TEDx Detroit was a rousing success!

We’d like to thank everyone who came out and supported TEDx Detroit. The attendance was phenomenal this year, the speakers were insprational and forward-thinking, and the networking and collaboration environment is providing lift to the rise of Detroit across the nation and around the world. In addition to the traditional TED-style talks, participants were also taken on tour to view the rework-in-progress on the Grand Army of the Republic building: one of Detroit’s oldest and most historically impactful structures. On display in the TEDx Labs this year were several hacker- and maker-spaces including i3 Detroit, many with interactive and exciting crafts and hands-on items.

We ended up having about 120 people stop by at various points throughout the day and talk with us about i3 Detroit and what makes it different from other hackerspaces around the Metro area. Interest in tours and membership was high, and we’re thrilled to have the possibility to show new visitors what the space is all about in person! Many of the projects we brought along were a great hit, including the ammo-can speakers, ChronoTune, Racing PowerWheels, and the Giant Connect 4.

In addition to spending time with the attendees, we also spent quite a bit of time talking with and getting to know the organizers, staff, and volunteers of TEDx Detroit. Contratulations on a great conference, and we are looking forward to next year!

This Friday, i3Detroit can be found at TEDx Detroit

On Friday, October 26th, 2012,  TEDx will once again shine in Detroit.  This is the fourth TEDx Detroit conference, and the entire Metro area has been looking forward all year to the amazing ways in which Detroit, the Metro Area, and Michigan will share its artistic, technological, entreprenurial, and motivational spirit with the rest of the world.  i3 Detroit is honored to be represented at this conference, and various members of the organization will be on hand to illustrate and demonstrate personal and group projects, provide information about the organization, share general knowledge, and network.  The main part of the conference is for ticketed attendees only, and will be held at the Gem Theatre on 333 Madison Street, Detroit, MI 48226.

Even if you’re not able to make it to the main TEDx Detroit conference, we still want to see you there!  The official TEDx Afterparty, Apres X, is entirely open to the public and starts at 6pm with a $20 cover.  Come meet with and get to know the fabulous speakers, sponsors, presenters, attendees, and exhibitors, and be prepared to network!  There will be music, presentations, and, of course, food and drink.  Come spend an amazing Friday night in one of the most incredible and uplifting places in the city: among the TEDx Detroit 2012 crowd!

i3 Detroit members all over Instructables

Recently featured on the front page of Instructables: A portable electronics toolkit, by dustinbikes. You may know him better as Dustin White, long-time i3 Detroit member and knife freak. He also published the ammo-box speakers, which got a bit of attention last year…

Several other members have contributed to the ever-growing list of Instructables:

Have you written an Instructable, or otherwise shared your knowledge and projects? Drop a link in the comments, please!

Book release party January 7th: Feast Your Eyes, An Illustrated Collection of Detroit’s Circus Performers

The circus comes to a coffee table near you! On January 7th, i3 Detroit will host the release party and show for member Cheryl Willard‘s new book, Feast Your Eyes, An Illustrated Collection of Detroit’s Circus Performers. The DIY workshop will be converted into a venue for some of those very performers, while members and guests alike enjoy refreshments and a show. Framed prints and a limited number of books will be available for sale. 6-9pm, public welcome, no cover.

About the book:

Cheryl Willard, known locally as Spilt Sugar, has been involved with Detroit’s circus community for over 3 years, as both an aerial performer and a photographer. In Feast Your Eyes‘s 100 pages, she presents striking costumes and vivid settings, paired with intimate portraits, offering a rare behind-the-scenes peek at the individuals who make up this unique and wondrous world. Cheryl first came to i3 Detroit in 2010 seeking a place to practice her aerial routines, and joined as a member in early 2011.

About the venue:

i3 Detroit is metro Detroit’s first hackerspace, a member-run collective of do-it-yourselfers. Founded in 2009, the group maintains an 8000 sq ft workshop in Ferndale, which supports a wide variety of activities and member-run classes. Frequent activities include electronics, metalworking, podcasting, and acrobatics. Past classes have included lockpicking, welding, and circuit board design. Members have 24/7 access to the facility and the tools within, and are free to work as individuals or collaborate on almost any project. “i3″ stands for “Imagine, Innovate, and Inspire”. i3 Detroit is located at 1481 Wordsworth, Ferndale, MI 48220.