Upcoming events at i3 Detroit, including two more classes

Friday, April 6, 5pm-10pm-ish: Open Shop Friday, holiday weekend edition! With so many members off work for the day, there’ll be someone around the shop earlier than normal to open the doors and host guests. This is an ideal time to drop in and see the space, meet the members, and work on a project!

Saturday, April 7 8pm-2am: Twisted Toys and Mad Scientists, Victorian/Steampunk show at District VII. (off-site) Several i3 projects and members will be there.

Thursday, April 12, 7:30pm: Arduino Meetup, newbies welcome. Good platform to get started in microcontrollers.

Friday, April 13, 7pm: Open Shop Friday for those sad souls not in Cleveland at the midwest’s finest tech/art/everything conference.

Thursday April 19, 7pm-???: Tabletop Gaming. Does Dominion ring a bell? How about Settlers of Catan? Guests welcome.

Friday April 20, 7:30pm: Lockpicking for Beginners. Please register for your seat now!

Saturday April 21, 1pm-4pm: Roadside Skills For Non-Greasemonkeys. Registration required. Learn to patch a puncture, install a spare tire, jump-start a dead battery, and more.

Friday April 27 thru Sunday April 29: Penguicon (off-site). Geek-interest conference, expanding to larger digs in Dearborn this year. Several i3 Detroit members are presenting, teaching, and otherwise involved. There may not be an Open Shop this day because most of us will be at the con.

(Also, hello Detroit News visitors! What do you hack? What do you make? Let us know in comments!)

Notacon CFP closes 2/10, early reg still open

It is April 12, 2012, the first day of Notacon. You are in the hallway 
outside the main presenation room. Through the open door east, you can 
see an enthusiastic presenter gesturing at her slides, and about two 
dozen people sitting in chairs. On the hallway wall is a printed 
schedule. West is another presentation room. South is the lockpicking 
area. The hallway continues north.

> LOOK AT SCHEDULE

The schedule reads "NOTACON 9 ROOM 1 FRIDAY 
3pm Milkymist: video synthesizers at the cutting edge of open source hardware 
4pm Reverse-engineering for fun and profit 
5pm Game Maker: Crash course in video game programming 
6pm Creating parsers using standard UNIX tools 
..."

> GO NORTH

You are in the hallway outside the hardware hacking area. To the east, 
attendees and off-duty conference staff are crouched over soldering 
irons, modifying the circuitry on their conference badges. One appears 
to have been converted into a small vehicle, scooting around the table. 
Someone hollers "It works! It's transmitting my callsign!" To the west 
is the pool. To the north, a "PIXELJAM" sign adorns a closed door with 
music thumping behind it. The hallway continues south.

> INVENTORY

Between your pockets and your backpack, you have: 
A Notacon 9 conference badge circuit board with nothing soldered to it. 
Your cellphone. (2003 called, they want their Nokia back.) 
A half-empty bottle of Bawls energy drink. 
A printed conference program, folded open to the puzzles section. 
A cheap set of lockpicks. 
A menu from the sushi joint across the street. 
Two 4GB USB flash drives. 
A towel with "Hilton" embroidered in the corner.

Man, what a weird dream! Good thing it isn’t actually April yet, because the discounted pre-registration happens much earlier. Notacon, the longest-running (and coolest) tech/art/hack conference in the midwest, has just extended that discounted reg period, and for anyone whose ambition extends to submitting a presentation, good news! The Call for Proposals closes on February 10, there’s still time to sneak one in…

Detroit area CodeYear meetup here, 2/7, 7pm

Have you been learning to program with the Codecademy‘s Code Year program? It’s not too late to start! Participants are gathering around the world to celebrate their progress and compare notes, and i3 Detroit is the venue for the Detroit-area Code Year meetup.

Like almost all of our events, non-members are explicitly welcome. Doors should be open by 6:30, meetup officially starts at 7.

(Note to members: This means the regular membership meeting has been pushed back an hour, to 8:30.)

Open House at All Hands Active

Who’s up for a trip to Ann Arbor?

All Hands Active is having an open house!

5pm until 10pm, Saturday 1/21 (yikes, that’s today!)

Mention was made of liquid nitrogen twinkies

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.