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Global Game Jam at LVL1, 1/24-1/26

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

Get your Game On November 9th starting at 4pm

 

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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).

Louisville Mini Maker Faire – September 28th, Noon to 6pm

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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!

Team Flugtag!

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LVL1—your community nonprofit hack space—in partnership with New2Lou—your favorite local social organization—is competing in the National Red Bull Day of Flugtag in Chicago on September 21st as Team New2Flug. Check out the grandeur that is homemade flying contraptions here: at RedBull Flugtag. More importantly, the entire Bluegrass is resting on our “wings” as we are the sole team representing our great state of Kentucky. The plan is to build our own giant Pegasus (the symbol of our greatest sporting event—the Kentucky Derby) complete with a rider and a LVL1-designed wing. This whole thing will get shoved off of a 30-foot runway located on Lake Michigan along the Chicago shoreline with our pilot and wings first doing some gliding and then ending with what we can only hope will be a spectacular crash landing.

So far, we have worked purely with donated material and volunteered engineering and build time. The point is simple: WE NEED YOU!

You have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help represent YOUR state and YOUR city in a contest that will be simulcast live in front of more than five million people. For more information (and to donate!) check out our crowdfunding video which can be found at Louisville Flugtag on Rocket hub. Also, feel free to come by LVL1 and participate in the building every Monday and Thursday at 6pm.

Thank so much for any and all help and support you can give us.

Kentucky’s only and Louisville’s own,

Nu2Flug

Some Key Event Times for Public Participation!

9/9 Nu2Flug Build Day at LVL1

9/11 Nu2Flug send off party at the Garage Bar!

9/16 Nu2Flug Build Day at LVL1

9/21 RedBull Flugtag Competition Live

 

 

Raspberry Pi Roadshow Visit – August 9th – 6:00 PM

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RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/LVL1Hackerspace/events/132132342/

LVL1 is very proud to be hosting Rob Bishop from the Raspberry Pi foundation for a visit to Louisville on August 9th, at 6 PM!

This month, Rob will be traveling through the US, taking a look at all the cool Raspberry Pi projects people are working on, talking about the Pi and the work of the Pi foundation, and doing live demos.  More information about his itinerary is right here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/4312

In case you haven’t heard of the Raspberry Pi before: The Raspberry Pi is a $35 credit-card sized computer module running Linux.  With Ethernet and USB outputs, you’ve got a very nice computer in a very small package.  People have used the Pi on projects as diverse as home entertainment PCs, Carputers, Robots, UAVs, Vending Machines, Access Control Systems, and so much more.

Come on down to LVL1 on August 9th for this completely free event! Bring your Pi and any Pi projects you’ve been working on! Show off all the cool stuff that you’ve done with your Pi, or would like to do! Tons of like-minded folks will be hanging around, fawning over Rob. Don’t have a Raspberry Pi? No problem! We’ll have Pis for sale before, during, and after the event!

If you plan to come out, please RSVP on our Meetup Page: http://www.meetup.com/LVL1Hackerspace/events/132132342/ (Not required, but it helps us gauge interest!)

LVL1 Hosting Louisville’s Code for America Hackathon!

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On Saturday, February 23rd, LVL1 will be hosting the Code for America Hackathon!  You can find more information, including details about how to sign up, at this page:

http://www.louisvilleky.gov/economicdevelopment/News/2013/CityOffersCashPrizesforNewApps.htm

Louisville has been selected as one of ten cities to receive a Code for America Fellowship.  The Louisville fellows are looking at ways to improve the criminal justice system.  This hackathon, however, has a broader goal.  In a mere 8 hours, create a smartphone app (or prototype) that uses publicly available data to improve the lives of Louisvillians.  There is prize money involved for winners, so start planning now!

LVL1 is no stranger to hackathons, hosting 24 hour event focused on building cool stuff out of junk, and weaponizing delicious food.  Good luck everyone, and hack on!

Make Food Not War Hackathon Recap

I’d like to thank everyone who came out to the LVL1 Make Food Not War Hackathon this past weekend.  Without a doubt, this was the most dangerous group activity ever attempted by LVL1!

We had 6 teams participate, with 6 very innovative ways to launch food very long distances.  Team Aaron built a device to remotely launch shot glasses into half-filled pint glasses, resulting in the most entertaining Irish Car Bomb you’re ever likely to consume.  The device worked amazingly well, and was incredibly easy to use.  Props to Aaron for one of the most polished projects!  Tuesday night, we used it to lob burning alcohol through the air, for kicks.

Team Sprinkles, consisting of three people from the local science center (and our own Ben Hibben) was probably the most well-prepared team.  They had plans to build an advanced device capable of mixing flavored ice cream on-the-fly, and freezing it with liquid nitrogen.  The ice cream would then be launched from an automatic ballista.  Unfortunately, the ice cream mixing robot didn’t quite get finished, and the automated portion of the ballista broke during the demonstration, but they still hurled ice cream over 100 feet, and tossed the shaft for their projectile on the neighbor’s roof (4 stories!)  And the ice cream was delicious!

Team Muff Cannon (the only all-woman team) built a fantastic muffin cannon.  Powered by exploding ether, their pink hello-kitty adorned cannon managed to launch a muffin over 150 feet, and it remained intact!  They also experimented with a very entertaining waffle flinger, which threw waffled onto parked cars, and the roof of a nearby building.

