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Burning Benjamin – July 9, 2016

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LFML

  • Date: Saturday July 9, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Moment of Truth: 2:30 PM
  • Prize: $100.00
  • Max Participants: 15 individuals or Teams
  • Fires not permitted inside space, that is what the outdoors is for.

All you have to do to compete is start a fire. How hard can that be?

Any Fire will do. It can be brief and small or larger and long.  However, large and long burning fires are more theatrical, something I’ve come to understand is important to hackerspaces.

The challenge is to create a fire or ignition source that can ignite the sample or another combustible material by mechanically damaging any part of the sample using 24 volts DC max.

Sample furnished at no cost, 1 per Competitor/Team

Combustible materials can only include things found in no particular order:

First aid kit,

Standard Tools common to a mechanic’s tool box

Other combustible materials that can reasonably be found at a manufacturing facility when under construction or during maintenance including things that could be brought in but normally not i.e. under espionage or with malicious intent.Personnel Protective Equipment common for working in a confined spaces

Hard hat, safety glasses, face shield, respirator, Purified Air Personal Respirator, SCBA Respirator, Escape Respirator, misc. under clothing, pens, pencils, gloves, rescue harnesses, footwear, non-fire retardant coveralls (Tyvek), steel toed shoes, shoe covers, socks, name patches and similarCombustible materials may not include: flammable liquids or gasses, fireworks, matches or anything disallowed by LVL1

Sample: an ~12″ length of functional IP 68 LED rope light

Results to be judged based on creativity, simplicity and of course awesomeness. While the judge is not perfect their decision is and that decision is final. Winner take all.

 

Now let’s get this fire thing started and Win a Benjamin!

LFML

 

May 13, 2016 Dollar Store MacGyver Hackathon

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I’d Hack That For a Dollar

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Once again LVL1 will host a Dollar Store hackathon honoring MacGyver.  The rules are simple.  Several members will go to dollar stores to collect supplies.  These supplies will be chosen at random and independent of one another.  The high quality offerings will then be piled on a table.  Individuals and teams will then hack together what they want in the hopes of showing off their skills or preventing Armageddon in the nick of time.  No entrance fee.  Various food parts will be available for assembly.  And the Coca Cola will flow.

Last time the event was held, this was the result : 1st Dollar Store MacGyver Hackathon

Irregular movie night will be running in parallel.  There will likely be episodes of MacGyver and MacGruber playing.

So now is your chance to mullet your way into a LVL1 hackathon.  Hackathon begins at 7:00 pm and ends about midnight.

 

Join LVL1 in celebrating Arduino Day April 2nd 2016

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The LVL1 community will be joining in on the world-wide celebration of Arduino Day on April 2nd and we’d love for you to join us.  We will be celebrating one of the ubiquitous tools of the Maker Movement that has helped so many people by running a workshop on the Arduino hosted by Nathan Armentrout, displaying Arduino-based projects, and other activities as we get this organized.

Nathan’s workshop will be from 12 to 4pm and you can sign up on the EventBrite.

Here are some of the many Arduino-based projects folks have built; many of which you can see at our space:

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Many of our Sumobots are powered by Arduino.

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This project converted braille to RGB light as part of a hackathon designed to make useless things.

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This space monitoring station gathers various information from different sensors via an Arduino compatible chip and displays the information.

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Another useless project entry; this is a 2D printer designed to self destruct when it completes a line.

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One of my personal favorites; the Bad Idea Robot uses an Arduino to animate the LEDs when you press the button and it gives you a bad idea.

You can also check our Wiki for projects that use Arduino and other technologies; for example there’s the Magic 8-Ball Valentines Heart and the old-school LEGO Robotics Kit given new life via Arduino.

Of course we can’t forget a long-time favorite and fixture of the space; Butterscotch the Fire-breathing Robotic Pony of Doom:

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Join us for a free Thanksgiving Dinner

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Once again LVL1 is hosting a free Thanksgiving Dinner at our space for anyone who wishes to attend.  It will be at our space on the 26th and will start around 2 with a plan for dinner around 3 or 4 and general activities and food the entire time (plenty of snacking and desserts before and after).

We recognize that there are those in our community that may not have family nearby, may not have the economic or other means to celebrate, or who may feel like spending their time with fellow nerds in their “adopted” family here at LVL1.

We’d like to encourage you to reach out to *anyone* you know who might like the opportunity to attend; they don’t have to have ever been to LVL1 before or anything (perhaps students who can’t go home or older folks who can’t see family for some reason).  The more the merrier; you don’t need a reason or excuse — just show up!
Want to avoid that Racist Uncle or Awkward Aunt?  We’re a registered 501c3; tell your family you’re selflessly volunteering at a charity dinner and you’ve got a great reason to skip the unpleasantness (just be sure to do a couple of the dishes or sweep up or something).
If you’d like to help out please join the discussion on our mailing list.
Donations are accepted but we’re aiming more for side-dishes and desserts more than cash.  Let us know if you need a tax-reciept.
LVL1 Hackerspace
1205 E. Washington St.
Louisville, KY 40206