I want to begin adding various forums for threaded discussions on various topics to the Making Awesome site. However, we're currently planning the upgrade of the Making Awesome site from Drupal 6.X to Drupal 7.X and I would rather not create more structure to only have to recreate it in a different environment (Drupal development is focused on being cutting-edge rather than backwards compatibility in anything but content) a few weeks from now. Drupal, by the way, is the name of the very popular content-management-system (CMS) that the Making Awesome site is running on.
In any case, one of the forums I want to add is a forum for people to post information about projects with which they would like to have collaborators. Collaboration can be any amount of involvement from offering insight of any kind (such as from previous experience with a technology, material, tool, etc...) to wanting to take on development work in or to contribute resources for a project. The benefits from this kind of collaboration can be tremendous to the person requesting collaboration, to the person offering, to Making Awesome and to society as a whole. I'm seeing a certain amount of enterprise incubation occurring at Making Awesome already and I wouldn't be surprised to see businesses created over the next year, both intellectual property/proprietary oriented and more open-source/open-architecture oriented. Most of my current projects are open-source/open-architecture. I'm personally very excited by the variety of things that are going on here and the opportunities that are available.
Here are some of the projects that I'm currently working on and that I would like collaboration with: the design, construction and open-source documentation of a shipping-container home that meets local building codes; the design and coding of an open-source (currently I'm thinking of a Ruby on Rails/HTML5 application with a PostgresSQL backend) Audio-Visual solution for schools to use in environments where scheduled AV recordings of encounters are needed (this will also include building open-source/open-architecture cameras/microphone combinations using single-board computers, linux OS and MIPI cameras with PTZ servos and locally-manufactured housings); the design and construction of a medical simulator that realistically simulates the feel of a lumbar puncture; the design and construction of a heavy-duty leaf-shredder that you can rake leaves directly into and that double-shreds the leaves. I have expertise in AV, programming, database, hardware and healthcare simulation and I'd like to hear from other people who are looking for collaborators for their projects.
Please add a comment below if you have projects that you would like help with or if you would like to mention the kinds of projects that you want to collaborate on.
An Arduino class will be starting on September 11 at 6pm. The classes will be based on a series of projects from the Adafruit Learning website. The cost of the course for members and HS students is $20 and for non-members $25. A complete set of parts to accomplish the projects will be available at MA. Optionally, if you wish to purchase a kit of parts, excluding the Arduino, the cost is $35. A PC folder containing pdf's of the projects along with code and datasheets can be copied at MA. There are only 7 slots open, so don't delay. For further information contact Dick at email@example.com.
Mark Trombly has built a very nice and very industrial 3D printer for Making Awesome. He's going to show us how to set up,calibrate, and use it this coming Monday evening. Participating in the class puts your name on the list of people authorized to use the the new printer!
The class is Monday evening, August 26th, starting at 6PM at the space (119 Century Park Drive).
Once gain, Making Awesome is hosting the Tallahassee site for an international competition. America's DATAFEST is a two day hackathon being held in cities across North, Central and South America. The theme of this event is "Immigration in the Americas". Teams and individuals will spend two days (and for the intrepid, 1 night) analyzing immigration data and developing applications, mobile tools, websites and other resources.
Participants - We're looking for people who are interested in making a difference. We need data analysts, journalists, statisticians, coders, developers, writers and artists. Teams can be organized in advance and start planning their work before the event, or you can show up on the November 2nd and join a team or work alone. Participants can be students, hobbyists, professionals, retirees; anyone with an interest in the subject and time available on November 2nd and 3rd.
Help Wanted! - To pull this off, we need some help.
- Publicity - Help us put the word out. Print out a poster (coming soon) and put it up at your school, office, library, or wherever people gather.
- Judges - We need 3 judges to help pick local winners. The top two projects from Tallahassee will go on to an international judging with some interesting prizes.
- Prizes - While there are some great prizes for the international winners, we'd like to find something special to give to our local winners. If you have an idea, or better yet, a prize to offer, please contact the organizer.
- Swag - It's not a hackathon without some swag. Ideas? Have something to offer?
- Food - An army marches on it's stomach (thanks Napoleon Bonaparte). From our experience with the extremely successful NASA Space Apps Challenge earlier this year, having food and beverages for the participants makes the whole event go better. We need a captain for the food team and volunteers to ask local restaurants to help provide food.
- Site Volunteers - Having a few folks to help with tasks like registration, keeping the video feed going, being a "host", etc. will change this event from "meh" to "awesome".