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Healthy Hometown Happy Hour Hackathon – August 24th – 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM



On August 24th, from 3 to 6 PM, LVL1 will be hosting a health data brainstorming hackathon in association with the Knight Foundation, XLerateHealth, Greater Louisville Enterprise Corp, Louisville Quantified Self, University of Louisville School of Public Health, and University of Louisville Health Sector Management MBA Program!

The focus of this hackathon will be to brainstorm ideas and discover talent associated with completing the Knight Foundation’s Health and Communities challenge.  Food and drink will be provided, so come on down, and talk about ideas that could win Louisville a seat at the table in this competition.  The Knight Foundation is giving $5 million to some of the best ideas nationwide, and this is the start!  Learn more about the competition at

If you’re interested, sign up here:

Entry is free, and food and drink will be provided.  Got ideas on how Louisville can use data to form a healthier community? Show up on the 24th!

New Co-ops Caleb Sheehan and Isaac Gebru

WE have 2 new Fall 2013 Co-ops: Yitzhak (Isaac) Gebru and Caleb Sheehan. They are new LVL1 members! Lets give them a welcome…


Here they are testing out the Seebeck effect.

Arduino Soldering Workshop

Friday, August 16, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Learn how to assemble and solder your own solarbotics freeduino. The cost of this workshop covers the materials cost for a freeduino microcontroller kit. Your assembled Freeduino is yours to keep! Use the vast open resources of the LVL1 and Arduino community to come up with your own electronic applications.
Limited Seating! Come for the workshop stay for the horrible movie afterwards.

Have an idea for a startup? Come learn how to turn your idea into reality!

On July 1st at 7PM, LVL1 will be hosting a talk by serial entrepreneur and KY Small Business Development Center associate state director Gordon Garrett to help hackers and makers navigate the often-difficult business world and to understand how individuals successfully go from idea to startup.

Gordon Garrett of the KSBDC


With 15 service centers statewide and an experienced and knowledgeable staff, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center provides unparalleled consulting and training services that help existing business owners and potential entrepreneurs succeed.  Their services include one-on-one management consultations, training workshops, market research, loan packaging help, assistance with financial projections and information needed to make informed business decisions.  With a team of dozens of analysts, researchers, and business specialists, Gordon helps individuals and business at all stages, from business planning and market research to financial analysis and marketing solutions.  Gordon has served as a strategic business advisor, CEO and board member for numerous high-tech start-up ventures and high-growth companies and has launched and managed to acquisition six successful technology companies of his own.

If you’re curious about how the business world works and want to learn how to access the resources critical to any successful startup, you’ll want to come see Gordon speak on July 1st at 7PM at LVL1!

LVL1 Third Birthday Party Open House – July 5th – 7pm!


Friday, July 5th, LVL1 Celebrates its third anniversary of having a physical space! We’ve been at 814 E. Broadway since July 1st, 2010, so LVL1 is now officially 3 years old!

Come to LVL1 at 7pm on July 5th and help us celebrate 3 years past, and many years to come!  There’ll be food, beverage, lasers, and fire! All are welcome! LVL1 has a lot to celebrate, with over 60 members, and a huge community of people working on everything from Raspberry Pi to Arduino to Bees to Chemical Scrubbers to Solar Panels to Costumes to Pizza.

LVL1 is located at 814 E. Broadway in Louisville, Kentucky.  Plenty of parking behind the building, off Shelby Street, and the entrance is off the rear alley.  Come one, come all, and help us celebrate everything about the hackerspace movement! Thanks for three great years, and hack on, Louisville!

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Get your 2013 LVL1 T-shirts for Makerfaire!

LVL1 2013 T-shirt

(Shirt is actually two sided, contrary to picture)

Only probably available for the next two weeks! Order now or miss out FOREVER!  <—- ORDER HERE

For the next two weeks, we’ll be taking orders for LVL1 T-Shirts.  This year’s, “Probably Safe”, was designed by Joseph.  Thanks so much Joseph!

As always, LVL1 is the multicolored hackerspace: You get to pick the color of your shirt! We’ve got four different styles available, with lots of different colors for each.  New this year, we’ll even ship your shirt! Add one “Shipping” item to your cart before you check out, and we’ll even mail it to you (mailed shirts won’t make it to Makerfaire, sorry!)  Most shirts are only $11!

So buy now, and buy often!

