This is it, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: LVL1′s first Quadcopter Ultimate Arial Combat Competition (QUACC). This is STRICTLY limited to 16 competitors, so sign up now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quacc-2013-tickets-9602803243
Don’t want to compete? All comers are welcome!
On December 21st, at 6pm, LVL1 is hosting its first ever Quadcopter Destruction Competition! Test your aerial skills in the ring of battle in this single-elimination tournament of destruction! For $40, you get a quadcopter, and entry into this one-of-a-kind competition.
Here’s how it works
: On December 14th, you’ll receive your Quadcopter (A Syma X1
Model). You have 7 days to train up and modify your drone however you see fit. On the day of the competition, all competitors will be placed in a single elimination tournament. Before each round, a 3 foot crepe-paper streamer will be attached to your drone. The match begins by a signal from the event organizer, and ends when one competitor’s quadcopter can no longer take flight, OR one competitor’s quadcopter runs out of battery power. If one quadcopter is rendered unable to take to the skies, the remaining quadcopter is the winner. if both survive, the winner is the quadcopter with the longest streamer remaining.
1. The event organizers may disqualify any quadcopter at any time for any reason.
2. Any modifications applied to the quadcopter must pass the following test: “You must be willing to remain in the same room as the quadcopter if the controls are given to a psychopathic 12 year old.”
Q: May I use a controller other than the one that comes with the quadcopter?
Q: May I use a quadcopter other than the one provided?
Q: May weapons be ground based?
A: All weapons must be physically tether to the quadcopter.
Q: Will extra batteries be provided?
A: Extra batteries will be provided to those moving past the first round. You may keep the extra batteries provided to you.
Q: Do I get to keep the quadcopter?
A: Yes, or what remains of it.
Q: Can I change out motors/batteries/etc?
A: Yes, provided the entire assembly is under 100 grams (this is the total lifting capability of the original quad)
Q: Is this a competition of battery life?
A: No. Batteries dying only signal the end of the round, not who wins.
Q: If I crash, am I out?
A: No. If your quadcopter is still capable of flight, you may retrieve it and relaunch.
Q: If I toss a net over the opponent, do I win?
A: Only if they can’t untangle the net before your batteries run out.
Q: May I bring tools into the battlefield?
Q: May I use a controller other than the one that comes with the quadcopter?
Questions? Drop us a line BEFORE DECEMBER 14th!
Wrap presents at LVL1! Come and use plenty of table space. BYOB / food. We’ll put on some tunes and enjoy wrapping sessions a lot more than hiding in a bedroom alone- or donate a little more and have someone else wrap for you. We have elegant, cute, shiny and other types of paper.
Make it fun and wrap your gifts before you take them home
Black Friday – 11 -29 2 pm – 10 pm
Sunday 12-1-2013 3 – 5:30 pm
Sunday 12-8 3- 5:30 pm
Saturday Dec 14 2 – 10 pm
Sunday 12-22 3 – 5:30 pm
Tuesday – 12-24, Christmas EVE – 6 pm – 11:30 pm – Also a great place to assemble things as there are all sorts of tools here!
You must park on the street or in the “ORI” lot behind the building. You must enter the building in the back/in the alley.
If you come, turn from Broadway onto Shelby (Shelby only goes one way – away from town) – there is an alley immediately on your left. Pass that and turn into the nextz entrance into the parking lot that says ORI. Walk from the parking lot into the alley. Turn right and take about forty steps. You should see a door on your left that says LVL1.
Due to all the equipment and tools here, you must sign a waiver of liability to enter.
Come on down to the space Saturday, November 9th at 4pm we will be doing a LAN party with the game Team Fortress 2, which is now free for download. Please install it before you show up as it will take forever to download at the space. Go to Steampowered.com to download it.
If you don’t want to game, but want to work on your rig, bring it down and work on it.
Also, if you have spare PC parts, bring’m and we’ll put them on the swap table. You might be able to trade for something better, or just sell it (or donate it to someone whose rig is in poor shape).
Eventbrite for Part 1 (November 7th): https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8986487827
Eventbrite for Part 2 (November 14th): https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8986740583
On November 7th and November 14th, Jael Harrington will be returning to LVL1 to teach a sewing workshop double header! Jael taught a sewing workshop back in June, and has returned to teach even more people the joys of fabric hacking! Since the age of 7, Jael has been ripping stitches and forging her own fashions, so she knows her way around a sewing machine!
Are you interested in sewing? Sewable electronics? Making your own clothes? Then these workshops are the workshops to attend! No experience needed! All are welcome to attend!
You need to bring 2-3 yards of fabric and a spool of thread, and we’ll take care of the rest! If you’ve got a project in mind, it would help if you brought your own pattern, and if you’ve got a sewing machine, bring it as well. If you need any help sourcing fabric, thread, or patterns, let us know beforehand, and we’ll help you out!
