Turbo Trojans move on to State Championship!

It’s official! One of our two FIRST Robotics teams (Team 3302 from Clawson High School) is going to the Michigan Championship Competition.

This rookie team earned their place last weekend at the Troy District Competition. Facing some of the toughest and highest-ranked teams in the state, the Turbo Trojans made it to the quarter finals and walked away with two trophies: “Highest Rookie Seed” and “Rookie All-Star”

The championship competition is this weekend, April 1-3, at Eastern Michigan University. Admission and parking are free. More info is here: firstinmichigan.org
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Moving Day Pt I.

Ever move a Piano?  Well today we did, and at the joy of 9am. Dedicated hackers got a truck and moved 1,500sq’ of hackerspace from Royal Oak, down aprox 2 miles to the new 8,000 sq’ facility in Ferndale.  First item of the day, the wondrous player piano.  Weighing in somewhere around 600lbs, the beast was rolled out on its heavy duty casters, dragged onto the truck lift and rolled on in.

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Moving Day Pt I. from Nathan Warnick on Vimeo.

The space is dead, long live the space!

i3Detroit is in Ferndale now.  Keycards should work like normal at the new building.  Guests are welcome, as always, any time there’s a member around to host.  The twitterbot should be back up soon.

Thank you, everyone who helped out with the move.  Five round-trips in that truck was a phenomenal lot of work! Thank you, whoever invented the liftgate.  I can’t imagine how people moved pianos before its existence.  Thank you, Jim Ashmore truck and trailer rental, for having rates roughly half that of the national outfits.

Thank you, everyone who’s contributed to the Kickstarter so far!  Your enthusiasm can go farther if you encourage your friends to chip in. :)

Long day, short post. Exhausted. Feels good.

i3Detroit v2.0 Updates

Amazing, amazing, amazing, that’s all we can say. We have 13 days left and we are 60% funded on Kickstarter. Thank you so much for your help. Your support is why we do what we do.  We are almost at our goal.  If you haven’t pledged to make i3Detroit v2.0 amazing yet, you still have time to do it.  So do it.  Right now.  Seriously.  I am talking to you!

Just wanted to share a picture set with you of our new facility.  It has been posted once, but just can’t help but show it off like a newborn baby.  We are working with the city of Ferndale and will hopefully have our C of O in the next couple of days. Then it is on to painting, building and moving.

We spent this past weekend boxing everything up at the old space. It was a bit sad and nostalgic. But like our insightful Director at Large, Nick Britsky said “i3 Detroit is in here” (while pointing to his heart). And, yeah, he is right.

Thanks again and enjoy the pics.