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Weekly meet: October 1st, 2013

Come work on your projects at Gainesville Hackerspace! If you have a project you’d like to work on in the company of others, bring it on down. We have tools, knowhow, and lots of people who would love to participate.

If you’re wondering how to start a project that you’ve had in mind for a while, come discuss it with us!

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm.

This meeting will be held at our new location, 101 SE 2nd Pl, Ste 100, Gainesville, FL 32601. (We are located in the basement level of the Sun Center, in the former location of the club Wise Guys. Our entrance is on the south side of the building, near the large arch at the north end of the main parking lot, beneath the large green awning.)

Hackerspace Demo Night (special event): Tuesday at 6pm

Tomorrow night is demo night, and this one is going to be special: instead of having our “regularly scheduled” presentations, cadets from the second iteration of Hacker House are going to be giving their product pitches! Come on by and see what this generation of entrepreneurs are up to.

And speaking of Hacker House, following the presentations, SpinChill’s Kickstarter Launch party will be taking place at Sharab at 8:00 PM. As you may recall, SpinChill was born from the first iteration of Hacker House, so please come by and help them celebrate their Kickstarter launch!

Please take note: in order to make sure that we don’t have scheduling conflicts between presentations and the SpinChill launch party, presentations are going to be starting at 6:00 PM sharp tomorrow night! That’s one hour earlier than usual, so please make sure to update your plans accordingly.

Presentations start at 6pm!

StartWhys co-working event this Wednesday!

StartWhys

Hey, hackers! Bring your laptop and your work to Hackerspace this Wednesday afternoon!

Trevor Abbott (SpinChill co-founder and Hackerspace member) and Julian Miller (eMotion, StartupWeekend) want to do a cool hangout at Hackerspace from 1:30-6:30pm as part of their new not-for-profit effort StartWhys.

StartWhys will be a traveling pop-up co-working event that happens occasionally at creative spaces around Gainesville. The goal of StartWhys is to get more hackers and creatives meeting and collaborating together by allowing them to work in a novel and supportive environment.

Their first event was held last week at the CIED (thanks, Bill Dorman!), and it was attended by 24 people.

If you can, bring your laptop and your work! :)

Weekly meet: August 6th, 2013

Come work on your projects at Gainesville Hackerspace! If you have a project you’d like to work on in the company of others, bring it on down. We have tools, knowhow, and lots of people who would love to participate.

If you’re wondering how to start a project that you’ve had in mind for a while, come discuss it with us!

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm.

This meeting will be held at our downtown location, 101 SE 2nd Pl, Ste 100, Gainesville, FL 32601. (We are located in the basement level of the Sun Center, in the former location of the club Wise Guys. Our entrance is on the south side of the building, near the large arch at the north end of the main parking lot, beneath the large green awning.)

Guest event: UF’s Mobile Computing Killer App Competition

Tomorrow Gainesville Hackerspace will put its normal Demo Night on hold to host the demo presentations for UF’s Mobile Computing Killer App Competition. (Winners will be announced on April 18th at Startup Hour.)

The event will run from 3pm to 7pm and will showcase approximately 20 mobile apps. Doors open at 2:30pm and the event is open to all.

Please drop by at any time during the event to check out the demos and chat with talented students about their projects!

Check out the following flyer for more info:

When: April 16th from 3-7pm
Where: Gainesville Hackerspace

Hackerspace Demo Night: March 19th, 2013

Hackerspace Demo Night is a monthly demonstration of awesome projects by Hackerspace members. Admission is free and open to all.

The next Hackerspace Demo Night will happen on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at 7:00pm.

What’s being demoed:

  • My experiences jailbreaking my iPhone (Manny Rodriguez)
  • RedRock Boardshop’s new electric skateboard: the LaGrange L1 (Aaron King)
  • Art Lab (Colin Curry)

This meeting will be held at our new downtown location, 101 SE 2nd Pl, Ste 100, Gainesville, FL 32601. (We are located in the basement level of the Sun Center, in the former location of the club Wise Guys. Our entrance is on the south side of the building, near the large arch at the north end of the main parking lot, beneath the large green awning.)

Hackerspace Demo Night: February 19th, 2013

Hackerspace Demo Night is a monthly demonstration of awesome projects by Hackerspace members. Admission is free and open to all.

The next Hackerspace Demo Night will happen on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 7:00pm.

What’s being demoed:

  • Ferrofluids and electromagnets (Patty Lipka and Frank Lowry)
  • The 2013 Music Visualizer Hackathon (cvk)
  • The winning entry from the 2013 Music Visualizer Hackathon (Nick, Brian, and James)
  • Adding an AUX input to a car stereo (Conway)
  • Watchtower (revisited) (Chris Lane)

This meeting will be held at our new downtown location, 101 SE 2nd Pl, Ste 100, Gainesville, FL 32601. (We are located in the basement level of the Sun Center, in the former location of the club Wise Guys. Our entrance is on the south side of the building, near the large arch at the north end of the main parking lot, beneath the large green awning.)

