There have been a number of discussions about various ways to "dress up" our event dog and pony show (Our tables at Roller Derby, street fairs, etc.) These include building a trailer, elaborate interlocking "modules" that contain video screens, computers, etc and my notion that we need a couple of "Anvil" (road cases) and a bench top pre-loaded with our demo and promotional materials. Besides dressing up our appearance, it would be nice if preparing to take the show on the road--gathering, transporting and setting up--became less of a burden for our volunteers.
I think all of the ideas I've previously discussed with various interested parties have merit and are worth pursuing. In the meantime, I came across an instructables project that is worth considering:http://www.instructables.com/id/Suitcase-Picnic-Table-and-Speaker-System
An appropriately sized suitcase would store and transport business cards, stickers and fliers, an extension cord on a reel, a demo laptop (if we can assign one to the task) and a small selection of demo projects—i.e. MakerBot output (and a "poster" about the device), a small Arduino project, a small metal sculpture, etc. I really the idea of built-in speakers and it would be great if it run on batteries if necessary, but would also include an AC option. Maybe we add an LED sign panel? We should also throw in a small folding camp chair (similar to the one I plant myself in on Wednesdays).
Ideally, this case could be transported by a single person in a normal car—maybe even on a cargo bike. If we could engineer a way to add wheels, so much the better. The whole idea is to create a good looking example of our craft that is quick and easy to mobilize. Again, I don't see this as a replacement for any of the more complex ideas. It's a complementary setup that we can quickly implement (then add to) and, done correctly (with "assigned and allocated" demo materials) it would provide a "go bag" for our outreach efforts.
Let's keep our eyes out for an appropriate suitcase, legs (I'm seeing twisted iron, but the possibilities are endless) and other components.
Anyone else interested?