Last Monday we held our very first Hackaday Projects Meetup at the Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA. We knew there were a lot of Hackaday.io members in the area and figured a meetup is a great excuse for them to meet each other.
The turn out was surprisingly good, with a wide variety of makers and hackers. People I met included aerospace engineers, embedded device developers, 3d printer inventors, and web developers. About thirty Hackaday readers turned up along with some newbies and a merry few hours of drinking beer, exchanging tales, poking at blinky things and admiring 3d printers ensued.
[Joseph Chiu] from ToyBuilderLabs brought along some of the largest single piece 3d prints many of us had ever seen. The Deezmaker crew also came along and showed off their Bukito Portable’s favorite party trick – printing upside down! There was a demonstration of a ChipKit based ultrasonic ping pong ball levitation machine. [Liam Kennedy] showed off his ISSAbove system connected to an LED ring, and we were even treated to a look at the first ever prototype Raspberry Pi in the USA by [Ron Evans], one of the founders of GoBot and CylonJS. More pictures and some additional event recap are found below.
All in all a great time was had, and this will now become a regular event roughly once a month somewhere in the Pasadena area.
Host your own Hackaday Projects Meetup
But it doesn’t just need to be limited to those in Southern California. If you’d like to organize a Hackaday.io meetup in your local area please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure we give you a shout out to get you started. It really is great to meet more people from the Hackaday community and we’re already seeing some collaboration start to come out of this.