Monthly updates

July Update: Mostly MakerFaire, also everything else

Greetings members! It is time to be paying lots of attention to MakerFaire.

MakerFaire Call For Makers
Friday July 7 is the deadline for groups or individuals interested in presenting their project, activity, or performance in this event. Fill out this application:

http://wichita.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers/

MakerFaire Call For Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for Wichita’s annual Maker Faire on July 22nd & 23rd at Exploration Place – 300 N McLean Blvd. This two day family-friendly event is a gathering of people who enjoy learning and sharing what they do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

Tickets to MakerFaire are $9.50, free for members of MakeICT or Exploration Place, and of course free for volunteers! If you or someone you know has never seen Exploration Place this is a great opportunity – they don’t have to buy a ticket on the day they volunteer. Spend a couple hours giving back as part of the team and in return get to experience MakerFaire and Exploration Place for free the rest of the day.

http://wichita.makerfaire.com/volunteer/

Polls and Surveys
The new board wants your opinion on everything these days! If you haven’t filled out the surveys we’ve been sending out lately, take some time to tell us about yourself. Polls we are running right now include:

Summer Member Feedback – a very open-ended suggestion box
Where do you live? – when we consider marketing efforts or future spaces we’d love to understand where our members are coming from! You can put in just your zip code, no address required
Storage Policy Straw Poll – should we let members leave projects in the space? Weigh in on a possible policy change.

Upcoming Events
It’s hard to pick a few interesting events in these newsletters because there are a LOT of upcoming events. Be sure to visit our calendar to stay up to date. It’s only the first week of July and already we’ve filled the calendar up enough that there are five total days that do NOT have something going on. Come join in!

We even have a new form: the Request A Class form. Was the class you wanted full? Did you miss it? Do you have a suggestion for a new class? There is now a form for you. We’ll forward your request to the most likely instructor so they can understand demand and plan accordingly.

Summer Eclipse Road Trip Should we go to Kansas City or Nebraska? Who wants to go? Join with us to find the best view on August 21.

Textile Tribe This Saturday July 8! Are you a textile aficionado? Do you dabble in the textile arts? Are you looking for a tribe to encourage and inspire your fiber artistic creativity? Or do you have questions about textiles you need answered? Once a month we will get together to encourage each other to explore fiber in it’s many forms and work through our UFOs(unfinished fiber objects). So come play with your yarns, thread, cloths, felts, or fibers in whichever state they exist. Hand, machine, and print work encouraged.

Toastmakers – Every Sunday at 7pm. Toastmakers is a weekly meeting where creative and technical people work on their presentation and communication skills. We are in our early days of starting up and would love some more guests. Every week we feature new speakers with fresh and brilliant new topics, so join us. You do not have to be a member of Toastmasters or MakeICT but this is a great way to check out both. No preparation required, just meet us at 7 and join in!

Fusion 360:Sketching for Makers Thursday July 20th, 6:30 PM. This is class on sketching with Fusion 360 by a professional instructor with 27 years experience in CAD training. By the end of the class you’ll have a final project that is a 2D shape that you would like to make. Learn the basic interface, shapes, constraints and simple extrusions.

February Update

Here’s a summary of what we’ve been up to and what’s coming up!

Volunteer opportunities


Newsletter:

We’re looking for a newsletter composer and contributors! These monthly updates reach a wide audience of our members, supporters, and other subscribers. If you’re looking for a way to help out and this interests you, let us know!

Ceramics studio build-out:

We’re looking for volunteers to help us complete the build-out of the ceramics studio. We’re looking for people to help provide direction on erecting a couple of small walls and doors as well as able-bodies to perform the work. We’re planning to work on February 20 at 10am. More information and discussion is on the forum.

Engineering Expo booth:

We need volunteers for the MakeICT booth at the Engineering Expo on Saturday, February 20th. The event runs from 9:00am to 2:00pm, and MakeICT will be there to demonstrate 3D printing, help kids make Marker Bots, and teach people binary code using a punched card reader. If you’re interested in helping, contact barb@makeict.org or reach out on the forum.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

What we’ve been up to


The Newsletter is getting Makeover!

Please feel free to contribute ideas and stories at liberty.

The Team has assembled and met at the Makerspace to toss out ideas and bounce them off of each other. It was a very productive meeting, and we expect to accomplish a great deal in the near future.

New Categories that will be included in the Newsletter are Exploring Makerspaces, which will include different ways that Makers have developed their spaces and Work Areas to see if we can spark some ideas from and for our membership; Kid’s Corner, which will include kid hacks, Mom Hacks, activities, and crafts; a Lesson’s Learned and Did you Know? sections, which will cover lessons from mistakes, quick fixes, and interesting facts; a Featured Maker article every month to help introduce some of our great makers and their favorite projects, and understand their personal take on the makerspace; lastly, a Community section where we will share fun information about Wichita and various happenings in the community.

We want our newsletter to have a fun name, so we will be seeking ideas soon through our forum. The winning newsletter-namer will receive a a $25 gift certificate!

Woodshop & Metalshop Safety Workshops

Mike H. has ongoing safety workshops, and the MakeICT woodshop is a great place to learn woodworking or find a mentor in some very talented woodworkers! Keep an eye out on the forum for dates and times when veteran woodworkers are available to lend some time and knowledge.

Jeff E. has been contributing to the makerspace metalshop safety training and welding classes. These will be ongoing classes, so keep an eye on the calendar.

Laser Cutter Certification Workshops

The laser cutter has been very popular too! We’ve done a bunch of laser cutter certification workshops now, and people have been making some cool stuff. We’ll also be keeping these going every month.

Wii modding workshop

This was a unique workshop where MakeICT member Lewis came in and shared his knowledge on modding video game consoles to provide more usability and fun. There is so much more you can do with your electronics than just what comes out of the box!

Intro to Webcam Graphics

Laura Scholl, who teaches Graphic Design and Digital Art at Newman and is an active member of Women Who Code Wichita taught this workshop using tools like Processing and a webcam to create interactive graphics and art. We’re looking forward to more workshops like this in the future! If you’re interested, let us know!

What’s coming up


Throughout February: Let’s learn Fusion360!

We’re hosting Fusion360 learning opportunities for members (and their guests) who are interested in learning the toolchain for use with the Tormach PCNC1100.

February 10: Basic Electronics Class with James S.

