BU Information Lab and Design Space

BUILDS is an inclusive group of students, artists, hackers, and organizers who believe in the do-it-yourself attitude and hacker ethic.

What Can You do at BUILDS?

Come join our community, hang out, and be in good company! We’ll welcome you with open arms regardless of what you know and who you are! Our hackerspace is open at all hours of the day, but we have formal meetings on Wednesday at 7:00 PM during the fall and spring semesters. We are dedicated to providing every member with the tools and resources they need to pursue their passions.
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Enjoy our Hackerspace
Our hackerspace is open 24/7. Come in and work on your projects, or just hang out and chat with other members. Our amazing community is incredibly knowledgeable!
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Pursue Personal Projects
We provide everything you need to bring your ideas to life. We a variety of tools and equipment available for use, including a 3D printer, soldering irons, power tools, computers, and more.
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Attend Events
We regularly host events on Wednesdays at 7PM. Learn some new techologies during our workshop events, gain academic and professional knowledge during our speaker events, etc.

What is Hacking?

The idea of hacking is learning and building upon existing ideas and reinventing systems.
Think of hacking as the opportunity to take things apart, fix, or improve upon those ideas or systems to learn and understand how they work.
No matter who you are, you can create art and something inspiring on a computer, electronics, and anything that you put your mind to.
If you feel strongly about an idea or want to learn about something, show your enthusiasm, be bold, and you’ll find people who share your passion of discovery and learning here at BUILDS!

The Philosophy of the Hacker Ethic

  • Figure things out
  • Improve what already exists
  • Share your knowledge
  • Mistrust authority
  • Promote decentralization

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