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Are you a maker or a hacker?

Soldering at the Maker Faire
Making is very much a hands-on hobby

In the past, the word hacker wasn't associated with high-tech crime. Hackers took things apart, saw how they worked and tried to make them better as they put them back together.

Many hi-tech historians argue that without hackers there would be no internet.

And now the net is helping to sustain and grow that grassroots hacking culture.

The culture of tinkering has gained followers online as more and more people take things apart, put them back together and make new things.

The BBC technology news site is starting a series of features about the UK's hackers and makers and is looking to hear from people enjoy tinkering.

Are you a home hacker? Do you like finding out how things work? Are you in the process of making something? Get in touch by using in the form below. A BBC producer may contact you.

Also, send us your photos or videos and let us know what you are building.

Send your pictures to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 61124 . If you have a large file you can upload here.

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