VOTE NOW!

This email has gone to all Hackspace Members

The voting period for the vacant Nottingham Hackspace Trustee positions is about to open, allowing you to cast your ballot for the candidates of your choice.

The voting period will start on Saturday, 25th May, at 00:01 and go on until Friday, 31st May, at 23:59.

There are four positions vacant this year, with five potential candidates. The candidates are:

  • Mark Thompson
  • Eddie Podgorski
  • Samathy Barratt
  • Dan Spencer
  • Dom Marshall

You can see each candidate on our election page: https://wiki.nottinghack.org.uk/wiki/2019-05-25_Election

For the election, we use Single Transferable Vote. For a guide on how Single Transferable Vote works, we recommend reading about Dennis the Election Koala: http://www.chickennation.com/2013/08/18/you-cant-waste-your-vote/

Along with the five nominees, we will also have “Re-Open Nominations” (RON) on the ballot as a sixth nominee. If RON is elected, a new election will be run for the remaining positions. Any candidate that beats RON will become a trustee, while any candidate that is beaten by RON may re-nominate themselves for the next election.

You can read more about how the election process works in Section 5 of the Hackspace Constitution: https://wiki.nottinghack.org.uk/wiki/Constitution

We will be running the election on Opavote, an independent website. You can find out more about Opavote here: https://www.opavote.com/

If you have any questions about the election, please contact the Trustees at trustees@nottinghack.org.uk.

This year, the returning officer is James Fowkes. We’d like to thank him for volunteering his time for this essential role.

Regards,

Ali, Andrew, Ian, James A, James T, Matt, and Russell

Nottingham Hackspace Trustees

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Nottinghack Open Day: Saturday 20 July 2019 11am-4pm

Nottingham Hackspace is a great place to make things and meet other makers. Come to our open day and see what goes on. Maybe make something yourself!

Join us for tours, demonstrations, and workshops. You won’t believe some of the amazing projects our members have created at the Nottingham Hackspace. Just a few of the exciting things to see:

  • Make something on a 3D Printer
  • Play Robot table football.
  • See Battle Robot: Ensign Wedgeley Crusher.
  • Get 3D scanned.
  • Watch the remarkable Silhouette Cameo cut intricate designs from vinyl, fabric and paper.
  • Cut materials with a laser!
  • See how screen printing works.
  • Learn to solder!
  • Find out about macrame and computer controlled embroidery.

 

Unit F6 BizSpace
Roden House Business Centre
Nottingham
NG3 1JH

Entry free, but may be a small charge for some activities.
Families welcome.

Nottinghack Open Day: Saturday 20 July 2019 11am-4pm

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Be a Trustee!

 

‘Trustee’ may sound like an intimidating title, but it’s a job many of us have done in our spare time since Nottingham Hackspace began. You’ll be part of a group deeply involved in decision making and setting strategy for the space. From making sure the space is comfortable for everyone to keeping tabs on the rent bill, the trustees’ help make the space what it is.

If you are interested in standing, send your nomination to trustees@nottinghack.org.uk between 00:01 on Friday, 26 April, and 23:59 on Thursday, 16 May 2019, including your full name, a photo of yourself and a paragraph on why you would like to be a trustee.

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New Computerphile Video: Nottingham Hackspace Tour

“Nottingham Hackspace, or Nottinghack, has starred in the background of numerous Computerphile videos, but what is a hack-space? We asked ‘Fire-pong’ and ‘Laser-cut Pipe Organ’ maker & Nottinghack Trustee Ian Dickinson for a tour.”

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AGM: TODAY! 7.30PM THURSDAY 24TH JANUARY 2019

The Nottingham Hackspace AGM will be held on Thursday 24 January (TODAY!), starting at 7:30 pm. It will be in the Hackspace Classroom (down in 2.5).

It is extremely important that we reach quorate for this meeting.

Quorate is 130 members.  If you cannot attend, please choose a proxy voter from this pagehttps://wiki.nottinghack.org.uk/wiki/2019-01-24_AGM_Proxy_Votes

It is absolutely vital for the survival of the space that members attend.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you or your proxy at the meeting.

Kind regards,

Nottingham Hackspace Trustees

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Workshop – Strandbeest Walking Robots – 24th Feb 2019

A workshop with Martin Raynsford

With kind permission from the trustees and generous assistance from Ian Dickinson, I would love to come to Nottingham and put on a workshop making my Strandbeest walking robots as seen in this video.

The kit contains everything you need to build a wind powered strandbeest walker, with additional components to motorise the design and control it from your mobile device. The kit generally takes about 2 hours to assemble but if you’re already competent at soldering that will easily be less. The boards come pre programmed but I’m happy to stay after and help people set up their arduino environment if they want to play with the software.

The date is provisionally set for the 24th of February at 10am, the price will be £25. Booking is not essential but I need positive confirmation from a few attendees to ensure it actually happens. Contact MSRaynsford@gmail.com to book a space.

More information about the kit can be found here.

