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File:Noisebridge logo.png
Noisebridge logo
Motto "Be Excellent to Each Other"
Formation 2007
Purpose Hacking
San Francisco, California
Jacob Appelbaum, Mitch Altman, volunteers
Affiliations Pumping Station: One, Chaos Computer Club, Metalab, NYC Resistor and similar
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Noisebridge is an award-winning[1][2] anarchistic educational hackerspace in San Francisco, inspired by hackerspaces in Europe, like the Metalab in Vienna and c-base in Berlin. It is a registered non-profit California corporation, with IRS 501(c)(3) charitable status.[3] According to the Noisebridge website's Vision page, "Noisebridge is a space for sharing, creation, collaboration, research, development, mentoring, and of course, learning. Noisebridge is also more than a physical space, it's a community with roots extending around the world."[4][5] It was organized and began regularly meeting in 2007 and has had permanent facilities since 2008.[6]


Noisebridge encourages participation by anyone who feels they can contribute, and non-members are welcome at the space at any time. All workshops and activities are free, with some exceptions for materials costs, and all are open to the public.


Noisebridge members have been involved with major award-winning research projects. This includes winning the best paper awards from top tier academic conferences such as Usenix Security Conference[7][8] and CRYPTO[9][10]

Noisebridge operates a lights-out cloud computing lab[11] with more than 100 computer cores and contributes resources to several open source projects, including the GCC compile farm.

Community participation

Noisebridge members regularly speak at events around the world such as Defcon, Blackhat, The Chaos Computer Club's Chaos Communications Congress, CCC Camps, HOPE, and more, as well as present at local events such as Maker Faire, and contribute to the founding of hackerspaces elsewhere.[12] It is well known for its Five Minutes Of Fame event as well as hosting the local San Francisco Dorkbot.


File:Spacebridge balloon at cloud tops.jpg
At cloud tops 7 February 2010

Noisebridge has a near space exploration program, which has launched weather-balloon probes exploring altitudes of nearly 70,000 feet, carrying a variety of smartphones and digital cameras for imaging and altitude sensing using a GPS system.[13][14][15][16] Altitudes reached have exceeded the operational limits of consumer level GPS systems.[17]

Media coverage

Noisebridge won the SF Bay Guardian 2010 Best of the Bay award as "Best Open Source Playground"; the review concluded, "the vibe is welcoming and smart."[1] In 2011 the SF Weekly awarded Noisebridge Best of San Francisco as "Best Hacker Playground", describing it as "the ultimate in DIY ethic" and noting its "distinctive sense of humor."[2] Noisebridge has been covered by international media for a myriad of projects involving their membership, in NPR,[18] the BBC,[15] Wired,[14] The Guardian,[19] CNET,[5] Le Monde, which covered biohacking classes at Noisebridge,[20] Heise Online, ORF, Irish Times, Die Welt Online, Die Zeit Online, Der Standard, and elsewhere.[21] The Noisebridge policy is open access for all; as a result, homeless people can attend to craft things to earn money, but there have also been repeated thefts of tools, computers, and the donation box.[22]

The hackerspace features prominently in Cory Doctorow's fictional 2013 novel Homeland.[23]

Physical space

During most of 2007 and 2008, Noisebridge was a group of people meeting in new locations weekly. In October 2008 the Noisebridge group began renting a commercial property in San Francisco's Mission District,[6] but it quickly outgrew that location. In September 2009 Noisebridge moved to a much larger facility a few blocks south on Mission Street.[24] The current space has a machine shop, optics lab,[5] two classrooms, a 1Gbps uplink, areas for electronics work and sofas for laptop work and socializing.[24]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Best Open Source Playpen". Best of the Bay 2010 – Editor's Picks – City Living. SF Bay Guardian. 27 July 2010. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Best Hacker Hangout – 2011 – Noisebridge". Best of San Francisco 2011 – People & Places. SF Weekly. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  3. "Search Charitable Organizations". Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  4. "Noisebridge website's Vision page". Noisebridge. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Elinor, Mills (30 November 2009). "Building circuits, code, community at Noisebridge hacker space". CNET News. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 O'Brien, Danny (24 October 2008). "Hackers need space to innovate". Irish Times. Retrieved 3 December 2010. (subscription required)
  7. "Lest We Remember: Cold Boot Attacks on Encryption Keys". USENIX Security. 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  8. "Lest We Remember: Cold Boot Attacks on Encryption Keys". Proc. 17th USENIX Security Symposium (Sec ‘08), San Jose, CA,. Princeton University. July 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  9. "CRYPTO 2009: Program: Best-paper award for Short Chosen-Prefix Collisions for MD5 and the Creation of a Rogue CA Certificate". International Association for Cryptologic Research. 16 August 2009. 
  10. "MD5 considered harmful today: Creating a rogue CA certificate". 25th Annual Chaos Communication Congress. Berlin. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  11. "Noisecloud". Noisebridge. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  12. Aithal, Archana (25 April 2011). "Xinchejian: Hackerspace Shanghai". CNN International. 
  13. Ganapati, Priya (12 February 2010). "DIY Group Sends $25 Balloon to 70,000 Feet". Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Ganapati, Priya (12 August 2010). "Amateurs Fling Their Gadgets to Edge of Space". 
  15. 15.0 15.1 Knowles, Jamillah (19 August 2010). "Hackspaces get closer to home". BBC. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  16. "Spacebridge". Noisebridge. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  17. "Spacebridge Alpha Launch". Noisebridge. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  18. Kalish, Jon (21 November 2010). "DIY hackers tinker everyday things into treasure". NPR. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  19. "Hackers of the world unite". The Guardian. 13 January 2010. 
  20. Eudes, Yves (4 September 2009). "Biohackers: les bricoleurs d'ADN (Biohackers: DIYers of DNA)". Le Monde. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  21. "Noisebridge website's Media coverage page". Noisebridge. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  22. Brewster, Signe (21 August 2013). "Inside Noisebridge: San Francisco’s eclectic anarchist hackerspace". Gigaom. 
  23. Doctorow, Cory (February 2013). Homeland (text file). Tor books. ISBN 978-0-7653-3369-8. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  24. 24.0 24.1 Martínez-Cabrera, Alejandro (11 September 2010). "Hackerspaces nurture creative spirits". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 

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Coordinates: 37°45′45″N 122°25′10″W / 37.762413°N 122.419313°W / 37.762413; -122.419313