In another exciting hack·a·thon event, nine sleep deprived teams will work for 24 hours straight, pushing the limits of technology and human creativity to design and build a robot with only one purpose… to destroy itself in the most spectacular and innovative way possible.
Kicking off Saturday, March 22, 2014 at noon with demonstrations happening Sunday, March 23 at noon.
Sign up here and download the poster here.
Team size and budget is unlimited. A winner will be decided by a vote of other teams and probably some kind of hastily constructed trophy will be awarded. Participants should have a reasonable plan to demonstrate their robot without damaging people or property or otherwise violating the law.
This past weekend a big group from the LVL1 community and GE Appliances engineers teamed up for an appliance hackathon at WaterStep.
Everyone had a great time tearing up appliances and bending them to our will. LVL1 team LineCook brought home the gold for “Best User Experience” for our UPC / QR-code reading, auto-temperature profiling Knight Riderish oven. FOR THE GLORY OF LVL1! Best of all, we got to keep the oven! Hopefully we’ll get some 240V run soon at the space to hook it up. The next step will be adding a KITT soundboard :-).
Thanks to GE and Waterstep for hosting this event! Insider Louisville provided a great write-up of the event if you want more details.
Did you get your first taste of Quadcopter blood at our QUACC event? Are you a seasoned RC veteran, a curious bystander, or a fervent naysayer? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the (semi-)autonomous flying vehicles commonly known as drones. As these vehicles become more popular among hobbyists, and grow into commercial markets, LVL1 is there for you.
On January 23rd (and every 4th Thursday thereafter), we’ll be getting together to talk about drones. Whether you’re interested in building your own, or just have some questions about how these devices work, show up for the meeting. We’ll have hobbyists, start-ups, and professionals talking shop well into the evening, and plenty of fun toys to show off! Meetup RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/LVL1Hackerspace/events/159276392/
On January 24th, 5pm through January 26th, 5pm (that’s right, 48 hours), LVL1 will act as a site for the Global Game Jam! Mike and Alex are organizing this great event. Think of it as a collaborative Game Development Hackathon! Come together, hone your game dev skills with like-minded folks, and build some great games!
You can find our more info at the Louisville Game Jam Micro-site: http://louisvilleglobalgamejam.github.io/
You can sign up at the Game Jam Website: http://globalgamejam.org/2014/jam-sites/lvl1-hackerspace-game-jam
And you can ask your questions on our mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/lvl1/hdfmEwR_YfM
Spacers, I am unbelievably excited to announce that LVL1 has been selected as one of the recipients of a $23,500 award from the community foundation! This is a huge achievement for anyone who is part of the LVL1 community, and we cannot thank you enough for making this space the wonderful community that it is!
This grant program is for “capacity building” upgrades, so we’re exploring paths which will help us better help you make the cool stuff that you want to make! Per the budget submitted to the Community Foundation, we’ll be working on upgrades including: Professional cleaning services (so you don’t have to spend time scrubbing toilets or taking out trash!), Public “Open Hours” (we’re still not sure how this will work, but it will probably include a maker-in-residence being available to help you make stuff), an 80 watt laser (so you can cut through twice as much stuff!), an upgraded precision mill, more A/C upstairs, more storage shelving (and less collapsible), and a wheelchair ramp for the main entry.
We receive the money at an awards ceremony on January 7th. Shortly afterwards, expect to see lots of stuff getting upgraded!
Until then, you can help us get another $2,500 for space upgrades by participating in this Facebook Poll: http://t.co/nAnlVGS9PR
You can vote once a day, so remember to vote early and often! Thanks again for everything you do, LVL1 depends on it!
This is it, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: LVL1′s first Quadcopter Ultimate Aerial 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!