Busy weekend: Open Shop, Member Orientation, Open Source Class, Circuit Board Class [updated!]

Non-members and members alike have three great excuses to swing by the shop some time this weekend. Bring a friend!

Friday night is a party to celebrate the new membership structure. In addition to new dues options ($39 and $89, with special options for students, crafters and coders), we’ve improved the process so you can do the paperwork, get your orientation, and receive your key in one shot.  Plus, Friday means it’s Open Shop so we’ll be teaching tools, hanging out, and working on whatever project you want to bring along! Oh, did I mention the beer, wine, pizza, and snacks? Doors will be open by 7pm…

Saturday evening, we’re hosting an open source software workshop to introduce screen and ssh, two supremely handy tools in the linux admin’s arsenal, which the rest of us can find uses for too. Briefly: SSH is the secure replacement for Telnet plus some sneaky features that’ll help you circumvent restrictive work firewalls and stuff, Screen takes your SSH experience to the next level by adding persistence and multiple windows to name just a couple features. They’re both free, and Saturday’s intro won’t require advanced sysadmin knowledge. Bring a laptop! Talk starts at 7, but doors will be open by 6 or earlier, so come hang out!

Sunday will be an electronics design day, starting with a PCB class at 3pm.   You’ll learn how to lay out a circuit board in electronic design software, then how to transfer that layout and chemically etch a board with it. Materials permitting, each student may get their own board to play with, and when the etching is complete, we’ll stuff components into the boards and solder ’em up, leaving you with a completed LED flasher circuit to take home! This is a really simple circuit and no electronics experience is required to attend.  If you wish to get in on the hands-on fun, please reserve your seat.  This will just be part of a new, regularly scheduled series of electronics classes we will be offering.  Keep checking our site for updates on more classes!

Come FLOSS this Saturday!

Announcing ‘Open Source Saturday’ or OSS.

We’re starting up a series of meetups, workshops, and classes to meet the growing interest in free and open source technology. All are welcome to attend and learn why free software is a good thing.

This OSS: Workshop : SSH + Screen

Ever wanted to have access to a computer without physically being there? VNC and RDP seem too slow and clunky? Too paranoid to surf the net at a coffee shop, or just don’t trust those on the same network as you? This Saturday we’ll explore the power and wonder of SSH and Screen, probably two of the most used and useful commands. You’ll learn to copy and share files across the net, tunnel your web traffic in a safe and secure manner. Even if you already know SSH / Screen you’re bound to learn something new.  At the very least, come to learn a couple new acronyms and have a good time.

What to expect? You should bring a laptop; or if you don’t have one, a healthy dose of patience.

We plan to start around 7pm

Road Trip – Pumping Station: One

It’s time for us to meet our fellow makers.  This Saturday, the i3 Detroit members will be making a pilgrimage to one of our neighbors in Chicago, Pumping Station: One. 

Not only is the space planning a hackathon but there will also be a Didgeridoo class and a Cacophony Club meeting.  While we are not 100% sure what Cacophony club is, we know it is loud, noisy and full of circuity musical goodness. 

These events are open to the public and we hope to see everyone there.  For more information check out their site at http://pumpingstationone.org/.

Open Shop Friday – 2/5

It’s time for another Open Shop Friday.  Tonight we will be exploring the new chemistry equipment, playing with fire, working on music circuits, working on the cupcake car modifications and that is just me.  Who knows what the other members will be working on.  Swing by to check out the space if you have never been or work on your project of the week.  The party starts at 7pm.  See you there.

DIY Filmmaker Meetup

Detroit area filmmakers are invited to the “DIY Filmmaker Meetup” this Thursday, Dec. 10th from 7pm to 9pm.

This is a networking event, for filmmakers of all experience levels to:

  • Meet your fellow filmmakers
  • Show off your current and past projects
  • Find opportunities to collaborate with your peers
  • Recruit cast and crew for your future projects

This event is co-sponsored by Silver Bullet Pictures and Made by Detroit and hosted by i3Detroit, a non-profit, community-based workshop for creative endeavors of all kinds.

Admission is free, but please RSVP here.

For more information contact: thansen@i3detroit.com