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LVL1 / GE Hackathon Recap

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This past weekend a big group from the LVL1 community and GE Appliances engineers teamed up for an appliance hackathon at WaterStep.

Everyone had a great time tearing up appliances and bending them to our will. LVL1 team LineCook brought home the gold for “Best User Experience” for our UPC / QR-code reading, auto-temperature profiling Knight Riderish oven. FOR THE GLORY OF LVL1! Best of all, we got to keep the oven! Hopefully we’ll get some 240V run soon at the space to hook it up. The next step will be adding a KITT soundboard :-).

Thanks to GE and Waterstep for hosting this event! Insider Louisville provided a great write-up of the event if you want more details.

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/

Global Game Jam at LVL1, 1/24-1/26

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On January 24th, 5pm through January 26th, 5pm (that’s right, 48 hours), LVL1 will act as a site for the Global Game Jam! Mike and Alex are organizing this great event. Think of it as a collaborative Game Development Hackathon! Come together, hone your game dev skills with like-minded folks, and build some great games!

You can find our more info at the Louisville Game Jam Micro-site: http://louisvilleglobalgamejam.github.io/

You can sign up at the Game Jam Website: http://globalgamejam.org/2014/jam-sites/lvl1-hackerspace-game-jam

And you can ask your questions on our mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/lvl1/hdfmEwR_YfM

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!