Hackerspace Happenings for September 14

Hackerspace Happenings for September 14

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Designing with Electroluminescent Wire at HackPGH

Join us at HackPittsburgh this Friday, where member Jet will talk about the history and current use of electroluminescent wire — aka “el wire” — in art, clothing and safety. He’ll explain how el wire works, where it works, what it’s good for, and show lots of examples both of el wire projects and how they were made. The talk will include some live demos of el wire costumes made for burning man and other projects.

Friday, September 14th – Free & open to the public.
Doors open at 7pm, talk starts at 7:30.
We’re at 1936 Fifth Avenue, in the garage around back (on Watson).
Look for our flag over the door.

Fall Class Registration at Houston’s TX/RX Labs

Always wanted to build a go-kart but don’t know how to weld? Or maybe you would like to make an iPhone game, but don’t know how to program? Or perhaps you have ideas for some cool electronics projects, but don’t really know how to get started? More likely, you have even better ideas. Our Fall DIY class series is just the thing to help get your projects out of your head and into the real world.

We offer hands on classes in all areas of Fabrication, Design, Programming, etc. Examples include Welding, CNC, Arduino, C Programming, CAD, 3D Printing and Stepper Motor Design to name a few. Check them out at our class registration page. Nowhere else in Houston will you be able to learn so much in such a short time and get hands on experience with such exciting topics, and all for such reasonable prices.

Sumobot Tournanent and Halloween Party at Louisville’s LVL1

LVL1′s 3rd annual Sumobot tournament will be on Saturday October 27th, 2012, 8PM at 814e Broadway (our home). There will be a Halloween party following the fun. All are welcome to join in the festivities. You have 6 weeks to build your bot. There will be prizes and eternal glory!

FUBAR Labs Needs Your Help!

While FUBAR gets most of its income from member dues and class fees, we do rely on donations from the greater community of hackers and makers.

Every little bit helps. If you believe in what we do, have used the space in the past, or plan to in the future, a donation would be really appreciated.

We need to update/upgrade/replace some of our hand tools. For instance, we need things like a complete socket and wrench set, and our rechargeable hand tools need a new battery.

Hackerspace Auction at Denver’s DenHac

More info here.

Circuit Board Printing Workshop at Bloomington, IN’s Bloominglabs

Tuesday, September 18th from 6pm to 9pm
Bring your own circuit board design to print or print an Arduino circuit board or ATTINY AVR programmer circuit board
Leave the workshop with a printed circuit board all drilled and ready to be populated!
Heat transfer method or photo resist method (for an extra fee)
$20 for non-members/free for members ($5 extra for the photo resist method)
Attendance required at the September 18th workshop in order to come to the September 25th workshop

Take the next step in electronics from the breadboard with our circuit board printing workshop. It’s easy to do once you’ve been guided through the process, and this workshop will guide you. You can bring your own design, print an Arduino compatible board, or an AVR programmer board. We’ll use the heat transfer method or photo resist method. Spots are limited so reserve one today!

More info here.

Crypto Party at Vancouver Hack Space

Learn about cryptography at VHS!

We’re going to install and use

– Online anonymity tools
– Secure communication tools using, SSH, SSL, OpenVPN
– Anti tracking tools
– Steganography tools (hide data in other data)

Music will be heard, drinks will be drunk


Pinky + Brain

September 21th, 7pm till late

0. Laptop, usbsticks, tablet and/or fancy phone
1. CryptoAnarchy!

Two Vend-a-Kit Machines at Minneapolis’ Hack Factory

If you’re working at the HF and need an Arduino, RasPi, or kit, look no further than the lounge! Vend-a-Kit, a side project of Alex of GetLoFi, has stocked two machines, one with kits and one with components.

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