2013 Music Visualizer Hackathon was awesome

Here are some photos from the 2013 Music Visualizer Hackathon that happened on Sunday. We saw some incredible creativity in all the visualizers people made, and the event was a huge success.

Thanks to Ian for getting hardware, to Amir for organizing shirts, awards, and food, to Frank and Clint for making sure our facilities could receive so many guests, and to Effie for making the space awesome and running the registration table.

Also, I couldn’t have gotten all the LED hardware hooked up in time without Devin, Ben, Yushun, and Mike. Thanks for coming in at 11pm on a Saturday and working until 3am, dudes!

Bonus: Here’s a little video showing some visualizers under development:
https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10103197660594351

2013 Music Visualizer Hackathon at Gainesville Hackerspace

Build a music visualizer, compete for prizes, win massive respect!

Date: February 10th, 2013.

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UPDATE 2/1:

The EventBrite registration page is up! If you want to participate in the hackathon for a chance to win, please register soon. 50 spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

http://hackers-unite.eventbrite.com/#2013-Music-Visualizer-Hackathon

(If you just want to spectate at the event, then EventBrite registration isn’t required. Everyone is welcome to show up and hang out.)

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2013_music_visualizer_hackathon_flyerDo you like programming, electronics, or bright shiny lights? You’re in luck. Grooveshark, HackerHouse, and Paracosm are proud to present the 2013 Music Visualizer Hackathon hosted at Gainesville Hackerspace. Come hang out with other hackers and see who can build the coolest music visualizer based on a stunning 32×16 pixel RGB LED matrix display and powered by an Arduino.

Spend the day competing against other teams and learning from experts about Arduino, the inexpensive open-source computer that makes it easy for beginners and pros to make electronics projects. You can make any kind of music visualization you want, including pixel art, waveforms, dancing text, and any other effect you can dream up. You can even include interactivity via buttons.

Each member of the top 2 winning teams gets to take home a 32×16 pixel RGB LED matrix display board (a $45 value). In addition, the winner gets a sweet trophy and lots of high fives.

WHAT YOU GET:

  • Food
  • A sweet t-shirt
  • A 32×16 pixel RGB LED matrix display board will be provided for your team’s use for the day. (And the top two teams get to keep their displays!)

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

  • Each team must have one Arduino board. If no one on your team has one, you can purchase one from us at cost ($22) on the EventBright page and pick it up on the day of the competition. After the hackathon, you’ll be able to use your Arduino in dozens of other projects!
  • Mentors will be on site to help if you get stuck, but a moderate knowledge of at least one programming language is strongly suggested. Specific knowledge about Arduino is not required.

TEAMS:

  • 1-3 members per team
  • Teams must pre-register on the EventBrite page (URL will be posted here within 24 hours)
  • Teams must pick a cool team name (otherwise the judges will assign you a terrible one)

SCHEDULE:

  • Noon-1pm: Intro
    • 15-minute general intro
    • 15-minute pitches (3 presenters)
    • 15-minute preflight check
    • Food
  • 1pm-5:30pm: Hacking
  • 5:30pm-6pm: First-round judging
  • 6pm-7pm: Final judging

CODE SAMPLES AND HARDWARE:

Three days prior to the event registered teams will be emailed a link to the following:

  • A sample Arduino project which pulses the display to the beat of the music and changes color with a button press. This sample project will make it easy to start making your music visualizer right away on the day of the hackathon.
  • Easy wiring diagrams for the sample project (matrix display, button, audio-in)

JUDGES:

  • Josh Greenberg (Grooveshark)
  • Amir Rubin (Paracosm Inc.)
  • Augi Lye (HackerHouse and Trendy Entertainment)
  • Christian von Kleist (Gainesville Hackerspace)
  • Ian Taylor (Gainesville Hackerspace)

WHEN AND WHERE:

- Gainesville Hackerspace downtown: 101 SE 2nd Pl, Ste 100, Gainesville, FL 32601
– February 10th, noon to 7pm.

SNEAK PREVIEW:

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10103159328068041

Hackerspace Demo Night: January 15th, 2013

Hackerspace Demo Night is a monthly demonstration of awesome projects by Hackerspace members. Admission is free and open to all.

The next Hackerspace Demo Night will happen on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 7:00pm.

What’s being demoed:

  • Special announcement about a new project (Augi Lye)
  • Marbling with food stabilizer: a chemistry approach to making art on paper (Patty)
  • Making custom printed circuit boards on our CNC machine (cvk)
  • wash: Web Application SHell (Chris Lane)

This meeting will be held at our new downtown location, 101 SE 2nd Pl, Ste 100, Gainesville, FL 32601. (We are located in the basement level of the Sun Center, in the former location of the club Wise Guys. Our entrance is on the south side of the building, near the large arch at the north end of the main parking lot, beneath the large green awning.)

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