MitchTripEU Nov Dec 2012

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Mitch's Europe Trip -- 8-Nov-2012 to 17-Jan-2013


Date venue time event type contact
Thurs, 8-Nov leave SF, flight # UA735 10:48am
Fri, 9-Nov arrive BRU, flight # UA972
train IC 2609 for Antwerpen Centraal
train IC 2610 for Antwerpen Centraal
leaves 10:44am
leaves 11:44am
Sat, 10-Nov check into Sheraton Place Rogier, Brussels afternoon Yvette
Sun, 11-Nov TEDxBrussels rehearsal 2:00pm talk rehearsal Yvette
Mon, 12-Nov TEDxBrussels, Brussels 9:00am talk: The Hackerspace Movement Yvette
Tues, 13-Nov check out of Sheraton Place Rogier
TEDxBrussels European Council panel, Brussels

leave BRU for MAD
flight # IB3205
leave MAD for LIS
flight # IB3118
check into Hotel Vip Executive Art´s
2:10pm to 3:00pm

leave 7:25pm
arrive 9:45pm
leave 10:45pm
arrive 11:00pm

panel discussion
photos of Antwerp, Brussels, EU Council


Wed, 14-Nov Celso
Thurs, 15-Nov Codebits, Lisbon 2:00pm

talk: Hack Your Life for fun and profit
        (talk starts 8 minutes into the video)
Arduino workshop
Fri, 16-Nov Codebits, Lisbon 4:00pm
solder workshop
solder workshop
Sat, 17-Nov Codebits, Lisbon Celso
Sun, 18-Nov dinner with Altlab hackerspace folks / visit Altlab 7:30pm Joao
Mon, 19-Nov
Tues, 20-Nov photos of Lisbon, Codebits, Altlab,
     Champalimaud Center for the Unknown
Wed, 21-Nov checkout Hotel Vip Executive Art´s
leave LIS for BRU
flight # IB3103/IB3208
afternoon hotel checkout
leave 4:35pm
arrive 10:15pm
meet Wim at Ghent train station
Thurs, 22-Nov
Fri, 23-Nov drive to Tourcoing
ROUMICS, Tourcoing


Round Table Discussion
Round Table Discussion
Wim drives
Sat, 24-Nov ROUMICS, Tourcoing 2:00pm Workshop -- 20-min interview with me
Sun, 25-Nov Osilab, Lille visit ruins of burned down Osilab hackerspace Charles
Mon, 26-Nov drive to Ghent photos of Lille, ROUMICS, Osilab Wim drives
Tues, 27-Nov
Wed, 28-Nov train IC 1809 from Ghent to Antwerp-Berchem
VoidWarranties, Antwerp
VoidWarranties, Antwerp
lv 9:47am, arv 10:37am

solder workshop for kids -- photos
dinner & discussion
Ward picks me up
Thurs, 29-Nov Open Garage, Antwerp 6:30pm 1 year birthday party + solder workshop
-- photos
Fri, 30-Nov WhiteSpace, Ghent 8:00pm solder workshop -- photos Sandbender


Date venue time event type contact
Sat, 1-Dec DesignCenter de Winkelhaak, Antwerp
DesignCenter de Winkelhaak, Antwerp
Arduino For Total Newbies workshop
solder workshop for kids
-- photos
Sun, 2-Dec HSBxl, Brussels 2:00pm solder workshop -- photos Jurgen
Mon, 3-Dec leave Antwerp for Amsterdam
Benelux 9237
leave 4:00pm
arrive 6:14pm
Tues, 4-Dec Technologia Incognita, Amsterdam 7:00pm solder workshop -- photos Jurre
Wed, 5-Dec
Thurs, 6-Dec leave Amsterdam for Vienna,
CityNightLine train # 419 / International train #61
leave 8:31pm
Fri, 7-Dec      (continue on International train # 61) arrive Vienna, 11:44am
Sat, 8-Dec
Sun, 9-Dec Metalab, Vienna 3pm-6pm solder workshop -- photos Philipp
Mon, 10-Dec
Tues, 11-Dec leave Vienna for Bratislava
train # REX 2520
leave 1:21pm
arrive 2:27pm
Wed, 12-Dec Progressbar, Bratislava 19-23h solder workshop -- photos Juraj
Thurs, 13-Dec
Fri, 14-Dec leave Bratislava for Prague
train # EC 276 Slovan (Eurocity)
leave 2:13pm
arrive 6:21pm
Sat, 15-Dec
Sun, 16-Dec brmlab, Prague 3:00pm solder workshop -- photos ruza
Mon, 17-Dec
Tues, 18-Dec leave Prague for Dresden
Student Agency bus
leave 3:30pm
arrive 6:00pm
Wed, 19-Dec C3D2/Turmlabor/Werkstadtladen, Dresden
solder workshop
-- photos
-- interview on PentaRadio
Ralf, Johannes
Thurs, 20-Dec leave Dresden for Berlin
Fri, 21-Dec
Sat, 22-Dec Mitch's birthday
Sun, 23-Dec IN-Berlin, Berlin
15-20h 3pm-8pm
Arduino For Total Newbies workshop
-- photos
Mon, 24-Dec
Tues, 25-Dec leave Berlin for Hamburg
Check into Generator Hostel, Hamburg
Wed, 26-Dec set up at 29C3 all day and evening
Thurs, 27-Dec 29C3, Hamburg
all day & night
solder workshop
-- photos
Fri, 28-Dec 29C3, Hamburg
all day & night
solder workshop
.Arduino For Total Newbies workshop
-- photos
Sat, 29-Dec
29C3, Hamburg
leave Hamburg for Berlin
train #ICE 905
leave 9:21pm
arrive 11:12pm
late night
Arduino For Total Newbies workshop
-- photos
check into A&O Hostel, Berlin
Sun, 30-Dec EHSM, Berlin
2:00pm - 6:00pm
solder workshop for kids of all ages
-- photos
Mon, 31-Dec


