Hack Lab (Hakka Lab)

Q:How does the community inside Hack Lab work and are there any corporate ethics involved?

Q:Have you considered any other ways to keep the Lab running, beside monthly subscription?

Q:How does the degree of creativity in people change as they work and experiment in Hack Lab?


Sumaranai: Hack Lab is a studio made specifically to assist people, with ambition in programming, wearable technology and any kind of technological innovation, in reaching their goals. The studio itself is an apartment-like set of rooms, each with different purpose. Firstly there is the room with the entrance where presumably most of the coding is done. Programmers also share this room with several 3d printers and a laser cutter. During our visit we were greeted by Eric Boyd, one of the creators of Hacklab and we had a little tour around the space. Firstly my sub-group has seen the kitchen, where nice Asian lady told us all about the secrets of testing new recipes on unsuspecting co-workers. Then we visited the workshop, where Eric shared with us how much hacking has been done to ensure than not a single Ampere passes through the power cords unnoticed, and of course the pride of the Hack Lab – the air filtration system to ensure that human casualties after laser cutting are minimal. After that we visited the resting area with a small sniper nest and Breaking Bad level chemical setup with unidentified substances, which as have been described by Eric – “Are used by other two people for unknown to him purposes”, most assuring. At the end of the day the kind Asian lady offered us some food and everybody got some, except me – I read a lot of Grimm brothers’ tales in my childhood and know better.




Reflection: The experience in Hack Lab could hardly be called distinctive, a nice giant workshop made for any imaginable work with hardware and software. The sense of community purchased for fifty dollars does not sound so appealing, but rather cheesy. The needs of Lab to maintain itself are clear, yet the membership in this fine establishment does not sound as tempting and non-membership and fifty dollars in the pocket. I presume it is only because I have yet to run into a project where my life would depend on air filtration system after some heavy laser cutting. The Lab looks like a “done and gone” type of place where you abandon the ship as soon as your month runs out. Personally I found it pretty hard to identify the target audience for a place like that, since I always assumed that new entrepreneurs are looking for a way to earn and not spend money, yet this lab seems full of people willing to pay fifty dollars per month for the access card on the front door.