Posts Tagged ‘meeting’

Meet you in Tunstall

November 2, 2011

Things are moving ahead slowly (very slowly, but I’ve been a bit too busy lately). We have the new space in Tunstall at TECC, where we have a temporary bench for making and hacking until they get the grant to expand the internal space, when we will have even more facilities.

We need to start meeting and making regularly, so I’ve put up a poll on Doodle to see which week(s) in the month, and what times, suit people.

http://www.doodle.com/mbem893qgmukcr7f#table

Please fill in your availability – the hackspace won’t gt anywhere without you!

We’d also like to run some weekend events, such as Howduino, to draw in a broader local audience. All suggestions welcome :-)

http://twitter.com/hsNW

http://groups.google.com/group/potteries-hackspace

http://groups.google.com/group/potteries-hackspace

Next Liverpool meeting – Wednesday 15th December 2010

December 13, 2010

Although things have been quiet here on the blog, there’s been a flurry of activity on the mailing list of late, and even more offline. We’ve been getting more proactive about finding a space – both in the short-term so we can get on with building things at meetings rather than just drink beer and chat; and also looking at getting a full-time permanent space.

We’ll be discussing the upcoming plans on Wednesday, so it would be good for anyone wanting to find out more or get involved in helping move things forwards to come along.

We’re convening at the new Leaf on Bold Street (the old Microzine shop) anytime after 6pm for a 7pm start. It’s not clear if Adam will be wearing his Tron costume, but if he does we’ll be easy to spot. Otherwise keep an eye out for Bubblino or random bits of electronics on a table.

A Hackspace for the Potteries

May 5, 2010

A brief write-up, but it’s getting late ;)
North Staffs’ inaugural GeekUp meeting attracted people from Liverpool, Cheshire & Stoke-on-Trent to discuss setting up local hackspaces. Present were:
Adrian McEwen
Dave Verwer
Tom Bloor
Dan Smith
Alex Beech
Charlie Owen
Dave Roberts
Mark Brereton
Robert Marshall
Kay Foulkes
& Richard Smedley
With apologies from Carl Plant.
Mark Brereton is involved in the Empty Shops initiative in Hanley, as well as various arts projects re-purposing old buildings in Burslem. He put the group onto a couple of good possible venues for Potteries Hackspace, and discussion soon moved to how to finance and expand the space.
Attendees were particularly keen to set up education events to get the young generation hacking – watch this space for more news, or subscribe to the new Google group.

Last Liverpool meeting of the year – 1st December 2009

November 26, 2009

Given that the next meeting would fall rather close to Christmas, and the one after would be between Christmas and New Year, this will be the last meeting for 2009.

We’re at Bad Format on Trueman Street again, and will be helping Scott extend the WiFi from the office out into the main bar area. So there might even be power tools involved ;-)

Of course, if you just want to have a chat, or work on your own project then that’s cool too.

Full details over on Upcoming.

Next Liverpool Meeting – 3rd November

October 29, 2009

UPDATE: We’ve just heard they can’t get anyone to staff the bar for us at the Bad Format Social Club, so we’ll be meeting round the corner at the Ship and Mitre on Dale Street. We might even be able to book the room upstairs, but I’m waiting to hear back from them about that.

A quick heads-up for the next Liverpool meeting. It’s going to be at the Bad Format Social Club next Tuesday, 3rd November 2009 at 7pm.

Full details on the Upcoming page.

Liverpool Meeting – 20th October 2009

October 29, 2009

A fairly low turnout at the last meeting, mainly due to it only being announced the day before the event, it clashing with GeekUp Chester, and having to switch venues on the day.

We ended up in the bar upstairs at FACT, looking slightly out-of-place with the ebb and flow of cinema-goers. Still, Dominic managed to find us for his first visit to one of the meetings, and he even lugged this rather impressive battery box from his electric bike project along with him.

