Hackspace 2.5 Update

Every Tuesday night, our brave group of volunteers spend their evening developing the downstairs of Hackspace 2.5.

See the latest update thanks to Dominic Morrow and Howard Smith:

Would you like to help out with Hackspace 2.5? Come along on Tuesday night, or find out more on the #hackspace2point5 channel on the Nottingham Hackspace Team Slack (available to members via HMS).

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Get started with DevOps at the Notts Dev Workshop!

Notts Dev Workshop

Nottingham Hackspace is happy to host the next Notts Dev Workshop on Friday, 4th August, from 5:30pm until 8:30pm.

DevOps (a portmanteau of “development” and “operations”) is a software development and delivery process that emphasises communication and collaboration between product management, software development, and operations professionals.

In this workshop, Matteo Emilli will be helping attendees put a small application in the cloud, including the creation of a pipeline, the definition of your Infrastructure as Code, the packaging process, and the release. More advanced practices will also be discussed, like silent deployments, feature flags, and the use of telemetry in your application.

Matteo is an Application Lifecycle Management and DevOps advisor, as well as a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies, with a passion for Agile Methodologies and Processes.

For this workshop, you’ll need:

  • Laptop
  • Visual Studio 2017
  • Azure Tools for Visual Studio
  • Azure PowerShell
  • Azure Account
  • VSTS Account

To sign up for this free workshop, join the Notts Dev Workshop Meetup group.

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Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Saturday, 2nd September

Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting an all-day Introduction to Arduino Workshop, run by James Fowkes and Ian Dickinson, on Saturday, 2nd September.

The Arduino system is a microcontroller board and software designed for extreme ease-of-use and learning, and has been wildly successful all over the world – not just in electronics, but for all sorts of maker projects. If you want to learn how to incorporate electronic control into your projects, this is definitely the workshop for you.

This workshop will cover:

  • What an Arduino is, and how to program it
  • Components and tools
  • Basics of electronics (voltage, current, resistance, etc.)
  • Arduino input and outputs
  • Controlling high-power components
  • Analog output
  • And more!

Aimed for complete beginners, this workshop doesn’t require you to have written a single line of code, switched on a soldering iron or even own an Arduino to take part. All the electronics equipment, including Arduino boards, will be provided on the day, but you will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with. It would also help if you installed the Arduino software onto your laptop before the workshop.

This workshop will run from 11am to 4pm, with a break for lunch at 1pm, and will cost £25, which includes use of all tools, boards and components, and free tea or coffee.

Arduino Unos will be available to purchase for £18 and Arduino Starter Kits will be available to purchase for £35. Please bring cash if you would like to buy either of these.

You can purchase your tickets now at EventBrite. This is a very popular workshop, so please buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

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Join the Nottinghack Crapathon on Saturday, 3 December!

It’s time again for the annual…

NOTTINGHAM HACKSPACE CRAPATHON!

Saturday, 3 December!

JOIN THE CRAPATHON

Conceptualise and create projects with no value whatsoever!

  1. Create a problem no one has!
  2. Design a solution!
  3. Build it!
  4. Demo it!
  5. Win a crap award!

Rough schedule will be:

  • 12:00PM – It starts! There’s a spiel! You can use things! Go!
  • 7:00PM – You’re done! Stop making stuff! Eat food!
  • 8:00PM – Demos! Voting! Awards! Socialise! (Bring a bottle)
  • Late: GO HOME!

Stuck for ideas? Some of the Crapathon 2015 entries were:

  • Suggestions box that automatically shreds and files all submissions
  • Robot that badly plays the Theremin so you don’t have to
  • Automatic face-recognising laser blinder
  • An extended hand
  • Rocket salad launcher
  • A box for THE ONE TRUE GOD
  • A skin conductivity meter to measure your Scientology levels
  • A box of fucks (surprisingly empty)

This is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Work individually or in teams. Spectators also welcome!

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Build an Electro-magnetic Field Detector!

