Robot Dance Party: Jazari World Premiere

January 31st, 2010 by uptownmaker

Meet Jazari, a band of funky robots who could have come straight out of a Jules Verne novel. Patrick Flanagan, a Minneapolis local, has kept these machines under wraps until now, showing them only to a lucky few. This evening he will introduce his robot groove ensemble to the world. These steamfunk automatons will make you shake it to a new kind of home grown groove.

This also marks the birth of Smart. — a mix of parties where it’s hot to be Smart and where people who build crazy beautiful things rule the roost.

Smart. will be at CodeSpace- a workspace on Harriet Ave in South Minneapolis. Note that at least some of this event overlaps the standard Wednesday meeting- if you want to get your key or pay your dues, it might be smart to come to the Hack Factory pretty close to 7pm…

To RSVP for Smart. check their EventBrite page.

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Get your key to the kingdom this Wednesday!

January 25th, 2010 by uptownmaker

This Wednesday night, we’ll be passing out keys to the Hack Factory to those who have paid their dues and become members of Twin Cities Maker.

We’ll be asking for your February dues, plus a $50 membership deposit.  $20 of that deposit is for the key fob itself; our landlord will charge us that much for lost fobs.  The remaining $30 is to help pay the deposit on the space; if you choose to terminate your membership, we’ll refund that to you.

If you plan to come, please give us a heads-up, so we can get enough fobs.  You can e-mail me directly, mike dot hord at gmail, or post a comment here or on the forum.

Let the hacking begin!

Mike Hord

President, TC Maker

Weekly Gathering – Wednesday, 7pm at the Hack Factory

January 20th, 2010 by noise

Twin Cities Maker will be having its usual weekly meet and greet at the Hack Factory this Wednesday, Jan 20, at 7 pm.  This event is open to the public as well as members.

For those new to the organization, our weekly meetings are usually geek fests where you can meet up with and talk to people about whatever catches your fancy.  Ask for help, share thoughts, inspire and be inspired.

Of course, anyone wanting to pay dues or bring in tools (or anything else they want to contribute to the stocking of the space) is welcome to do so.

Highlights:

We’ll see you there!

Hack Factory
3119 E 26th St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Use the side door, it’s yellow and just around the corner from the garage door.

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Hack-a-thon! Enough with the talking, let’s make some stuff! 1/22 – 8am-???

January 19th, 2010 by noise

A few of us are getting together this Friday, Jan. 22nd at the Hack Factory to do some group hacking. Bring your projects and join the fun. Somebody will be hacking at the factory starting at 8am and going until at least 8pm.

I’ll be working on a couple of arduino video projects that I’ve been itching to check out and who knows what else.

BYO-Project, BYO-Tools, BYO-Whatever else you might need, I expect we’ll order pizza at some point.

(Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matchees/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Minne-Faire: Feb 13th, 2-11 PM at the Hack Factory

January 18th, 2010 by videoman

Twin Cities Maker is going to have a Mini Maker Faire at the Hack Factory on February 13th, 2010! Come one, come all! We’re planning to have the fun start at 2 PM with local makers exhibiting and playing in the newly acquired space. We will also have an Art Show and Party later that night for people to come and experience the space and have some refreshments.

We are looking for you to join us and we are also looking for people to exhibit! If you’re interested, please contact us at [email protected] so we can reserve a spot for you! Also come to our regular Wednesday night meetings if you would like to help us out or get some ideas for your table.

ADMISSION IS FREE!

There will be raffles throughout the day for maker stuff. Light refreshments will be provided at the art show and party.

Makers for the day include:

  • Tim Kaiser – Hands-on music, plus a performance
  • Joseph Rand – DIY Wind turbine
  • Ed Vogel – Displaying of super cool electric cigar box guitars
  • Stefan – Showing off some amazing air cannons
  • Replica Prop Forum – Replica movie props
  • Adam Wolf – Display and playing with Arduinos
  • TC Maker sign-up table – Join and become part of the TC Maker community
  • TC Maker’s tables to show off your stuff!
  • Pat Arneson – Noise toys
  • Tripoli Minnesota Rocketry Club
  • Meg Koslowski and Andy Rennert – Art cars on display! Transform the thing you drive into something that is a work of Art!
  • Nick and Jim of TC Maker – Presenting a life size “Operation” game complete with red nose!
  • CazTek – Featuring flame throwers and pulse jets and other fun engineering feats!

Please join us to support the Hack Factory and local makers by becoming a member or making a donation.

Hack Factory
3119 E 26th St Minneapolis, MN 55406

Mini Maker Faire 2-6 PM
Art Show & Party 7-11 PM

Refreshments are being provided courtesy of CazTek Engineering , a local design and engineering firm.

Click one of the images below to get a full page PDF copy of a promotional flyer.

Tim Kaiser    ?    Hands-on music, plus a performance
Joseph Rand    ?    DIY Wind turbine

Regular weekly meeting

January 11th, 2010 by uptownmaker

Twin Cities Maker will be having its usual weekly meet and greet at the Hack Factory this Wednesday, Jan 13, at 7 pm.  This event is open to the public as well as members.

