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Hackerspace Happenings: BioCurious Finds a Space

Hackerspace Happenings: BioCurious Finds a Space

Are you a hackerspace member with an event you’d like to publicize? Send it to or tweet me at @johnbaichtal and I’ll post it. Also feel free to subscribe to my hackerspaces Twitter list. Hackerspace Happenings run weekly(ish) Tuesdays, and the next one will come out September 5th.

BioCurious Finds a Space

After raising $35K on Kickstarter a year ago, biology-focused hackerspace BioCurious finally found a home in Sunnyvale, CA. Congrats!

BioCurious is the world’s first hackerspace for biology. With low cost access to high level tools and classes, we enable education, collaboration, and innovation in science. Our Mission: We believe that innovations in biology should be accessible, affordable, and open to everyone. We’re building a community biology lab for amateurs, inventors, entrepreneurs, and anyone who wants to experiment with friends.

LVL1 SumoBot Tournament and Halloween Party

LVL1′s 2nd annual Sumobot tournament will be on October 29th, 2011, 8PM at 814e Broadway (our home). There will be a Halloween party following the fun. All are welcome to join in the festivities. You may even get to see the world famous fire breathing pony, Buttercup! You have a couple of months to build your bot. There will be prizes and eternal glory!

GGHC Prizes to Ship

After swirling rumors that element 14 had allegedly reneged on their promise to award soldering stations and other prizes to Great Global Hackespace Challenge participants, it now sounds like e14 has reaffirmed their commitment to send out the prizes, with emails going out to GGHC contacts on 8/26 alerting them that they can expect their loot.

Hackerspace Charlotte Anniversary BBQ

Hackerspace Charlotte will be holding a BBQ in honor of their first annivesary, Tuesday, September 6, from 7pm – 10pm.

Remember what you were doing last September? You were setting up a Hackerspace! You had no idea what you were getting yourself into… Come celebrate a year of making and breaking things, with our first annual BBQ! (Carnivore and Herbivore friendly)

Video Overview of Hackerspace Bandung

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Hackerspace Bandung in Indonesia shot a video of their space as a submission to TEDx Jakarta. Looks like a great space!

Ferrofluid Hacking at Philly’s Hive76

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We’re going to be trying to make our own ferrofluid on Tuesday night [8/30] to have available to play with on Wednesday night [8/31]. If our efforts are successful, then for Open House we’ll show you how to make it using old audio cassette tapes and acetone. I don’t know what kind of results to expect, but here’s a video giving an idea of the extreme.

Fall Classes at Houson’s TX/RX

Our Fall lineup of informative, hands-on classes is geared towards individuals who are seeking to increase their skills, broaden their horizons, and try exciting new things. Expert community members and professionals will provide attendees with an exciting and informal learning atmosphere which fosters creativity and promotes collaboration. We hope you will come out and be part of the experience.

Madison’s Sector67 Featured in Isthmus Magazine

Sector67 got some great publicity when they got a nice writeup in a local magazine:

A young boy strides confidently into the warehouse space on Madison’s near east side that houses Sector67, a new community “hackerspace.” His two friends trail slightly behind him as he takes them first into a back room filled with computers, then into another space crammed with several imposing-looking CNC machines — the new generation of computer-controlled milling machines that can create just about anything a user programs them to. The kids’ eyes go slightly wide at the sight, smiles twitching at the corners of their mouths.

Chicago’s PS:One Films RC Videos for element 14

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If you’re like me, the RC aviation hobby is as fascinating as it is costly. In the two videos below that we produced for element14 though, we cover how to convert a $10 foam glider into a great training flier and then get even more bleeding edge with a cheap-but-good-for-the-price setup for flying UAV style with a pistol grip camcorder mounted to the plane that transmits to a screen on the ground. Dan Meyer with the help of Ken Zinnen walk you through some of the many exciting facets of radio controlled airplanes.

Lightning Talks at Prague’s Brmlab

This Thursday, September 1st, brmlab will be holding lightning talks.

Lightning talks is an event that takes place at 20:00 every month on the first Thursday. Around 10 lightning talks (each max. 7 minutes long) will shortly introduce audience to various topics. Afterwards people are free to discuss topics they got interested in. The best speaker will receive a nice T-shirt with our logo!

Kansas City’s CCCKC Achieves 501c3 Status

After a long wait CCCKC has finally been approved to be an IRS Section 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization. It’s been a long and hard journey which has finally paid off. Special thanks to the executive board, the board of directors and all of the loyal CCCKC members who helped make this dream a reality.

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