This Week at Denhac (Apr 22-28)

Every week it seems like we’re doing something new, something different, something fun. This week is no exception!

Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m, in the classroom: Board meeting – Our formal monthly board meeting, open to members and the public, where we talk over business at hand and make decisions to the best of our ability.

Tuesday, April 23, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, April 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac Day - Work remotely? Need a little human interaction? Grab your laptop and join us for Work from denhac days. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, April 27, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome!

Saturday, April 27, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m, in the classroomIntro to Guitar with Madstringer - Madstringer is back for another go at fulfilling our dreams of becoming the next greatest rock god…or, you know, at least giving us a fighting chance at Rock Band. If you’ve got a guitar – accoustic or electric, either is fine – bring it with you. If not, Stringer’s got a number of guitars people can use during class on which to learn. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, April 27, 3:30 – 6 p.m: Costuming Basics with Bete Noire -  It’s coming up on Con season! And to help us get in the spirit of costuming, Bete Noire, the Tiny Dynamo, will be in the house to give us a crash course on costuming. She’ll cover basic costuming awareness, repurposing/recycling, and how to steal like a pro. She’ll also have some kind of make-and-do project that’s small and hands-on, so people can have something to take home. Whether she’s dressing up for a steampunk masquerade, as a post-apocalyptic warrior as part of the entertainment for Wasteland Weekend, or as a USO entertainer for the WWII ball, Bete is a world-class costumer. This class is bound to be good! RSVP on Meet Up.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged. Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

Acr0nym Teaches Intro to Arduino

Acr0nym Teaches Intro to Arduino

This Week at Denhac (Apr 15-21)

Whoops! Sorry for the delay, folks. I should have had this out yesterday.

Tuesday, April 16, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up

Tuesday, April 16, 8 p.m, in the classroom: Radio Heads - ”Radio Heads” is 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.

Thursday, April 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac DayRSVP on Meet Up.

Friday, April 19, 7 p.m: dc303

Saturday, April 20, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome!

Saturday, April 20, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m, in the classroomIntro to Video Production with Toast - One of our fabulous members, Andy (aka Toast), has graciously offered to give a crash course on the basics of producing quality video. Whether you want to learn how to capture your cat in the next viral LOL video or how to edit your master’s thesis presentation down into a TED talk, Toast is your guy. He’s also the guy who can teach you how to master the art of aggressive inline skating…but that’s another class for when it’s warmer…and for when I’m way braver. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, April 20, 5:30 – 7 p.m: All Member Meeting - Our regularly scheduled monthly meeting (postponed from last week) to give our members a chance to mix, mingle, snack, and talk business.

Sunday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.mKids Coder Dojo at Denhac - The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a computer programming class designed for elementary- through highschool-aged kids.  Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages).  Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer).

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology and craft-related classes, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge, and membership is not required, however donations are strongly encouraged.

Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., and instruction will begin promptly at 11.  Lunch will be provided at noon (pizza), and we will be wrapping up at 2. RSVP on Meet Up.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all classes and events are free, open to the public, and kid friendly. Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

CANCELED Open House & Locksport

While it doesn’t seem so bad out there from where I’m sitting…in my sweats and robe in front of my space heater…the general consensus is that the cold temperatures are enough to convince the powers that be that they’d prefer to stay home rather than brave the mean, icy streets tonight.

Legion is also unavailable for Locksport! this evening so it seems like it’s a good night to cancel all around.

Stay home. No one will be at Denhac.

This Week at Denhac (Apr 8-14)

If you haven’t been out for one of our Saturday afternoon Open Houses, you really ought to make a point to come by. The weather has been beautiful the last couple of weeks and we’ve had lots of members and visitors hanging out, asking questions, and socializing before, during, and after class. It’s a lot of fun!

Now! This is what we’ve got going on this week…

Tuesday, April 9, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet UpPlease note: They are predicting yet another spring snowstorm will hit Denver on Tuesday producing a significant amount of snow in the area. Please check to make sure we have not canceled before heading up to the space.

Tuesday, April 9, 8 p.m: Locksport! 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.

Thursday, April 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac DayRSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, April 13, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome!

Saturday, April 13, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m, in the classroomIntro to Personal InfoSec Basics with Hoopes - More and more, people are putting personal information out onto the internet in a variety of places and in different ways. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn are just some of the frequently used websites on which we’re exposed and potentially vulnerable. This class is designed to help you learn ways in which you can protect yourself and your information from harm while still enjoying the chaos of the web. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, April 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m: All Member Meeting - Our regularly scheduled monthly meeting to give our members a chance to mix, mingle, snack, and talk business.

Unless otherwise noted, all classes and events are free, open to the public, and kid friendly. Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

A Nice Write Up

Last week, during our weekly Tuesday night open house, a reporter and photographer from The Denver Post came by, took photos, and interviewed several people about what we do. The subsequent article and photos can be found here.

It was a lovely write up of what we’re all about. Check it out!

And thanks, Denver Post, for coming by and keeping an open mind.

Denhac = Not Scary.

Denhac = A Really Cool Place to Be.

Coming Up in April

Now that March has, hopefully, taken its lion-like self and made a hasty exit, it’s time to get down to spring business including the re-schedule of some March events that got postponed.

