Buffalo Lab Radio Free Episode 5 - Eunice recounts her tech pilgrimage to Pittsburgh, PA and introduces Tech Scouts, an attractive alternative to Boy Scouts of America for makers of all ages.

User Groups Mini-Conference: GREAT SUCCESS!

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The Buffalo Tech User Groups Mini-Conference: 2013 was awesome! There were almost 60 people in the room at the peak. We’re gonna roll this into something even better next year.

But, more importantly, make sure you got the calendar of events to come. This is a listing of just some of what’s happening in WNY in the coming month and further out. Download the PDF file here:

Buffalo Tech Meetups/Workshops March/April 2013+ [PDF]

Check out the list and find something you’re interested in, attend it, and support the things you want to see thrive. You can keep up to date on what’s happening by following the calendar on

http://nextplex.com/buffalo-ny/calendar

If you missed the event, here’s a list of the presentations we had

http://nextplex.com/buffalo-ny/calendar/events/4935-tech-drink-up-user-group-mini-conference

Hope to see you out & about at the coming events!

Craft Workshop: Steampunk It!

Buffalo Lab Craft workshop January 2013

Once every month, Buffalo Lab holds a craft workshop. The goal of these workshops is to learn a new skill or create something interesting with a small commitment of a $5 donation and two hours of time. We welcome all levels of skill. The idea is to get an economy of scale for projects that are often too messy or expensive to do at home, and have fun while we do it! Both members and guests of Buffalo Lab are welcome to participate.

This month, we focused on Steampunk, the art culture that features the Victorian aesthetic combined with modern or futuristic technology. The steampunk community has a long history of creating pieces using found objects. This was an open-ended workshop; participants were encouraged to scrounge through the Buffalo Lab spare parts pile and create something original. We also set out faucet handles, hinges, pipes, and other parts from Buffalo ReUse.

About 15 people participated in the workshop, both hardcore steampunk fans and people new to the genre. We got some beautiful, fun, and creative results: a nautical remote control, futuristic butterfly, office supplies, a remote-controlled helicopter, and several pieces of jewelry.

For more photos of the Steampunk craft workshop, check out the Flickr set.

The craft workshops meet once a month, and feature a different skill each time. If you have any questions about the craft workshops or suggestions for skills you’d like to learn, email us at info@buffalolab.org, or drop by during one of our open meetings on Monday nights.

Thank you all for a great time!

Soldering Workshop: Great Success!

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We held a soldering workshop this past Tuesday, July 31st at 6PM. You may have heard about it on the Buffalo Lab Facebook or the Buffalo Lab Meetup or on the Buffalo Lab NextPlex page or Buffalo Tech Events on NextPlex. We were visited by a very special guest, Mitch Altman of NoiseBridge San Francisco. He hosted the soldering event, brought some cool kits to solder, and shared some really cool stories, experiences and advice. I learned the secret to properly swiping the soldering iron on a wet sponge is to just slide it across on opposite sides once each, and that’s all there is to it. No need to spin it around or plunge it into the sponge or anything crazy like that. We built a bunch of different things. There were about 26 people attending in total, including kids, moms, dads, artists and hackers alike. We built persistence of vision LED kits, Arduino kits, TV-B-Gone kits, Trip Glasses, a few Drawdio pencils, a 3D LED Grid, and several more. The first to be finished was a TV-B-Gone, completed by a 10 year old before his father could even get the pieces figured out for his own! Mitch took some great photos of the Buffalo Lab Soldering Workshop, so check them out and get ready for the next Soldering Workshop coming soon. Also, be sure to check out our Basic Electronics & Ardunio meetup on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.