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CityBeat: If You Build It, They Will Come

December 1st, 2010 No comments

Wow, we made the cover of CityBeat! Check it out in newsstands this week or online.

Thanks to Stephen Carter-Novotni and Cameron Knight for coming to check us out!

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Mitch Altman and Jimmie Rodgers Coming To Hive13

August 9th, 2010 No comments

Mitch at Noisebridge

Mitch Altman and Jimmie P. Rodgers are coming to Cincinnati and HIVE13 this August 17 and 18. We are thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting one of their famous “learn to solder” workshops!

They will be the featured guest speakers at our regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, August 17 and their solder workshop is at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 18. Both events are at Cincinnati’s Hive13 at 2929 Spring Grove Ave.

Register for the soldering class at the eventbrite page: http://mitchhive13.eventbrite.com/

Best of all, the meeting and workshop are FREE! You just pay the cost of any workshop materials, $10-30 depending on which kit you choose! Mitch and Jimmie have taught thousands of people to solder and make cool things at their workshops all around the world. They can teach you, too!

If you have ever had any curiosity about making something with electronics, then please join us. Anyone and everyone can learn to make cool things. It’s fun and easy! You can learn to make something and take it home with you!

There will be plenty of cool kits available to build, including:
* TV-B-Gone (turn off TVs in public places!)
* Brain Machine (Meditate, Hallucinate, and Trip Out!)
* LEDcube (cool cube of blinky lights!)
* Mignonette Game (play fun games!)
* Trippy RGB Waves (interactive colored blinky lights!)
* MiniPOV (more cool blinky lights!)
* MintyBoost (charge your USB enabled gadgets!)

And for the more advanced:
* Microcontroller programmers (program all your AVR family chips!), Arduino clones (make just about anything!), and more.

Mitch Altman is the San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for co-founding 3ware, his pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research and inventing TV-B-Gone. He is also President and CTO of Cornfield Electronics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Altman

Jimmie Rodgers is a full time hacker, maker and circuit bender, from the Boston area. He designs open source hardware kits, teaches a variety of workshops, and gives talks on related topics that
interest. He currently sells three kits. The Open Heart v2.0 is a LED array that you can easily create animations for. The Atari Punk Console is a simple and fun sound generator. The LoL Shield is an
Arduino shield with lots of LEDs on it. Check out the kits section for more information. http://jimmieprodgers.com/

UPDATE: If you can bring your own tools that would be very helpful since Hive13 can only provide so many. Participants will need a soldering iron, a wire snippers, a wire stripper, some solder and a helping hands. Hive13 will have a few of each of those, but the more people that bring their own means the fewer people that have to share tools. The class is free but if you’d like to make a donation we would appreciate it. We would like to be able to invest in a few more tools so we can have workshops like this again and again.

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Maker Faire Detroit

July 28th, 2010 1 comment

Maker Faire Detroit

Several members of Hive13 are roadtripping to Maker Faire in Detroit this weekend to celebrate DIY culture. Are you going? Let us know in the comments and we can try and meet up while we’re there!

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Saturday Night Blows – This Weekend

March 24th, 2010 No comments

This Saturday Hive13 is collaborating with River City Works on an event called Saturday Night Blowz. This is part of their regularly occurring series that normally takes place on Friday Nights.

Saturday Night Blowz - 03/27/2010

The Art Academy of Cincinnati’s RCW presents a free evening of adventure, science, fire, and fun to benefit HIVE13. We will begin with a demo from HIVE13 at 6:30pm and the Glass demo will start promptly after. Catering graciously provided by “theconsummatechef.com“.
Join us Saturday Mar 27th,
532 E. 12th st, Cinci 45202. (513)421-5202. www.artacademy.edu
visit the Hive @ www.hive13.org

Here is a video slideshow about a blow they did for Bockfest: http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-17241-the-bockfest-blow.html

There will be glass-blowing and makerbotting and who knows what else! Stop by!

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RepRap Rainbow Packs – ABS Group Purchase

March 4th, 2010 No comments

One of the plastics that Makerbots and other 3D printers use is called ABS. ABS comes in many colors but most people have been using Black and “Natural” up until now because they are the most commonly available. We want to order some ABS plastic in Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow too so that we can make more fun and happy objects. The plastic is kind of expensive and it has to be bought in somewhat large minimum quantities. We want to fund a group purchase of all the colors and then divvy up the colors in portions to our backers so that each person can get a smaller amount of all the colors. We also want to be able to make fun colored objects that we can send to backers.