Demystify electricity, learn basic electronics skills, and even make your own touch lamp, in this fun filled class for total beginners! The instructor is our electronics lab guru, James. This award winning artist has a degree in electrical engineering with a focus on embedded design and has worked as an analogue test engineer for several years. Registration is required.

February 12: Not-So- basic Electronics with James S.

Discussion of commonly used circuits and devices and how to use them, what to look for on a datasheet and how they lie, and how to use some simple equipment. The instructor is our electronics lab guru, James. This award winning artist has a degree in electrical engineering with a focus on embedded design and has worked as an analogue test engineer for several years. Registration is required.

February 17: Intro to Kicad with James S.

This class outlines the basic board design work flow, as well as basic board layout consideration using KiCad, an open source cad program. Laptop with Kicad installed is required to take full advantage of this class (laptops are available for use at the makerspace). Registration is required.

February 20: Wood Shop Safety Workshop with Mike H.

Learn the basics to safely operate the major woodshop tools in this Safety class including understanding the limitations of each tool, the forces created when using the tool and how to maintain safe control for improved performance.

Tools covered: SawStop table saw, drill press, band saw, wood lathe, router table, jointer, planer, miter saw, oscillating spindle and belt / disk sanders and scroll saw. Registration is required.

February 12 (and most Thursdays): Code and Coffee

Most Thursdays! Join us for a pre-work meetup to have some coffee, get your day started, and hang out with some fellow developers. Show up whenever, leave whenever. Join us at The Labor Party to get your day started right!

February 15 and 29: Level Up!

Do you want to learn to code? Do you already code and want to sharpen your skills? Maybe learn a new language, framework or tool? Level Up is the event for you. Bring your laptop (or borrow one of ours) and start learning. We provide the space and the mentors to give guidance and answer questions.

This is intended to be a self-learning event with mentors available to help push you in the right direction, or even figure out where you want to go in the first place.

February 22: Maker Monday

Bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring yourself! Come check out our makerspace, meet cool people, find help with a project, see who you can help, or just come hang out!

Maker Mondays are always free and open to the public, and we now have volunteers providing fun activities and demonstrations for kids!

February 27: Laser Cutter Certification with Dominic

Come learn how to use our 80w CO2 laser cutter. Completion of this workshop grants the necessary certification to use the laser cutter for members who have their key and non-members who want to take public laser-cutting workshops in the future.

January Update

etched-stool

Volunteer opportunity


We’re looking for a newsletter composer! These monthly updates reach a wide audience of our members, supporters, and other subscribers. If you’re looking for a way to help out and this interests you, let us know!


What we’ve been up to


Network upgrade

The makerspace network has been upgraded! We replaced a couple of consumer-grade wifi routers with a commercial-grade MikroTik router and 3 access points. This has dramatically improved the reliability and speed. Our volunteers ran nearly 6,000 feet of cat5e cable and installed physical ethernet drops around the makerspace.

HUGE thanks to all of the volunteers and donors who helped make this possible!

We want from this router:

tp-link-router

To this router (and 3 access points):

mikrotik-router

Plus, check out this patch panel I wired up and didn’t completely ruin!

network-patch-panel

We have few other site-wide projects like this that I’m pretty excited about – stay tuned for future updates!

Step stool workshop

stool-workshop

Jerry’s DIY step stool workshops are great way to start learning woodworking and some of the equipment available at the MakeICT makerspace.

Check out this picture Jeremiah made during one of the workshops, then etched on the laser cutter, and finally stained for finish.

etched-stool

Jerry’s doing another DIY step stool workshop this month – see the events listed below to sign up!

Coffee roasting

A relatively small but committed group came out for Dean’s coffee roasting workshop. He covered the whole process, from green bean to coffee pot and more. According to lingering aroma, this workshop went pretty well!

Woodshop safety workshop

Thanks to Mike H’s woodshop safety workshops, the MakeICT woodshop has been buzzing with activity. We’ll keep these safety workshops going every month, so if you haven’t had yours yet, just keep an eye on the calendar!

Laser cutter certification workshops

The laser cutter has been very popular too! We’ve done a bunch of laser cutter certification workshops now, and people have been making some cool stuff. We’ll also be keeping these going every month.

3D Printing

In this workshop, we learned some modeling basics as well as how to change filament in the Ultimaker 2, how to level the bed, and how to create a 3D print from the model. The Ultimaker 2 is just one of the three 3D printers we have at MakeICT. They all use slightly different software, but the workflow is the same, so once you’ve learned how to use one it’s easy to learn the others.


What’s coming up


January 5: Woodshop Safety Class

Learn the basics to safely operate the major woodshop tools in this Safety class including understanding the limitations of each tool, the forces created when using the tool and how to maintain safe control for improved performance.

Tools covered: SawStop table saw, drill press, band saw, wood lathe, router table, jointer, planer, miter saw, oscillating spindle and belt / disk sanders and scroll saw.

Prerequisites: Please read the wood shop tool access policy and safety requirements on the wiki page prior to coming to class.

Safety Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, short sleeves
  • Advisable: Hearing protection

Once you take and successfully pass this class quiz, you can use this wood shop equipment for your projects whenever you work at MakeICT as a member! Additional woodworking classes will be offered, so watch the calendar for notification.

January 7: Code & Coffee

Join us for a pre-work meetup to have some coffee, get your day started, and hang out with some fellow developers. Show up whenever, leave whenever. Join us at The Labor Party to get your day started right!

January 9: Gamedev Build and Demo Day

Wichita’s first free game development and demo day! Hosted by devICT and The Labor Party and FREE OF CHARGE!

January 9: Wii Modding Workshop

MakeICT member Matthew Warren will explain the what, why, and how of modding the Wii video game console.  Participants are invited to bring their own Wii’s to get assitance with setting them up to enjoy homebrew apps.  The workshop outline is as follows:

  • Brief history of Nintendo
  • Wii game console specifications
  • Benefits of modding on the Wii
  • Installing homebrew channel (gateway to Wii modding)
  • Using homebrew channel to launch apps
  • Homebrew browser (download and install apps)

The instructor, Matthew Warren, is a regular at the makerspace and occasionally brings a Wii to Maker Monday’s to share.  His interests are gaming technology and gaming trends, artistic geometry and symmetry, visual mathematics, 2D and 3D graphic arts, technology in all aspects of life, creating-making-modifying things, photography, sculpture, music:listening-playing-creating.

