Following the emerging trend in big cities like New York and San Francisco, a new hacker space - appropriately deemed HackerSpace - has moved into the converted cigar factory that's home to our friends over at CoWorkTampa.
Operating from the ground floor of the building located at 3104 N. Armenia Ave. (CoWorkTampa resides in the second story), HackerSpace is a communal workspace for tech-minded innovators looking to collaborate and create outside the confines of their own homes.
As part of a growing number of community workspaces popping up throughout the country, hacker spaces have been been breeding grounds for burgeoning startup companies like Pinterest and MakerBot, the New York Times reports.
HackerSpace in Tampa will join approximately 200 other hacker spaces now operating in the U.S., which serve as alternatives to costly home workshops for forward-thinking engineers, programmers, inventors and more.
HackerSpace premiered with a soft opening in early August after raising enough money through a Facebook group to secure the funds necessary to take over the space.
The space currently hosts meetings and classes. Company founder Bill Shaw hopes to raise $10,000 via Kickstarter for the inclusion of tools including printers, laser cutters and sewing machines within the next two months according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
CoWorkTampa and HackerSpace officials expect that each company will gain overlap memberships and benefit from operating under the same roof.
We'll keep you updated as more news arises regarding HackerSpace and CoWorkTampa.