Archive for June, 2014
PS:One & SSH present: Business Planning for Hackers, Creatives, and Other Out of the Box Types
Facilitated by A. Catherine Noon of Writer Zen Garden.
Taking an idea from concept to execution poses unique challenges. One way is to just do it, throwing enough mud at the wall that eventually some will stick. This is time-intensive and may not yield much more than a mud-covered wall.
There’s a better way. Businesses have been around since the time of Babylon; why not experiment with some tools that have made others successful? A business plan can yield benefits not just from the process of clarifying your goals but as a funding tool. If you can crystallize your passion onto the page then chances are, you’ll have a shot at inspiring others as well.
After all, mud on a wall is mud on a wall.
Over twelve weeks, we will explore our own ideas using tools from right-brained artistic games to classic business school (like SWOT and budgets). You will need a copy of the book, The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real by Lisa Sonora Beam, available from Amazon, the Chicago Public Library, and other booksellers.
You will also need a blank journal book, at least 8.5” x 11”. I like the Strathmore 400 Series journals, available from retailers or Mister Art.com; their 12” x 9” is my favorite.
These will be held alternating Thursdays at Pumping Station: One (PS:1) and Southside Hackerspace Chicago (SSH:C). Addresses and links are below the schedule.
Our first four sessions have been well attended and productive. We work in a collaborative fashion, alternating between roundtable discussion and work/play time on our individual projects.
If you’re curious about the process or want to get clear about your own ideas for a business, please check us out.
Week 1: What To Hack… (Thursday, 06/05/2014, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ PS:1)
- Topics: Intro, Why Plan?
- Exercise: Mandala 1 & 2
Week 2: Exercise: Mandalagain (Thursday, 06/12/2014, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ SSH:C)
- Exercise: Mandala 3 & 4
Week 3: Discussion (Thursday, 06/19/2014, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ PS:1)
- Discussion: Completed Mandala share. Synthesize, answer questions in group. Guides.
Week 4: Exercise: Map Your Brain (Thursday, 06/26/2014, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ SSH:C)
Exercise: Left Brain/Right Brain Map.
Week 5: Exercise: Map Your Modes and Remedies (Thursday, 07/03/2014, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ PS:1)
- Topics: Modes, Part I: Modes of Functioning: Sensing, Thinking, Feeling, Acting. Constructive & Destructive.
- Exercise: Mapping Your Modes. Mapping Your Remedies.
Week 6: Exercise: Recipe Cards (Thursday, 07/10/2014, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ SSH:C)
- Topics: Modes, Part II: Recipe Cards – Mastering Your Modes; Self-Inquiry Portraits
- Exercise: Recipe Cards
Week 7: Exercise: SWAT THE SWOT (Thursday, 07/17/2014, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ PS:1)
- Topics: The Art of Strategy: SWOT
- Exercise: Create a SWOT; Research Punch List
Week 8: Exercise/Discussion: Be SMART! (Thursday, 07/24/2014, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ SSH:C)
- Topics: Be SMART – Objectives, Strategies, and Tactics.
- Exercise: Prioritized Task Lists, Not To-Do List. Group Exercise – Synergy
- Discussion: Brainstorm Objectives, Strategies and Tactics.
Week 9: Exercise: Envision it! (Thursday, 07/31/2014, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ PS:1)
- Topics: SMART Framework
- Exercise: Vision Cards – Personal Strategic Plan
Week 10: Exercise: Promote it! (Thursday, 08/07/2014, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ SSH:C)
Topics: Promotion, Part I: Define Target Audience
- Exercise: Customer Persona Collage, Competitive Analysis
Week 11: Branding (Thursday, 08/14/2014 @ PS:1)
- Topics: Promotion, Part II: Customer Needs; Features vs. Benefits; Branding Basics
Week 12: Exercise/Discussion: Make It and Break It (Out)! (Thursday, 08/21/2014, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ SSH:C)
- Topics: Promotional Tactics
- Exercise: DIY Mini-Journal & Greeting Card Cover
- Discussion: Wrap – Roundtable – Share Completed Plans
Pumping Station: One
3519 N. Elston
Chicago, IL 60618
Southside Hackerspace Chicago
2233 South Throop St, Unit 214
Chicago, IL 60608
Liquid nitrogen (LN2) rocks. Yes, officially speaking, I need to get liquid nitrogen at PS:One so that we can do serious sciencey stuff, like, say, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy on the scanning electron microscope. But, unofficially? Driving nails into wood with a frozen banana, or making ice cream, is just plain awesome. And the clouds of chilled water vapor billowing out of flasks like something from a mad scientist’s lab… what can I say, I’m easily amused.
First, we need a source to buy LN2. Fortunately, a very generous individual, who happens to own a really cool company that has helped us in the past with CO2 tanks and refills, and provided free LN2 to test the EDX detector on the scanning electron microscope, offered us a great deal for purchasing it. But transporting -321F liquid to PS:One and storing it presents unique challenges.
So we need to start with a large storage dewar. These can be ridiculously expensive. I scoured eBay, found one, posted a crowdfunding request to the PS:One mailing list, and, thanks to the generosity of a bunch of donors, I made the purchase.
Well, I finally got around to finishing the curriculum for a beginning Electronics class. This class will cover a lot of the fundamentals that should be known when designing any type of electronic circuit. DC circuits will be covered here, so no frequency dependent (AC) topics will be touched. Hopefully in the future, I’ll have time to eventually write a followup Intermediate Electronics class that will cover AC circuits.