He accidentally connected the charging circuit up the wrong way a while back, and fears that he’s released some of the magic smoke that makes it all work. He was hoping that we might be able to shed some light on how to check if the MosFETs are still okay, but all we managed was some commiserating and general poking around at the circuit. One for the future I think…

Next Liverpool Meeting – 20th October 2009

October 19, 2009

STOP PRESS — change of venue –

FACT bar, Wood Street, 7pm – then down to Pier Head to see off the Queen Mary.

That’s right, the next Liverpool hackspace meeting is tomorrow night. We’ll be at the Bad Format Social Club on Trueman street from 7pm till around 9pm. I’ll be bringing one of the Oomlout beginner’s Arduino kits to have a play with shift registers, and in case anyone wants to have a look at what you get with it.

More details over on the Upcoming event page.

Next Liverpool meeting – Tuesday 8th September, 7pm

September 3, 2009

For this next meeting we’re heading over to the Bad Format Social Club near the flyover. In addition to the usual playing with bits of hardware and chatting about code and electronics and whatever else comes up, we’ll be having a play with some of the hardware that Scott (who runs Bad Format) has been collecting.

As he said in a recent email to the mailling list…

“[Scott is] looking to recreate the look and feel of old computers from the 50′s/60′s but add functionality with screens and web connections, etc.  So the badformat community, in theory, could manipulate the features of the bar remotely.. from the bar playlist to visuals to the operation of machines.

I have a budget for cool ideas and am building up a stock of portable tv’s http://www.hizone.info/data/2002/12/16/images/realistic-portavision.jpg old games, old synths, tons of random electrical stuff, nixie tubes http://pictures.retrossance.com/nixietube/nixie01.jpg, and all of that old electrical stuff that will make everything look like some sort of fucked up apocalypse bunker from 1952.”

There are details of where the bar is on the upcoming page for the meeting.

Next Liverpool Meeting on Tuesday 14th July

July 10, 2009

We’ll be back at Mello Mello (and can see how the refurbishment went) next week.

Things will kick off on Tuesday 14th July at 7pm and probably last until the guys at Mello Mello look like they want to kick us out, like last time, around 9-ish.

Bring your Arduino or hardware project to play with, or just come along for a chat.  Full details on the upcoming page.

Liverpool Meeting 17th June 2009

June 22, 2009

Last Wednesday saw our best hackspace meeting yet.  Our largest turnout (even with a couple more people sending their apologies), in the new location at Mello Mello, and there were even Arduinos connected up to computers.

I got as far as downloading the new Ethernet library and firing up the Arduino IDE, but then got side-tracked into chatting about hardware and finding out about the hacking activities that some of the other attendees had been getting up to.  Before long the staff were making “closing up” motions, so we called the “official” meeting to an end – and a couple of us retired to The Peacock round the corner to continue chatting over a beer.

Most of the evening was spent pretty informally, just getting to know each other and catching up, but we had a couple of minutes of more formal updates on how things are progressing.  Asa updated us on his early-stage work towards a Manchester hackspace (hopefully more on that soon when he has more to share), and I did likewise on the possible spaces for a permanent Liverpool hackspace.  Mello Mello seems a reasonable first step for holding meetings, and whilst the group is finding its feet I’m not rushing to find a full-time space.  However, even without really trying, there are a number of possibilites presenting themselves: Venya is hoping to get a new space for The Kazimier to use as a workshop, so we may be able to use part of that for a hackspace; and Scott from Bad Format is keen to kit out their new bar with lots of interesting hardware and might have some spare workshop room.  I should be able to report back more at the next meeting.

And the next meeting was the main other point discussed.  Following discussion on the mailing list, we debated whether or not to move the meetings to Tuesday evening rather than Wednesday.  On balance we decided that Tuesday fitted in better with people, with the only problem being that from time to time it would coincide with GeekUp Liverpool.  When that happens we decided to just merge the two meetings (as there’s a fair crossover between the groups already) and as luck would have it, the next meeting will be the first to clash.  So the next Liverpool Hackspace meeting will be a joint meeting with GeekUp Liverpool at 3345 Parr Street on Tuesday 30th June 2009 (and then we’ll be back to Mello Mello for the 14th July)


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