Red Bull Creation Challenge Ends
Red Bull Creation was a cool hacker challenge where hackerspace members and small independent teams competed to build a vehicle that could move 100 pounds from point A to point B, with no fossil fuels permitted.
The winners of the competition, 1.21 Jigawatts of Minneapolis, Minn. (represent!) created what was described as a hamster wheel that prints text messages. They took down $5K and each team member got his own laser cutter, how awesome would that be?
Congratulations 1.21 Jigawatts!
Hacking Class at DC’s Unallocated Space
Ever wonder how you stack up against the other hackers at UAS? Just want to learn how to compromise a system? Just want free dues for a month? If any of those apply to you then join us for our first Unallocated Space hacking contest. Pit your skills against a typical network and see how you do. Everything you need to participate is provided including the attack boxes. The winner will have his or her membership dues paid for August. Never compromised a system before? No problem we’ll teach you how.
Introduction to Wood Joinery Class at Minneapolis’ Hack Factory
The various styles and traditions of wood joinery can be used to make a structure stronger, more durable, and more aesthetically pleasing. The purpose of this class will be to introduce students to some of the basic and common variant styles and terminology of joinery. This will include considerations for deciding how two (or more) pieces of wood will be joined when creating an initial project plan. Techniques for lap joints, tongue and groove joints, box and dovetail interlocking joints, mortise-and-tenon joints, and some more specific styles of joinery will be discussed. There also will be demonstration of how to build a few useful jigs, and how to mark and cut a variety of joints, including dovetails and mortise joints, using both hand and machine tools. Students are encouraged to bring questions, example plans, tools, jigs, or reference material to enrich the discussion.
21st Global Synchronous Hackathon Features a Challenge
The latest Global Synchronous Hackathon features an intriguing challenge, to create a gift that can fit inside a playing card box and mail it to another hackerspace. You can monitor the action on Alpha One Labs’ GSH Ustream matrix and the winner gets A1L t-shirts and a discount off a class or membership.
HacDC’s Spaceblimp 5 a Success
HacDC’s weather balloon went aloft July 9th with all sorts of crazy sensors like a Geiger counter, an accelerometer, and a “9 degree-of-freedom inertial measurement unit.”
Spaceblimp 5 was launched on Saturday June 9, and reached a new altitude record for HacDC! 118,533 ft! (36 km, 22.45 miles) That’s high.
Experimental Music Night at Cincinnati’s Hive13
Help Launch London’s Makers’ Guild
Launch Lunch on 14 July is an opportunity to hear some fascinating speakers, meet other makers and define what the Makers’ Guild can do for you.
Are you a hackerspace member with an event you’d like to publicize? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 20th.