Unallocated Space is a place for collaborative education and research. We want you to visit our space and get involved!
How to get to UAS
Our physical address is 512 Shaw Court, Suite 105, Severn MD 21144. We are a listed place in Google Maps, which will generally provide you excellent directions to our lot. We’re in the second building on the left, at the end, once you turn onto Shaw Court from WB&A road. Just come on in once you find our space!
When are we open?
Check our occupancy sensor to find out if we’re in the space. You can also call the space at (512) 943-2827 to find out if we’re open and to let folks at the space know you’re coming.
We even have an SMS responder. Just text “status” to (512) 943-2827 to find out if we’re open. If you forget our address, you can text “address” to the same number to get it.
For those of you without a text messaging plan, we also have an e-mail responder. Send an e-mail with status in the subject line to email@example.com and you’ll get an e-mail back with our open/closed status. If you need an address reminder, just use address as the subject line.
Generally, the best time to visit is Wednesday evenings after 6 PM. We try to schedule events and get a critical mass of people to the space on Wednesdays. However, we’re open almost every night of the week, all day on weekends and quite often during the week. Check out our events calendar for upcoming activities and events at the space.
What to expect at UAS
We’re a working hackerspace. You might walk in on a class in session, a LAN party, robots being assembled, an active soldering/desoldering effort, a big dance party with loud music or all of the above at once. Most of the time, you’ll see folk tinkering away on their laptops or a small project.
We have a lot of computers, tools, tables, lamps and a lot of random hardware in various states of completion and organization. There’s always something for you to get involved in, even if it’s your first time at the space. If the space is open, there’s a keyholder who can help introduce you to the space, how it works and how to get involved.
How do I become a member?
Here’s where we’re different from other hackerspaces: We value active participation and building a vibrant community dedicated to having a great time while doing awesome things with technology.
We want you more than your dues.
But, being a real space with real bills, we have to get them paid somehow. We have keyholders who collectively pay the space’s operating expenses and share responsibility for running events and opening the space for use.
So we don’t have a need for “members”. We do have a need for participants, people who show up on a regular basis and do cool hacks. Our participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and a wide variety of income levels. Therefore, we have a name-your-own-dues policy. Our participants give anything from $10 to over $100 a month.
How can I hold an event at UAS?
If you’re a regular participant, just get a keyholder to agree to open the space for you and have them schedule your event on the Events Calendar.
If you’re from an outside user group or club, or for more information, leave a message on the UAS Phone System at 512-943-2827 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the event you’d like to run including the date and time and and we’ll get back to you.
Events are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Generally, Wednesday evenings and Saturdays are reserved for space events.
Another note: A Keyholder must be present whenever the space is open.