[Brmlab] Fwd: RE: mitch altman in bratislava,prague,bucharest

Pavel Ruzicka ruza at ruza.eu
Tue Aug 31 23:32:47 CEST 2010


Vazeni pratele v Brmlabu, sympatizanti a dalsi

mame jedinecnou prilezitost zorganizovat spolecnymi silami propagacni 
akci pro brmlab, ktera jiste nezustane nepovsimnuta. Mitch Altman, autor 
hw device TV-B-Gone (univerzalni vypinac televize) bude v polovine zari 
v Praze a je ochotny podporit nas hackerspace usporadanim workshopu na 
toto tema. Tuto prilezitost bysme si rozhodne nemeli nechat ujit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Altman

Potrebujeme zajistit prostory vhodne pro workshop. Napada mne oslovit 
Tomase z ASRG, ktery nam neco v tomto smyslu nabizel nebo oslovit Hub 
Prague, mozna usporadat na matfyzu. mame jeste nejake jine moznosti?

je to dobra prilezitost jak k brmlabu pritahnout dalsi lidi. Dnes na 
prednasce o Fab6 se objevili dalsi, ktere projekt brmlabu zajima. Jak 
Mitch pise pokud budeme mit nejake brmlab-related zalezitosti jako 
stickery, tricka, propagacni zalezitosti, vytistene materialy. Dalsi napady?

Nevahejte se zapojit, pojdte byt u toho
ruza

-------- Original Message --------
From: 	Mitch Altman
To: 	<rada at brmlab.cz>
Subject: 	RE: mitch altman in bratislava,prague,bucharest
Date: 	Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:02:25 -0700

Hello, ruza,

Good to hear from you!

Congratulations on signing your rental agreement. :) It's an exciting time.

In my experience it is best to open up the workshop to everyone. This
usually attracts a lot of people who may not otherwise have heard of
your space, and potentially become members. At the beginning of each
workshop I give an introduction, and in it I let people know that the
hackerspace is funded by member dues and dontations, and welcome people
to donate any amount of money if they like. So, it is good to have a
donation box. It is also good to have stickers for your hackerspace to
give away so that people can put them on their laptops, street lamp
poles, and everywhere -- this reminds people to come back to the
hackerspace. Also, if you have any T-shirts or anything else for sale,
I'll point that out. Please feel free to use the workshop as a
fund-raising opportunity. My time is free -- I only ask to be reimbursed 
for my kits used in the workshop.

I'm still putting dates together for my workshops in Eastern Europe.
Maybe the 15th or 16th of September would be good? Does that work for you?


To do a workshop, I'll need you to get the following together:
- a room big enough for everyone to solder
- a demo table to show all the kits that people can make
- tables and chairs for people to solder at
- lighting (if the room doesn't have enough) -- several lamps different
lamps make for a nice feel, too
- soldering irons, each with a stand and sponge (ideally one per
participant, but people can share, if necessary)
- wire cutters (ideally one per participant, again, people can share, if 
necessary)
- solder (with lead is way better!, but unleaded will work if that's all 
you can get)
- hot glue gun, with glue sticks to fit it
- AA alkaline batteries (about 40 is good)
- power strips (with one outlet for each solder iron, plus lighting,
plus a hot glue gun, plus daisy chaining)
- AC extension cords to get power to each power strip
- enough printouts of the "Soldering Is Easy" comic for all participants 
(translate them, if you like!):
http://www.tvbgone.com/mfaire/soldercomic/soldercomic.pdf

I'll bring all the kits and tools, and everything else needed.

No charge for my time. I do this 'cause I love teaching people how to
make things, and love helping hackerspaces. I ask to be reimbursed for
kits used during the workshop, which is between US$10 and US$30 per kit
(most are US$20).

The workshop is best described by checking out what's been posted for
previous workshops I've given:
http://www.nycresistor.com/2010/01/15/mitch-altmans-electronics-workshop-129-8pm/
http://robotbrighton.ning.com/events/electronics-workshop-with
http://www.tog.ie/2010/03/electronics-workshop-with-mitch-altman-and-jimmie-p-rodgers/
Please feel free to copy from these for publicity purposes.

Sound OK?

Please let me know what you think.

Best,
Mitch.



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