Maker Faire 2015
We should take a little bit of Noisebridge to MakerFaire, the world should be so lucky.
Noisebridge is an important resource for people to learn and make. We are more than a "makerspace", we are a community with a social mission to bring educative and creative autonomy to as many as possible. We have had a rough patch but we have done some good work during the recent Reboot to work toward this mission and it is time to attract some attention.
People are getting projects done here and this public hackspace thing may still be a good idea. Let us use this upcoming MakerFaire to get people to come to Noisebridge and to come back to Noisebridge. Let's connect with other Hackerspaces and strengthen our relationships. Let's meet other hackers and makers, and bring projects into our space so that others may learn from them.
TLDR: Come to Noisebridge Thursdays 19:00 - 22:00 and help make this a thing. We need makers, presenters, and teachers.
See the Build Night Recapitulations at the bottom of this page for progress.
All about that booth
The plan is have a good time and to pack a whole bunch of Noisebridge into a 10' x 10' space. Within MakerFaire we are going to do our best to create a mini Hackspace that will support the ideas and creations that others will bring. Here is the idea:
Essentially we are creating a place where people can hack during the show and the ultimate exhibit is our community and our projects.
Nevertheless, the base for this space is going to be some custom furniture pieces that will be made at Noisebridge, with love, for hacking. (When all you know is design and woodworking, every answer tends to be custom furniture). The centerpiece of this affair so far, is a new work table with built in power outlets and a bright flashy Noisebridge logo on the top. A table that people can pull up a chair to and start working on a project. If there are other things that we should try to incorporate into a hacking table, let us know. The back of the booth is a set of rearrangeable cabinets that will store tools and projects for use during the show and support and audio/video system for demonstrations and presentation during the show.
Here are more specific plans for the booth furniture, I recommend the .pdf:
UPDATED NB Logo Channel drawing: File:Noisebridge MakerFaire Booth TableDetail REV 01.pdf
Every Thursday 19:00 to 22:00 we will meet at Noisebridge, likely in the shop, to work on building things for the booth. This includes the furniture and whatever else is being prepped for MakerFaire. Updates to this process will be posted on the mailing list and the blog.
Thursday 2015-02-05 will be mostly discussion and shopping for parts and materials to test the ideas for the base furniture.
Well made furniture /= mini hackerspace, we need participation!
- how do we demonstrate Noisebridge in a 10' x 10' area, is it possible to also enjoy this?
- help build out the booth, add to it, decorate it, make it better, make it more 'Noisebridge'
- lend/bring your projects, demonstrate your projects, and teach others you know
- work on projects at the show, and have projects for others to work on
- spread the word about us needing help and get people to come meet us.
Pre-MakerFaire Noisebridge Maker Meet and Greet
Ideally, everyone would get to go down to MakerFaire and check out the neat stuff. For those that can't we should have an event to bring in Makers who are in town to talk about their projects and meet up with other hackers/makers. I'm thinking a special Five minutes of Fame and a mellow cocktail party.
Schedules and Specifics
Thank you for getting this far. This isn't worked out yet, but soon. You could help with this.
Planned projects for Display and Presentations/Demonstrations
Scotty's Land Yacht, Julio's LED aquarium,
Build Night Recapitulations
Initial resin test casting - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-02-12
Parts and Materials Specifications (working list)
Casting and Finish
Electrical and Electronics
LED Strip: WS2812B individually addressable
Can be purchased from ebay or alibaba. example: http://alturl.com/eh5k6 $9.99-12.99/meter or http://www.adafruit.com/category/168 for $24.99/meter
Arduinos work fantastically. A Pro Mini works great and cheap.
Power for microcontroller and LEDs:
Just need a 5v power supply of some sort, can be salvaged from existing cords by splitting the wire open and solder onto on/off switches.
To prevent sudden power drops. https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/ws2812-breakout-hookup-guide