A2 Mini Maker Faire

Developers, artists, and enthusiasts will display their ideas at the first Ann Arbor “Mini” Maker Faire, August 29, 2009, at the Washtenaw County Fair Grounds.

Location: Washtenaw farm council fairgrounds
Hours: open to the public 10 AM – 5 PM Saturday August 29, 2009
Website: http://www.a2makerfaire.com

Organized by members of the Ann Arbor tech and arts communities such as a2geeks and GO-Tech, this “Mini” Maker Faire is a small, local version of the huge Bay-area Faire, the newfangled fair that brings together science, art, craft, and engineering, and music, in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum. The aim is to inspire people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and become makers. This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers–anyone who is embracing DIY and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

Current Exhibitors:

  • i3 Detroit
  • YAAARC Robotics
  • Cupcake Car
  • Laser Lunchboxen
  • Smithy CNC
  • butterfly blanking die
  • that thing bob wants me to do
  • Open Soda
  • Experimental Musical Devices
  • Learn to solder
  • Homemade Arduino modular synthesizer
  • Vortex Doomsday Cannon
  • Recycled bits and quick fixes
  • Ham Radio
  • Modati Studios
  • SERENGETI CANOPY: CURTIS GLATTER
  • Discover Electronics
  • Motown Bound
  • Second Skins: Reworking Leather
  • Wii Will Wii Will Rock You! !! !!!
  • RaPro
  • SAD: Sensory Augmentation Devices

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Come Join i3 Detroit at the A2 Mini Maker Faire this Saturday!

Haunted Garage Sale

The Motor City Haunt Club is holding their 3rd annual Haunted Garage Sale, this Saturday, August 22 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

See all the details at: http://motorcityhauntclub.com/

Saturday August 15th: Le Hoots presents a live art show!

This Saturday August 15th 2009 Le Hoots presents a live art show at The Comet Bar in Detroit from 9p-2a. Le Hoots has set out to put on a monthly live art show project that allows local Metro Detroit artists to be seen and sell their art work without fees to the artists. Le Hoots brings Art and Music together to help bring more awareness to the local art community of Detroit.

Artists :

  • Sunny Maniaci
  • Mr. Thirsty-One
  • Leslie Ojala
  • Chris Kime
  • Tead Nasty

Music by: Innerphonic & Dj. Richard Wohlfiel

Why not come out after the Woodward Dream Cruise this Saturday and help support our local arts community. All artists will have artwork available for purchase, great music and drinks. Let’s support our friends at Le Hoots!

If you would like to participate in a live art show or have questions feel free to contact them at Lehoots@gmail.com


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i3 Detroit will be attending a “TechShop Movement” discussion at the UofM

i3 Detroit has been invited to what Associate Vice-Presidents Marvin Parnes
and Dan Atkins expect to be a very interesting opportunity to learn about
the “TechShop movement” and to consider a planning process for a Detroit TechShop
model that blends education, economic renewal,innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Phoenix Wang, advisor to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,
Diana Rhoten, Director, Digital Media and Learning at the Social
Science Research Council,and Mark Hatch, COO of TechShop in Menlo Park,California
will be here to present and discuss TechShop and how it may be of value to Detroit.

We will make sure to provide further updates of the outcome of the event.
We would like to Thank Dug Song for making sure we were able to be involved.

What’s Happening: The Detroit Java User Group

The Detroit Java User Group is proud to announce that James Ward, Adobe’s Flex evangelist will be speaking to their group on August 19th 2009 from 6:30 P.M – 8:30 P.M at the eprize headquarters. This event is free and open to all that would like to attend. If you are planning on coming to the event please RSVP

What is Java and Flex?

Java and Flex
Building highly interactive software that users love to use is usually a challenging endeavor. However, the open source Flex SDK and Java are a perfect combination of technologies for building very rich and highly interactive software for the Web and the desktop. The communication between the Java back-end and Flex front-end can utilize a number of different communication protocols, but the easiest and best performing is the open source BlazeDS library. This session covers the fundamentals of using Flex, Java, Spring, and BlazeDS to build rich and highly interactive software for the Web and the desktop.

James Ward is a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe and Adobe’s JCP representative to JSR 286, 299, and 301. Much like his love for climbing mountains he enjoys programming because it provides endless new discoveries, elegant workarounds, summits and valleys. His adventures in climbing have taken him many places. Likewise, technology has brought him many adventures, including: Pascal and Assembly back in the early 90’s; Perl, HTML, and JavaScript in the mid 90’s; then Java and many of it’s frameworks beginning in the late 90’s. Today he primarily uses Flex to build beautiful front-ends for Java based back-ends. Prior to Adobe, James built a rich marketing and customer service portal for Pillar Data Systems.

Food and beverages for this event will be sponsored by The Epitec Group


For more information please visit The Detroit Java User Group website