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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

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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!

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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

 

LVL1 Hackerspace
814 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY