Hatch is first and foremost a community of people interested in tehnology, the Internet and the free exchange of ideas, knowledge and know-how.
We promote free collaboration between individuals and organizations in tehnological, artistic and social projects.
We maintain a hackerspace (also a makerspace) in Bucharest.
We organize meetups, courses and demos in order to facilitate transfer of knowledge and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Hatch Hackerspace is a community driven, flat governance hackerspace in Bucharest Romania. From a legal perspective it is organized as a non-profit NGO. This means members decide where funds are allocated, what equipment is a priority, what causes and projects are supported. That also means presentations, courses and workshops are hosted by volunteers from the community, members organize and participate in projects, teach and help each other, freely, on their own terms.

Hackerspaces, in general, are a lot about code and technology. As a space, we believe that access to information and technology can be very empowering for individuals, as well as communities and as such we support free and open-source software (FOSS) and an open and free internet, where there is no room for preferential services, censorship or mass surveillance.

But we, as a hackerspace, aren't just about programming and computers! We also have a workshop (makerspace) were we aim to eventually have almost any tool you can imagine. In other words we as a community have members interested in arts, metallurgy, woodworking , robotics and more. Because of our organizational model the equipment profoundly reflects the interests of our members. So what do you want to do ? What equipment would you like to see, learn about and play with ?

Ok, so we have a space, some tools, a good organizational model and a "can do" attitude, but what about the skills ? One core principle of our space is free access to information and education. Volunteer members share their knowledge and skills by hosting presentations, demos and workshops that are donation based. So you can't afford to pay anything ? That's ok, knowledge should be shared freely anyway. Oh, you liked the course and want to donate a few bucks ? That's even better, we have been meaning to buy a few new things.

Were we talking about hackers in a space ? Oh, no! Not Hackers! If you are still reading, you might understand what sense of the word hacker we are using. When we use the word "hacker", we refer to the original sense of the word "someone who enjoys having detailed knowledge of the systems he/she uses and has a tendency to learn through experimentation and tinkering".


Why join ?

Join to have a place where to work on your projects, to have access to equipment that is otherwise hard to obtain individually, to learn and/or teach others, to meet new and interesting people or just to support a good idea. Members have full access to the space and all equipment and materials in it, receive their own key, a shelf spot and have voting rights.

How to join ?

There are a few ways:
Just drop by one of our Open Days and tell us.
Send us an email at sal@hackerspace.ro
Drop by the space sometime and tell us.

What is expected of a member ?

Pay the monthly membership (currently at 50 lei).
Follow our Member Guidelines
Optionally, participate in the decisional process (vote).

Not sure I have enough time. Not sure if it's a good fit for me.

That's ok! We have a way for you to get involved to the degree you desire or to slowly test things out:
1. If you are just checking out the idea or are interested in the courses, you can just join our Meetup group.
2. If you are more interested than that, you can ask us to add you to our general discussion list (hatch@hackerspace.ro) and receive updates from inside the space and participate in discussions.
3. If you want even more, you can become a full member in the space.
Or you can help by sending us some leads for potential sponsors or organizations and individuals that would be willing to donate equipment or materials.

Member guidelines

1. Be excellent to each other!
2. If you have an interesting project, tell people about it. 
3. If you can, build don't buy!
4. Free and open solutions should be used wherever possible. 
5. Share your knowledge, help out the people that are just getting started.

6. Don't break the law. If unsure of the legality of a project, ask for advice.
7. Use the tools in a proper way. If unsure ask for advice. 
8. Make sure you always have a clean space to come back to.

Stable Courses

Free for all, you pay by your heart. Follow them on Meetup.


Tor, Tails and Darknets

You will learn what Tor, Tails, Deep Web and Darknet mean, how to use Tor and Tails and what the advantages and limits are.
The course refers to Windows, Linux and Mac.
Necessary knowledge: None / Browsing the Internet.


Introduction to Soldering

You will learn the basics of soldering with a soldering pen and hot air station, removing and placing THT (through hole technology) and SMT (surface mount technology) components, various tehniques for the above, tip maintanance and cleaning and other tips and tricks.
Necessary knowledge: None / Absolute beginner.