April special events / classes:

Tuesday, 4/2: Radio Heads, 8 p.m, in the classroom – This installment of Radio Heads includes a special presentation by Tvoid who will give an SDR 101 overview. So if you’re new to software defined radio and want to get involved but are afraid you don’t know enough to jump right in, this is a great opportunity for you to get your feet wet.  RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, 4/6: Intro to Asterisk with Acr0nym, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m, in the classroom – What is Asterisk? Asterisk is a free and open source framework for building communications applications. It is “like a box of Legos for people who want to create communications applications. It includes all the building blocks needed to create a PBX, an IVR system, a conference bridge and virtually any other communications app you can imagine.”

In this 2-hour course, Acr0nym will give us an introductory look at what it is, what it does, and how to get started. He may even regale you with the story of how he took down the entire call center on his second day of the job. (I’ll probably be in trouble for mentioning that.) RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, 4/7: Denhac Dojo: Coding Club for Kids, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. - RE-SCHEDULED FROM MARCH 23! The result of our organizational meeting in March and inspired by the code.org project, we’ll be having a hands on workshop for all student age kids during which we’ll be demonstrating the MaKey MaKey and then teaching kids how to code a program in Scratch to apply to the MaKey MaKey. All students 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, 4/9: 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.

Locksport!

Locksport!

Saturday, 4/13: Intro to Personal InfoSec Basics with Hoopes, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m, in the classroom – More and more, people are putting personal information out onto the internet in a variety of places and in different ways. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn are just some of the frequently used websites on which we’re exposed and potentially vulnerable. This class is designed to help you learn ways in which you can protect yourself and your information from harm while still enjoying the chaos of the web. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, 4/13: All Member Meeting, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. - Our regularly scheduled monthly meeting to give our members a chance to mix, mingle, snack, and talk business.

Tuesday, 4/16: 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, 4/19: 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.

Saturday, 4/20: Intro to Video Production, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m, in the classroom – RE-SCHEDULED FROM MARCH! One of our fabulous members, Andy (aka Toast), has graciously offered to give a crash course on the basics of producing quality video. Whether you want to learn how to capture your cat in the next viral LOL video or how to edit your master’s thesis presentation down into a TED talk, Toast is your guy. He’s also the guy who can teach you how to master the art of aggressive inline skating…but that’s another class for when it’s warmer…and for when I’m way braver. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, 4/27: Intro to Guitar, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m, in the classroom – RE-SCHEDULED FROM MARCH! Madstringer is back for another go at fulfilling our dreams of becoming the next greatest rock god…or, you know, at least give us a fighting chance at Rock Band. If you’ve got a guitar – accoustic or electric, either is fine – bring it with you. If not, Stringer’s got a number of guitars people can use during class on which to learn. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, 4/27: Costuming Basics with Bete Noire, 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m, in the classroom - Part one of an irregular series. It’s coming up on Con season! And to help us get in the spirit of costuming, Bete Noire, the Tiny Dynamo, will be in the house to give us a crash course on costuming. She’ll cover basic costuming awareness, repurposing/recycling, and how to steal like a pro. She’ll also have some kind of make-and-do project that’s small and hands-on, so people can have something to take home. Whether she’s dressing up for a steampunk masquerade, a post-apocalyptic warrior as part of the entertainment for Wasteland Weekend, or a USO entertainer for the WWII ball, Bete is a world-class costumer. This class is bound to be good! RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, 4/30: 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. 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.

Please note: While we are very excited for CiGDA, we are sad to say they have moved their meet ups to a larger space at the north campus of Westwood College due to a huge increase in participation. We wish them well and hope to collaborate with them often in the future!

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 +.

This Week at Denhac (Apr 1-7)

April’s event schedule will be out tomorrow but, for now, let’s take a look at what’s coming up in the next few days!

Tuesday, April 2, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, April 2, 8 p.m, in the classroom: Radio Heads. This week, we’ve got a special presentation by TVoid who has agreed to come by and give an SDR 101 class for the group. RSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, April 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac DayRSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, April 6, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. This past Saturday was so nice to have the bay door open and to fire up the grill that we’ll be doing it again this Saturday. Mmm…burgers and dogs and brats, oh my!

Saturday, April 6, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m, in the classroomAsterisk with Acr0nym. What is Asterisk? Asterisk is a free and open source framework for building communications applications. It is “like a box of Legos for people who want to create communications applications. It includes all the building blocks needed to create a PBX, an IVR system, a conference bridge and virtually any other communications app you can imagine.”

In this 2-hour course, Acr0nym will give us an introductory look at what it is, what it does, and how to get started. He may even regale you with the story of how he took down the entire call center on his second day of the job. (I’ll probably be in trouble for mentioning that.) RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, April 7, 11 a.m. – 2 p.mDenhac Dojo: Coding Club for KidsRe-scheduled from March 23. The result of our organizational meeting and inspired by the code.org project, we’ll be having a hands on workshop for all student age kids during which we’ll be demonstrating the MaKey MaKey and then teaching kids how to code a program in Scratch to apply to the MaKey MaKey. All students 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a laptop if you have one with Scratch already downloaded. You can download Scratch for free here. RSVP on Meet Up.

Unless otherwise noted, all classes and events are free, open to the public, and kid friendly. Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

One of our resident twins, Lena, in the process of programming her arduino during Intro to Arduino class.

One of our resident twins, Lena, in the process of programming her arduino during Intro to Arduino class.