Join Tampa Hackerspace on November 9th for the first Restart Party in North America. This is a fun and free community event where volunteers experienced with electronics help others learn to repair and maintain their broken or slow devices. Restart Tampa runs from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
A Restart Party is a collaborative process, not a “free repair.” Repairs are done along with the item’s owner. This is done to share skills and empower people in the community to become responsible consumers. The basic conservation philosophies of reduce, reuse, recycle are fundamental to the event. Many items destined for landfills can be repaired, refurbished or repurposed. For the remaining items, there will be electronics and metals recyclers on hand to responsibly recycle as much as possible. For the event, the recycling partner is Urban e-Recycling, a local electronics recycling company.
The event will include a community swap meet, food vendors, and music.
Tampa Hackerspace is located at 3104 N Armenia Ave in Tampa. It is a local community workshop organized to teach and enable learning for technology skills by providing tools, space, equipment and classes. They are a non-profit, membership based institution. Regularly held classes and workshops are open to both members and non-members. Their event calendar can be found at meetup.com. For more information, contact Bill Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 813-249-5522. Tampa Hackerspace can be found online through http://tampahackerspace.com or on twitter via @hacktampa.
Progress is accelerating!
There are a lot of changes afoot. We're going to make an effort each Friday to send out one of these updates with the latest news, events, and projects. Andy Thoreson has offered to take on the regular communications via our mailing list and help update and streamline our website. Here are just a few of the things that happened this week.
Classes. We've scheduled a host of classes. The current class schedule is on the right and you can always see the latest schedule on our Meetup Page.
Meetings. We're going to see about livestreaming our meetings and free classes using Google Hangouts. Livestreamed events will be saved to our YouTube channel for offline viewing. Follow Tampa Hackerspace on G+ to get plugged into these streaming events.
Streamlining. Between the domains and identities we inherited and the plethora of social media options available today, it has become hard to effectively maintain it all. To simplify a bit, we're taking steps to optimize our online footprint. First, we're consolidating our web presence to the domain tampahackerspace.com. When we're done, all other domains will simply redirect to the main site. The content of the existing blog will be moved and the site will become the focal point for everything else. You'll find membership information, projects, the calendar and more. More or less real time announcements will be made on twitter. This mailing list will be used for our regularly scheduled newsletter. We'll crosspost it to the blog when there is something exceptionally cool to announce. Resource scheduling is being handled on Google Calendar. Right now, we have one calendar setup for the space. If you don't have a key, you'll be able to see when the space is open by visiting the Hackerspace Calendar. We'll add calendars for other resources as they become available. Finally, we're using Meetup to schedule classes and meetings. When those events are at the hackerspace, you'll see them mirrored on the space calendar.
Helping out. There are lots of ways to help. You can join, donate a few bucks to our group project ($150 of $450 raised so far), teach a class, donate items for the space, or help us round up the existing donations. If you're not sure how to help, contact us!
Our group project for the Orlando Maker Faire is well underway. Our first meeting was this past Monday where we tested the technology for feasibility, worked out a detailed project plan and feature set and determined a budget for the project.
We’ll be building three 1 meter hoops and six 30 cm hoops which will all be lit up with addressable LED lighting. Atmega 168s are the brains and the hoops will be instrumented with a variety of sensors to support a variety of games and interactive features.
It’s not too late to join us if you’re interested in participating. We formed a Facebook group to talk about the project.
The project budget is $400. We passed the hat at our meeting last night and raised $153.87 which happens to be the product of the three prime factors 3, 23, 223. This seems cool for some unknown reason.
If you would like to help fund the project, below is a convenient donation link. Donors contributing $100 or more get a featured mention on our materials at the Maker Faire. Any remaining funds will benefit Tampa Hackerspace.
Superhoop Project Fund
I can’t begin to describe what a blast we had building a full scale Tardis and then embedding a video game into the box!
We had 30 days to design, build and program this beast. On the way, I personally managed to fry TWO Raspberry Pi’s. But, in the end, the project rocked. Neil provided the game programming and rPi expertise. Tom built the Tardis and wired the equipment into the box. I handled the EEG headset interface and programming for the Arduinos. I could not have asked for a better team or mix of skills. Considering the deadline and amount of work to get done, I’m amazed that the only feature we left out from our original plan was the rumble floor. Truthfully, we could have done it but we didn’t plan for enough space below the deck and player’s heads would have blocked the video for the game.
We actually finished the build at the end of June. Because of publishing schedules and other stuff, the challenge we participated in is only just now live on the Popular Mechanics website.
Check us out. The winning team gets a thousand bucks which we plan to donate to Tampa Hackerspace. So, no further delay! Visit RadioShack 2013 Hackerspace Challenge. and vote for us.
If your techie, you’ll enjoy the project description narrated by yours truly.
Do you have a skill you’d like to share? Let us know by either completing the following form
Instructor Led Classes
or filling out our online form.
I want to invite everyone to come out Sunday at 1:00 to MOSI.
First, our Red Bull Project Group is going to do a public demonstration of our project. In our minds it is FANTABULATOROUS and spectacular! We hope everyone agrees. We’ll be videotaping the event so we are counting on a good turnout to cheer on our team. We may need some assistance with the video and special effects. If you have any stage production experience, I want to hear from you!
Second, we’re close to finalizing an agreement with MOSI to embed our first HackerSpace with them. If you haven’t seen the space and all of the available equipment, this is a great chance to see it all first hand. I’m going to have a few people available to walk groups through for mini-tours.
Finally, we need to put our hands on some lasers and recruit an emcee. I will emcee if needed but it would be great to have some voice talent to make the video pop. Please step up if you can help with either.
We’ll be doing this in a public area of MOSI so you don’t have to pay to get in. However, non-members are charged $4 for parking.
Make only mentions resistors but I can’t see why this wouldn’t work for any other discrete components. It’s cheap, simple, and effective. What’s not to like?
Simple Resistor Storage System