January 11 & 25: Maker Mondays

Bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring yourself! Come check out our makerspace, meet cool people, find help with a project, see who you can help, or just come hang out!

Maker Mondays are free and open to the public!

January 11: New member orientation

Are you a new member (or are you considering becoming one)? Join us during the Maker Monday on January 11th for new member orientation!

January 12: devICT Hangout

Our monthly hangout is an informal social gathering and open hack night. Bring a project, or don’t, and come hang out with fellow Wichita developers. This is open to anyone interested, the only rule is to get out of the house and show up!

January 12: Inkscape for laser cutting with Dominic

January 13: Inkscape for laser cutting with Dominic

Inkscape is a free, open-source application for creating vector graphics and designs. It has many uses, and designs created in Inkscape can be used for foam-cutting, laser cutting, 3D printing, and more!

In this workshop, Dominic will be sharing all of his tips, tricks, and techniques for creating designs specifically for the laser cutter at MakeICT.

If there is something specific you’d like to see, let Dominic know and he will try to work it into the lesson.

Laptops are available to borrow, or you can bring your own (mouse recommended). If you do bring your own, please be sure to have Inkscape installed before the workshop.

January 16: Laser Cutter Certification with Dominic (members only)

This certification course is available to active MakeICT members who want to learn how to use the laser cutter. Completion of this workshop grants the necessary certification to use the laser cutter.

January 18: Level Up!

Do you want to learn to code? Do you already code and want to sharpen your skills? Maybe learn a new language, framework or tool? Level Up is the event for you. Bring your laptop and start learning. We provide the space and the mentors to provide guidance and answer questions.

January 20: Build a Step Stool Workshop

The object of this workshop is to build a small pine wooden step stool, kids size, to use to get a drink or to stand on to brush teeth. The steps are listed below. Painting/Staining would be done off site. This is an entry level workshop that will demonstrate use of several tools in the woodshop. A follow on workshop will be hosted in the future to make a rustic step stool.

Tools used: table saw, planer, drill press, miter saw, lathe, drill motor with tenon cutter, , sanders.

MakeICT member Jerry Carpenter is our workshop host who is a woodworker extraordinaire specializing in hand made rustic items. He is also a member of the Sunflower Woodworker Guild.

January 23: Introduction to Wood Lathe

Learn from one of the best wood turners in Wichita, Royce Wallace, in the MakeICT woodshop!

Topics covered: work piece mounting, spindle turning, bowl turning, parting tools, spindle gouge, bowl gouge, scrapers, roughing gouge, etc.

PREREQUISITE: woodshop safety class is required to have been completed prior to this class!

December update


News


Gift memberships

Gift memberships to MakeICT are now available!These are a great idea because anybody you give a membership to can use the MakeICT makerspace to make gifts to give back to you! It’s brilliant!

Lounge projector

The lounge space at MakeICT is now 65%* more lounge-y! Jeremiah saw an opportunity to make better use of the space in the lounge, and he nailed it. He also cleaned out the filter on a donated projector and connected some of the donated video game consoles. Nice work! Check out that sweet Tetris-action in the photo below.
(*this number is guaranteed to be made up)

lounge


What we’ve been up to


Electronics Lab Clean out

The Electronics Lab at MakeICT has been totally cleaned out, organized, and re-assembled! We had about 20 volunteers over one weekend who helped make this possible, and the lab looks great! Checkout the album on Facebook for some before and after shots!

electronics-room

scope

Gel printing workshop with Skyler

November’s featured workshop was an introduction to Gel Printing. Skyler taught attendees how easy it is to make a simple gel mold and how to use them to transfer paint and ink. The gel is made with simple ingredients and can be cleaned/re-used. The only limits to the prints are your imagination!

gel-printing

Outreach at Irving Elementary

A group of 4th and 5th graders at Irving Elementary had a special treat when Tom and Dom came down to talk to them about inventing. We shared some of our personal projects, professional work, and things we’ve done at/with/for the makerspace – including Tom’s foam cutting machine! After sharing our story, the students received foam robot kits to punch-out and assemble, and everyone had a great time!

irving


What’s coming up


December 5: Operation Connectivity

We’re upgrading our network! A small group of dedicated volunteers has mapped out a full plan to improve the reliability and robustness of the network and wifi throughout the MakeICT. This work will be instrumental in other projects/plans we have planned that will rely on a good network.

December 5: Build a step-stool workshop with Jerry

step-stool

The object of this workshop is to build a small pine wooden step stool, kids size, to use to get a drink or to stand on to brush teeth. This is an entry level workshop that will demonstrate use of several tools in the woodshop, and a follow on workshop will be hosted in the future to make a rustic step stool.

MakeICT member Jerry Carpenter is our workshop host who is a woodworker extraordinaire specializing in hand made rustic items. He is also a member of the Sunflower Woodworker Guild.

Note: you must be certified in the woodshop to enroll in this course.

December 5: Laser cutter certification with Mike D (full)

This certification course is available to active MakeICT members who want to learn how to use the laser cutter. Completion of this workshop grants the necessary certification to use the laser cutter.

December 7: devICT LevelUp!

Do you want to learn to code? Or maybe you already code and want to sharpen your skills? Maybe learn a new language, framework, or tool? Level Up is the event for you, so bring your laptop and start learning!

This is a self-learning event with mentors available to help push you in the right direction, or even figure out where you want to go in the first place.

December 12: Coffee Roasting Workshop with Dean

coffee-roasting

Dean’s going to demonstrate the process of roasting and brewing your own coffee starting with green beans. Topics covered will include:

  • History of Coffee
  • Home Coffee Roasting
  • What to Roast
  • How to Roast

After his demonstration, Dean will help anyone who wants to roast their own coffee if they bring the necessary equipment. This includes:

  • Hot air popcorn popper
  • A single Chop Stick
  • Green Coffee
  • French Press
  • Coffee Grinder

Our instructor Dean is a MakeICT member and retired from Boeing. He has been roasting coffee for about 5 years and is a self-described coffee crank. He’s also active in the local blacksmithing group.

Visit the MakeICT forum for any questions and discussion about this workshop.

December 12: Laser cutter certification with Mike D (full)

This will be a repeat of the December 5th Laser Cutter certification workshop

December 14: Laser Cutter certification with Dominic

This certification course is available to active MakeICT members who want to learn how to use the laser cutter. Completion of this workshop grants the necessary certification to use the laser cutter.

