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AdaCamp Girl Geek Dinner

14 Jan

The Ada Initiative is planning to hold an “Ada Camp” in mid January in Melbourne (See http://adainitiative…. ). This means there will be lots of open-tech geeky women in town, a good opportunity for a GGD!

NOTE: This venue requires that we pay up-front, so we are selling tickets through Eventbrite. RSVPing here is not enough! You must purchase a ticket through Eventbrite to attend! See for all the info.


‘Be Your Own Devop: Making and Maintaining a Website’ Discussion Dinner

19 Oct

Got an idea for a website? Who hasn’t, from a personal PR piece, to a missing community niche, or a fan’s tribute, or your business on the side. Many of us would have some experience in starting, maintaining, sysadminning or fixing a website in one area or another – design, features, security, usability, backups. (And the dirty words – SEO…)

But there’s no shortage of technologies and platforms to keep current with. What have you worked on? What would you like to work on? “In the cloud” or self-hosted? Embrace an all-encompassing CMS or go the Unixy piecemeal way? What do you look for in a piece of technology before you adopt it? Come and share your tips and tricks over a tasty meal.

February 23rd: Introduction to Arduino

7 Feb

Have you ever wondered if it was possible to customise one of your favourite gadgets?

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Andy Gelme, Systems designer and technical lead at Geekscape has graciously offered to take us through a demonstration of this incredibly liberating technology. Let your mind wander into creative ways to use an Arduino Board to engineer anything from intelligent clothing to monitoring the heating system in your home. You don’t need to be a hardware wizard to participate. All you need is an open mind.

Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. The microcontroller on the board is programmed using the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring) and the Arduino development environment (based on Processing). Arduino projects can be stand-alone or they can communicate with software on running on a computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP).

The boards can be built by hand or purchased preassembled; the software can be downloaded for free. The hardware reference designs (CAD files) are available under an open-source license, you are free to adapt them to your needs.

Wednesday, February 23rd 6:30pm – 10pm

Honey Bar
345 Clarendon Street South Melbourne

(find us on the 2nd floor)

RSVP on Facebook or Meetup