Date venue time event type contact
Tues, 1-Jan
Wed, 2-Jan leave Berlin HBF for Ghent St. Pieters,
train # ICE 650 / ICE 14 / IC 8006
leave 10:49am
arrive 6:15pm
Thurs, 3-Jan hang out in Ghent -- photos Sandbender
Fri, 4-Jan train to Brussels National Airport
missed scheduled plane to NYC
due to medical situation on train to airport
Sat, 5-Jan hang out in Brussels -- photos Sheraton Airport Hotel, Brussels
Sun, 6-Jan leave BRU for EWR
flight # UA123
leave 10:00am
arrive 12:40pm
Mon, 7-Jan
Tues, 8-Jan
Wed, 9-Jan Hackerspaces interview
Off The Hook
mp3 Davey
Emmanuel Goldstein
Thurs, 10-Jan
Fri, 11-Jan
Sat, 12-Jan train from NYC to Philadelphia
Zones of Uncertaintay 28
Hack Your Life talk (via Skype)
Sun, 13-Jan
Mon, 14-Jan train from Philadelphia to NYC
Tues, 15-Jan Russia Today
interview about Aaron Swartz
Wed, 16-Jan Adafruit
Off The Hook
show about Aaron Swartz
and Geeks & Depression -- mp3
Phil & Limor
Emmanuel Goldstein
Thurs, 17-Jan leave JFK for SFO,
flight # UA257

leave 2:30pm ,
arrive 5:55pm

-- photos from NYC & Philly
-- photos upon returning home to San Francisco


other hackerspace requests that I (sadly) couldn't fit into this trip:

city space link
BE: Genk FablabGenk
NL: Arnhem Hack42
NL: Den Haag RevSpace
EE: forming hackerspace

Two different workshops that Mitch can give on this Workshop Tour

1)   Variety of Cool Kits -- all ages, all skill levels, about 3 hours, kit prices range from €10 to €30 (see below for kits and prices). More info:

2)   Arduino For Total Newbies -- all skill levels, about 4 hours, €35 (plus optional €10 programming/communications cable). More info:


Items that Mitch will have on his Workshop Tour:

price name description
€15 TV-B-Gone keychain turn off TVs in public places!
€15 TV-B-Gone kit turn off TVs in public places at 50 meters away!
€25 TV-B-Gone Pro turn off TVs in public places at 100 meters away!
€15 Brain Machine kit Meditate, Hallucinate, and Trip Out!
€10 TripGlasses Meditate, Hallucinate, and Trip Out!
€30 Mignonette Game kit make your own handheld game console!
€10 for one
€15 for two
Trippy RGB Waves kit interactive blinky lights!
€20 LEDcube kit animated 3D cube!
€15 MiniPOV kit write messages in the air!
€15 MintyBoost kit charge your USB enabled gadgets!
€15 BoArduino kit make your own fully functional Arduino -- for solderless breadboards!
€15 Diavolino kit make your own shield-compatible Arduino!
€10 programming and communications cable (FTDI Friend) program your Arduino clone with Windows, MacOS, or Linux!
€15 Open Heart kit animate fun patterns in the shape of a heart!
€30 LoL Shield kit Lots of LEDs! for your Arduino!
€15 Drawdio kit make noise by drawing lines with this pencil!
€15 microcontroller programmer kit (USBtinyISP) program all your AVR family chips!
€35 Arduino For Total Newbies workshop kit Learn Arduino by making TV-B-Gone as an example!

More info on many of these projects:

Requirements of the hosting spaces for Mitch's workshops

Mitch will have all of the kits with him. There is no need for anyone to purchase kits from Mitch in advance.

Each space will need to provide the following to have a successful workshop:

  • For each participant:
    • 1 soldering iron, 15W to 40W
    • 1 soldering iron stand
    • 1 cellulose (not plastic) sponge (for cleaning the soldering iron tip)
    • 1 small wire cutter (similar to 10cm wire cutters)
    • 1 or 2 AC outlets (with extension cords and/or AC power strips to make things work)
    • 1 chair
    • table space
    • enough lighting so that people can see small things while soldering

All of the above are good to have at your space so that you can continue to have soldering workshops long into the future.

  • For the Arduino For Total Newbies workshop, I also need:
    • Projector
    • Microphone and amplifier will be helpful
    • Internet (wireless or wired) is helpful