Hackerspace Happenings: Power Racing Series at the KC Maker Faire


Power Racing Series at the Kansas City Maker Faire

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I have just become aware of the awesomeness that is the Power Racing Series, where groups (cough, hackerspaces) are encouraged to build and race souped-up versions of Power Wheels and other ride-on drivable toys. In this video, taken a couple days ago at the Kansas City Maker Faire, shows Royce of Milwaukee Makerspace colliding with a wall and dumping his sweet ride, the Grave Digger.

Hackerbus Request for Participation

Hi. My name is Moritz. I plan to tour across Europe in spring and summer 2012 (approx 6 months, maybe longer), visit hackerspaces, meet awesome people and learn about their projects. I will write about it, do interviews, and if everything works out well do a documentary film about the trip in a “Gernstls Reisen” style. While I’m at it, I will promote Free Culture and Creative Commons, exchange stickers, trade open data, hold talks, etc.

I want to do this for many reasons, but here’s the most important two: For one, the hacker culture of today definitely lacks documentation. Especially the people behind it are rarely looked at. Secondly, potentially, I want to open a hackerspace some time after the trip, the first (?) hackerspace with a full-time janitor, cook, clean-up lady and manager (yeah, all me). I want to find out how to do it properly.

If you’re interested in helping out, Moritz has a Request for Participation page up. Do it!

Flame Effects for the Artist

July 9th and 10th, San Francisco CA.

Attention all artists who wish to incorporate fire aspects into their art! This class is for you…

Flaming Lotus Girls and The Box Shop team up to present this great 2-day workshop in flame effects in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The workshop will be teaching basic practices and principles for incorporating fuel based flame effects into your work. This class is great for the beginning fire artist and always has something new for the “expert”. Each one of these classes has drawn participants who have had all levels of experience. This has made for some great questions and projects that have been both fun and challenging.

We will also examine the physical properties of LP gasses and get some hands on time with fittings and parts. Of course, we closely examine the wonders of LP gas with the amazing clear propane cylinder. We will then finish off by taking a look at some typical designs for Flame Effects including accumulators, free burning effects, fuel mortars, pilot lights, hot surface igniters and much more. We will have plenty of demonstrations and hands on materials.

The second day will be a shop day where we will put what we have learned into action and create a one of a kind flame effect from the materials on hand. The best part of the class is the assembly of the effect so please let us know if you have materials or elements you may like to see incorporated. This class will be fun for the artist who is thinking of incorporating a small flame element into their work, as well as the more experienced fire artist wanting to take their work to the next level.

The cost of this 2-Day class will be $120.

Both days’ classes will be from 10am – 5pm.

Printed materials and a crappy but filling lunch of whatever cheap food we can get will be provided each day.

Come and join us for this weekend to hang out with other fire artists and have a blast, no pun intended. We have room for 40 and will be taking walk up registration the day of the event, space permitting. Email your name to Fuelmaster@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

International Hackerspace Conference

Lima, Peru hackerspace Yachachiq is organizing a International Hackerspace Conference (IndieGoGo link) to be held 8/22-26 in Lima and Cusco. Conveniently, the conference immediately follows the International FabLab Conference, also in Peru.

OHM Space is Looking for Founding Members

New Oklahoma hackerspace OHM Space is looking for a few more members:

We’ve been busy at OHM Space. We’ve incorporated, taken out insurance, opened a bank account, established bylaws and signed a lease on our first space! It’s at 1700 W. Main St Oklahoma City, OK 73106. We’re calling it “Beta Space”. We have 5,000 sq. ft. at the moment and should have another 5,000 sq. ft. soon, for a grand total of 10,000 sq. ft. of pure potential!

The space isn’t perfect, but, it should be more than enough to get us started. Some basic renovations are underway, we’re setting up an RFID card reader on the door lock and we’re putting together a Kickstarter page to raise funds for all the cool equipment we’ve been talking about, including laser cutters, CNC mills, 3D scanners and 3D printers.

We’d like to give you a chance to become a cofounder. By paying for a full year of membership now, you’ll be guaranteed to have 24/7 access to an amazing community, voting rights, a neat certificate, access to a free parts wall and the honor of being an “OHM Space Founding Member”.

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

8 thoughts on “Hackerspace Happenings: Power Racing Series at the KC Maker Faire

  1. Robert K says:

    I was a timer for the Power Wheels race.

    Not to many accidents other than grave digger. Big Jake and Electro  had somewhat melted thier motor coils and had to quit.i3 Detroit’s car actually had a fire in their wires between the motor and the controller.

    There was some good races with some fast cars.

  2. Robert K says:

    I was a timer for the Power Wheels race.

    Not to many accidents other than grave digger. Big Jake and Electro  had somewhat melted thier motor coils and had to quit.i3 Detroit’s car actually had a fire in their wires between the motor and the controller.

    There was some good races with some fast cars.

  3. Anonymous says:

    WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait .. …There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives. putas| acompanhantes

  4. seo says:

    Good day! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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