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SMT Hand soldering 101

February 10th, 2011 1 comment

We will be hosting a SMT Hand soldering class at the Hive on Wednesday March 2nd at 7pm.  Goal for the class is to cover simple, easy to do (with a steady hand) techniques and materials used for soldering common SMT packages WITH
LEADS.  NO BGA.  NO QFN.  (i.e. nothing with “blind” pads underneath the device that need soldered – can’t do that well without reflow IMHO)

Targets:
SOIC
TQFP
resistors, capacitors down to 0402 (I’m not good enough to do 0201 by hand consistently)
connectors (mini USB, ethernet, etc.)

This covers 90% of the MCUs, transitors/FETs and passive components commonly used by enthusiasts.  We will most likely be building AMP kits that you will be able to take home after the class.  Seats are extremely limited for this class but if it sells out we plan on having this class again.

Date: 3/2/2011  Time: 7pm-9pm

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Open Workshop – Sumobots

February 8th, 2011 No comments

Hi Everybody!

We are having an open workshop on February 16th from 7-9 (or later).  Open workshops are just times where somebody has decided to open the hive for open projects to be worked on.  Whoever hosts an open workshop gets to also set a theme.  You don’t have to work on a project with the theme but if you are interested in said theme, then feel free to come on down and participate!

This workshop is hosted by Craig Smith and the theme is the upcoming sumobot competition.  We will be working on all the agenda items for the event.  Things like: logistics, party planning, poster artwork, building sumo rings, building sumobots, kinect sumobot hacking, whatever you can think of.

There will be many other sumobot meetings.  This is just the kick off meeting for the event.

Mark you calendars: Feb 16th, 7-9pm

No sign-up or fee, just show up.

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Prepare your Warmachine!

January 24th, 2011 No comments

Hive13 is having a Sumobot Competition on April 16th from 6pm-9pm!  Everyone is welcome to either compete or just show up to watch.  We will be teaming up with our friends at Cincinnati Fitness Boxing so we can bring you the sumobot tournament from inside a real boxing ring!!  (Cincy was out of spare sumo rings, sue me)

Hive13 Sumobot WarmachinesFor more information visit the wiki page.  We want to give all the competitors plenty of notice so they can have plenty of time to test out their crazy ideas.  If you want to compete use the signup form at http://s.hive13.org/sumobot

We are still looking for donations that we can use for prizes for this competition.  Email craig@hive13.org if you or your company has something they can contribute.

More info will be posted later.

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Hive13 Locksport Workshop

December 6th, 2010 No comments

Come join us as we start up our (hopefully) regular Locksport workshops.  Locksport is competitive lockpicking.  From the Locksport International website:

“Locksport features a need for knowledge and understanding of how the things around us work.  When you consider a lock mechanism, you will need snap judgment when considering the lock’s difficulty, the best tool, and the most viable approach. When it comes time to explore the innerworkings of the mechanism, it is only the slightest of touches and the most deft moves that will guide you.”

As a special honor we will have Schuyler Towne of Open Locksport fame kick off our first Locksport workshop!  At The Next HOPE conference in NYC, NY in 2010, Towne won the Locksport Wizard contest.  He also had the now famous kickstarter project when trying to raise $6,000 to create a set of custom open lockpicks he ended up raising over $87,000.

When: December 14th, starting around 7pm

If you have a set of lockpicks you will need to bring them.  There will be some to share.  We will not have any lockpicks available for sale either.

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Android Dev 101 Sold Out

December 5th, 2010 No comments

Android Development 101 class has been sold out.  I’ve had some requests to be put on a backup list if anybody drops out of class.  Eventbrite will probably show an opening if somebody drops out but we are currently NOT doing an official wait list.  We are however going to have another android development class sometime early 2011 for those who can not attend this class.  We know the class size is small but we feel that this is a good thing…we just need to have more classes :)

For those who are going to be attending this class, emails will go out as we get closer the the date of the class.  Teaser:  You will be making an app that you can use while drunk to assist in drunk txting your friends … hehe

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Opendoor Hackathon Dec 11th

December 3rd, 2010 1 comment

Hive13 is participating in the Opendoor Hackathon on Dec 11th. Sign up for the mailing list (link at the bottom) if you are interested. You can also contact craig@hive13.org for additional details.