December 14: Maker Monday (+new member orientation)

Every other Monday is a Maker Monday! We open our doors to the public at 7pm and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on! The first Maker Monday of each month is also new member orientation, which starts at 7:15.

December 15: Intro to 3D printing/modeling with Dominic

This is a gentle introduction to 3d printing and modeling for beginners. Topics include:

  • What is 3D printing
  • 3D printing workflow
    • Finding and creating 3D models
    • Slicing
    • Printing
  • How to use the Ultimaker 2

December 16: Laser Cutter certification with Dominic

This will be a repeat of the December 14th Laser Cutter certification workshop.

December 16: Woodshop safety with Mike H

Learn the basics to safely operate the major woodshop tools in this safety class, including understanding the limitations of each tool, the forces created when using the tool, and how to maintain safe control for improved performance. Tools covered include: SawStop table saw, drill press, band saw, wood lathe, router table, jointer, planer, miter saw, oscillating spindle and belt / disk sanders, and scroll saw.

Members who attend and successfully pass the class quiz, are authorized to use the woodshop equipment whenever you work at MakeICT!

Space is limited, so register now!

December 17: Build a step stool workshop with Jerry

This will be a repeat of the December 5th step stool workshop.

December 17: Intro to 3D printing/modeling with Dominic

This will be a repeat of the December 15th 3D printing and modeling workshop.

December 18: Laser Cutter certification with Dominic

This will be a repeat of the December 14th Laser Cutter certification workshop.

December 19: Intro to 3D printing/modeling with Dominic

This will be a repeat of the December 15th 3D printing and modeling workshop.

December 20: Laser Cutter certification with Dominic

This will be a repeat of the December 14th Laser Cutter certification workshop.

December 28: Maker Monday

Every other Monday is a Maker Monday! We open our doors to the public at 7pm and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on!

November update


News


Local plumber donates labor and expertise to help push progress

Local plumber and new MakeICT member, Kelsey Leidy of Leidy Plumbing & Heating, has generously donated his time and skills to help us install gas lines in the back warehouse area to the woodshop/ceramics furnace, the metal shop radiant heaters, and the forge. With Logan’s loaned scissor lift and a handful of volunteers, we were able to make pretty quick work of the whole process! Now that we have this work out of the way, we can continue our build out of the ceramics studio and metal shop! Interested in helping with that? Checkout the volunteer opportunities below!

plumbing

Makerspace metal shop receives more donated equipment/tools

Barb Davis, one of our esteemed board members and leader of our outreach activities, has made a substantial equipment donation to help us build out our metal shop even further. We sent a handful of members and volunteers to raid her basement, and we’re very happy to provide a new life and purpose to this equipment!

Meeting space made available to members

Good news for our members! We recently passed a new policy which allows members to reserve meeting space and other resources at the makerspace for free! If you’re a member and make a reservation (>14 days prior, please), aren’t charging your guests a fee, and follow the guest policies/rules, then you can bring in a whole crowd of people into the space! You can host your meeting in our co-working space, lounge, or classroom, which is equipped with a digital projector, sound system, laptop computers, and configurable seating for up to 25 people. Of course, there’s free wifi across the entire makerspace as well.

Space can be reserved by emailing dom@makeict.org.

meeting

WSU announces name for their future makerspace

Congratulations to Wichita State on their announcement of a name for their future makerspace: “GoCreate, a Koch Collaborative”. We know first-hand what a makerspace can do for a community, and we’re sure this will be good for WSU. If anyone is eager to see what a makerspace is like and don’t want to wait another year or two to see the one on campus, please join us for one of our Maker Monday events, which are always free and open to the public. When you’re ready to join, we offer low-cost, no-commitment memberships, and all donations are tax-deductible.


Volunteer Opportunities


Our makerspace is built by members of the maker community for the maker community. DIY is at the very core of many of us, and we’re proud of what we’ve managed to create so far with the help of our volunteers and donors. There are many things that keep us busy as we continue moving forward, and here are some opportunities where you can help! In fact, anyone can volunteer with us – no membership required!

Ceramics studio build-out day

Here’s your chance to say “I helped make that” about a great community resource. We’re ready to finish the build out of our ceramics studio, which includes installing the drop ceiling, hanging lights, installing windows, building a partition, and constructing shelves. Burt Unruh and some of the other same volunteers who made quick work of the woodshop build will be leading this work. No experience is needed, just a willingness to work and a desire to be a part of something important!

Electronics lab clean-out day

Our electronics lab is pretty well-equipped, but maybe not super well-organized. Later this month we’re going to clear everything out and then clean up and paint. We’ll be sorting through and organizing the hackables, only keeping worthy pieces before re-organizing the room and putting things back in.

James S, our fearless BD, has put together a new floor layout for how the room should be organized, and he has a battle plan for making this process quick and painless. If you’re free, come join us when you can! You can probably even take home some treasures!

Outreach booth assistant at Emerald City Steampunk Expo

We’re setting up an information/demo table at the 2015 Emerald City Steampunk Expo! One of the most valuable ways for us to advertise is to be out in the community, and this type of exposure helps us attract more members and donors.

You can help! We need smiling faces at our table to hand out flyers and tell attendees about the makerspace. Let them know how awesome our makers are and what you’ve experienced through our makerspace and community. We also plan to have some demos running (like the 3D printer, foam cutter, etc), but if you don’t know how to use those we will teach you!


What we’ve been up to


Halloween Wreath Workshop

These deco-mesh wreaths speak for themselves. I mean just look at this thing; what else can I say? Oh! How about “thanks, Jess, for teaching a workshop!” If you’d like to teach a workshop too, let us know!

halloween-wreath

Woodshop safety courses

Our woodshop continues to draw in new members, and more and more have been certified to access it by taking one of the woodshop safety courses. Don’t miss your chance! Check our calendar below and sign up today!

Avenue Art Days and mural painting

The Douglas Design District has started “Avenue Art Days” in an effort to bring more color to our city. This project has so far resulted in several new murals so far, as well as painting light poles on Douglas between Washington and Hydraulic. Jess Bechtelheimer, our Studio Arts Benevolent Dictator organized a team of MakeICT supporters to paint a mural designed by Valerie Lillich, who has done workshops at MakeICT. For progress pics, checkout our photo gallery on Facebook, and to see the rest of the Avenue Art Days works, check out the Douglas Design District’s photos – or just go and see them in person!

mural

Our mural celebrates this project’s effort to beautify our city as well as the city’s efforts to accommodate transportation modes for more livable communities. It’s located a quarter-mile west of the makerspace, on the side of the Canyon Granite building across from The Anchor.

