Member Meeting Minutes for Aug 19, 2015

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Minutes by Agenda Topic

  • Attendees
    • Eli
    • Chad
    • Geno
    • Johnathan
    • Jim
    • Volker
    • Scott^2
    • Wesley
    • John Balacko
    • James Hyde
    • Stephen Mitchell
    • Steven Owens
    • Alex via Google hangouts
    • David
    • Tim
  • Called to order at: 7:38pm

New Members

Recent Events

  • Aug 8th - Maker Faire Info Session @ HackPGH
    • 30 people came, awesome networking and advertising
  • Aug 10th - UV Club
  • Aug 12th - Tesla Club
  • Aug 14th - Digital Games Night
  • Aug 15th - Music & Technology Club
  • Aug 17th - Software Group Meeting

Upcoming Events

  • Aug 24th - UV Club
  • Aug 26th - Tesla Club
  • Aug 28th - Arduino Group Workshop: Bring your Arduino projects and work/collaborate on them
    • 7-9pm
  • Aug 31st - UV Club
  • Aug 2nd - Members Meeting

Potential Evening talks/events

  • Jon Lewis, Database talk
    • updates?
  • John Balacko would like to do a talk on use and selection of ICs.
    • Tentative Sep 18
    • IC Chips and Basic project control
    • 7-9pm
  • Aug 28th - Arduino Group Workshop: Bring your Arduino projects and work/collaborate on them
    • 7-9pm
  • Lets restart Movie Night, and Game Night (analog/digital(artemis))
    • 2nd and 4th Friday digital and analog
    • August 14 Artemis/ Digital Games night sponsored by Johnathan
    • Scott Holistic Brain talk

Learning Tracks

  • Motor Control - Anthony
    • Anthony was not here, no updates

Shop Projects / Updates

  • Autonomous Power Wheels
    • Did a lot of testing with small RC car and Lidar and ROS
    • Will work on full size chassis this weekend
    • Will be named Slam-Bourghini


  • Power wheels
    • Eli will be making few new body panels
    • Will make motor easy to replace with new motor during race
    • We need people to race, pits, track marshals, etc.


  • NYC Maker Faire Sept 26,27
    • Hack to the Future is registered for NYC Maker Faire as of 8/19
  • 3-D Printer
    • Currently down. Almost ready to come back up.
      • Needs wiring and calibration
  • Foundry project by Alex and Wesley
    • Updates?
    • Alex is looking for bricks
  • Server
    • Updates?
    • Works, no problems
  • Open Source Brewing
    • Updates?
    • Waiting for cooler weather
  • New Mill
    • Updates?
    • Need to get it from Alex
  • Crafts area
    • Updates?
    • We need to keep area clean
    • Has power strip, electricity

Old Business

  • Sign Ideas
    • Due Date: September 12
  • Pittsburgh Maker Faire October 10 and 11.
    • The call for makers is technically over... But you still have a little bit of time.
  • We need to get rid of some stuff here at the shop.
    • Still need to get rid of ATM.
    • Vending Machine (Back on the chopping block).
    • Oscilloscope

New Business

  • Gene is stepping down from the board.
    • Emergency election, probably next members meeting
    • Send email to info@hackpittsburgh.org if you want to run
  • New induction procedure.
    • 1 month trial period, get rfid card, not physical key
    • Allow members to get to know you
    • Current membership votes to allow new member in or not after a month
    • Get rid of old interview process
    • Ideas of membership from whiteboard:
    • The ideas below were voted on by the members present
      • 1 month probation with option to extend
      • Everyone discusses and votes on potential new member
      • 2 Board members and 3 members vote on member
      • Input from all and board votes
      • Get RFID card but no key for a month, must be accompanied by full member
      • Positive ID required (verify but not keep)
      • References optional but not mandatory
      • Board gives shop tour
      • Post name and photo of potential new member during trial period at the shop. They can opt out of photo.
  • Vote on the new induction process
    • All present members vote to approve
  • We need welding wire, Wesley
  • Webcam for classes/presentations


Move to Adjourn

  • Johnathan motions
    • Steven seconds
  • Adjourned at: 9:22pm

Meeting notes by Geno Soroka from Chad's original 8/19/15