Coming Up in June

Did I not do this for May? How come nobody told me I didn’t do this for May? Hrm. Sorry about that! Well, to make up for it, I’ve got a whopper of a June loaded with goodies for you. Will that make up for my slacker-hacker goodness? Let’s hope so cuz it’s all I got.

Our new SeeMeCNC Rostock Max 3D printer construction in progress

Our new SeeMeCNC Rostock Max 3D printer construction in progress.

June special events / classes:

Friday, 5/31 – Sunday, 6/2: Denver Comic Con! – If you are attending Con, make sure you stop by our fan table just outside the main entrance to the Con. We’ll have one of the 3D printers there and all sorts of fun stuff to look at and people to talk to about what we do.

Saturday, 6/1 – Sunday, 6/2: Open House and BBQ – If you aren’t going to Con, or even if you are but want a break from standing in line, come on up to the space and hang out both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. We’ll have the grill fired up cooking meaty snacks and will have people around to answer questions and give tours.

Tuesday, 6/4: Radio Heads, 8 p.m, in the classroom - A group created to explore different aspects of software defined radio. Topics to be addressed include both the reception and transmission of RF signals, the processing of data captured from the ether, cell phone networks, and ham radio. This is a group, not a class. There is no instructor. Just a handful of similarly minded people trying to learn something at roughly the same time. If you have a pet project you think might apply to this group feel free to propose it.  RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, 6/8: Intro to Designing with Microcontroller ICs in the Raw w/Th3 D0n, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m, in the classroom - While many folks are getting exposed to embedded applications using Arduino and other embedded platforms, sometimes you want to start a design by selecting and using raw microcontroller chips in order to save cost, reduce device footprints, or just to learn about the microcontrollers at the lowest level. Some topics of the class will be:

- What is a microcontroller?
- Selecting a microcontroller IC
- Hooking it up to the real world (electrical and logical considerations)
- Programming microcontrollers in C

As a real example of a microcontroller project, we will refer to the schematics, circuit, and software developed for the 303/Denhac badge created for last year’s Defcon.

This will mostly be a presentation, with demonstrations using the303/Denhac Defcon badge. As such no materials are mandatory.

However bringing a laptop etc. to access the schematics, GitHub code repository, and other resources Don will show during class can be helpful. RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, 6/11: Locksport, 8 p.m, in the main room – Our monthly gathering of lock enthusiasts led by the infamous Legion. Never picked a lock and afraid to try? If I can do it, you can too! RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, 6/15: Learn to Brew with Karpinski, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m, in the classroom -This class will be for beginners and those curious about brewing beer at home. We will be brewing a simple extract based pale ale in class while sampling some tasty homebrew, of course!

* Must be 21 to attend.  RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, 6/15: LPFM General Meeting, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. - In October of 2013, the FCC will open up a filing window for the first time in more than a decade to allow nonprofit organizations to apply for low-power FM licenses. Denhac intends to apply for one and we’ve already created teams to build content, manage the engineering, and handle all the administrative requirements/business aspects of running a station. This is our first of several regularly scheduled monthly meetings for everyone to get together and update each other about progress made. This meeting is open to the public and other organizations. If you want to be a part of this exciting opportunity as an individual or respresent a group who would like to collaborate with us on content, please come to this meeting and let us know who you are. No experience in radio is necessary and Denhac membership is not required. RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, 6/18: Radio Heads, 8 p.m, in the classroom - A group created to explore different aspects of software defined radio. Topics to be addressed include both the reception and transmission of RF signals, the processing of data captured from the ether, cell phone networks, and ham radio. This is a group, not a class. There is no instructor. Just a handful of similarly minded people trying to learn something at roughly the same time. If you have a pet project you think might apply to this group feel free to propose it. RSVP on Meet Up.

Friday, 6/21: dc303, 7 p.m, in the classroom – The local defcon group for Denver. I dunno exactly what they do. They’re very serious. They kinda scare me. Naw, they’re good guys. Uh…I think. Mostly. Tilver’s nice in any event. So if you’re interested in Capture The Flag (CTF) type stuff, stop by. I’m fairly certain no one there has eaten a human liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. Uh…fairly certain. Please note: I may have the date wrong on this as Tilver mentioned that qualifying for Defcon 21 is June 14-16. Stay tuned.

Thursday, 6/20: David W/SFS and Denhac Present: So you want to be a puppeteer? – aka Puppet configuration management, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m, in the classroom – David Willson is back by popular demand to teach us all about Puppet configuration management. David is a systems engineer, IT teacher, and freedom zealot. The SFS is a school he’s building with his friends. SFS probably stands for Software Freedom School.  RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, 6/29: Everything You Need to Know About Bitcoin, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m, in the classroom - What is Bitcoin and how does it work? Why should you care? What is it good for? How can you buy, mine, sell, trade and otherwise participate? What are Litecoin, namecoin and other altcoins? Chris Hansen is here to tell you. Please bring a laptop or smartphone with you. RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, 7/2: Monthly Denhac Board Meeting, 7 p.m, in the classroom - The monthly board meeting where we make business decisions and try not to talk over the top of each other. Due to several scheduling and travelling conflicts, the June board meeting will be at the beginning of July (just this once). Open to the public.

As usual, the calendar is subject to change. There are nearly always additions throughout the month and we’ll be updating the calendar and the website with more information as it becomes available so be sure to check back each week for new announcements.

Weekly events:

Every Tuesday: Open House. A night for members and non-members alike to come hang out with like-minded folk, take a tour, and find out what Denhac is all about.

Every Thursday: Work from Denhac Day. Do you work from home and need a break from your partner, your kid, your cat, and/or the deep, dark recesses of your idle mind? Come work at Denhac where there’s a water cooler and company but no cubicles or cats.

Every Saturday afternoon: Open House. Another opportunity for members and non-members to come hang out with like-minded folk, take a tour, and find out what Denhac is all about. Plus, every Saturday through the warm months, we’ll be throwing open the bay door and firing up the grill through the afternoon.

If you want to stay abreast of all things Denhac, consider liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, joining us on Meet Up, or circling us on Google +.

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