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Wow, all of a sudden, it feels like Washington, DC is a happenin’ place for DIY-minded techies and tinkerers. Check out this schedule of upcoming events:

Saturday, April 26: RobotFest, Linthicum, MD
Make: DC will be there doing Solarbotics BEAM workshops for kids!

Sunday, April 27: HacDC Pre-Grand Opening Parts Party


Tuesday April, 29:

Dorkbot DC
7 PM – 9 PM (ET)
Smith Hall of Art, Room 114
George Washington University
801 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20037

Telit's GM862 Cellular Quad Band Module with GPS. Steve Hernandez  :  Machine to Machine (M2M) Communication Utilizing GSM Cellular Networks

M2M communication is the process of allowing two or more machines to communicate with each other to exchange data and can encompass both voice and data communications. Steve’s going to discuss using the GM862 Cellular Quad Band Module, manufactured by Telit, and available from SparkFun Electronics, in your projects.

Steve Hernandez is an engineer working in areas of telecom that he’d rather not discuss with you, but only because he doesn’t like the hassle of having to dispose of your body afterwards.


Photo a RepRap Darwin 1.0. Jay Swift  :  Bringing Up Rex

In our second presentation on the RepRap project’s plan for world domination and the good people that are making that possible, Jay–a member of the Baltimore/Washington RepRap Users’ Group–will have us oohing and ahhing as he shows us his neonatal Darwin 1.0 (dubbed Rex by his GF) and tells us where RepRaps come from.

Jay Swift is a high school Junior who got interested in RepRap about six months ago, mainly because he wanted to do something that was more worth his time than K’NEX.


Ad hoc presentations!

If you–or someone you know–has an interesting announcement or something to share (5 minutes or less), we’ll make time to fit you in.


After the presentations, the exchange continues over food and drink at a nearby eatery.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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