Special thanks to the Douglas Design District, Janelle King at The Workroom, the City of Wichita, Jess, Val, and all of our awesome volunteers!

devICT Talk: Lightning talks!

devICT hosted another session of Lightning Talks in October. Unfortunately, it looks like the video is unavailable – so if you missed out, you missed out. Be sure to attend our new devICT event, “Level Up!”, detailed below.


What’s coming up


November 6-8: Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire

Haven’t had enough Maker Faire yet? Good news, everybody! Barnes & Noble is hosting Mini Maker Faires in stores across the nation – including right here in Wichita! Hooray for makers!

I’ll be speaking at 7pm on the Friday the 6th about my experience with MakeICT, embracing the maker culture, and integrating with the Wichita community.

November 7: Ceramics build-out day – volunteers needed!

Come join our wonderful volunteer crew to help build out our ceramics studio! We’ll be starting at 9am, but you can join us whenever you’re available!

More info is available on the forum.

November 8: Exploration Place free admission day

Our friends over at Exploration Place are opening their exhibits FOR FREE, including the new permanent preschool exhibit Kansas Kids Connect and the current traveling exhibit Design Zone. They’ll also have live Science Shows and demo activities throughout the museum.

November 9: devICT Level Up!

Do you want to learn to code? Or maybe you already code and want to sharpen your skills? Maybe learn a new language, framework, or tool? Level Up is the event for you, so bring your laptop and start learning!

This is a self-learning event with mentors available to help push you in the right direction, or even figure out where you want to go in the first place.

For more information or to be a mentor, visit the Meetup event page.

November 11: Laser Cutter Certification

Attendees will create designs using CAD design software. DXF files will be exported and used in LaserCut v5.3 to interface with the laser cutter. Attendees will have an opportunity to work with cardboard.

Note: This is a members-only certification class, so only active members may attend. This certification is required to use the laser cutter at MakeICT.

Space is limited. Register at http://members.makeict.org/event-2082606/

November 12: WSU Entrepreneurship Forum Series – The MakerSpace Revolution

Wichita State hosts these free forums for the public on various topics related to entrepreneurship. This one is all about makerspaces. Yours truly will be on the panel as well as Dr. Paul Adams from Fort Hays State and Nathan Towle from ESSDACK Makerspace in Hutchinson.

November 14: Electronics lab clean-out day – volunteers needed!

Come join our wonderful volunteer crew to clean out and organize our electronics lab! We’ll be starting at 10am, but you can join us whenever you’re available!

More info is available on the forum.

November 16: Maker Monday

Every other Monday is a Maker Monday! We open our doors to the public at 7pm and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on!

November 17: Woodshop safety class

Learn the basics to safely operate the major woodshop tools in this safety class, including understanding the limitations of each tool, the forces created when using the tool, and how to maintain safe control for improved performance. Tools covered include: SawStop table saw, drill press, band saw, wood lathe, router table, jointer, planer, miter saw, oscillating spindle and belt / disk sanders and scroll saw.

Members who attend and successfully pass the class quiz, are authorized to use the woodshop equipment whenever you work at MakeICT!

Space is limited. Register at http://members.makeict.org/event-2085815/

November 20-22: Emerald City Steampunk Expo – volunteers needed!

Emerald City Steampunk Expo is a three-day celebration of steampunk culture. Enjoy three days of concerts, gaming, demonstrations, comedy, oddities, cosplay, LARPing, stage shows and more. (Click here to view the entire weekend schedule at a glance.) The Expo takes place November 20-22, 2015, at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita, Kansas.

More info is available on the forum.

November 21: Laser Cutter Certification

Attendees will create designs using CAD design software. DXF files will be exported and used in LaserCut v5.3 to interface with the laser cutter. Attendees will have an opportunity to work with cardboard.

Note: This is a members-only certification class, so only active members may attend. This certification is required to use the laser cutter at MakeICT.

Space is limited. Register at http://members.makeict.org/event-2082630/

November 21: Explore Gel Printing

gel-printing

Learn how to make monotypes using a homemade gel plate. You’ll create lots of pages loaded with color and design. In this 1.5 hour class you’ll learn how to

  • Get layers of color in just one single pull from the gel plate
  • Use homemade and purchased stencils
  • Make textures using found objects
  • Avoid color “mud” with a little color theory savvy
  • Build beautiful compositions using layers on the gel plate

These basic supplies will be provided: Acrylic paints, papers, brayers, water containers, gel plates, stencils, and paper towels. If you wish to bring additional supplies, you may. For example, consider bringing your favorite stencils, papers and your favorite colors of acrylics in any brand. Bring an apron or wear grunge clothes. Gel printing can be messy, but it’s always fun.

Space is limited. Register at http://members.makeict.org/event-2084522/

December 14: Maker Monday (+new member orientation)

Every other Monday is a Maker Monday! We open our doors to the public at 7pm and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on! The first Maker Monday of each month is also new member orientation, which starts at 7:15.

October Update


News


New 3D Printer

RostockSay hello to our newest addition to the FabLab – a Rostock Max v2 delta printer from SeeMeCNC! This is a great compliment to our 3D printing offerings. The X/Y bed has a 280mm diameter and a maximum build height of 375mm (that’s 11″x14.75″)!

Tool/equipment/shop certification

I couldn’t be more pleased to announce that our woodshop and laser cutter are both fully operational now. I’ve been hearing people ask for these two specific solutions since we started, and we’re now training and approving members to make use of this equipment.

Thanks, of course, to the Wichita Community Foundation for their support, but also to our awesome volunteers who have been doing the training, Mike Hutton, Mike Doolittle, and Bryan Barr. Thanks also to all of the volunteers who have put in countless hours to help make all of this possible!

Featured Instructables

james-shapecrete-moldsFollowing up on our Instructables/ShapeCrete build-weekend, I’m very proud to say that our very own James Seymour (yes, the Electronics Benevolent Dictator) had his ShapeCrete Instructables post featured on the Instructables front page! Great work, James!

In case you didn’t know, we’re kind of a big deal on Instructables. Check out all of these posts by MakeICT people which have been featured on the Instructables home page! Combined, these have been viewed over 1.2 million times and favorited by over 2,500 Instructables users!