It will be broken up into two parts, a lecture-ish part with lots of fun whiteboard time and a lab (hands-on) portion:
- Electricity, conductors, and insulators
- Ohm’s Law
- KVL & KCL: Series and Parallel circuits
- Voltage Dividers
- Traditional Circuit Analysis: Mesh Currents & Node Voltage
- Better Analysis Tools: Superposition & Thevenin’s Theorem
- Silicon Diodes and LEDs
- DC Circuit Simulation with LTspice (the best analysis tool)
- Learn how to use solderless breadboards
- Build simple circuits using resistors and LEDs
I will be giving away one small electronics “starter kit” consisting of a solderless breadboard, bags of resistors and capacitors, a bunch of jumper wires, and a digital multimeter. I’ll most likely dish this kit out by asking a bonus question and giving it away to the first person with the correct answer. Anyway, hope to see you there!
- Who: Anyone who knows basic Algebra (Open to the Public)
- When: Sunday, June 29th – 2:00pm to 4:00pm…..or 5pm or 6pm or however long you wanna stay and learn
- Where: 3519 N. Elston – 2nd Floor in the Electronics Lab
- Cost: FREE
“Energia & Rekam1 Wireless Microcontroller Projects”
Wednesday, June 25th, 7PM
Open to the Public and Free
Rekam1 enables easy communication between a microcontroller and a mobile device (Android or iOS) via WiFi or Bluetooth. Rekam1 currently supports the MSP430 LaunchPad. Leo will demo his MSP430-based Beer Machine which can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet
This is a turkey vulture pendant that I created as per request of a member here for a birthday present. The recipient is a Naturalist for the Nature preserve here in IL.
So how I went about creating this: created the design through Adobe Illustrator, laser cut the pendant out with our Epilog laser engraver, and did a lost wax cast to get the final piece in sterling silver, then added a patina to the metal for the shading.
To check out my website or contact me for collaborations see www.ellagentz.squarespace.com.
Hey everyone! We’re starting a new robotics group tonight at 19:00. SIGBOT is the Special Interest Group for Robotics. We’ll be meeting the 3rd Thursday of the month in the electronics lab at Pumping Station: One.
Tonight we’ll be talking about what this club will really be all about. I want to hear everyone’s ideas for projects we can work on as a group, and also what projects people are working on individually.
Hope to see you all there!
NERP June 23rd – BeagleBoard Project co-founder Jason Kridner
NERP is Not Exclusively Raspberry Pi, the small computer interest group at Pumping Station:One in Chicago. NERP meets every other Monday at 7pm at Pumping Station:One, 3519 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.
Some quick specs on the BeagleBone Black rev C : Technology: Texas Instruments Sitara® 32-bit ARM core cpu @ 1GHz, 512MB SDRAM, accelerated HDMI, Ethernet, USB, 69 (max) GPIO, and a host of i/o peripherals directly accessible from onboard headers. Dim 3.4”x2.1”, weight 1.4 oz., Debian Linux pre-installed, Price $55. Availability: everywhere. Element14 is a good place to look http://www.element14.com/community/docs/DOC-54121?ICID=knode-beagleboneblack-space/
PLEASE NOTE: For this special NERP, we will keep introductions short and start promptly at 7pm. Please use the meetup (below) to confirm your attendance!
Find NERP and Pumping Station:One
Doors open at 6:30pm. The next meeting is June 23rd, 2014.
NERP is free and open to the public.
Ed Bennett ed @ kinetics and electronics com
Tags: electronics, embedded, NERP, Open Source, raspberry pi,hackerspace, BeagleBone, Element14, Pumping Station One
Charles Steinkuehle, the guy behind the Machinekit port of Linux CNC to the Beaglebone microcontroller is going to be in town Thursday 6/26/2014, so we are going to have a special edition of the CNC build club. Special features on the Beaglebone make it the first general use microcontroller to be able to effectively run Linux CNC.
He will be showing off his new CRAMPS (Cape RAMPS) board. This is a cape for the Beaglebone that all all the periferals you would need for a CNC machine or 3D printer
We have featured LinuxCNC on Beaglebone at a few other CNC Build Club events, so it is great to have Charles stop by:
When: Thursday, June 26th 2014 at 7:00pm
Where: Pumping Station One, Electronics Lab
Who Can Come: Members and Non-Members….Please RSVP Here
Pumping Station: One has partnered with Chicago Women Developers to offer two introductory electronics classes Saturdays June 21 & June 28, 10am to 2pm.
The workshops are $32 for PS:One members, $42 for non-members. Participants who attend both classes will receive a $10 rebate. Registration is available through the CWD meetup page. Or click on the name of each workshop below to go to the event Meetup page. In the upper right hand corner of the page, you can join and RSVP in order to register and pay through PayPal.
The workshops are separate — you can attend #2 without attending #1. (PS:One members will receive their discount as a rebate when they attend the workshop.)
Lunch will be provided for both workshops.
These workshops are for people who don’t identify as male; people who identify as female or queer are welcome.
Workshop #1: Electronics Bootcamp
A hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of electronic circuits.
- Make a battery
- Draw a resistor
- Introduction to:LEDs, Resistors, Capacitors, Transistors, Switches
- Use multimeters to measure DC voltage, resistance, continuity
- Build multiple circuits to demonstrate each component, using Snap Circuits
Workshop #2: Circuit Building
Take a circuit from diagram to breadboard to finished project.
- Introduction to soldering tools
- Learn to Solder
- Reading circuit diagrams
- Breadboarding a circuit
- Design and solder a wearable circuit bracelet (with LEDs and battery)
If you’re interested in coming, but can’t for financial reasons please contact CWD to apply for a scholarship.
About the instructor: Jesse Seay is a professor at Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches electronic art in the Audio Arts & Acoustics Dept. She has an MFA from SAIC and an MA in Communication Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. Find her work online at www.jesseseay.com and blog.jesseseay.com.