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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

 

 

September Makership Deadline 9/30

Rolling Makership

 

LVL1 is 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 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th

 

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 makership@lvl1.org. LVL1 is a 501c(3) tax-exempt organization.

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

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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 https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/healthdata/brief.html

If you’re interested, sign up here: http://knchealthlouisville.eventbrite.com

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!

Arduino Soldering Workshop

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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.
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7727732857
Limited Seating! Come for the workshop stay for the horrible movie afterwards.

Rolling Monthly Makerships!

Rolling Makership

 

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 makership@lvl1.org. LVL1 is a 501c(3) tax-exempt organization.

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

Rob Bishop from the Pi Foundation

 

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 Raspberry Pi Bootcamp – July 31st, 6:30 PM

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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

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!

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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

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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/

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