The kit itself includes a wemos D1 which uses the ESP8266 so it’s a great introduction to that wifi module. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the space so I look forward to seeing some of you again in February.

Martin

[Google groups thread here]

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Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Saturday 2nd March 2019

James Fowkes and Ian Dickinson are planning to re-run the popular Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Sat 2nd March 2019 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Nottingham Hackspace.

This is a great way to get started with the Arduino and requires no previous knowledge of electronics or software. You will start by getting a LED to flash (the beginning of all great electronics projects), and progress to adding switch inputs, controlling a motor and reading analogue sensors.

Cost for the workshop is £25 with all money (less Eventbrite fees) going to the hackspace.

Arduino starter kits will be provided for use at the workshop. We will also have starter kits (£35) and Arduino Unos (£18) available for sale.

To book, please visit: http://hsnottsarduino19.eventbrite.co.uk

This workshop is limited to 15 places, but as this event often sells out, early booking is advised.

Feedback from a recent attendee: “Attended recent workshop, it really is very professionally run! The trainers inspirational and empathetic to slower learners, supporting material is well organised relevant to the workshop, reasonably paced. The logistics flawless all students had what we needed on a desk when the class started and at each section as we advanced through the projects, Congrats to everyone involved.”

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Hack the Space Weekend: 8th-10th Feb 2019

[See further details on the wiki]

Message from the trustees

Dear Member,

Recently we have been discussing within the teams and membership that a number of large jobs have been on the list for a considerable amount of time. The Trustees along with the teams have decided that we have enough jobs now to run a “hack the space” weekend. The purpose of this would be shutting the space during this time where no members other than volunteers of this weekend will be permitted to use the space. This will cover both upstairs and downstairs, the following jobs are currently in the plan.

  • Replacement of studio floor

  • Redesigning the Large Project Storage Area

  • Reorganise comfy area including rewiring of speakers

  • Checklist of tools and PAT testing

  • Electrics within the workshop (replacing lights) etc

  • 2.5 jobs TBC

The Trustees request that all teams please keep thinking on what else needs completing and a wiki page will be set up so members can see the job list, place their names against the jobs and the times they can volunteer their time.

Our proposed shutdown will be on 18:00 on Friday 8th February till 18:00 Sunday 10th February.

As you are aware the Trustees are also taking a break for Christmas so I remind members that it make take some time to get any questions answered during this time. I will be taking point on this project and making sure that we have enough people to do the jobs along with materials ordering and liaising with Teams to make sure everyone can have a great day and take part.

If you have any questions you can email the trustees or myself directly. [addresses in Google Group post]

I look forward to posting more information in the near future.

Regards,

James Adams On behalf of the Trustees

[See Google Groups post and details on the wiki]

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AGM re-run: Thursday 24th January 2019 @ The Hackspace

Email to all Members from the Trustees

As you may be aware, we were unable to conduct the AGM in November as planned as unfortunately we had insufficient members represented either in person or by proxy to be quorate. Our constitution requires 20% of the membership to be represented at the AGM. As a result of this we need to re-run the meeting.

The date for the Nottingham Hackspace Annual General Meeting (AGM) re-run is Thursday, 24 January 2019. It will be held in the Hackspace Classroom (downstairs). Doors will open at 7.30pm and the meeting will begin promptly at 8:00pm.

If you’re a member of Nottingham Hackspace, you need to attend in person or allocate a proxy to represent you at the meeting. We have a number of special resolutions we need you to vote on.

Proxy Voting

If you can’t make the AGM in person, you can make a proxy vote, whereby another member will attend and submit vote(s) on your behalf. If you’d like to register as a proxy voter, or alternatively if you are able to attend and would like to volunteer as a proxy, please add your name to the wiki list at: https://wiki.nottinghack.org.uk/wiki/2019-01-24_AGM_Proxy_Votes

Quorum

For the AGM to happen we need 130 members represented. This is the required quorum as per our constitution. As per section 1.129 of our Articles of Association, if we do not have a total of 130 members (present and proxy voters) then we will not be able to conduct any business and will have to rearrange the AGM for another time.

Agenda

The agenda for the AGM will be as per the 23 November meeting and is available here: https://wiki.nottinghack.org.uk/wiki/2019-01-24_AGM_Agenda

 

Thank you for being a Hackspace member this past year, and we look forward to seeing you or your proxy at the meeting.

Kind regards,
Nottingham Hackspace Trustees

 

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Trustees’ comment on November 2018 AGM

Comment on the AGM from the Trustees

Unfortunately the recent Nottinghack AGM held at Antenna on 22 November 2018 was still not quorate one hour after the published start time, so we were unable to conduct the business that had been planned. The “state of the union” and finances were still presented, but it was not possible to discuss the special resolutions that had been submitted by various members.

The Trustees are planning to re-run the AGM later in January. Please look out for an email in the next few days and encourage all members you know to attend or allocate a proxy to attend and vote on their behalf.

Regards,

Ian, on behalf of Nottingham Hackspace Trustees

 

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