The Bomb Squad started the evening with a bang, burning up teflon wire and bulging a fully-charged lithium-ion battery in an attempt to bake a cupcake. Their plans changed from flying a helicopter ez-bake-oven, to integrating the cupcake into a miniature Up! house.  Unfortunately, at launch time they weren’t able to achieve neutral buoyancy without cutting off some critical components.  As soon as they did, the wind carried their (tethered!) house straight into the power lines!  A few well-placed tugs, and the cupcake came back down, but not without some worry among the crowd.

Team Pat created a powerful martini shooter.  Although it only took him 2 hours to put it together, it managed to fling food the furthest, reaching over 300 feet, at high velocity.  In fact, the aluminum bottle he used to store his libation was destroyed on impact, and very little martini was left!  He also created a smaller olive shooter, which served to atomize the olives, more than shoot them.  Still, very impressive, from both a danger and a distance perspective!

Finally, the idea that spawned the hackathon so many months ago: The taco cannon.  Long a dream of many LVL1ers, it became a reality this weekend.  A taco shell is loaded into a carrier at the muzzle, pulled back by a powerful magnet, and a screw-driven hopper dumps taco ingredients into the shell.  The ingredient-door is sealed, and the weapon is fired, propelled by the same mechanism (but bigger!) as the Muff Cannon.  Unfortunately, the blast door wasn’t as secure as it should have been, so upon ignition, vaporized taco ingredients showered the crowd!  Still, a very tasty weapon, with a lot of future potential.  Next year, guys?

We had two teams tie for first place: Team Sprinkles and Team Aaron.  Well done to both of you! They split the first and second place trophies, cutting them in half and gluing them back together!

Trailing them (but only barely!) was Team Muff Cannon, taking home the third place plaque.

Once again, thanks to everyone that participated in this second 24 hour hackathon.  We’ve seen great success with the past two hackathons, and we hope to continue the tradition.  Start thinking about next years hacks, along with ideas for future hackathons!  What could be better than combing sleep deprivation with power tools and explosives?

There are many dozens of pictures on our flickr feed, so please browse through to see more of the hard work these guys put in! http://www.flickr.com/photos/lvl1/

Get your Game On

Come on down to the space Saturday, September 8th at 8pm and we’ll be talking about gaming, PC style mostly. Bring your rig if you got one, as 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.   Never played it before?  No problem, come on down, we will try to have a few extra consoles available.  Click more to see what all we’ll be doing.
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Make Food N̶o̶t̶ War

Team Sign ups here: http://lvl1makefoodnotwar2012.eventbrite.com/

It’s time for another 24 hour hackathon!

This October, from Saturday the 20th to Sunday the 21st, pit your building skills against 9 other teams attempting to assemble the finest food-flinging machines in the world!

Your challenge is to build a machine in 24 hours (or less) that can fling the tastiest foodstuff the longest distance with the most style.  Teams can bring in any supplies they want (up to $150 worth– We will be asking for receipts at the door!), but you can’t put anything together until the start of the competition.  From then on out, it’s a free-for-all to build your contraption using the supplies you’ve brought in alongside the supplies at the LVL1 hackerspace.

As with last time, buy only one ticket per team!  One ticket gets your entire team in the door! Try to think of a team name before you show up!

At the end of the competition, teams will judge eachother in the following categories:

  • Taste: How delicious is it, after being flung?
  • Distance: How far did you fling it?
  • Ingenuity: How well-built was your flinger? How crazy?
  • Appearance: Is your food recognizable on the other end?
Scores in each category will be averaged, and the top three teams will receive their assorted glory.

The rules:

  • $150 budget, not counting parts from the boneyard at LVL1
  • Must be built in 24 hours (nothing preassembled!)
  • Team size is unlimited (in either direction), but 3-6 is recommended
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at BradLuyster@gmail.com

Upcoming Workshop! Arduino: Beyond the Blink

Sign up for the workshop HERE: http://lvl1arduinobeyond.eventbrite.com/

Workshop is BYOA (bring your own arduino).

Another Arduino workshop at LVL1!

On August 26th, from Noon to 4pm, we’re going to cover software on the Arduino.

This is different from other workshops we’ve done on Arduino.  We’ll cover the IDE, built-in Libraries, their uses and pitfalls.  We’ll go over the current Arduino sheild ecosystem, investigate embedded C best-practices, and more!

This workshop will be strictly BYOA (bring your own Arduino), and will run about 4 hours.  Feel free to stick around afterwards to ask any questions we didn’t cover.  Buy your Arduino from Radioshack, Sparkfun, or any number of other online vendors.  Bring your laptop and a USB cable, and we’ll make the Arduino sing.

Here’s a detailed list of topics covered:

  • What is a Microcontroller?
  • What training wheels does Arduino provide?
  • What are sheilds?
  • What are libraries?
  • Getting into the IDE
  • Blinkenlights
  • Built-in Peripherals
  • Pitfalls
  • Basic embedded C techniques
  • Going beyond Arduino
If there’s any particular topic you’d like to dive deep into, email me at BradLuyster@gmail.com

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