make sure it has the cash to afford the move.

Three years ago, HeatSync started as Arizona's first hackerspace, and joined the growing number of similar groups popping up around the country -- mostly as a way for post-graduate students to continue researching and working with sophisticated machines, computers and equipment that might be hard purchase and maintain as individuals.
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Members of HSL proudly display two makerbots and a reprap from 3D printing night.

Their mission is to "provide a physical environment for the discussion, planning and construction of collaborative endeavors in the application of technology as well as technological expressions of artwork."

David Huerta, and editor at HeatSync, translates: "We intentionally define 'endeavors' broadly to be a more inclusive community with a good mix of various disciplines and interests."

HeatSync holds regular meetings, open to the public, to provide workspace, equipment and resources, as well as technological tutorials. During these meetings, group members can show off projects, but Huerta says that as the group grows, new developments and projects arise, so a lot of its activity is unscheduled.

And by projects, Huerta means building cool stuff, including this nearspace balloon:

SyncFleet Nearspace Balloon Descent to Earth from Billy Mays on Vimeo.

"The DIY scanning electron microscope that's currently making progress might eclipse it [the balloon], though," Huerta says. "The prospect of building powerful scientific equipment at 5 percent of the cost opens up some pretty substantial long-term possibilities for schools and universities who might not want to spend $80,000 on a perfect scope."

In the future, Huerta says he hopes that HeatSync can rival the research branches of other institutions. "Innovation has previously been tied to schools, governments and companies, and I'd like to see a fourth column rise from citizen-scientists in a more broadly accessible environment."

For more information, visit the HeatSync Labs website

Note: this post has been updated to specify HeatSync Labs as a hackerspace, not a hackspace.

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SteveP
SteveP

HeatSync Labs would be great for downtown Phx, and vice versa. Downtown Phx is really moving onward and upward, and there's a great community support system in place.

Gogreenbullitt
Gogreenbullitt

"A city is only as strong as it's heart. And without a strong heart, our city will die." -Keith Mulvincome to downtown Phoenix

Seth
Seth

Downtown Phoenix is where the action is.

CBW
CBW

I agree. HSL needs to move to downtown Phoenix; there's no better place for such a colaborative and open group than in downtown Phoenix.

Connor
Connor

Would love to see you guys at the Icehouse! They're looking for some great, creative tenants, and you guys could provide a great reason for people to gather in a beautiful historic space.

tdhurst
tdhurst

It's closing at the end of this year. Not really an option for anyone, sadly.

PhxDowntowner
PhxDowntowner

Something interesting to note about ASU Downtown vs. ASU Tempe is that we have all the journalism students that are eager to write stories about things, which means HSL could get a lot of press (i.e. member growth) by being downtown.

Add to that the massive community network that we've built in Downtown Phoenix (both social media and IRL), which you're seeing some of here on this comment board :)

Ryan Rix
Ryan Rix

Wow, you downtowners are crazy :) You guys really want to see HSL up there. I'd rather see us in Tempe close to ASU and all the Awesome happening there, but it seems like I'm vastly in the minority at this point! You guys rock.

Joe Pettinato
Joe Pettinato

I'm with PhxDowntowner. Moving downtown would be mutually beneficial!

Wendy Coneybeer
Wendy Coneybeer

Hate to see you guys leave Gangplank, but love the fact that it's just because you've outgrown the space! Mesa could definitely use the tech presence that HeatSync Labs could provide.

Cory Kincaid
Cory Kincaid

Would definitely like to see you land in Downtown! And an extra plug for somewhere near the arts district. =)

Jason Ayers
Jason Ayers

I really hope they decide to relocate to downtown Phoenix: I know several people including myself that would pay to be members. If they end up staying in the east valley, we'll just work on creating our own hackspace down here.

Russ
Russ

Going to meet with them and share our (very positive) feelings about being downtown...

Chelsea
Chelsea

Downtown Phoenix would love to have HeatSync!

Joseph
Joseph

There are tons of great spaces for you in Downtown Phoenix! I hope they choose us. I know the residents will embrace a creative organization like this.

Yuri Artibise
Yuri Artibise

There are lots of great spaces for HSL in downtown Phoenix; but, more importantly, there is a vibrant creative community to support them.

CBNathanael
CBNathanael

I think my friends at HSL will know I want them to come to DT Phx ;)

newantt
newantt

Pick Downtown Phoenix!

Bicycle to Work
Bicycle to Work

Downtown Phoenix has a new vitality. It has METRO, it's close to the airport, it has two stadiums, theaters, theatres, the convention center, historic buildings, buildings ready for adaptive reuse, brand new tall buildings, warehouse space, hotels, First Friday and a solid cadre of individuals dedicated to making downtown even better that it is now.

EHG
EHG

Downtown Phoenix!

Courtney N
Courtney N

A few reasons to seriously consider downtown Phoenix: Centrally located so that contributors/members from all over the valley can easily access the new site (bonus points for light rail commuting!) Also, if collaboration/innovation with government and schools have been pillars of the organization's work, I imagine working near local/state government, current and developing sites for the universities and the Education Department/Board of Education all located in dtphx would be helpful. There's also something to be said for setting up shop in the city's "arts" district. The neighborhoods in/around Roosevelt Row support creativity and foster a strong sense of community. I, along with several of my neighbors here, would welcome the addition of a HeatSync with open arms.

CO+HOOTS
CO+HOOTS

Second all the comments above. We need you in PHX! I was just walking around today and saw several great open spaces. Would love to help in anyway possible. Just let me know. (twitter: @cohootsphx) I think between the connections here we can find you a nice home downtown. :) Downtown Phoenix is a community of creatives that cannot wait for a hackspace.

Thomas
Thomas

This is just the kind of creative energy that Downtown Phoenix needs to make it a significant area of the valley

Kenny B
Kenny B

Come to the land of collectives, Roosevelt Row Arts District in downtown Phx! The synergy is waiting... Bio Science High School where teens are building bio diesel/solar hybrid cars, David Therrien is creating world renowned tech/art installations (http://www.beautifullight.org), and the first annual Science Festival is coming in February 2012! It all awaits your arrival! Email me and we'll find the perfect spot for you. kenny@rooseveltrow.org

Dottsy Z
Dottsy Z

I think Downtown PHX is ready for a hackspace! With places like CoHoots popping up, it's a good place for Heatsync!

Sid
Sid

I'd like to see more stuff like this happen in the capitol city, rather than the suburbs.

Stacey Champion
Stacey Champion

Downtown Phoenix is where it's at! We have a super supportive community + great restaurants and coffee shops!

Andrew Kno
Andrew Kno

I think if if the people behind Heatsink Labs can find a space that fits their needs, downtown Phoenix would be a great fit.

RJ
RJ

Sounds like a business perfectly suited for Downtown Phoenix. JOIN US!

Harry
Harry

Mesa! Mesa! Mesa!

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