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

January 20th, 2013 2 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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Cinci2600 tonight, Friday Nov. 2nd, 2012 7PM @Hive13

November 2nd, 2012 No comments

Sorry for the short notice, but Cinci2600 is on for tonight.

I’ll be presenting some non-obvious uses for 3 Google Voice apps: the Obihai 110, ObiON, and Talkatone for iOS and Android.

As always, the Hive will be open to the public, so feel free to come by and check it out!

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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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Cinci2600 this Friday, Oct. 5th, 2012 @ 7pm.

October 4th, 2012 No comments

This Friday for Cinci2600 we are hosting our first CryptoParty, where the theme for the night is encryption. The event is free and open to the public (even the feds!) so feel free to stop by. I will be giving a short presentation on TrueCrypt, followed by a couple of short demonstrations. If you have a crypto tool that you would like to demonstrate, please bring it by.

The event is at 7pm, Friday Oct. 5th, at the Hive13 Hackerspace located at 2929 Spring Grove Ave. in Camp Washington. If the door is locked, please ring the bell.

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Urban Survival: Zombie Outbreak Cincinnati

September 25th, 2012 4 comments

Is it better to be unprepared for the expected, or prepared for the unexpected? As cities around the world brace for the end of times, perhaps they should just be making plans. Urban survival is as much about knowing your terrain as it is knowing your enemy. Where will you run when hordes of the undead attack? How will you communicate when smart phones become as dead as your antagonist? More importantly, what IS Cincinnati chili made of exactly, and is it enough to help sustain life?


All of these questions and more will be address in Urban Survival: Zombie Outbreak Cincinnati, where we explore the design of a city with extreme prejudice.

When: Oct. 9th 7:30pm

Where: Hive13 (2929 SpringGrove Ave)

Speaker: Giacomo Ciminello

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Cinci2600 tonight, Friday Sept. 7th, 2012 7PM @Hive13

September 7th, 2012 No comments

Sorry for the short notice, but Cinci2600 is on for tonight.

Craig will be demoing some of his navigation system hax as a preview to the launch of the Open Vehicle Research Lab at Hive13.

We will also be discussing how to better organize Cinci2600 so there are fewer months that go by without meetings.

As always, the Hive will be open to the public, so feel free to come by and check it out!

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