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The Louisville Digital Association, LVL1, GlowTouch Technologies and Insider Louisville are teaming up to help you rub elbows with the top tech influencers in the Derby City on June 22.

From the mayor’s office to maker garages, from venture capital firms to one-man bootstrap bands, from engineers to end-users to everyone in between — you’re all invited to the 1st Annual Louisville Digital Insiders Outing at Hogan’s Fountain in Cherokee Park from 6-8pm on Friday, June 22. Our organizations are putting on a full court press to get all 39 of the Insider‘s who’s who of Louisville tech present to cross-pollinate ideas and opinions; and we’re throwing in a free meal, too.

If you’re interested in any aspect of the Louisville tech scene — investment, employment, or intellectual curiosity — this is the one social occasion you don’t want to miss. There will be no pitches, no lectures and no strings attached. Just come meet your digital peers for a good, old-fashioned cookout in the heart of Louisville. The food will be excellent, and the conversation extraordinary — or your money back!

Admission is free, but seating is limited and RSVPs are required. Food and beverages will be provided by the Louisville Grind Gourmet Burger Truck. (Yes, there will be vegetarian options; just don’t be fooled by the awesome duckfat fries.) Reservations close at noon on June 20, so act now while supplies last.

It’s time to break down the walls between the various factions of the Louisville tech community. Nothing does that better than fresh air, fresh faces and freshly grilled burgers. See you at the Fountain.

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LVL1 and the Louisville Digital Association are proud to present the next Idea to Execution Workshop hosted at LVL1 Hackerspace, this Thursday 5/12 at 6:30pm. The topic this time is Ruby on Rails AKA RoR.

In keeping with the collaborative nature of our Idea to Execution workshops, the evening opens led by Ernie Miller with a short talk that focuses on making the business case for employing web development using RoR along with some best practices every business or tech lead should know. In the latter portion, attendees get their hands dirty working on RoR code.

Be sure to grab your ticket now and learn what you tools you’ll need. Seating is limited!

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Change of plans everyone! SpeedBall-1 is going to be launched *very* soon. By soon, I mean that we're planning to launch within the next week or two. Why? There are several reasons:

One, we're basically done with SpeedBall-1 and are just working on finishing the last of cryo tests to fix any remaining bugs related to operating in such cold temperatures.

Two, we don't have much time left to catch the jet stream this season. The jet stream changes according to the seasons, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data models we've calculated, we're running out of time to catch the particular stream we need to hopefully hitch a ride to Europe, but possibly North Africa instead, since it's impossible to predict the actual path the balloon will take in the jet stream. Also because of the limited time and amazing progress we're made in putting everything together, SpeedBall-1 will be a full, trans-Atlantic flight, and not just a test of systems like previously planned.

Third, and something we realized after deciding to make the full, trans-Atlantic flight, we found out we have some tough competition! Cornell University has had a multi-year project to do basically what we're doing -- set the record for having the first amateur trans-Atlantic balloon crossing, and possibly farther. The difference? They started back in 2008, and have a huge, multi-disciplinary team of graduate students working on this full-time with full financial backing (from Lockheed-Martin, no less). Given that we're a small hackerspace with limited time and resources, and started from scratch August 2010, what we've accomplished so far is nothing short of astounding. They're planning to launch on Feb. 21st, so we don't have much time left!