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Discotech + openFrameworks at OmniCorpDetroit

OmniCorpDetroit is happy to announce the following two events for February! We’ve been collaborating with organizations like Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, ArtServe Michigan, Emergence Media, Work Department and the international openFrameworks community to organize a blended Discotech/openFrameworks workshop and open conversation / lecture event.

The event will be held Saturday, February 25th and Sunday the 26th. See the event page for more information.


DIY Solar Power Presentation at HackPittsburgh

Join us on Friday (Feb 24th) when member Mark will present DIY Solar Power. Mark Barlow, an electrical engineer and solar photovoltaic (PV) consultant, will introduce solar technology that is ready for the Do-It-Yourself community. The talk will include information on solar cell testing, electrical hardware, mechanical hardware, safety code, and the new all-in-one rooftop solar PV kits by Westinghouse Solar. The combination of affordable pricing, along with the ease of installation makes Westinghouse Solar Kits an attractive solution for contractors and do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners.

Free and Open to the Public.
Doors open at 7pm and the event will start shortly after that.
We’re at 1936 Fifth Avenue, in the garage around back on Watson.
Look for our flag over the door.


Eugene Maker Space Grand Opening

Congrats to the Eugene (OR) Makerspace on a successful event. Looks like a nice crowd!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to our grand opening event to support us! We had a fantastic time and we hope you will come again. Remember, we have open house nights every Friday night from 6:00PM to 8:00PM so feel free to drop by and see what we are up too. Or, bring a project and get some work done. We will be uploading photos from the event soon, but for now, we hope you enjoy this time lapse video of the grand opening event.


Cairo Hackerspace Re-Opening

Create, Innovate, Be a maker be a hacker. Join Cairo Hackerspace re-opening. Our new space is ready for hacking. New tools and cool stuff ;) . Get ready for a big exciting day from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on the 24th of Feb.


Soldering Workshop at Bloomington, IN’s Bloominglabs

February 28th marks the second session of Bloominglabs’ soldering class — this one focuses on soldering surface mount components.

  • Second week is surface mount soldering and also finish-up of the first week’s kit if needed

  • Both classes include a kit to solder, additional electronics kits available at additional cost
  • Everything you need will be provided for you, but if you wish you may bring your own soldering iron and hand-tools
  • Send an email to rsvp ]at[ bloominglabs ]dot[ org to sign up! RSVP early while seats are still available!

The class costs $20 for just the second session.


Ephemerisle Planning Session at LA’s Crash Space

Ephemerisle is a self-organizing gathering on the water. A temporary zone of boats, platforms, and floating art. It lasts for four days, filled with parties, futurist and special interest talks, and pickup collaboration between the very interesting mix of people who find themselves on the water.

For all those in the LA area going or interested in going to Ephemerisle, we’re hosting an intro and planning session at Crashspace.

Come and get an explanation of what Ephemerisle is, or plot with those already planning to go. Expect discussion of platform design, finding a bunk, the groups to meet up with, and kickstarters for community services.

The meetup is March 7th at 8pm.


Burlington, VT’s Laboratory B Opens

Congrats to the gang at the recently-opened Laboratory B hackerspace.

Laboratory B started organically growing out of DC802 meetings and the Burlington 2600 crowd. The idea of getting a space was tossed around at a number of meetings and emails started flying on the DC802 mailing list.

In December 20101 Lab-b acquired a small office in the Old North End. After a laborious process of drinking and debating we finally settled on the name Laboratory B. Turns out there was even a pretty cool historical connection with a Russian Nuclear Research facility by the same name.

Laboratory B had an initial roster of about 10 paying members and is still growing. We are looking for new people, new projects and new donated gear!

Our members include a variety of highly talented people with very strong cross disciplinary knowledge and we all have high hopes for what may come from this space.


Art Hackathon at Philly’s Hive76

For the second weekend in March, Hive76 is hosting a day of smashing, cutting, gluing, taping, painting, and general making and frivolity. We’re calling it “Art Hackathon“. Inspired by the Bravo TV Series Work of Art, and following closely in the footsteps of Art Hack Day, the event will focus on the rapid creation of meaningful works of art out of a provided supply of recycled materials.

Hive76 will provide massive piles of cardboard, tubs of glue, masking tape, tubs of spackle, box cutter blades, and a few cans of various colors of spray paint, to let every participating individual or team create a work of their choosing. The works will be based on a single theme, to be announced at the beginning of the event.

The event is split across two, four-hour days. While participants are free to use the time as they wish, the time is designed to provide time for planning on and a moderate amount of building on the first day, with some drying and curing time overnight before finishing up the next day.

A fee of $25 per person will be charged at the door, to cover the cost of materials and food that will be provided during the event for both days. Please RSVP for the event before March 6th by emailing [email protected]

The hackathon will be held March 10th and 11th, from 3-7pm.


Open Hack at RaumZeitLabor in Mannheim, Germany

Severin of RZL mailed in details of their open nights:

We’re having an open night at our space every Tuesday, starting at 7pm. There’s usually 2-3 short talks, some cooking, and a lot of hacking and fun stuff going on. It’s a great mixture of members and new people, so the perfect night to check out our space. We put the details about talks and projects up on our calendar and out log the night before.


Tokyo Hackerspace Fundraiser

Tokyo Hackerspace is moving in July, and needs your help.

THS will need to move house in July!

We need to save up about 500000 yen (thats a bit over 4 grand, USD).

Why so expensive?

Typically in Japan, you need to pay equivalent to 3 months rent in deposits, guarantor fees, leasing agent fees etc. In addition, we need a bit of cash to pay for trucks, gas, and starting utilities.

If you would like to help us out, you can make donations in 500 yen increments. Its a bit under 5 dollars. Just add as many to the cart as you like!

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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