NoCo Mini Maker Faire 2013

The first ever Northern Colorado Mini Maker Faire was held Saturday October 5 in Loveland. Around 3,300 people attended and there were 120 maker/ demoer/ exhibiter booths. SSD had a table with a few of our projects, info about our space, and a revolving 2-4 members present and excited to tell passers-by about our space. We talked to many people and hope to see some of them at our meetings as time goes by. In addition to our SSD table, at least 4 of our members had their own tables / displays at the event as well.

This was the first annual NoCo Mini Maker Faire, and the organizers of the event plan to hold more like it in the future. See to learn more about the organizers, to stay tuned and to see more photos from the event. Thanks to John Maushammer and John English for the photos below, and to all our members who spent time manning our table throughout the day at the event!

Day of the Dead Party 2011 Recap

Thanks to all who waded through wicked weather to attend our post-Halloween party on Tuesday evening November 1. We had more types of lights than you can count on 2 hands and more importantly, dozens of people stopping by to see them! Special thanks to John E. for wowing everyone with lasers, fog, and sound-reactive flowers (as seen at Burning Man, Apogaea and other events); Peter for the awesome music; and Rudy and Liz for the food.

If you missed the party, remember you can always stop on by on any Tuesday evening starting around 7:30 for our weekly public meeting, and/or check in with us if you want to stop by on a Saturday afternoon or other time!

Thanks to Mollie for the photos!

Saturday the 14th

Rain didn’t keep us from having a great time at the space this past Saturday. We still barbecued, built stuff, collaborated, got creative, had a lot of fun! Photos from Dan D-B.

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Reason # 1 Why Hackerspaces Rock – The people

This post has been a little over due, not a little, a lot and thanks to Dan’s persistence here it is.

During February I was searching for ways to create more permanent arduino based solutions when I stumbled upon a neat kit from a Hackerspace out in Provo Utah named The Transistor. I contacted them before I purchased any to see if they had any “Gorduino” PCBs lying around as I didn’t have anything on hand to make my own (the kit is barebones, no PCB, just the caps/crystal/voltage reg/chip). A great guy name Deven replied and we chatted about things. During our exchange he mentioned sending me stuff at the space.

That was during February when I had been taking a break from the hackerspace as I was between jobs (unexpectedly, the best kind) dealing with some personal “stuff” and so I didn’t actually show up at the space till the end of February when I’d secured a job so that I could pay my dues. Much to my surprise at the space there was a little cardboard box addressed to me. Deven had sent me a box with a bunch of random junk from his desk, which included a servo, switches, a couple arduino kits with some PCBs and more. Way awesome!!!! The note inside read.

Sorry, I Couldn’t find a Gorduino that wasn’t being used. Please enjoy some random shit I had close to my desk. Consider it a hackerspace warming gift.

-The Transistor

I have to say that it caught me completely by surprise and I was touched! There is something about Hackerspaces that brings people together that are made of some pretty awesome stuff. One of my joys of being part of SSD is that I get to meet so many different people who all share a common thread of being willing to be giving of their time and talents to help others. So thanks again The Transistor for the awesome warming gift! We’ll keep you posted about the crazy things we do with the stuff you sent!