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.

Buffalo PHP & WNY Ruby Meetup: Great Success!

We hosted a joint meeting of Buffalo PHP and WNY Ruby on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. It was a huge success. Presentations:

  1. Steve Klabnik: Testing and Development http://steveklabnik.com/
  2. Mike Dawidowicz: Symfony2: It’s like rails for PHP http://symfony.com/symfony-in-five-minutes
  3. Nick Quaranto: Testing with Metal https://github.com/qrush/m
  4. Shawn Biddle: Learn how to program: PHP v RUBY http://www.shawnbiddle.com/

Some stats:

  • 60 subs eaten
  • 46 beers drank
  • 42 attendees
  • 23 cans of pop drank
  • 11 potshots at PHP
  • 8 potshots at Ruby
  • 7 t-shirts given away
  • 6 thumb drives given away
  • 6 types of beer available
  • 4 people standing room only
  • 4 bags of chips eaten
  • 4 presentations
  • 2 flights of stairs
  • 1 awesome event

To attend the next meeting for Buffalo PHP or WNY Ruby, RSVP via meetup.com: http://www.meetup.com/buffalophp/ http://www.meetup.com/Western-New-York-Ruby/

Buffalo Lab 2012 - The Resurrection

Take a look at the before and after walk-through. It’s pretty great what can be accomplished in only a day’s work with a little teamwork, a few resources and a shared goal. Checkout the vids (sorry, no fun audio), and be amazed :) Don’t forget to re-activate your paypal subscription on the membership page. The dues are $50/mo, but you can choose the 30/mo option if you’re planning on contributing 4 hours or more doing something that benefits the space in some way; e.g. build a project for the space, run a meeting or event, create marketing materials and recruit new members, etc..

Get in touch with synace (Mike) to get your key. You can email info at buffalolab, or join the meetup group and contact the organizer. Or, come down to any event (all events are open to the public for the near future) and we’ll get you setup!

If you’re interested in using our space for Co-working, please feel free to join. The space has wired, and wireless internet, a bathroom, a few hot plates, a fridge, a microwave, toaster oven, lots of desk space, a couple couches, a decent stereo and there aren’t usually events during the day (9-5). So, it’s be a great place to get your work done. We’re steps away from the train line, a block from the mall’s food court, and there’s a bunch of great delis and restaurants nearby. Check out the parking map to figure out where to leave your car when you get here. ( http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=201565042276316894704.0004b6fab72ae99d379a4 )

Also, don’t forget: Our member meeting is this Tuesday night at 7pm. Be there if you’re curious about what hackerspace is, what our goals are, and tell us what you’d like to do and seee it become. We need you! Without you, we’re just an empty space with a bunch of unused stuff.

http://www.meetup.com/hackerspaces/events/48487542/