Intro to Beekeeping Workshop! 5/29 7-9pm

Giant Bee Workshop


Lots and lots of cool stuff going on at LVL1 lately!  Our very own Todd Welsh will be teaching an Introduction to Beekeeping workshop on May 29th, from 7 to 9pm!  Todd has been beekeeping for several years, but not long enough to lose touch with the challenges of being a beginner.  He’ll help us all get through the initial hump of understanding bees.

This workshop is free, but you should RSVP (there are only 15 seats!) at Eventbrite, located here:

Come down to LVL1 on May 29th and learn how to keep your own army of flying, stinging, honey-producing minions!

LVL1 is now a 501(c)3 Organization!

LVL1 501(c)3 HeaderAs many of you are no doubt aware, after almost two years of paperwork, negotiating, and discussions with the IRS, LVL1 is now a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization!  This means LVL1 can now accept tax-deductible donations of money and physical items!

This has been an absolutely huge undertaking, from Joe P., filling out our first application, to Chris C. and Mark E. fighting for us every step and speed bump in the road, to Tim M. putting together a donation form and incorporating the responsibility of keeping 501(c)3 records into the office of the treasurer. Everyone in the LVL1 community owes these fine folks (and many more!) their due.

This goal comes with its fair share of responsibility, though.  Each and every one of us in the LVL1 community are responsible for maintaining the requirements of the 501(c)3 code.  We’ve put together a short page here with some rough guidelines:  As always, if you have any questions concerning our 501(c)3 status, please feel free to email  The long and short is this: follow the guidelines on the wiki, fill out the appropriate paperwork, mark items donated with a 501(c)3 receipt as 501(c)3 donations, and DO NOT remove 501(c)3 donated items from LVL1.  These items are now LVL1 property!

Again, HUGE thanks to everyone involved in making this happen over the years.  Let’s use this to our advantage, spacers! I’m looking at you, folks who have an employer match on 501(c)3 donations!

Scheduling Fail, OpenSCAD Workshop cancelled

So I fail horribly at scheduling, all the streets leading up to LVL1 are all blocked by the Pegasus Parade. I knew something was wrong when people started calling me to park at my place and walk to LVL1. Consequently the OpenSCAD workshop will need to be rescheduled. I will be here tonight (mostly to avoid going back through the crowd to leave) in case anyone was dead set on learning OpenSCAD tonight but the official workshop will be moved to a later date.

MOSSCon 2013!


LVL1 is lucky enough to play hosts to the folks at the Kentucky Open Source Society (, and many of them have become hugely involved members of the larger LVL1 community.  Lately, some of the guys from KYOSS have been working on MOSSCon, the Midwest Open Source Conference.  We’re proud that LVL1 could play a small part in getting Louisville’s first open source conference off the ground.  If you’re someone who’s interested in Open Source Software, this is an event to attend.  It’s going to take place May 18th-19th, and early-bird registration is open now!

Here’s the full scoop on MOSSCon:

MOSSCon 2013

Free & Open Source Software has, for years, brought together the best and brightest developers to produce software products that rival, on every level, the proprietary solutions with massive marketing budgets behind them. Online, the community grows everyday; more and more, businesses of all sizes are realizing the power that open source solutions give their operation; off-line, the open source community is scattered.

MOSSCon (Midwest Open Source Software Conference) brings together these developers, product managers, users, businesses, thought leaders, educators, and more to network and learn about the newest advancements in open source products, and the benefits these products provide to the operation of these businesses. Through a combination of sessions, keynotes, workshops, exhibit space, and networking times, MOSSCon delivers the perfect venue to reach, meet, and mingle with the Open Source Community.

MOSSCon team is looking forward to create an event that the entire Open Source Software community can benefit from! Available to both the general public and the technical community, with the lowest price possible, this conference will be offering the attendees: 22 presentations and 6 workshops from 19 local and regional speakers. Big players in today’s OSS community (Apache Software Foundation, CISCO, RedHat, Mozilla, Eucalyptus etc) covering topics in areas such as security, hight performance computing, cloud systems, web and mobile development, open government data, maps and much more!

MOSSCon is a community driven conference; “By the people, for the people” as we like to say it, organized for the first time in Kentucky by KYOSS (Kentucky Open Source Software Society) and a group of enthusiasts who share the same vision that the software should be Free and Open to the community to develop and adapt it to their needs. A group of enthusiasts of all age groups that is established to promote software freedom, open source software, free culture and open knowledge, a global movement that originally started more than 25 years ago.


For more info, please visit:
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