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.
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.)
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”.
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.
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.
We’re building a big grid of LED’s to light up a glass block wall in our bathroom.
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.
We’ve hosted several meetings of our local 2600 club.
We’ve had a music video filmed at our space.
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.
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!
Several weeks ago Hive13 volunteered to help out a local theater company known as New Edgecliff Theatre. They were preparing for the Equus play. They built several horse heads. A 3-dimensional and 5 2-dimensional ones. Our task was to make it so the horse head eyes would glow red via a switch. Fairly simple except we had approximately 24 hours to do it and radio shack only had a few coin battery holders. We also needed to make our own defuzers for the eyes. We made the 3D defuzer with extra vending bubbles and we used a $4 air filter for the rest. Once we ran out of battery coin holders we hacked a paperclip version which worked great :D
Here are some pics of the finished horse heads
For more info on the project see the wiki