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Grab pizza with us @Gusto tonight!

Tonight only, from 4pm-close, Gusto Pizza’s Ingersoll location is donating 10% of their profits to Area515. Let’s do this! They can accommodate most food allergies, and their pizza is great. No excuses — support Area515 tonight by eating dinner at Gusto! Details on Facebook:

How Companies Get Hacked – Less than 1 week to register!

How Companies Get Hacked  (And What You Can Do About It!) In partnership with the Area515 Maker Space When: Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm Where: Area515 Maker Space – 1731 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309 Cost: Free! Just be sure to register at the link below Details: Instructor: Sherri Davidoff, CEO and Founder of LMG Security Presentation […]

How Companies Get Hacked (And What You Can Do About It!)

Sherri Davidoff, CEO of LMG Security, is offering a free talk on cybersecurity. Registration is required — get your seat now! Join us Wednesday, March 29, 7 – 10pm, and feel free to forward the registration link to anyone else who is interested. Professional hackers around the world target YOU in attempts to gain access […]

New Humble Bundle!

There’s a new Humble Bundle book bundle out! This one is all about Arduino and Raspberry Pi’s. The bundle includes everything from basic stuff all the way up through robots and internet of things. Best of all, you can choose your own charity. Search “Des Moines Maker Space” to support Area515 with your book purchase. […]

What’s in a robot?

We’re going to be dismantling a commercial grade robot arm tonight during electronics night! Come down 7 – 9pm to check it out and see what makes this robot arm work. Can’t make it? I will take photos and post a followup, if you put the next electronics night on your calendar. Every 2nd Wednesday, […]

Anyone use Humble Bundle?

To anyone who follows Humble Bundle, they have added the ability to support any charity of your choosing with your Humble Bundle purchase. Area515 is in the list! Please consider supporting the DSM makerspace with your next purchase from

MacBooks for Sale!

Could anyone use a MacBook or a MacBook Pro? Want a second laptop, a computer for your grandparents, or a laptop for your kids? We have early 2011 13″ MacBooks (and a handful of MBP’s). They were donated to the space, and have been refurbished and thoroughly cleaned. They work great and include chargers. We’re […]

DVD Duplica– er … Ripper?

Remember these? They’re supposed to make a bunch of copies of any CD or DVD. We grabbed it from the curb because it looked like it might have useful parts. Someone found a better use for it. Turns out, these are pretty much standard computers running Windows XP Embedded on an ATX x86 computer. So, […]