For those new to the organization, our weekly meetings are usually geek fests where you can meet up with and talk to people about whatever catches your fancy.  Ask for help, share thoughts, inspire and be inspired.

We’ll also start planning for the future of the Hack Factory.  We would like to start planning a kickoff event for the near future, and we’ll need a small committee of enthusiastic makers to help pull that off.  If you’re interested, come to the meeting and we’ll get you in the loop on that.

Of course, anyone wanting to pay dues or bring in tools (or anything else they want to contribute to the stocking of the space) is welcome to do so.

We’ll see you there!

Hack Factory

3119 E 26th St

Minneapolis, MN 55406

Use the side door, it’s yellow and just around the corner from the garage door.

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ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TC MAKER BOARD OF GOVERNORS

January 7th, 2010 by wammie


Dear Members and Friends of Twin Cities Maker,

The TC Maker Board of Governors wishes to thank all of you who, since our inception, have shown your support and encouragement in establishing a hacker/maker space in our area. We especially thank Hack Factory of Minnesota for taking the important step of going forward with an initial lease on a workshop space and merging with TC Maker as a unified group.

As you know, we signed a month-to-month lease on December 15, 2009 for part of a space, hoping to expand into the full space over time. On December 31 we found ourselves in a tough position, forced to decide on leasing the entire space on short notice. We were given a deadline of Thursday, January 7 to choose: a one year lease on all of it, or lose it all.

With quick resolve, we worked to assess our membership needs and create a plan. We moved our regular monthly member meeting ahead one week and set an aggressive membership goal. We put out pleas for support to the community via many channels and crossed our fingers for a strong response.

Yesterday, January 6, 2010, on the one year anniversary of Twin Cities Maker’s inception as a website, we held our monthly member meeting. We were astounded by the showing of new faces and expressed support. At the meeting and electronically, many new and returning members paid their dues.

In response to the outcome from this member drive and the excitement at the meeting, we are very, very, happy to announce that Twin Cities Maker has signed a lease for this year at 3119 E. 26th Street in Minneapolis – The Hack Factory!

We did not receive the full level of dues commitments we set as our goal for January 7, however we did achieve enough to cover minimum expenses. We are confident that with continued membership growth and other income channels, we have a viable plan for Twin Cities Maker to continue and grow healthily.

Happy birthday, Twin Cities Maker! Welcome to your new home!

Respectfully Yours,
Twin Cities Maker Board of Governors and The Hack Factory

Help keep the Hack Factory in TCMaker’s hands!

January 3rd, 2010 by uptownmaker

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As a part of the lease agreement for Hack Factory of Minnesota, TCMaker was offered the option to rent space in a tiered fashion: more space for more money.  Initially we elected to take the smallest section, with the understanding that, if another tenant wanted the whole space, the landlord could rent it to them instead of us, but only after offering us first right of refusal on the entire space.

Another tenant has approached the landlord, indicating an interest in acquiring the entire space.  TCMaker has until this Thursday- January 7- to decide what to do.

Here’s what we need from you: we need 31 more of you to pay your $50 in dues for the month of January by this Wednesday.  Pretty simple, right?  Some of you have paid your dues already, and for that we thank you.  Others of you intended to pay at our meeting last week, but were stymied by a technical fault, and for that we apologize.  But, the long and short of it is we need to KNOW how many people we can expect to pay dues this month, and next month, and the month after that.

Donations are, of course, still welcome; we’ll need more than this if we hope to buy cool toys to stock the space with.  And if you really can’t afford $50 a month, please contact me directly and we’ll try to work something out that will keep you involved and get you access to the space.

If we can’t get this member support now, this venture stands a good chance of failing.  If you want to see a hackerspace open in the Twin Cities, now is the time to step up and make it happen.  We need YOU.  Dues can be paid (cash or check, receipts will be issued) at this Wednesday’s meeting at the Minnesota Hack Factory, by PayPal to twincitiesmaker at gmail, or by mail.  The mailing address is available upon request- do not send checks to the Hack Factory address.

Mike Hord
President
Twin Cities Maker

PS- If you haven’t seen the Hack Factory space, this Wednesday we’ll be having a meeting at 7pm there.  As an added bonus, some members have volunteered to bring in electronics for salvage and sharing- you’re welcome to bring your own scrap to share if you like, or tools to aid in the destruction!  We’ve done this before and it’s always a blast!  You’ll find the Hack Factory at 3119 E 26th St; see the the TCMaker blog post for more details, note it is still a good idea to bring a chair with you if you plan on coming.

* 12/4/09 6:00 update we have already raised over half of the needed amount to secure the space for next month. We all are very hopeful and with everybody’s help we can make this happen. Again TC maker is also accepting donations above and beyond the $50 dollar mark, if you want to see this hacker space take off like many of the others around the country have it time to help out.

Also to be clear we are asking for more money because we are getting a bigger space, the whole thing and it’s pretty significant and still a bargain for what is included.

If you have any other ideas that might benefit the group please leave a comment or contact Mike Hord you can private message him on the forum his handle is uptownmaker.

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