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Do you want some more Raspberry Pi?

February 16th, 2013 No comments

In case you were one of the many new folks that attended (or missed) last week’s Raspberry Pi presentation and did not see the the follow-up post on our (GoogleGroup MailingList) or are just hungry for more, come back to HIVE13 again this coming Tuesday night (Feb. 19) for another slice of Raspberry Pi.

In the one hour (6:30pm to 7:30pm) before the usual HIVE business meeting, we will have an informal follow-up on the Raspberry Pi.  Think of it as a “Birds-of-a-Feather”, or a “Special Interest Group” gathering where folks with a shared interest can compare and contrast experiences and get energized to to press on with their individual or collaborative learning efforts.  It might even become a regular weekly event.

OK, so here’s a challenge.  The HIVE would like to show three Raspberry Pi projects at the October Maker Faire.  If the magnificent glass block display can be made portable for the day and counts as one project, what will be the other two?  How about one dirt-simple project and one that is a bit more complex?  Bring your ideas and energy for the discussion.  We’ll launch a project page for the ideas that grow legs.  You learn by doing and gaining experience.  Sure you can do it all yourself in your basement, but it is better at the HIVE.  We even have pizza to go with that pie!

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Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013 at HIVE13 – Easy as Raspberry Pi a la mode!

January 20th, 2013 No comments

The Raspberry Pi is an amazingly capable $39 credit-card sized computer.  In the time since it first went on sale last February, hardware hackers have turned this little guy into everything from a game console to a mini Linux laptop to a supercomputer.  Sales have also skyrocketed, with an estimated one million PC hobbyists snatching one up.

Join us at the HIVE on Feb. 12, 2013 when member Chris Hodapp will be the featured 2nd Tuesday speaker at the 7:30pm business meeting.  He will share his experiences using a Raspberry Pi to upgrade  the latest version of the HIVE’s glass block LED matrix display.  Other Pi-makers will also be present.  It will be an informal, informative Q&A session you can use as you consider to start your own Raspberry Pi project.

Members, guests, and interested first-time-walk-ins are welcome to come to see and learn a new maker skill.  The HIVE is the place to be a maker and work on sweet collaborative projects.  (Find Us)

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January 2nd Tuesday – Connecting with Area Entrepreneurial Opportunities

December 31st, 2012 No comments

Get an update on the hot entrepreneurial initiatives in the Cincinnati area from Venture for America fellow, Roanne Lee, the 2nd Tuesday guest speaker at HIVE13 this coming January 8th, 2013 starting at 7:30pm.

Roanne is part of the core team at business-backed Cintrifuse, the regional innovation effort and startup accelerator located in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district.  It has three components: the Cintrifuse Hub, Cintrifuse Access and the Cintrifuse Fund. The Hub is the accelerator space.  The Access is for mentors, instructors, and established institutions.  The Fund is, well, a venture capital operation with commitments of more than $50 million in investments to launch the group’s first fund of funds.

Roanne and several HIVE members recently participated in the separate Startup Weekend held at the NKY METS Center over the Nov. 9-11 weekend.  Active and empowered entrepreneurs experienced the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures in workshops where they pitched  ideas and formed teams to start companies.

She will be joined by other members of the Cintrifuse Team and Venture for America Fellows.

Looking for a new job opportunity?  You always wanted to start your own company?  Here is your chance to become aware, learn, and begin to connect with others who are engaged in entrepreneurial opportunities in the Cincinnati area.

Members,  guests, and interested first-time-walk-ins are welcome to come to hear Roanne’s talk and the follow-up discussion.  First timers come early to meet and greet.  The meeting will start promptly at 7:30pm.  The HIVE is the place to be a maker and be connected with area goings-ons.   It is all about awareness and opportunity.  (Find Us)

 

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EnterTRAINment Junction building Coney Island replica

December 21st, 2012 No comments

Several HIVE members follow and appreciate the craftsmanship of Don Oeters’ team of volunteer makers at EnterTRAINment Junction, the amazing 25,000 sqare-foot model train display in West Chester.

This morning’s Enquirer carried a story saying they are adding a hand-built $100,000 working scale model of Cincinnati’s famous Coney Island amusement part (circa 1965) into their $11 million, 4-1/2 year model train display.  It is a fantastic area attraction and could be a good family excursion during the holiday season.  This place rocks.  News story link is here and their website (shameless plug) is here.

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2nd Tuesday in December – Knights crusade into the HIVE

November 13th, 2012 No comments

Combatant’s Keep  is an entertaining, educational re-enactment group dedicated to fill the void between entertainment and education without sacrificing the pageantry, drama, and spectacle that are synonymous with the Middle Ages.

Join us at the HIVE for the 2nd Tuesday program this coming December 11th, starting at 7:30pm.

Living history enthusiasts Barry Kimball, Ryan Hittinger, and maybe Casey McCarthy will bring their hardware and talk about their historically accurate re-creations of live jousts from the 15th century and reinactments from other time periods.

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2nd Tuesday in November – Lean Patent Protection for the Start-Up

November 9th, 2012 No comments

Congratulations, you’ve designed a better mousetrap!  Now how do you protect your new Intellectual Property as your start-up company takes your new product to the market?

Join us at the HIVE on Nov. 13, starting at 7:30pm, when local IP lawyer, Vance VanDrake of Ulmer & Berne LLP, will be the featured guest speaker at  our November 2nd Tuesday program.  Guests and first-time visitors are welcome to attend!

There has been a lot of (well deserved) attention given to the “lean start-up” model for early stage businesses.  This model encourages start-up companies to create a minimum viable product (MVP); then iterate as the technology develops and customer feedback is received.  At its core, this model recognizes the risks of trying to guess what the customer wants and where the technology will head.