And here are some other MakeICT Instructables. These haven’t been featured like the others, but they’re still awesome!

Halloween Challenge

It’s that time again for the annual MakeICT Halloween Challenge!

To participate, all you need to do is make something Halloween-themed (you were already planning that, right?), document some basic info about how you made it, and then post or email a picture and description of your project to us. That’s it! Submissions will be accepted until midnight on November 2nd. After that, the community will be asked to vote for their favorite project online via Facebook “likes”. After 2 weeks, during the Maker Monday on November 16 at 7 pm, the MakeICT judges will determine the final winners and award prizes!

Categories:

  • Costume
  • Food (bonus points for bringing samples to a Maker Monday)
  • Decoration (includes Jack ‘O Lanterns)
  • Prop/other

Prizes:

  • Top overall – 2 tickets to see the Mythbusters in Wichita on Dec 1!
  • Top in category – $25 gift card
  • Honorary mention – hug from Dom

Entries can be emailed or posted to the Facebook event page. Be sure to check out last year’s submissions if you need some inspiration!

#FocusForwardICT

The buzz around Wichita lately has been around a report assembled by James Chung of Reach Advisors. The Wichita Eagle has a good summary if you missed his presentation.

A lot of people are disheartened at the data and what the implications are. Personally, I think it’s really encouraging. Many of you probably already know that I love our city, and I find myself constantly surrounded by people who want nothing more than to see Wichita thrive. By embedding myself into the culture of our city, there’s never a moment for me to be bored.

When I consider the data that James presented, I actually feel excited by it. I already love Wichita, and now that we have an idea of exactly how much room for improvement there is, I can only imagine how much potential we have to make others love this city as much as my friends and I do.

Not only that, but with all of this room for growth, anybody who wants to make a difference has quite an opportunity to do so! MakeICT’s mission is a commitment to this community, so if you’re looking for a way to be involved, please reach out to us!


Donation request


We need a good upright vacuum! Our makerspace has grown significantly in recent months by every measure: physical size, membership, activity, etc. We have more floor to keep clean, and it takes no time to become dirty again. We rely on our members to keep the facility clean, but even the simplest tasks become a challenge when you don’t have the right tools.

If you can help us out with this, please email me at dom@makeict.org. Thank you!


What we’ve been up to


2nd Saturday Workshop: Space painting workshop

This was one of our best-rated workshops to date! Tommy brought TONS of examples with him and share all of his super-secret techniques for creating works that are out of this world! C’mon, you knew that was coming!

space-painting-sale

Tommy is currently selling some of his works in the front area of the makerspace. $5 from each sale go back to MakeICT to help fund our mission. Come pick out your favorite before someone else snags it!

Inkscape wizardry for makers workshop

This was a 90-minute crash course in vector image creation using the Free and open source editor, Inkscape. We covered a variety of tools and techniques, with some specific tips on creating media for making (laser cutting, milling, 3d printing, etc).

Laser cutter certification workshops

The laser cutter has been quite popular since finding its home in the makerspace. Mike Doolittle has been putting in some serious volunteer hours to learn what he can and share with others. More laser cutter certification workshops are being planned now!

Woodshop saftey and certification workshops

The woodshop is one of our most impressive offerings. We have an incredible selection of woodworking tools, providing members with the potential for some serious making… and serious injury. Thankfully, Mike Hutton (our woodshop Benevolent Dictator), has created a pretty comprehensive safety and certification workshop. He’s held a few of these already, and more are being planned now!

Make-o-rama

make-o-rama-collageThe Maker Culture is alive and thriving in Wichita! In September, the community at and around Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church put together a celebration of the maker culture. There was art, food, live music, dancing, wood turning, gardening, electronics, ceramics, and so much more! I love being surrounded by people who love sharing their passions, so obviously I loved this event!

devICT Talk: Lightning talks!

devICT hosted their first Lightning Talks event. Instead of one talk covering a topic more in depth over 45 minutes there were several 5 minute talks giving quick exposure to a variety of topics. Initially six talks were scheduled, and a few more people jumped to the occasion on the spot. Talks and discussion included wearables, design for developers, open source console emulators, and more.

The video is availabe on Youtube.


What’s coming up


October 5: Maker Monday (+new member orientation)

Every other Monday is a Maker Monday! We open our doors to the public at 7pm and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on! The first Maker Monday of each month is also new member orientation, which starts at 7:30.

October 8: Open Wichita Meetup

Keep the momentum going! Let’s hang out and work on our Open Wichita projects together. Collaboration encouraged, show up whenever, stay until whenever. Just come get involved in some civic hacking!

October 10: 2nd Saturday Workshop: Halloweeen wreath-making workshop

halloween-wreathCome create your own Halloween-themed deco-mesh wreath! Jessica will walk you through the entire process – check out one of her creations!

You will be provided with all of the materials needed to make your own wreath using deco mesh and various other materials to take home and hang on your door. Each registrant will receive supplies for one wreath, and you may bring a friend to share the materials if you wish.

These things sell for over $80! Why pay that much when you can make one yourself for a fraction of the cost?! Here are a few from Amazon for reference:

deco-mesh-wreath-amazon

October 18: EcoFest

Some of our makers have been hard at work re-creating bicycle-powered electric generators for the 2015 Off the Grid Concert and EcoFest at the Bartlett Arboretum on October 18th. It’s been fun to see these come together at the makerspace. Check them out!

bike-generators

Gates open at noon to kick off an afternoon of speakers, musicians, and artists performing and exhibiting in consort with the Arb’s stewardship mission. Alternative energies will be on display, including a bicycle-powered audio system and a wind-energized kinetic art installation by Mike and Meghan Miller. A kid’s tent will offer eco-crafts.

EcoFest Poster

October 19: Maker Monday

Every other Monday is a Maker Monday! We open our doors to the public at 7pm and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on!

October 29: devICT Lightning Talks

Join us again this month for more Lightning Talks! This event is composed of several talks from several people, each talk averaging around 5 minutes long. We will be covering a variety of topics, so this is a great way to get some exposure to all kinds of development related goodness all in one event! If you’re interested in giving a lightning talk for this event, or even at another future event, please get in touch!

November 2: Maker Monday (+new member orientation)

Every other Monday is a Maker Monday! We open our doors to the public at 7pm and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on! The first Maker Monday of each month is also new member orientation, which starts at 7:30.

