Darren Kitchen from Hak5 is currently on his Hack Across America tour. "What is Hak5?" you ask. Hak5 is an internet show that deals with all things hacking. Darren will be stopping by CodeChops this Friday night to do a talk about "Alternative Internets for the Coming Zombie Apocalypse." The fun will begin with the talk at CodeChops at 5:00PM. Then at 7:00PM, Darren and crew will head over to Eugene Maker Space to hang out and talk all things hacker, geek, etc.
So come down to Eugene Maker Space this Friday night at 7:00PM and "Trust your Technolust" with the Hak 5 crew.
The Mythbusters came to the Matthew Knight Arena last Friday March 15, 2013. The Science Factory had a table to promote themselves as well as the upcoming Eugene Mini Makerfaire (June 15, 2013). I was invited to help them out and was able to bring a few EMS fliers to put out on their table to help promote our own group.
The Science Factory brought some conductive and non-conductive play dough. Attendees were invited to build working circuits out of the play dough. The Science Factory also brought their own vacuum powered ping pong ball cannon that was quite impressive and caused a stir. For more photos and videos, check out the Eugene Mini Makerfaire website.
The first EMS Make-O-Rama was held last Saturday, Feb 23 from 11AM to 4PM. We had a good turn out. We had a good portion of our membership turn up to help out either by showing off projects or talking with visitors. We had a ton of snacks, drinks, pizza, and good conversations. A few people were able to solder electronic components to a circuit board for the very first time, which is was exciting. Austin set up a GoPro camera to take time lapse footage of the event. You can check it out below. Clif also took some photos during the event and uploaded them to the EMS gallery. Check them out!
The Eugene Public Library hosts events for young kids on Sunday afternoons. A few months back, Eugene Maker Space was invited to host one of these events at EPL. We accepted the offer and on February 3, 2013, six members from EMS went to the library to run the event.
The age group for these events is typically ages 3-7, plus parents of course. We thought that building and launching paper rockets would be a great event for this age group. It's also relatively inexpensive for us to host since we already have two available rocket launchers and the rockets themselves are made from just computer paper and masking tape.
Eugene Maker Space Invites You to Visit
Make-O-Rama: “Tooling Up”
Our Semi-Annual Show & Tell/Open House
February 23, 2013
11:00 to 4:00
687 McKinley Street, Suite #2
www.eugenemakerspace.com for more information
Making awesome tools to make awesome stuff!
Come see what we’re building now:
Laser Cutters! Vacuum Tables! 3D Printers! Welding Booths!
Open Hack Night was busy tonight. I did not catch what everyone was doing. I did catch that Michelle was gluing together a puzzle box, Ben and Kassie were installing Raspbian on their new Raspberry Pis, Celeste was prototyping an LED-illuminated yo-yo kit for girls to make, Taper was wiring up a circuit to drive some Nixie Tubes (?) from an Arduino, Austin was printing a plastic fan guard and then a special-purpose Wii holder on the MakerBot, and I was making the wiring harness for my laser cutter project.
We've been getting really good turnouts at Open Hack Night lately. It must be the lovely weather. (-:
Eugene Maker Space will not be having Open Hack Night next Tuesday, December 25th, because it will be Christmas.
We will be back on Friday, December 28th, and probably on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013.
Open Hack Night is every Tuesday and Friday night from 6 to 8 PM (major holidays excepted (-: ). Come to the shop. Bring your project and/or see what other people are working on.
It's just about time for us to hold our first annual meeting since Eugene Maker Space was founded! The meeting will be held on Saturday, December 8th at 1:00PM.
At this meeting we also have to elect our new board. There are currently five positions on the board and all members in good standing will get to vote to fill those slots. We are working on an electronic voting system that will allow you to vote online in the event that you cannot make it to the membership meeting or otherwise do not wish to attend. This should help us reach our quorum so we can officially elect the new board right away. More details about the electronic voting system will follow, but the most important thing to note is that the polls will close on Saturday, December 8th at 2:00PM. That is exactly one hour after the meeting starts. This will give candidates some time to speak their peace before the votes are all cast.
Do you think you might want to run for a board position for 2013? Please do! This is your chance to step up and make a difference in this community. If you think you want to run for a board position, please send an email to the discussion list or talk to some members in person to let us all know why you want to be on the board and what you can bring to the table. Another member must nominate you for a board position. If you wish to nominate someone for a board position, please send an email to the discussion mailing list with a subject line of "NOMINATION - Member Name". That will make it easy for us to keep track of nominations. Nominations will close on November 30th, so make sure you get all of your nominations in before December 1st.
We encourage all members who are interested in this voting process (or are interested in running for a position) to familiarize themselves with our current governing documents. You can review the most recent version of our governing documents on the EMS wiki:
If anyone has any questions about any of this, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of us will help you out where possible.
Our open house party is tomorrow from 11:00AM to 4:00PM at 687 McKinley St. Suite #2 in Eugene. We will have projects to show and tell, soldering kits for people to learn soldering, food, and more! If you've been looking for an excuse to finally come check out Eugene Maker Space to see what we are all about, this is the time. This event is open to anyone and everyone so bring your friends and family.
EMS will be having a membership drive on Saturday, November 3 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM. We hope to make this event similar to our grand opening from last March. We intend to have food, drink, fun projects, and activities for people to do. Please mark your calendars and spread the word! We want to try and increase our membership so we can afford to do more and perhaps move into a larger work space in the near future. More info to follow soon. We hope to see you there!