Thursday May 6th, 7 to 9PM at the HackLab. Bring snacks, a machine to install / upgrade, or just your smiling self.
Pi Day is nearly upon us, and no celebration plans have yet been made. I hereby propose that we meet at the hacklab on Sunday, March 14, from 5pm onward, for a celebration of pi(e). Create your best pie, bring whatever beverages you desire, and let’s have a good time!
Where: think|haus, 152 Niagara St, Hamilton ON
When: October 2-3, 2009
Who: Makers from all over southern Ontario and beyond. You should come too!
Cost: $25 for the first set of tickets. Use the EventBrite system at http://minisooncon.eventbrite.com or contact Seth (email@example.com) to buy a ticket.
On Friday October 2nd, the conference will host a BBQ and party. Bring cool projects to show off. Awesome badges will be handed out.
On Saturday October 3rd, think|haus will host talks, how to sessions, and a projects gallery at which anyone who is interested can give a 20 minute talk on something related to creating projects, show people how to build/take apart/modify something, or show off their cool projects.
Some confirmed talks so far are:
• You Let Your Kid Do What? A brief story about children and taking advantage of applied engineering skills in a positive way.
• Intro to Kite Aerial Photography Come learn about the kinds of kites you can use to fly your camera, what you need to build your own kite, and how to modify your camera to take pictures automatically.
Check out the website at http://minisooncon.ca and add your own talks or projects.
Thanks to Adina from think|haus for the original post I’ve semi-stolen. :D
Hackers on a Plane is happening again!
Join us as we go to Hacking at Random 2009. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG. Seriously, this was so much fun two years ago, and will be even better this time around… and you really can’t beat the price. Get on the plane!
Join us as we depart from New York City and head off to experience Hacking at Random 2009. For the same price as two years ago you get:
* Round trip airfare from New York City to Dusseldorf, Germany
* Transportation from Dusseldorf to the HAR campsite
* Paid full admission to HAR
* Accommodations in an on-campsite lodge at HAR
o Nights of August 13-16 in a permanent structure
o Hot showers
o Sheets and towels included
* The opportunity to mingle with the best and brightest in the global hackerspace community
Wow, that’s a lot of stuff for only $1,337. What’s not included?
* Your transportation to and from New York City.
* Meals while at HAR and after the camp.
* Accommodations for the evening of August 17 and 18. This time is on your own and activities and lodging on these days is not included in the price. You can join a hackerspaces tour, head out to Amsterdam or Berlin…whatever you’d like!
* Transportation back to Dusseldorf is not included. (And we’re not responsible if you miss your flight back home!)
You will need to be in New York City on August 12 at 10 AM
Our current booking is scheduled to return to New York City on August 19 by 5 PM.
Because we have a group fare, we require all names to be confirmed before tickets can be issued.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
To celebrate that important annual geek milestone, Pi Day (March 14), we’re having a party featuring a pie contest at the lab. We haven’t decided what the prize will be, but it will be AWESOME and probably be made on the lazzor.
Entrance to the party will be a $10 donation (which will go towards lab expenses), or bring a pie. Homemade pies only! Quiche and other savory things made in round dishes count as pie.
Things will start up at 7pm, though there will likely be folks around the lab earlier. As usual, check our IRC channel (#hacklabto on freenode) to see if people are around if you want to drop by early.
Feel free to get in touch with me (hypa7ia on irc or leigh at hypatia dot ca via email) if you have any questions!
Here’s a button to add it to your Google Calendar or otherwise see details:
HackLab.TO is having a job fair!
We know a lot of people who work in various tech fields. Some people are looking to fill positions at their companies, some are looking for new jobs, and others are finishing university and looking to break into the field. We’d like to help get you in touch with each other.
Bring your resume: we’ll have representatives from companies actively looking to hire people. Bring your business cards: we’ll have a lot of people from the local tech community who are interested in professional networking.
Attendance is free to people who are job hunting, although we ask that people use our ticketing system to RSVP– our space is limited, and we don’t want to be overwhelmed! The event will run from 10AM to 4PM on April 4th, with no registration for specific time slots.
For more details, and to sign up:
Spread the word, especially for companies recruiting or people looking for contract work– the more job opportunities available at the fair, the bigger of a success it will be.
Notacon is coming up, and it would be cool to get a bunch of people from Toronto to come along.