Here’s the plan:

Once we get the money, we will place an order with Village Plastics. We are going to be looking to gather at least $2000 to start off with so we can get a 30 lb. spool of each color.

Once we get the plastic, we will spool out the 1 lb. quantities and mail the Rainbow Packs out.

Help spread the word by linking to the Kickstarter project page so we can help out as many people as possible. Thanks!

photo by Anke L

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Soapbox Video – What’s the buzz at Hive13

February 16th, 2010 2 comments

Soapbox and 7/79 made a video about us during our party on Saturday:

Hive13 from Soapboxmedia.com on Vimeo.

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I Heart Hackers – February 13th

February 11th, 2010 No comments

This coming Saturday, February 13th, 2010, Hive13 is hosting an open house / party starting at 1pm. Many of our members will be there throughout the day and on through the evening. It’s the perfect time for new folks to stop by and check out what we’ve been up to and promises to be a fun time for all.

You can check out more details about the event on our wiki and you can RSVP on Facebook. Join us!

Update: This party is BYO snacks and drinks! (We will likely be ordering some pizzas around dinner time and have a pop machine with various drinks in it, but that’s it for now.)

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Hive13 is famous!

February 3rd, 2010 No comments

So far 2010 has been good for Hive13 in terms of PR.  We garnered a lot of interest from the talk I gave at Ignite Cincinnati and we were interviewed for an article in Soapbox Cincinnati.

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Hive13: Epic 2009

January 12th, 2010 3 comments

Hive13 has come a long way since April of 2009.

Our first and foremost accomplishment has been coming into existence. In a very short time a motivated group of hackers was able to get organized and acquire a space. Our very first hackerspace meeting when we were all strangers was on April 25, 2009 at the Panera in Clifton. We signed a lease for our space in the Anchor Building as the Hive13 corporation starting on July 1, 2009.

Right away upon getting our space we started making improvements and have been continually improving the space since that time. We installed insulation / sound-proofing all around the outside of the apartment that is directly above Hive13.

We finally got our own internet connection to the space and set up a wireless network. We ran networking cables to key areas all around the space and set up our switches in a nice server rack in the “server room”.

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We also installed new door locks with keypads so we can allow our members access to the space without endless key copying.

We brought a pop machine and a snack machine in so we can buy snacks and drinks while we’re hacking the night away.

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We set up a webcam so we can see what’s going on at the space while we’re away.

We’ve also improved the spaces facilities in terms of tools. We’ve acquired through purchase and donation a very decent set of tools. We have an array of soldering irons including a nice digital soldering iron. We have an oscilloscope on loan. We have a few power tools, including a nice drill press.

In addition to making the space awesome, our members have been involved in many many awesome projects ranging from several autonomous vehicles to laser graffiti to distributed computing clusters.

We built a Makerbot and are using it to make all kinds of objects including more RepRap machines.

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We’re building a big grid of LED’s to light up a glass block wall in our bathroom.

Glass Block Display (outside)

We’ve got several MAME cabinet projects ongoing.

We helped out a local theater group with some electronic props for the play Equus.

One of our members designed and had manufactured a new and improved RepRap-compatible stepper motor driver board.

We went on a fun field trip to Mendelson’s in Dayton and Entertrainment Junction in Mason.

We’ve had several different classes including ones on Blender, Python, and Basic Electronics.

We’ve designed a number of logos and art and made t-shirts and business cards.

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We’ve hosted several meetings of our local 2600 club.

We’ve had a music video filmed at our space.

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We’ve had several fund-raising and just-for fun parties at the hackerspace.

When I look back, I’m really impressed. This post just scratches the surface of all the awesome stuff going on at Hive13. I don’t know if any of us thought we could get this much done in only about 6 months. That makes me really excited to see how far we can go in 2010.

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Hive13 Training Program

November 19th, 2009 No comments

The Hive now has a Training Program! You can sign up for a full year of self paced training classes and unlimited use of the workshop and labs. This can be an easy training decisions for companies who want to provide extra high value perks for their employees!

See Hive13 Training Program for more information!

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