Our sumobot competition is scheduled for April 16th and the time is getting closer. If you haven’t bought parts for your bot yet you should definitely stop slacking and get to it! I would like to announce two prizes for the competition. One is from parallax and is a complete sumobot kit. It comes with two sumobots, a ring and a bunch of other great stuff! Next we have a VIP ticket for Daycon Security Summit on Oct 7th & 8th.
Stay tuned for more updates. We have a custom website where you will be able to register as a contender, submit your bot and also check the scores of the competition :D
Schuyler Towne is coming back to Hive13!! Last time when Schuyler came we had a fantastic class on lockpicking. Schyler showed some great cut-aways on some very fancy locks and then gave the whole class locks to take apart and pick. This time we are going to change it up a bit. We are doing TWO topics!
Lock Forensics & The Great Lock Controversy of 1851
The Hive has been planning on kicking off a forensic workshop on lockpicking and what better way to do that than when Schuyler is in town :D Lock forensics is dedicated to the science and study of forensic locksmithing:
Determine method of entry
Identify tool marks and techniques
Determine skill level of attacker(s)
Preserve, collect, and protect evidence
Maintain a clean forensic workspace
Organize and write investigative reports
We have all this AND the story of 1851. You don’t want to miss this!
Date: Feb. 21st
Cost: Free and open to the public!
The schedule will probably be fairly relaxed. At 6-ish we will start organizing for the forensic workshop and between 7-7:30 Schuyler will present The Great Lock Controversy of 1851. Then we will hang out and geek out to locks.
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.
Do you want to crack software? Do you want to violate the DMCA? Do you want to break the law? Well, you’ll have to wait for some other time to learn how to do these things. The Reverse Engineering 102 class has filled up.
“But Billy, what about…” TOO BAD.
Actually if you want to take the class, post a comment in this thread and include your availability, especially enumerating days which you are not available. If there is enough interest, we can offer the class again. Also we totally will not use the information of days you are busy to plan a burglary of your residence. Like definitely will not. Probably.
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)
For 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your company has something they can contribute.
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.
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
At 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!
Hive 13 member Steve Lackermann will be hosting a Reverse Engineering workshop Wednesday, Nov. 17th at 7:00 PM. Bring your laptop (Linux or Windows, it doesn’t matter, we’ll provide the software) and participate in this hands-on workshop where you’ll reverse engineer your very first program! Even if you have no programming or reverse engineering experience, by the end of this workshop you will understand the basics of reverse engineering and be able to begin teaching yourself. This workshop will be completely free.
If you can bring an empty flash drive (at least 2 GB), please do so. Please direct any questions to email@example.com
For some idea of what we’ll be doing, here’s a tutorial on YouTube:
Hive13 aims to create a place where a diverse community of makers can collaborate and pursue creative projects. Hive13 promotes science & technology education, open source values, and skill sharing amongst it’s members and the community.