Starting this August, LVL1 will be offering one Makership a month, every month, until our Makership endowment funds run out! The LVL1 Makership program allows us to provide free LVL1 membership and project funds to a Maker with a big idea but limited resources. Makership applicants propose a 3-month long project which they need LVL1 resources to make! Each month LVL1 selects the top project proposal and award them the Makership. The runners up will have an opportunity to roll their proposals into the next month’s round, or modify the proposals as desired. Follow this link for more detailed information LVL1 Makership program.
APPLY FOR A MAKERSHIP!!
DEADLINE IS BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH! EVERY MONTH!
This rolling Makership will continue for at least the next 6 MONTHS! This was made possible by a generous donation from the Frank Luecke Foundation and our regular monthly contributors. If you’d like to make a $5 a month donation to support Makers in Louisville, please sign up for our recurring paypal micro-funding payment:
If you, or your company / school / foundation, would like to support the LVL1 Makership program with a larger tax-deductible donation please contact email@example.com. LVL1 is a 501c(3) tax-exempt organization.
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!)
TL;DR – Sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7404548203 Do it now, because ticket sales end on the 27th!
LVL1 is proud to host a Raspberry Pi Bootcamp on July 31st, at 6:30pm. This workshop will go through the basics of hooking up a Raspberry Pi and getting it up and running, using the wonderful Adafruit Raspberry Pi Starter Pack. Pick your ticket, with or without Pi, and come to LVL1 on July 31st. You need only bring your laptop! We’ll go through the basics of hooking up the Raspberry Pi, loading an image onto the SD card, booting the Pi for the first time, and getting it blinking. If you’re curious about this exciting physical computing platform, this is a great excuse to pick it up!
What timing, also! LVL1 is on the proposed route of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s American Pi Roadshow. Tentatively, they’ll be stopping by on August 9th! This will be a great kick in the pants for your latest embedded project, which you can then show off to all the Pi fanatics in the Louisville area!
Seating is limited to 15, and ticket sales will end on the 27th so we have enough time to buy the kits. Tell all your fiends, and get ready for a slice of Pi! The evenbrite link is here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7404548203
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!
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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Only probably available for the next two weeks! Order now or miss out FOREVER!
http://meatandnetworking.com/lvl1shirt2013/ <—- 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! http://meatandnetworking.com/lvl1shirt2013/
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: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6817530417
Come down to LVL1 on May 29th and learn how to keep your own army of flying, stinging, honey-producing minions!
Are you as enthralled by 3D printing as the rest of us? Have you had trouble finding or learning the currently available 3D design tools? Then you should come to LVL1 on June 4th, from 6 to 8pm, and take the LVL1 Sketchup Workshop! Sketchup is a free 3D design tool, used by everyone from artists, to engineers, to architects. This tool allows you to create 3D models, which you can then take and print on one of the two LVL1 3D printers.
Like many of us, John Pagyga was immediately taken by the idea of 3D printing. As a landscape architect, he has already adapted sketchup into his daily routine, so he was able to translate those skills into near-immediate 3D printing prowess. He’d like to share these skills with others in the LVL1 community. On June 4th, from 6 to 8pm (immediately preceding one of our regular Tuesday meetings), he’ll be teaching a workshop about the ins and outs of Sketchup in a 3D printing context. Come on down, and learn you a 3D design tool!
You can sign up now using Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6810364985
Seating is limited to 15, so sign up now and sign up often! This is a pay-what-you-want workshop, with all proceeds going to LVL1. Eventbrite imposes a $0.99 minimum, but anything above that goes!
If you’ve got any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or pop over to our mailing list!
On Monday, July 15th, at 7pm, LVL1 will be hosting a solder your own TV-B-Gone workshop! The TV-B-Gone is a great way to introduce yourself to soldering, and hacker culture. This device will turn off over 230 TVs, from over 100 feet away. Great fun for the sports bar or electronics store.
Sign ups are here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6748668449
Only 10 seats are available, so sign up now, reserve your spot, and come down to LVL1 on Monday, July 15th. You need only bring yourself, everything needed is included in the workshop price of $25!
As 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: http://wiki.lvl1.org/501c3 As always, if you have any questions concerning our 501(c)3 status, please feel free to email email@example.com. 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!