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What is Pumping Station One?

Pumping Station One is a hackerspace located in Chicago. Its mission is to foster a collaborative environment wherein people can explore and create intersections between technology, science, art, and culture.

What are we?

We are a collaborative environment for people to explore the intersections between technology, art and culture. To be clearer, we also fulfill our role as a community resource by hosting classes on electronics, programming, crafts, and any other skills that members (or guests) are willing to share. We’re a hacker space similar to others such as the Cowtown Computer Congress, NYC Resistor, NoiseBridge, HACDC, and other groups around the country.

We are…

  • a group of people who welcome every build idea
  • 200+ carpenters, metal workers, cyclists, tailors/seamstresses, web developers, micro-brewers, game developers, musicians, car enthusiasts, college professors, men, and women
  • obsessed with the pursuit of knowledge and sharing it with those around us

What we are not.

For those new to the concept of hackerspaces, the name maybe misleading or perhaps you may think that it’s possible to “contract” the space to build your next thing. While some of our members maybe interested in your business opportunity, our organization does not operate in that type of collective manner. We’re merely an organization that facilities individual growth, learning, development, and puts all these people under a single roof.

We are not…

  • a group of evil nefarious computer hackers trying to steal things
  • trying to teach our members how to break the law
  • interested in starting a public riot

More on Hackerspaces

To learn more about hackerspaces, and see examples of other hackerspaces around the world, visit hackerspaces.org or watch this video of hacker extraordinaire Mitch Altman at TEDxBrussels:

What is our legal status?

Pumping Station: One, NFP is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding section of any future United States Internal Revenue law).

Pumping Station: One is fiscally sponsored by The School Factory — a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2003.

For more information, see our Bylaws

Do I need to be a member to participate?

We have many public events such as parties and workshops. We also have a guest policy, which allows members to occasionally bring in a guest. However guests are not allowed to use any of our equipment.

The best way to learn more about us is to attend a N00bs’ Paradise orientation event – on the fourth Sunday of each month at 4-6pm. See the events page for details.

Can my minor child/teenager attend PS:One public events?

Generally, yes, though some events and activities may have a minimum age limit. Currently, in order to attend PS:One events and functions at our workspace, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. This is the rule of thumb for any event that does not explicitly state otherwise. It is up to the host of an event to decide who is permitted to attend.

What equipment do you have?

We have lots of stuff – take a look around our Equipment List to get an idea of the equipment we have laying about.

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