November 6-8: Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire

Haven’t had enough Maker Faire yet? Good news, everybody! Barnes & Noble is hosting Mini Maker Faires in stores across the nation – including right here in Wichita! Hooray for makers!

September Update


News


It’s big, it’s shiny, it’s new…

laser-thanks

It’s our laser cutter! With the help of the Wichita Community Foundation and the Knight Foundation fund, our members now have acces to this 80 watt cutter from Rabbit Laser which features a 3ft x 4ft feed-through bed. It came highly recommended from other makerspaces and some locals, and we’ve been very happy with it so far! See our events list below for information about certification.

Introducing Maker Mondays!

maker-monday-banner

Actually, it’s not anything new, but we are changing the name of “Open Hack Nights” to “Maker Mondays”. The old name came with incorrect assumptions about what happens at the makerspace on those nights, so hopefully the new name will be more inviting. Maker Mondays are still free and open to the public at 7pm – and yes, we will hold one on Labor Day! See you there!


What you missed


2nd Saturday Workshop: Wearable Electronics

We love it when makers collaborate. Tom and Barb teamed up to create this wearable electronics workshop for our August 2nd Saturday event. Participants learned about basic electricity and applied that knowledge to create fun, light-up garments.

devICT Talk: Fanning the Embers of your Web App

If you’re like me, you like to learn anything and everything you can. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend Gregg B‘s talk on Ember.js. Thankfully, for me and anyone else who missed it, devICT talks are recorded and available for later viewing!

Instructables build weekend with ShapeCrete

shapecrete

Instructables and Cheng Concrete partnered with us to bring ShapeCrete to the makerspace. ShapeCrete is concrete that can be worked and molded like clay. Several people came to play, learn, and create in this workshop lead by Mike D. Several different techniques were used, including molds, sculpting, dyeing, and more. I’m looking forward to seeing the Instructables post from these!


What’s coming up


September 10 – Open Wichita Meetup

The Open Wichita developers continue to make progress – let’s keep the momentum going! Come hang out and work on Open Wichita projects together. Collaboration is encouraged. Show up whenever, stay until whenever – just come get involved in some civic hacking!

September 12 – Space Painting with Tommy Engdahl

space-painting

Tommy will instruct us in using spray paint to make awesome space paintings! You may have seen some of his paintings around the makerspace. Be sure you wear clothing appropriate for painting! Supplies will be provided and you will be able to make your own painting to take home.

September 18 – Inkscape wizardry for makers with Dominic Canare

Inkscape is a free, open-source application for creating vector graphics and designs. It has many uses, and designs created in Inkscape can be used for foam-cutting, laser cutting, 3D printing, and more!

This is an introductory-level workshop. Attendees will learn the Inkscape shape/drawing tools, layout tools, operators, and more. We’ll also be sharing some tips-and-tricks specific to taking your design from the computer into the tangible world.

September 19 – Laser Cutter Certification with Mike Doolittle

Attendees will create designs using Inkscape and/or Draftsight. .DXF files will be exported and used in LaserCut to interface with the laser cutter. Attendees will have an opportunity to work with cardboard, wood, and plastic materials.

Note: This is a members-only certification class, so only active members may attend. This certification is required to use the laser cutter at MakeICT. There are two sessions, but you only need to attend one. Space is limited.

September 19 – Make-o-Rama

make-o-rama

Looks like we weren’t the only ones who had a blast at Maker Faire! Come join us and many others as we celebrate the growing maker movement in Wichita!

September 24 – devICT Lightning Talks

A lightning talk is a very brief, typically informal presentation. The idea is to give people a taste of something new or interesting without boring the uninterested with details. Come share a topic with us, or just soak in all the interesting ideas!


Maker Mondays

Don’t forget, every other Monday is a Maker Monday! We open our doors to the public and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on!

August Update


News


Thanks for a great Maker Faire!

Thanks to the fine folks at Exploration Place, our exhibitors, our volunteers, and everyone who came to Wichita’s first Maker Faire for making it a HUGE success! We’ve been receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback, and we’re already working with Exploration Place to plan next year’s Maker Faire! Some of our members are collaborating on a project to commemorate this event – if you’d like to be involved, join the conversation on our forum!

Thank You!


What you missed


Lockpicking Workshop

Our workshops give everybody an opportunity to share their knowledge with others. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert in your field, you have knowledge that others don’t have but want.

Gordon Murray saw this opportunity, and while he may consider himself a relative beginner in his lockpicking hobby, he offered to do this workshop and people quickly signed up. Participants in this workshop learned about different types of locks and the inner mechanics of popular tumbler locks. During the workshop, Scott Elpers from the Derby Informer stopped by to take this great pic of Gordon for an article about MakeICT he was working on.

lockpicking

The workshop was also visited by John Cody, who happened to be at the makerspace to volunteer with painting the ceramics studio. He joined the workshop to offer some of his 20-years of locksmith experience for some of the more advanced questions that arose. You really never know who you’re going to run into at the MakeICT makerspace, or what knowledge they have to share!

It’s always great to see people happy to share their knowledge like Gordon and John. If you’re interested in running a workshop at MakeICT, please let us know!

Maker Faire

They say a picture is worth a thousand words… so here’s a video that Aaron Wirtz/Curvebreak put together from the Maker Faire. It’s 2 minutes and 36 seconds at 24fps, so that’s worth at least 3,744,000 words (assuming no duplicate frames). Anyway, just trust the math and watch the video!

devICT Talks

This was a busy month for devICT: we had two separate talks this month. First, Jacob Walker hosted an introductory talk on the Go programming language and his experience adopting it (video). Then we had a visiting speaker, Jesse Harlin (from OKC.js, ThunderPlains, and the Techlahoma Foundation), share some insight and knowledge on Phaser, an open source game framework (video). Just in time for GameJam!


What you shouldn’t miss


August 8 – Wearable Electronics

Join us for the August second Saturday workshop as we explore wearable electronics! Supplies and instruction will be provided to create a bracelet or other small item using felt, conductive thread, and LED’s. This workshop will be led by MakeICT’s own Barb and Tom. Open to all ages, but you must register!

August 27 – devICT talk: Fanning the Embers of your Web App

EmberJS is an opinionated MVC / MVVM front-end Javascript framework for building ambitious web applications. In this presentation, Gregg will introduce the main concepts of EmberJS using a simple demo application he developed.

