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Visit to a Beirut Hackerspace

Lamba Labs @ Halloween

The Lamba labs new hackerspace is located in Karaj beirut, a coworking space that is started and affliated with Ayah Bedir (little bits founder, TED speaker). It is a really nice old building just to the east of Genmayze, the party central district in downtown beirut. 

The first night I arrive, the Lamba locals help me plan out a beginner’s Arduino workshop for Lamba Labs, a hackerspace. I only heard about this place a few weeks ago from Bilal Ghalib who is working on an initiative to start Hackerspaces in the Middle East ( see GEMSI.org)  Since Istanbul is so close, and I’ve always wanted to see Beirut, I volunteered to help out (as part of my vacation) with the fledgling hackerspace.

Arduino Light Painting @ Lamba Labs

It was of good fortune to work with such talented and energetic people which made organizing really easy!  In my week in Beirut, I also helped create some marketing materials and participated in the weekend hackathon where we did had fun making light paintings with arduinos!  

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Lamba Labs

All in all, Beirut was a productive, exciting and busy visit. If the opportunity arises again, I certainly hope to contribute to more hackerspaces internationally during my travels. Its nice to get to know locals and also feel like I’m contributing as a traveler, not simply passing through.  I hope that Lamba Labs has a great future. The hospitality and the energy of the people were wonderful as well.