Visitor advice

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Welcome to Noisebridge! We're glad you're interested in our space and we look forward to seeing you soon. Here's some advice to help you understand what you're getting into and see if it appeals to you.


Come with an open mind

Noisebridge is largely about learning and exploring, and there's lots to see and learn here! Activities at Noisebridge include hanging out, working on person or group projects, and scheduled or improptu workshops and classes on a range of topics, from foreign languages to photography, lockpicking, woodworking, computer programming and mathematics.

Not "child-safe"

We have not limited what we like to explore or discuss according to anyone's notions of "appropriateness" for children. Thus, anyone entering the space can be exposed to adult-themed ideas, concepts, language and items. We also have some tools and materials that can be hazardous for children or adults if used improperly. Children are as welcome in the space as any other person - just be prepared for what they may encounter.

Some times are better than others

We have many scheduled activities in the space, and many of us have day jobs. You can coordinate the time of your visit to ensure that you can find people to talk with (and to let you into the building!).

  • If you're interested in particular activities, check out our schedule, posted on the main page of this site.
  • If you'd like to come during unstructured time and talk with lots of people, after hours is best.
  • If you'd prefer a quieter environment, come earlier in the day.
  • You're unlikely to find many people in the space before noon on most days.

You can also call our payphone to see if anyone is in the space right now. We should add information here explaining how to make an incoming call.

Our code of conduct

Our code of conduct is "be excellent to one another". Please respect the other people you meet at Noisebridge and the Noisebridge space itself. We welcome visitors because we believe in our community and want to share the things we're working on with everyone.

Other people's stuff

Please try to be careful with the things you find at Noisebridge, and recognize that the things on shelves are other people's stuff.

Hostile network

The network at Noisebridge should be regarded as potentially hostile. This means that you should assume that any unencrypted communications over the network could be monitored by others. Examples of vulnerable communications include POP3/IMAP email clients, most web browsing, IRC/AIM and similar chat protocols that are often not encrypted. While no issues have come up to date, and our code of conduct opposes malicious monitoring of others, it is wise to be aware of the potential. Stick to using SSL or secure tunnels or VPNs for anything that uses a password or that you otherwise wouldn't want other people in the room to read. If you don't know how to protect your communications with encryption, many people at Noisebridge would be glad to help you out!

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