Upcoming Courses

In the works. Courses that are being prepared and will be announced soon.

PGP/GPG Encryption

You will learn how to use PGP encryption for emails, both command line and through a GUI.
The course refers to Windows and Linux.
Prior knowledge: Basic use of operating systems, familiarity with command line for Linux.

Bootstrap Framework for Websites

You will learn how to use Bootstrap Framework to build fast, modern, responsive websites. You will also learn how to integrate the framework in Wordpress CMS.
The course refers to all operating systems.
Necessary knowledge: At least basic HTML, CSS, Javascript and familiarity with Wordpress CMS.

Foundation Framework for Websites

You will learn how to use Foundation Framework to build fast, modern, responsive websites. You will also learn how to integrate the framework in Wordpress CMS.
The course refers to all operating systems.
Necessary knowledge: At least basic HTML, CSS, Javascript knowledge and familiarity with Wordpress CMS.

Computer Security 101 - Basic Internet Security Tips Explained

You will find a lot of websites that recommend a few good practices to improve your security while browsing the internet. However, they are often very general and lack context. In specific you will learn how strong a given password is and how to better choose them, how to check email headers to avoid scams and infected URLs, how to setup a basic firewall, how to disable or control Javascript and cookies within a browser,how to add or remove certificates from your browser.
The course refers to all operating systems.
Necessary knowledge: None. Familiarity with the concepts listed helps greatly.

Introduction to Linux - Debian Flavour

You will learn how to install a Linux system as a secondary OS or as a replacement, the basic filesystem structure for Debian based Linux systems, about the repository system and a few basic terminal commands and concepts (ex: pipening, sudo, cd, ls, grep).
The course (obviously) refers to Debian flavoured Linux.
Necessary knowledge: None / Absolute beginner.

Internet Privacy

Something a lot of people seem to want and yet is in increasingly short supply.
You will learn how to turn off all the annoying ads, using a variety of plugins, how to partially or fully disable Javascript, what kind of software and plugins are out there to help maintain your privacy.
The course refers to all operating systems.
Necessary knowledge: None.
Prior courses: "Tor, Tails and the Darknet" is preffered.

Draft Courses

Ideas being discussed for future courses.

Audio Setup 101

Necessary knowledge: None.


Current Equipment

2x Circular Hand-held Saws
2x Circular Grinders
Pendular Hand-held Saw
Multiple Handsaws
A large assortment of handtools (screw drivers, wrenches, hammers, etc.)
A RepRap Prusa i3 3D Printer
Access to a iRapid Black 3D Printer
Pixy Cam
LED Matrix
Lots of DuctTape :)

Proxxon Precission Tools
2x Multimeters
Hot-Air Soldering Station
3x Pen Only Soldering Stations
PCB Grip
MOSS modular robot kit
A few Leonardo Arduinos
Vertical Drill
Bench Grinder

Coming soon:

TIG Welder
Band Saw



A sculpture in tin, iron and steel executed partially at Hatch Hackerspace (and two other locations) by artist Matei Avramescu, with support of metal artist Andrei Breaza and blacksmith Mihai Veres.

What it is: A metal sculpture

Team/Member: Matei Avramescu

Part of:

Medium (materials): Tin, Steel, Iron

Completed: Work in Progress

What it is: A prototype designer chair.

Team/Member: Arh. Larisa Neagu

Part of: BIFE SIM furniture design exposition

Completed: September 2015

It was our absolute pleasure to build a Rube Goldberg as an external project for a 'Da Vinci' Club meeting.

What it is: A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption, invention, device or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970).

Team: Multiple members

Project duration: 2 weeks (including design time)

Poject build time: 1 week

Completed: Spring 2014

While, no longer fresh in our minds, these are our tips for anyone building a Rube Goldberg:

- If you can, make the elements modular and have a pre-drilled grid on you support surface (we used a 10cm x 10cm grid) -> It will save you a lot of time switching modules in and out

- Have a good idea of all the mechanisms you would want to integrate and in what order before starting

- Have backup options for any mechanism you use in case the original plan does not work out or time is a constraining factor (for us it was)