NOTACON, an annual conference held in Cleveland, Ohio, explores and showcases technologies, philosophy and creativity often overlooked at many “hacker cons”. Our desire is not to supplant other events, but complement them and strike a balance that has gone unnoticed in our community for far too long.
With each new year we build upon the successes and knowledge of the previous years. Our goal is to enlighten, educate, and entertain attendees, presenters, and staff alike. We do this by finding new ways to apply technology to graphics, art, music, or social interaction.
Notacon espouses an ethos of exploration, participation and positive contributions. Hence, while some of the material we may cover is controversial or potentially “black hat” in nature, we feel it is important to openly discuss all topics so that others can learn from the experience and create something good, fun or interesting from it.
Events during Notacon run from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. These include over 40 presentations, contests such as “Anything but Ethernet”, game shows, prize giveaways and a whole lot of who-knows-what. Anything can happen, and usually does. New in 2009 we will be offering a Thursday night sampler, which will be free of charge and open to the public. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Last year we had multiple cars head down (it’s only a 5 hour drive to Cleveland), and good times were had by all. It would be great if we could organize a caravan this year and bring as many people as we can to show support for this excellent event.
There will be a “temporary hackerspace” set up at Notacon, with help from people from other spaces including NYC Resistor, HacDC, and the not-yet-opened Pumping Station One. This will include representing and showing off the hacklab: our space, what we’re doing, our projects. Anyone who’d like to help out, whether just by attending or by putting something together to show off, would be very welcome!
A challenge has also been thrown down from people in these other spaces: we should show them (and everyone else) some of the cool things we can do by participating in the Anything But Ethernet competition. This can be the place for us to show off and engage in some friendly competition with our friends in hacker spaces across North America… anyone want to submit something?
For the past couple of weeks a few of us have been meeting up at the lab to learn some Python. Some of us are complete beginners, while some of us have been programming profesionally for years. It makes for an interesting evening and we’re been learning lots.
We’re basing the sessions on the book Python for Software Design: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, which is available for free online. We’ve been impressed so far with the book’s clarity and the quality of the example code it comes with.
After a few successful sessions, we’ve decided to make this a more regular / official meeting at the lab. It’ll be every Thursday at 7PM until around 9, though we have gone later in the past, and some of us show up earlier as well. Feel free to drop in our IRC channel (#hacklabto on freenode) if you want to see if anyone’s already at the lab. For this Thursday if you feel like catching up before you come out, we’re at chapter 4; don’t worry, though, we’ll be able to get you caught up if you’re a total beginner :)
Are you curious about the space and want to come check it out, but fear that you won’t know anyone or have anything to do? Are you afraid of showing up in Kensington and knocking on the door only to find it locked?
Fear not! Unpatched Tuesdays are just the thing for you.
Every Tuesday from 6(ish) to late in the evening we have an “open lab” night. It has varied between a mostly social event and a productive work party depending on what people are up to, but the key thing about it is that the door is open to all comers. Show up with a Linux or BSD question, an interesting piece of hardware, a technical problem, or your new widget that you want to show off. The Tuesday night crowd is a resourceful and friendly bunch, and it’s always great to see some new faces.
You’re also welcome to show up empty-handed, but we might put you to work! There are a bunch of ongoing hardware and infrastructure projects at the lab, so expect to be assigned a bug on our bugtracker :)
The other important thing to note is that you don’t need to be a 5up3r 31337 hax0r to come out on Tuesdays. Just be friendly and interested and you’re totally welcome. There’s no minimum height, age, or skill level required to participate.
There are also other events going on at the lab. Go Night on Mondays, and irregularly scheduled classes which all get posted on the calendar and announced on our pretty low-traffic mailing list. We usually post about them on the blag too, so subscribe to any of those to keep up to date.
I’ve been wanting to get back into playing go. There’s also this neat lab space that I can use for hosting events (maybe you’ve heard of it). While thinking about these two things, I figured that maybe they would work well together!
So, I’m going to try to start a bi-weekly go night at the HackLab. Starting next Monday, from 6-9(ish) PM, I’ll be trying to get back into playing this awesome game, and you should join me. I’ll do my best to bring extra boards so everyone who shows up can play, but if you have one, please bring it!
If you don’t know how to play, that’s ok too, as I’m more than happy to teach people.
I hope to see people there next week!