Your presenter is Gregg Bolinger (@gdbolinger).

August 29-30 – Instructables build weekend: Cheng Shapecrete

It’s concrete that you can shape like clay! Event details are pending – for now, join the discussion on the MakeICT forum!


Open Hack Nights

Don’t forget, every other Monday is Open Hack Night! We open our doors to the public and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on!

July Update


News


Maker Faire is coming to Wichita!

MakeICT and Exploration Place are bringing Maker Faire to Wichita! Never heard of Maker Faire? It’s the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth! This is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. We’re looking for exhibitors and need people like YOU to show us what you make! You can learn more about Wichita’s Inaugural Maker Faire and apply to be an exhibitor at makerfairewichita.com.


What you missed


RiverFest

Mark another RiverFest of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities in the books! Barb and James organized several different activities, and with the help of many volunteers, had fun with kids and adults while learning about catapults, composites, circuits, laminar flow, Bernoulli’s principle, and a bunch more. What a great way to inspire young makers!

Paper Bead Basics

beads

In our June 2nd Saturday workshop, Gina showed us how to create beads with just a little paper, a little glue, and a little creativity. Upcycling activities like this are a fun way to reduce the waste we create. Thanks, Gina!

Screen Printing

In this two-part screen printing workshop, Keegan and crew taught people how to make their own screens to keep, and gave an introduction to different screen printing methods. They will return later this summer to help build an exposure unit for the makerspace and host other screen-printing workshops.

Annual Meeting and Potluck

This year’s annual meeting and potluck was a lot of fun! We reflected on all of our growth and activities, welcomed Dustin, Kip, and Seth as new board members, discussed our past and future budget, and shared a lot of good food. Cooking (and sharing) might just be my favorite type of making!


What you shouldn’t miss


July 11 – Lockpicking

Come learn how the keys in your pocket unlock a door, cabinet, or padlock! Most of the locks we find in our day-to-day life work on a system called the pin tumbler lock. See how they work and how a locksmith would fix or, if necessary, bypass this mechanism.

This workshop is best suited to adults, but no prior knowledge is needed.

July 18 – Maker Faire

Come see the best of what Wichita-area makers are creating! Makers, artists, performers, and crafters are invited to be a part of the first ever Maker Faire in Wichita!

July 31 – ICT Game Jam

The conditions have never been better to throw a gamejam in Wichita! There have never been so many freely available tools for building video games as there are now. And our region is teeming with motivated and resourceful programmers, designers and artists. We truly have no choice but to spend a weekend creating video games!


Open Hack Nights

Don’t forget, every other Monday is Open Hack Night! We open our doors to the public and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on!

June update


News


Hearts and thoughts

In April we prepared for our Grand Open House event, and it required a lot of labor. We spent hours and hours prepping and painting walls to prepare for a flood of visitors, and we had lots of help from generous volunteers. One of those volunteers was Jaleel Alarbash. He was a student at Wichita State, and he had never heard of MakeICT before he came to volunteer. He and his friends had only heard that it was a worthy cause and that help was needed. Sadly, he was killed recently while helping to prevent the death of many others in a terrorist attack. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family and friends in these times. His friendliness and eagerness to build a better community will not be forgotten here.

jalil

 

Congratulations

Congratulations go out to John Harrison (our very own vice-president) and the Filimin team on their successful Kickstarter campaign! Filimin is a wifi-enabled touch lamp, which helps keep people connected from anywhere in the world. If you’d like to learn more about it, visit http://www.filimin.com/.

Floor plan

Work continues on both high and low levels. Much of the floor plan has now been finalized, including spaces for the woodshop, metal shop + bike stuff, ceramics, electronics, textiles, the fab lab (3d printing, laser cutting, etc), shared workspace, the lounge, the gallery, retail/consignment space, studio space, and project storage space. Oh my!

Speaking of progress, check out the work that’s been done in the woodshop already! The walls are up, the ceiling is installed, power is ran, and equipment has been moved in. Mike Hutton and other member-volunteers have been working incredibly hard, and it shows! This is just a taste

woodshop-2015-June-06

As a reminder, all of this work is the thoughtful contribution of volunteers. People who want an awesome makerspace are creating an awesome makerspace. Want to be involved? We’ll be building walls around the ceramics studio this Saturday (June 6) at 9am. You can also find more volunteer opportunities on our website.

ceramics-2015-June-06


Past Events


Workshops

Basic Electricity Workshop

James Seymour and Tom McGuire were at it again! Combining their knowledge, experience, and humor, this duo brought the crowd up to speed on some fundamental electricity basics. This workshop included a kit with a bread board and basic components, so attendees could continue their tinkering and learning at home!

devICT – Unity3D – Make a game in 30 minutes

In one of the best-attended devICT Monthly Talks to date, Brian Foster demonstrated just how easy it can be to throw together a 3D game using Unity. Having the right tool for the right job can make a big difference, and watching Brian throw together a game from nothing was an impressive sight!

If this is exciting to you, then you may be interested to hear that we’re holding the first ever ICT Game Jam. No experience is needed, and cash prizes are available. For more information, please visit the registration page. Early-bird pricing is available through June 12th.


Upcoming Events


June 20 – Screen printing basics workshop

This workshop will be in 2 parts. In Part 1 (9am-noon), we’ll be demonstrating how to build your own screen. Materials will be available for purchase for anyone who wants to build a screen during this session.

In Part 2 (noon-2pm), we’ll show you how to actually use the screens to make prints!

June 20 – Annual meeting and potluck

That’s right – it’s that time of the year again! We’ll start our members-only annual meeting at 4:30pm, where we’ll review our activity of the past year, elect a new board of directors, approve the budget, and vote on other matters. The tentative agenda is available on the wiki.

Following the members-only meeting will be a public potluck. Everyone is invited, so please feel free to bring a friend, some food to share, and a project to show off. This year, we’re also planning on doing Lightning Talks! These are brief, informal presentations for people to share thoughts, ideas, projects, or anything else with a group of people.

June 25 – devICT – Robots – Bringing your code into the real world

Find out what it takes to build and code for a large robot. Chris Lofland will share his motivation for building a robot and explain the tools and platforms he uses to make his robot operate.


Open Hack Nights

Don’t forget, every other Monday is Open Hack Night! We open our doors to the public and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on!