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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

Weekly meet: February 12th, 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.

Here’s a partial list of what people will be working on:

  • Utilizing 3D printing services (Devin)
  • Lots of hacking.

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.)

Weekly meet: February 5th, 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.

Here’s a partial list of what people will be working on:

  • Wiring diagrams, software libraries, etc. for our Hackathon (cvk)
  • Laminar flow fountain for our Hackathon (Allen)
  • LED matrix  for our Hackathon (Ben)
  • Sinatra and probably LED matrix for our Hackathon (Devin)

Which reminds me, have you heard about our Hackathon?

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.)

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

Weekly meet: January 29th, 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.

Here’s a partial list of what people will be working on:

  • watchtower (Chris Lane)
  • Circuit design (Frank)
  • LED matrix display (Ian)
  • Laser hacking (Devin)
  • Sign in kiosk (cvk, Ben, and Preston)
  • Lots of hanging out!

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.)

Weekly meet: January 22nd, 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.

Here’s a partial list of what people will be working on:

  • Rails coding (Devin)
  • Circuit designing (cvk)
  • LED matrix displays (ibt)
  • Raspberry Pi (Eric)
  • lots of hanging out!

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: 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.)

Hackerspace members and friends at SwampCon

Siria, who runs Siriasly: Geeky Handmade Crafts & Tutorials and presented at Hackerspace Demo Night in December on how to make plush toys, is selling cute handmade plushies at SwampCon 2013.

Jay, a talented painter and wife of our member Clint, is displaying and selling acrylic paintings and prints. Jay’s art is going to appear soon on the walls of Gainesville Hackerspace as part of our gallery series.

SwampCon 2013 runs January 12th-13th in the colonnade at the Reitz Union (UF campus). If you like crafts, anime, scifi, and nice people, check it out! Plus, admission is free!

Weekly meet: January 8th, 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.

Here’s a partial list of what people will be working on:

  • Possibly radio hacking (ibt)
  • Making wallets (cvk)
  • Pegboards for the tools (Effie)
  • Arduino stuff! (lots of this)
  • …much more!

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.)

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