New Business Card Designs for TC Maker and Hack Factory

June 26th, 2010 by wammie

We have new business card designs for Twin Cities Maker and Hack Factory. They were created recently, prior to Make: Day. Click the image to get a PDF file for the design, and tell others about Twin Cities Maker and Hack Factory!

EDIT: Design updated on 9-18-2011.


MPR NewsQ: DIY for Lifestyle and Livelihood

June 25th, 2010 by wammie

Today, Minnesota Public Radio News broadcast a show “DIY for Lifestyle and Livelihood” on their midmorning segment.

Guests were Mark Frauenfelder, editor of Make: Magazine and author of “Make by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World,” and Eric Wilhelm, CEO of The show considered common questions on what the DIY craze is all about.

Mark and Eric emphasized the importance of starting a DIY project without fear of making mistakes, since we tend to learn unexpected things by making mistakes and actually learn better by working through our mistakes.

The guests also discussed the rewards of doing things yourself, the challenges of including DIY activity in daily life, the  meaning of “hacking,” income possibilities, and reasons for the DIY movement.

During the show, TC Maker President Mike H. successfully called in and suggested the Hack Factory and TC Maker as a place where people can take DIY knowledge from the Internet into the community and real world personal experience.

At the time of this writing, the archived show can be accessed and heard on the Minnesota Public Radio website at:

This was a very good show on the topic. There’s no telling how long the show will remain posted, so I’d advise to listen as soon as possible!

Hack Factory Cabaret tonight at 7pm!

June 22nd, 2010 by mpm

Ahhhh yeah!

The second Hack Factory Cabaret is tonight from 7-9pm at the Hack Factory (map)! This is a series of quick 5 minute talks on various maker/hacker topics and will be FREE to all and FUN so bring your friends. Tonight’s presentations may include:

  • Make Day wrap-up
  • Intro to Microcontrollers
  • Building the Milk Jug Boat
  • Giant Connect Four
  • The Memory Hallway
  • Acute Electronics
  • The Science of Influence
  • Embedded/OpenWRT hacking
  • An Extreme Fire Prop

Come early to meet the Hack Factory crew!

TC Makers Bring Fun to Make: Day 2010 at Science Museum of Minnesota

June 22nd, 2010 by wammie

Twin Cities Maker played a big part in Make: Day 2010 at the Science Museum of Minnesota, bringing some of its do-it-yourself magic to the local masses.

Spoonapault, Make: Day 2010. Click for TC Maker slideshow.

Sunday, June 21, was a sunny Father’s Day in St. Paul for local makers to show off their stuff. Twin Cities Maker and other local groups and musicians participated in this exciting event which celebrates the ingenuity and inventiveness in our community.

Twin Cities Makers at Clothesline Racers Table

Members of Twin Cities Maker worked together to establish three displays: the Spoonapault, clothesline racers, and a life-sized Operation game.

TC Makers Life-Sized Operation Game
Life-Sized Operation Game by TC Maker

Make: Day 2010 was just an awesome day for making, sharing and learning, what the Twin Cities Maker organization is all about! A big THANK YOU goes out to Science Musuem of Minnesota staff, who were absolutely fantastic at hosting this event.

Visit our Flickr photo collection to see more snapshots of the day and previous TC Maker activity.

Thank You to everybody working on, or has worked on the SMM Make Day Event

June 19th, 2010 by Booka

We as an organization need to become much more public for many reasons including survival, and Sunday’s event will go a long ways to getting our group some “face time” with others who may be interested.

But to make a good impression, many of our members have been working on displays, projects, and promotions that need to be done to have a successful day. Also there are those who have given up their Sunday afternoon to be there to be our public face.

We all owe these people a thank you, for their time, effort and desire to make the TCMaker group a success. This group thrives or dies on our efforts, and these folks have shown that they want to thrive, so I for one thank everybody for their efforts.

TC Maker / Hack Factory Tri-Fold Brochure Update

June 18th, 2010 by wammie

We have updated our brochure for TC Maker and the Hack Factory. Click on the image below to get the full size PDF file for this brochure.

[EDIT: Updated 9/21/2011]

TC Maker, Hack Factory Brochure

Make: Day at SMM – June 20th Noon-5pm

June 14th, 2010 by videoman

Science Museum of Minnesota Make: DayJust a reminder that Sunday June 20th is Make: Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  The fun starts at noon and goes until 5pm.

There are plenty of things that people will be doing this year on Make: Day and TC Makers are included!  We ask you to come visit, participate, and join us in doing cool things!  If you can, I would recommend registering early (651-221-9444), as the line at the door was long last year.

For the complete listing of events for the day, visit:

Also, as it’s fathers day, Dads get in free with this coupon.

Twin Cities Asterisk Users Group Meeting – Tuesday Night

June 7th, 2010 by Booka

The Twin Cities Asterisk Users Group meeting has moved to Tuesday Nights starting June 8th, and will again meet at the Hack Factory classroom starting at 6:30pm

This month we will have a installation and initial configuration of PBX in a Flash, as well as the normal discussions around the VOIP technology.

Stop down and learn the basics, open to anybody interested in Voice over IP.