Electro-magnetic fields are all around us, but are usually invisible and silent. In this workshop on Thursday, 1 December, you can make your own detector to hear them.

The EMF Detector

This detector uses two inductors to give a stereo audio output of the noise created by electro-magnetic fields. This is useful for investigating electronic circuits, checking power supplies, and investigating the unseen world around us.

At this workshop, you’ll build your own electronic circuit to detect changes in local electro-magnetic fields. The kit includes all components, PCB, headphones, and enclosure.

Along with building the kit, you’ll also learn how to solder and how to get the kit working.

This evening workshop is on Thursday, 1 December, from 7:30 until 10:00. Tickets are £12 and now available on EventBrite.

Don’t miss this chance to hear the unseen world!

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Learn to make your own soap on Sunday, 19 June

Learn to make your own soap using the traditional cold process method on Sunday, 19 June, from 1:00 – 4:00.

You’ll be able to create your own six-bar block of coloured and scented soap from a mixture of coconut oil, lard or palm oil, olive oil, and lye water. You pick the scents and colours.

All materials are supplied, and you get to keep the mould to re-use again.

Detailed written instructions and recipes are provided, and you’ll also learn how to adapt recipes or create new ones using online soap calculators. Information on packaging, labelling, and selling legislation will also be included, if you’re thinking of starting your own soap business.

Tickets are £27.57, including Eventbrite themes, and are on sale now.

Please note: The lye water (sodium hydroxide solution) is very caustic, so goggles and gloves must be worn while the soap is in a liquid state. Please wear old clothes or a lab coat.

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Learn to make foam armour on Saturday, 14 May

Learn to create armour and props from foam, creating your own bracer pair or a segmented pauldron.

This workshop on Saturday, 14th May, will focus on how to create foam armour fast, including priming and painting. You’ll learn how to cut, shape, decorate, weather, prime, paint, and mount your armour.

All skill levels are welcome, whether you’re brand new to crafting or a seasoned propsmith.

The workshop will run from 11am until 4pm, and includes all materials and a tour of the Hackspace.

Tickets are £22.29, including Eventbrite fees, and are on sale now.

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Learn to make wire jewellery on Sunday, 10 July

A selection of wire jewelleryLearn to make your own wire jewellery in this four-hour workshop on Sunday, 10 July

Betty Ching, Hackspace member and jewellery designer, will teach you how to create a selection of wire jewellery items to take away. At a minimum, you can learn to make a pair of earrings, a ring, a bracelet, and a pendant. All components will be silver-plated and comply with current UK allergy legislation.

All materials will be supplied, including a detailed instruction booklet, and there will be an option to buy your own set of tools for £18 on the day.

The workshop starts at 1pm, and tickets are on sale now for £30.73, including Eventbrite fees.

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Exhibition Day – Saturday, 21 May

Welcome to the Nottingham Hackspace

On Saturday, 21 May, we’re having an Exhibition Day.

From 10am until 3pm, we’ll be open to the public for tours, exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops, giving you a chance to see everything Nottingham Hackspace has to provide to its members.

The Exhibition Day is completely free and visitors of all ages are welcome.

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Join us at the Nottingham Hackspace 2.5 Fundraiser Party!

We’re upgrading, renovating, and making everything awesomer at Nottingham Hackspace!

And YOU can help us by coming to our party!

DRINK specially designed cocktails from our fully automated cocktail making robot, Barbot!

EAT treats prepared by Antenna and cakes made by Hackspace members!

BID on gifts, gadgets, and more designed by Hackspace members!

TEST your wits with our Mini Nerd Quiz!

SEE exciting demos and games built by Hackspace members!

All proceeds go to supporting the space in our renovation project to make us the largest hackspace in the UK.

The party’s at Antenna on Thursday, 24 March starting at 8pm.

Tickets are on sale now, with £7.50 getting you in the door and £10 getting you in the door and a cocktail from BarBot.

See you there!

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