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Ludum Dare – Game Jam 4/25th 6pm – 4/27th 8pm

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Game Dev Lou will be participating in it’s first ever Ludum Dare event and second to date Game Jam overall with many more to come!!!

The event will be held here at the LVL1 Hackerspace

Prior to the event please be sure to:

  • Create an account on Ludum Dare’s website  (Required hash tag for account creation -> #ld48)
  • Sign up to our meet up so we can get a head count HERE

There will be two kind of jams going on:

The Competition is the familiar “make a game in 48 hours solo competition” that Ludum Dare is known for. Specific details can be found below. After the competition ends, participants are given 3 weeks to play and rate games created by their peers. After those 3 weeks, winners are announced.

The Jam is the new “relaxed” Ludum Dare. It was created to make Ludum Dare even more inclusive. You can work in a team, borrow assets from your other projects, or do things that would normally be against the rules. You also get one extra day, giving you up to 72 hours to submit an entry. This is helpful for those times real life gets in the way, or for games that need just a bit more time to become something great.

Check out the rules for more info.

Prusa i3 Buildoff – May 31st – June 1st @ LVL1!

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On May 31st, Sonny Mounicou will be returning to LVL1 to teach another Build Your Own 3D printer workshop! You might remember Sonny from a similar workshop last March, in which 10 people came together, and build 10 Prusa i2 printers in just 2 days. From seasoned makers, to newbees, to father-son teams, everyone walked out with a working 3D printer. It was a really great event, and we’re happy to bring it back to LVL1, with even more expanded options! Seating is limited, however, and Sonny needs deposits early, so sign up ASAP!

Sonny has lead 42 builders across 4 build events to create their 3d printers.  In a weekend worth of time, you could have a 3d printer as well!  Please see the details below.

 Purpose
The goal is to start with a set of parts that we provide and end the weekend with a working printer.  This normally takes people months to get worked out.  At the event, we’ll provide you with the guidance to get it built, the familiarity  to use your printer going forward, and experts to help troubleshoot any issues that arise.
Timing

We are presently looking at the weekend of May 31st for the build.  This date is only moveable by a unanimous vote of all attendees!
Logistics
In order to make this viable, we’ll need at least 12 – 15 (or assembled) printers being build.  In addition, to make the upgrade option viable we will need 5 participants.  The slots filled up quickly last time.  I would urge you to reserve your seat ASAP.
Pricing
We will be building an aluminum frame I3 for this build event.  There will be three different options to choose from:
Conversion: $300
If you have been part of one of my previous build events, I will offer an upgrade option to convert your I2 to an I3.  The instructions I provide will make the assumption that you have kept your I2 as built.  If you have customized it, you can still participate but will need to improvise.  You will need to print your own plastic parts.
New I3 Printer: $950
This will be an aluminum frame I3 with Rambo electronics, precision bearings and shafts, an electronics enclosure, and a heated build platform.  I am working to include an all metal hot end in this price so that you can print any plastic material.  I am also looking to include an LCD control.  I will confirm that as we get closer to the event.
Assembled I3 Printer:$1450
For this build I’m going to offer an special option for those who don’t want to do it themselves.  I’ll assemble, calibrate, and bring the I3 with me to the event.  It will be identical to the new I3 above, but ready to go.
Payment

I will be offering a payment schedule to help make this more achievable for participants.  Please send your deposits via paypal to “sonny@mounicou.com”.
New Printers:
April 4th: $100  Deposit due with color choice (choose one of the selections from this page https://ultimachine.com/catalog/print-materials/pla/pla-175mm)
April 16th: $450  First installment
May 15th: $400  Final installment
Conversion:
April 4th: $100  Deposit due
April 16th: $200  Balance due
Assembled I3:
April 4th: $100  Deposit due with color choice (choose one of the selections from this page https://ultimachine.com/catalog/print-materials/pla/pla-175mm)
April 16th: $1350  Balance due
Any questions? E-Mail Brad at BradLuyster@gmail.com or Sonny at sonny@mounicou.com.  Sign up early, or you’ll be left out!

Map Reading for Beginners

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Ever get lost in the woods? ever get lost in the woods even with a map and now want to know how to read it. Here is the chance to learn the skills you need to read that map and get someplace. If you have a compass bring it. If you know what a scale is and have one bring it. If you have neither then you will know enough to go get them after the class. This class is for the novice to learn how to read a USGS 7.5 minute map and the corresponding Geologic Quadrant Map (GQ). This class is for anyone that would like to learn enough to get out into the woods and start doing a few simple hikes or understand the geology in an area.
Monday March 17th at 6:00. Free class. Will go until we run out of questions.

Suicidal Robots: A 24hr Hack-A-Thon

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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.

Drone Meetup at LVL1, 1/23 (and every 4th Thursday), 8pm

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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/

LVL1 Awarded $23,500 Community Foundation Grant!

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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!

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).

Finish It Friday! October 25th, 6pm to October 26th, 8am

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!

Raspberry Pi Hackathon happening this weekend!

Raspberry Pi Hack LogoThis weekend, LVL1 is hosting ShareLab’s Raspberry Pi Hackathon!  We’ve got seven teams competing to build the coolest Raspberry Pi Project in 2 days.  Stop on by and see what’s cooking, or check out our Flickr Feed for all-day-updates!

This is what the teams are working on:

Spite Jose by Cheating
Project: Photo Booth w/ the Power of Pi
Members: Aaron, Joe (and Aaron’s parents)

Dirty Rotten Cheaters
Project: Grunt Master 6000, the general … universal
Members: Jose

Christmas Past
Project: working with automotive on-board diagnostics, scraping info, detecting information and displaying to a user.
Members: Tim (web development), Barton (perl stuff and shell hacking)

Pi Rookies
Project: Backup Camera for a car, shared w/ clients via ad-hoc wireless network
Members: Greg

Elephant Tango
Project: dual server hosting 1) web interface & 2) Node controller (arduino, etc.). The Web app will send commands to node controller to read data and turn on lights, etc.
Members: Barry (Web development), Mark (embedded systems, firmware)

Jose’s Angels
Project: Sorting Conveyor utilizing visual recognition (OpenCV)
Members: Nathan, Katie (engineer of the streets), John (elec & hardware engineering)

E to the Pi I
Project: Possibly wireless video casting, computer to Pi, etc.
Members: John, Michael, Kelly

 

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

 

 

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