Member Meeting Minutes for October 20, 2015

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  • Attendees
    • Simon
    • Chad
    • Volker
    • Gabe
    • Geno
    • Jim Freach
    • Johnathan Lewis
    • Wesley
    • John Balacko
    • Scott^2
    • Joaquim
    • Steven
  • Called to order at: 7:37pm

New Members

  • N/A

Recent Events

  • Thursday Sept 17th - Model Railroading Club
  • Saturday Sept 19th - Music & Technology Club
  • Saturday Sept 19th - IC Chips and Basic Project Control
    • Went well, lots of people showed up,
    • John wants to do follow up, more advanced chips, basic electronics
    • One of them will be in November
  • Monday Sept 21st - Maker Faire Media Shoot
  • Monday Sept 21st - Software Club (Software Edition)
  • Wednesday Sept 23rd - Tesla Club
  • Friday Sept 25th - Movie Night
  • Saturday Sept 26 - 27th - Maker Faire New York
  • Saturday Sept 3rd - Mechanical Club
  • Saturday Oct 3rd - Pittsburgh Maker Faire orientation
  • Monday Oct 5th - Software Club (UV)
  • Wednesday Oct 7th - Members Meeting

Upcoming Events

  • Wed Oct 21st - BTTF Night!
  • Friday Oct 23rd - Learn how to make your own video game! Talk 2 of 3
  • Saturday Oct 24th - Linux Meetup Group (WPLUG)
  • Wednesday Oct 28th - Tesla High Voltage Electronics Club
  • Thursday Oct 29th - Inaugural Meeting of Holistic Brain

Potential Evening talks/events

    • Eli, basic welding class
    • Arduino/PI networking class: John Lewis and Balacko
      • Very popular, lets do this soon
      • Update: John Lewis did research for it, got his IR remote for Pi working

Learning Tracks

  • Motor Control
    • Geno will take it over
      • Found slides for it, need to get info from Anthony
      • No updates
  • Electronics Class
  • Change Arduino learning track to Embedded learning track
  • Raspberry Pi learning track

Shop Projects / Updates

  • Autonomous Power Wheels
    • Tied with MIT in NYC, good job!!!
    • Not currently in working condition
    • Going to begin upgrading/improving it
    • IEEE Robotics society talk about it in December with Gene
      • Have the talk at HackPGH
  • Power wheels
    • Eli vacuum formed new body panels for Maker Faire PGH
    • Delorean looks great, and will be perfect again by BTTF night
  • 3-D Printer
    • Still working!
  • Foundry project by Alex and Wesley
    • No updates
  • Server
    • It works
  • New Mill
    • Alex ordered additional parts for it
      • Gabe got the new parts
  • Fabrication Station
    • Lets hang the sign
    • Gabe has a bunch of awesome bright LED lights, he brought them, they are indeed bright
  • Welder
    • We got more wire.
    • Update: Need to 3d print new spool holder
    • TIG Welder
      • Update: Need cart for TIG welder

Old Business

  • Pittsburgh Maker Faire October 10 and 11.
    • Great success! 7500 people came
    • HackPGH had about 10 projects in our booth
    • Very popular booth
    • Tons of media advertising for HackPGH
  • 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). (Need to contact Anthony)
      • Functional soda machine over broken vending machine. Yes!
  • Printers need ink
    • Update: Working!
  • Get new/bigger space for HackPittsburgh
    • $120 to insulate garage door in current shop according to Gabe
    • Better insulation will cut heating losses in winter and help fund new/bigger space
    • Build a very nice presentation area (in Harold's space) with modern A/V tech and rent the space to other meetup groups
    • The members present at the meeting unanimously agree to pursue expanding the shop,(getting Harold's space)
    • Send this out to the discussion list before we vote on it.
  • Suggestion to have shop clean once a quarter or once a month
    • Especially important if we plan to move to new space
    • Every other month
    • Sunday instead of Saturday
    • Last Sunday of the month

New Business

  • Scott^2 is trying to become board member of Start-uptown
    • HackPGH and Startuptown working together
  • Make Friday or another day a day for public to come check out shop?
    • We will need to guarantee that someone will be in shop during that time
  • Club brochure

Project RollCall

Move to Adjourn

  • John Lewis motions
    • Wesley seconds
  • Adjourned at: 9:17pm

Meeting notes by: Geno