The OpenDoor Hackathon is a hackathon to benefit the members of hacker/maker/artist/co-working spaces by creating a standardized, Open Source access and membership management system that can be used by everyone. At the end of the hackathon, the systems (or subsystems) created by each space will be voted upon, and the best system (or combination of systems) will be chosen. Implementing the system afterward is, of course, optional.

Why are we doing this?
I know, the word “standardized” sends chills down my spine too, but I assure you that this is a good thing! Deciding upon a common system would enable the following things:

  • The ability to share membership between spaces
  • Crowd-sourced security enhancements and feature additions
  • Easier membership management
  • A warm fuzzy feeling of being connected with other spaces

What we’re envisioning (and what many of you already have) is a sort of Reciprocikey or Space Passport system. We believe that the only way to create such an awesome system is to work together on it!

When is the OpenDoor Hackathon?
The OpenDoor Hackathon will begin on Saturday, December 11th at 2pm PST, ending 24 hours later at 2pm PST on Sunday, December 12th.

How do I sign up?
You can register your space’s team at the Eventbrite here!

Join the conversation at http://groups.google.com/group/opendoorhack-a-thon!

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Android 101 Development Class

November 29th, 2010 2 comments

Learn how to program your own custom applications for Android devices.  This class will go through the quick and easy method using Google’s AppInventor then go into details on how to use Eclipse to design more complicated applications.  This class will mainly focus on creating GUIs, Activities, Intents and callbacks as well as AlertBuilder.  We will also discuss how to run your application in an emulator and directly on your device.

You will want to have Eclipse installed with the android tools ahead of time.  See http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing.html (Get the Java or RDP version of Eclipse)  If you are having problems getting this installed then Craig will be there at 6 to help but class will start promptly at 7pm.

December 16th, 7pm at Hive13 Hackerspace

Class cost is $20  (Members $10)  Member codes will go out in email.

Limited Seating. We will accept money at the door if seats are still available.

Sign up now:
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New Membership Tiers!

November 24th, 2010 No comments

New Membership TiersAt the Hive we are really excited to announce new membership tiers!  We are now offering $50 a month for FULL membership to new members.  This is the same level of access as our old $100 tier, which gives you a door code, 24/7 access to the space, lockers, discounts on classes and the admiration of your peers!

We are having a membership drive to get 15 new members.  This number is important because with 15 new members we can ensure that the overall membership to the space can be lowered to $50/mo for good and still pay our rent!  There is also a little red meter under the subscribe  button on the main page so everybody can follow along on the progress of the drive.

To become a full member goto the main page at www.hive13.org and click “Subscribe” on the right hand side.

A little lower down the the sidebar is another new tier called the Elite tier.  This is a donation tier.  If you can’t make it to the Hive but you still want to support us, then this is the tier for you!  Members will also get discounts on upcoming classes at the hive!  If you are a full time student then you can sign up for the Elite tier, fill out the student application (still to come) and you can be a full member as well!

Please spread this message around.  We need to make this membership drive a success!

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Mini-Sumobot Competition

October 15th, 2010 No comments

Come join the Hive13 crew at the Mini-Sumobot Competition at LVL1 Hackerspace.  There will most likely be some car pooling going on the day of the competition but the details are not worked out yet.  If you want to help we are still building our sumobot and you are welcome to come down the the Hive and work on it with us!  We have practice sumo rings already setup!

LVL1 Sumobot competition

Official LVL1 wiki page is here.  See you there!

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Arcade Night

December 14th, 2009 1 comment

Bee Game Sunday December 20th is Arcade Night.  This is were anybody who is interested in fixing up arcade machines or building your own game system or augmented reality game should come and collaborate!  Starting at 5pm on Sunday show up to help out or start your own project.  We will be fixing up several standup cabinets as well as the rather large arcade units.

Note:  This is not a night to play arcade games but to build/refurbish them.  Although we will always need to test our final products, of course…

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