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.

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.


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.

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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 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.


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

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