Vance will present his “lean” patent model that emerging businesses should consider.  This patent strategy  introduces the Minimum Viable Patent (MVP), which mirrors the lean start-up model and shares the same benefits of flexibility, low initial cost, and optimization.

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Annual Pumpkin Chuck Nov. 3 Stanbery Park

October 27th, 2012 No comments

Get ready to hurl at the annual Pumpkin Chuck

The annual Pumpkin Chuck at Stanbery Park will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 3.

Stanbery Park is on the east side in Mount Washington at 2221 Oxford Ave.

This kid-friendly event is an eight year tradition.  There will be at least two trebuchets, vendors with food choices, bands providing entertainment, and carnival games.  Proceeds go toward park improvements.  Radio station WNKU will broadcast live from the event.

Cost to chuck a pumpkin is $3 or $5 to buy a pumpkin and have it chucked.

Disclaimer: This is a community event, not organized by HIVE13.  Here is the  link to the Cincinnati Enquirer story.

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Star Wars R2D2 droid replicators Chris Reiff and Daren Murrer speak at HIVE13 Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

August 30th, 2012 1 comment

The galaxy’s most famous robot, R2-D2, will visit HIVE13 on 9/11 !

An incredible replica of R2 and other cool Star Wars props will be at the HIVE when serial R2 replicators Chris Reiff and Daren Murrer are the featured guest speakers at the Tuesday night meeting on September 11 at 7:30pm.

Daren Murrer is an inventor and lifelong entrepreneur.  Besides being the founder of five successful companies, he has been awarded multiple United States Patents for his innovations.  In his spare time Daren is active in the R2 Builders Club, an online group for people who are interested in building their own R2-D2.  The Club website is www.astromech.net. Daren completed his personal R2D2 in 2006.

Chris Reiff is a toy designer and illustrator who has been working on official Star Wars projects for over 15 years.  Some of his illustration work includes the Millennium Falcon Owners Workshop Manual from Haynes, Star Wars: The Secret Life of Droids and two editions of Star Wars Blueprints from DK publishing, Star Wars: The Essential Atlas from DelRey, as well as becker&mayer!’s Millennium Falcon: A 3-D Owners Guide, Darth Vader: A 3-D Surgical Log, Jedi Path, and Book of Sith.  He lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio with his dog named Dog and is currently building a full-size R2-D2 replica between illustration projects.

Get your free ticket here.  Hurry, as space is limited.

http://hive13secondtuesday20120911.eventbrite.com/

The event is open to both HIVE13 members and the general public.  HIVE13 is a member-supported, federal 501(c)3 non-profit organization and charitable donations are welcome.  Feed the HIVE!

 

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Upcoming Craft Class Series at HIVE13 this Fall – Learn easy techniques and make personalized holiday gifts this year!

August 26th, 2012 No comments

This fall, HIVE13 is hosting a six-class series on crafting tie-dye, beaded jewelry, paper flower bouquets, decoupage picture frames, and domino tile magnets. Classes are presented by Rebecca Irwin, a local jewelry maker, workshop presenter, and wife of member Kevin. No experience required. All materials will be provided or specified in the specific class descriptions.

Follow links below for details and to register for individual classes or all six. One week advance registration is required and space is limited.

Tie-DyeBring Your Own T-shirt to Tie-Dye, Groovy Man!
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2-4 pm, at HIVE13 (go to registration)
Cost for class and materials is $5.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members

Bring your old t-shirts or other cotton item (apron, bag, socks and more) and transform them into beautiful tie-dye creations. No experience required, just bring yourself and your items to tie-dye and get ready to get messy. Please wear old or dark clothing. For ages five and up.

Jewelry IBasic beading for earrings and pendant
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2-4 pm, at HIVE13 (go to registration)
Cost for class and materials is $10.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members

In Jewelry I you will be introduced to the basics of beading and supplies. We will create your own individual pair of earrings and a matching pendant. You will learn about the tools and supplies used in jewelry making and will gain the knowledge to be able to create jewelry on your own. No experience required. For ages 12 and up.

Jewelry IIIntermediate beading for necklaces and bracelets
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2-4 pm, at HIVE13 (go to registration)
Cost for class and materials is $10.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members

In Jewelry II you will be introduced to intermediate beading including beaded necklaces and bracelets. We will create your own individual necklace. You will learn about the tools and supplies used in jewelry making and will gain the knowledge to be able to create jewelry on your own. Jewelry I is a prerequisite. For ages 12 and up.

Paper Flower BouquetsFun and quick tissue paper creations!
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2-4 pm, at HIVE13 (go to registration)
Cost for class and materials is $5.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members

Relax and enjoy learning how to make these beautiful bouquets. A simple technique that is both fun and quick. Experiment with different shapes, and colors to create your own flower bouquet from tissue paper. No experience required. For ages 12 and up.

Domino Tile MagnetsYou know someone whose refrigerator needs one!
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2-4 pm, at HIVE13 (go to registration)
Cost for class and materials is $5.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members

Learn a simple technique that will allow you to create amazing items out of old domino pieces. You will create three domino tile magnets using dominoes, magnets, paint, and scrapbook paper. No experience required. For ages 12 and up.

Decoupage Picture FramesRe-Do, 2nd Chance!
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2-4 pm, at HIVE13 (go to registration)
Cost for class and materials is $10.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members

Come learn this simple technique that will make you crazy over decoupage. We will create one decoupage picture frame using paper and decoupage glue. No experience required. For ages 12 and up.  This class was originally scheduled on Nov. 3 but is now offered again on Dec. 1 as a Re-Do 2nd Chance!

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