Hack Oldham opens its doors

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Hack-Oldham-On-Horizontal1A group of creative and technology-minded individuals has found a new home in Oldham.

Hack Oldham – whose members of all ages and backgrounds meet to do interesting things – has moved into premises at 4/6 Hardcastle Street, just off Yorkshire Street.

The new hackspace was generated after the group worked with the local council and features training facilities, a meeting space, 3D printing facilities, an electronics laboratory and wood shop.

Founder of Hackspace Oldham Andy Powell said he hoped the soace would encourage new business start-ups in the town.

“My vision is that people from different backgrounds will come together and do interesting things, and that the space will eventually become self-sustaining.

“These days it doesn’t take much to start a business, often people do not need money, they need knowledge and resources and that’s what we want to share.
The space is operated as a non-profit and is entirely funded by members and donations from the general public.

The council’s Town Team has worked with the group for the last six months and found them the space from a private landlord.

Leader of Oldham Council, Councillor Jim McMahon, said: “I’m pleased to welcome Hack Oldham to the Independent Quarter and that we were able to help them with the move.”

Residents are invited to an open day at the hackspace on Saturday June 13 from 2pm until 6pm

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