What is LVL1?
LVL1 is a hackerspace in Louisville. A hackerspace is an open community lab and workshop democratically operated by it’s membership. We are friendly community of tinkerers, makers, engineers, educators, scientists, artists, hackers and overall geeks. Anyone who is, aspires to be, or just wants to hang around smart, creative, friendly mad scientist maker/hacker Louisvillians is welcome at LVL1! We've got lots of cool tools and equipment. We've got a lot of really bright and creative people. We like to work on (and show off) fun and challenging technical projects.
How to get involved with LVL1
Does this sound like an endeavor you want to be a part of? ... Great! Come and join us!
We highly recommend you show up for one of our Tuesday open meeting and open build nights! We briefly go through some membership agenda items. We tell you what's currently going on at the space. We tell you about any challenges the space is facing (technical or otherwise). People are free to talk about projects they are working on or planning. Then once the meeting is adjourned, free-for-all making continues. Everyone is free to work on projects, socialize and geek out. It's a great time to hang out with fellow geeks working on cool DIY tech projects. You'll probably get inspired!
Again, we highly recommend you come to a meeting. There's a common misperception that you should be a member before coming to these meetings. This is not true! At least 50% of our meeting attendees are not dues paying members and all of them are welcome. Most of those non-members have no intention of becoming dues paying members. That's fine! There's no pressure to become an official member! Official membership has some awesome benefits and we'd love to have you, but it's cool if you just want to hang out and geek out.
You want to ease into LVL1 via the internets first? That's cool too. We've got this wiki, mailing lists, blogs, twitters, etc. We especially recommend joining the Google Group. That's where most of your discussion happens. Note: this can generate a lot of emails per day. Set up your filters, use the daily digest or use the RSS feed. Put us in your social network: http://www.lvl1.org/contact/
1205 E Washington St -- Suite LL100
Louisville, KY 40206
LVL1 is located at 1205 East Washington Street in The Pointe complex. It is 8,800 square feet of awesomeness including a large meeting room, a classroom, a dedicated bunker for wood and metal shop, and storage.
NOTE: Our entrance can be a little tricky to find the first time. The Pointe has three parking lots and our entrance is at the bottom of a ramp in the medium sized one. It is on the other side of the main parking lot and accessible via the steps/ramp near the main entrance to The Pointe itself.
There are three parking lots at The Pointe that can be used, along with street parking. The main parking lot is easy to spot and borders both E Washington and Cabel St. The medium parking lot, where our entrance is found, has a slightly hidden entrance on Cabel St where the flood wall begins. The third parking lot is accessible via Franklin St. and though small is the most handicapped accessible of the three choices, in terms of getting into our space on the lower level. Please coordinate with a member to access the space this way; we're happy to help accommodate our fellow makers.
Street parking is always available. Keep in mind that on some weekends The Pointe hosts weddings or events and parking may be harder to find.
Interest Groups and Projects
- White Star Balloon - Record-breaking transatlantic robot balloon attempt
- Louisville Soundbuilders - Synthesizers and Circuitbending, DIY electronic noisemaking
- KYOSS Kentucky Open Source Society
- Kentucky-Indiana PC Users Group
- AND MUCH MORE! These are just the things that have gotten so big they need their own sub-groups.