About Us

Robot Garden is a community workshop (501c3). We provide infrastructure so that people can engage in and collaborate on technology projects. We promote innovation and interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) by using robotics and creative or artistic projects to inspire and educate.

Robot Garden may be the first robotics themed hackerspace in the world and will be the first hackerspace open to the community in the Tri-Valley part of the East San Francisco Bay Area. We plan to make available all the tools makers have come to love such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, sewing equipment, soldering irons and oscilloscopes. Members can work on all manner of technology and art projects, not just robots. In addition, we will have unique robotics resources not found at any previous hackerspace.

“Hackerspaces are community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects. In short, it is a real location (opposed to an online meeting place) to gather with like-minded people and hack” (Hackerspaces.org, 2010)

Child and robot blocksRobots are a catalyst for excitement and education. We are a community that seeks to promote innovation, creativity, learning, personal and community development and the creation of tangible new technology through collaboration, classes, and by providing resources for our members and the wider community.

By fostering open source software and hardware projects, we encourage development of technology that benefits society. We ask our community to always ‘be excellent to each other’, as Noisebridge describes it. We are already hosting events and will continue to offer classes, and host hack-a-thons, competitions, seminars and concerts among many other activities.

Organizational Structure

Our core team is growing and you are welcome to join us.



  • Jim Berry, Head Steward, Robot Garden
  • Bryan Moran, Laser Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Frankie Sierra
  • Frances Sierra
  • Per Stormhagen

Board of Advisers

  • Brandon Cardwell, Vice President of i-GATE
  • Maynard Holliday, Robotics Educator for Citizen Schools, and Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories
  • Vic Castillo, Additive Manufacturing Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and winner of the Great Minds in STEM 2013 Community Service Award.

And of course, we could not exist without the generous support of our sponsors.


We are an incorporated non-profit organization and operate according to these bylaws.