The workshops are pay-what-you-want, and if you bite off more than one workshop worth of project, come back for the second one!
Seating is extremely limited, so sign up early and sign up often for these great pay-what-you-want workshops!
Are your projects multiplying like rabbits? Do you have a pile of half-finished project just laying around, waiting for the eventual heat death of the universe? Does your backlog make you just want to hide in a cozy little hole in the side of a hill? Does the prospect of finishing anything seem like a distant and epic adventure? Join us at LVL1 on Friday, October 25th for Finish It Friday! From 6pm on Friday until 8am on Sunday, folks from all over will be gathering at LVL1 for a truly epic quest: Finishing something. We’ll be watching movies with hobbits, and setting stuff on fire for over 14 hours, so stop by, have a slice of pizza, and get something done!
Seriously, that’s all there is to it: Stop by sometime on Friday Evening/Saturday Morning, eat some pizza, watch some hobbits, try to finish a project, or try to help someone else finish a project. See you all there!
John Pagya of Verdant Design is back on November 5th, teaching another Sketchup Workshop! Last time, he went over the basics, and why you would want to use a tool like Sketchup. This time, he’ll be reviewing the basics, and going into more detail about how you can actually design parts for the 3D printer! If you’re interested in 3D design, art, or printing, you should stop by on November the 5th! Sketchup is a completely free tool, and John is a downright Sketchup professional! This tool allows you to create 3D models, which you can then take and print on one of the two LVL1 3D printers.
Like many of us, John Pagyga was immediately taken by the idea of 3D printing. As a landscape architect, he has already adapted sketchup into his daily routine, so he was able to translate those skills into near-immediate 3D printing prowess. He’d like to share these skills with others in the LVL1 community. On November 5th, from 6 to 8pm (immediately preceding one of our regular Tuesday meetings), he’ll be teaching a workshop about the ins and outs of Sketchup in a 3D printing context. Come on down, and learn you a 3D design tool!
You can sign up now using Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8865915191
Seating is limited to 15, so sign up now and sign up often! This is a pay-what-you-want workshop, with all proceeds going to LVL1. Eventbrite imposes a $0.99 minimum, but anything above that goes!
If you’ve got any questions, email email@example.com, or pop over to our mailing list!
Lvl1 enjoyed the first annual Maker Faire, and it was exciting to see the public interact with our makers and projects on such a grand scale! Good job everyone!
You can read a summary and see photos/video on Louisville.com or at Make Magazine!
LVL1 is be offering one Makership a month, every month, until our Makership endowment funds run out! The LVL1 Makership program allows us to provide free LVL1 membership and project funds to a Maker with a big idea but limited resources. Makership applicants propose a 3-month long project which they need LVL1 resources to make! Each month LVL1 selects the top project proposal and award them the Makership. The runners up will have an opportunity to roll their proposals into the next month’s round, or modify the proposals as desired. Follow this link for more detailed information LVL1 Makership program.
APPLY FOR A MAKERSHIP!!
DEADLINE IS BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31st
If you’d like to make a $5 a month donation to support Makers in Louisville, please sign up for our recurring paypal micro-funding payment:
If you, or your company / school / foundation, would like to support the LVL1 Makership program with a larger tax-deductible donation please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. LVL1 is a 501c(3) tax-exempt organization.
On Friday, October 4th, LVL1′s own Brian Wagner will be teaching a workshop on Sumobot Construction and programming! Brian spent his summer vacation designing and prototyping the “BaxterBot” board, a circuitboard which drives motors, IR sensors, sonar, and many, many more, and is Arduino compatible! For a mere $60, you get all the electronics you’ll need for a Sumobot! Chassis isn’t included, but you have full access to the LVL1 boneyard, and all the tools you could need to make your own.
Sign up here: https://lvl1sumo2013.eventbrite.com/
Only 9 seats remain as of this writing, so hurry up.
All you need to bring is a laptop and your imagination. Don’t know how to solder? Not a problem! This is the workshop you need to get ready for LVL1′s 4th annual SumoBot competition and Halloween party!
LVL1 is proud to be participating in the first Louisville Mini Maker Faire! Join us and over 50 other makers for a day of FREE, family friendly fun! We’ll be on the 800 Block of East Market from Noon until 6. After 6, join the crowd at Nulufest, happening on the same day on the 700 block of East Market.
We’ll be bringing 3D printers, fire breathing ponies, mental melon blasting devices, and much, much more! Build a power tool drag racer, and test your mettle against others from around Louisville.
It’s going to be a great event. Help show that Louisville is a Maker City by showing up to Louisville’s first Mini Maker Faire!