Bruce writes in:
Do you know of any Arduino efforts in San Diego, CA? Do you know of anyone who might know?
Well Bruce, I understand how difficult it can be to find local DIY events, so I compiled a list of the places I would look. The first thing I would do is search google, however there is a good chance that local events might not show up if they haven’t been widely publicized. The next places I would check are Hackerspaces (neat map here) and Dorkbot. If there is a hackerspace in your area, there is a good chance that they will be holding classes about the Arduino or similar devices. Dorkbot groups seem to be more focused on presentations, however the participants can probably help point you in the right direction.
Another great possibility is a Make: group. There are a bunch of them popping up across the country (and hopefully across the world- let us know where you are!). Here are the ones that I know about:
- Make: SF
- Make: DC
- Make: NYC
- Make: Philly
- Make: PDX
- Make: KC
- Make: Denver
- Twin Cities Maker
- GO-Tech Ann Arbor
- MAKE Out Sessions
- Make: KW
- Make: Raleigh/Durham
Besides the more obvious tech-focused groups, many artists organizations and collaboratives are also hosting Arduino classes, such as AS220 in Providence, RI, Machine Project in Los Angeles, CA, and The Crucible in Berkeley, CA.
However, don’t give up if you don’t see anything listed for your city. Try asking around at a local college, check http://www.meetup.com/, chime in on the Make forum, take a glance at the official Arduino calender and the Make Events page, or just find some friends and host an event yourself, and be sure to tell us about it!
Know of any other good resources? Have any San Diego leads for Bruce? Want to see your group listed? Chime in in the comments!
Update 11/24/09: Added Make:RDU