300 Seconds of fame

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2nd Tuesdays of each month at PS:One, you! yes YOU! get to hear your fellow members, geeks, and other associated community-minded people present to whoever wants to show up, but only for 300 seconds apiece.

You've got five minutes. Use it wisely.


What is it?

300 Seconds of Fame (300SoF) is a combination/alteration of PS:One's separate lightning talks and Pecha Kucha night, taking in elements from Noisebridge's Five Minutes of Fame, which in turn is an adaptation of CCC's Lightning Talks. The idea is that we hold about an hour's worth of 5 minute open mic slots. You can run shorter, but not longer, than five minutes.

Within those parameters, what is it? Glad you asked.

It can be a presentation, a musical number, a demonstration, a debate, a run-through of a proof of concept, performance art, live circuit bending, etc, etc, ad nauseum. Will it fit into five minutes, be feasible for the space, and be appreciated by an audience? Go for it.

When and Where does it happen?

Second Tuesday of every month after the 8pm meeting at PS:One. (doors open at 6ish)

Why are we doing this?

  • Easy way to find out what's going on at PS:One -- no need to sit through long lectures.
  • Some people are working on projects that are not ready for a full 30 minute or hour long talk, but they want to get their ideas out. Maybe they need help; maybe they want to propose an idea to the PS:One community.
  • Some people are shy about public speaking and want to practice without giving an "official" conference talk, which can be daunting. This is a great way to try it out in a community of peers.
  • These days, many of us are becoming entrepreneurs to one extent or another. If you're trying to sell your idea to someone, you need to be able to explain it in five minutes or less.
  • "The Law of Fives"

How can I participate?

Easy - sign up to give a talk! Contact Everett (NegativeK on irc OR @ gmail com) or add your talk to the Current section below.

Include your name (or handle) and talk title, as well as whether or not you'll need projector access.

How can I attend?

Just show up!

Current 300SoF

To be held at May 13th, 2014 at approximately 8:30pm.

If you want your talk recorded, contact CarlFK

Past 300SoF

April 2014

  1. Ste - HD Retrovision
  2. Bjonnh - Reverse engineering in academia
  3. Mike - How GPS Works
  4. Dan - First Robotics Competition

March 2014

  1. Eric Stein - What Beer Church Does
  2. Ryan Pierce - How to make lots of noise and ozone: Tesla coils!
  3. A. Catherine Noon - What's in a publishing contract? One author's experience.
  4. Hef - Howto Wiki (projector)
  5. Nick - Thoughts on Surveillance
  6. Pete N. - Zymurgy at PS:1 and Random Renaissance Moment

February 2014

  1. Lyn - Creative looms for rubberband items
  2. Mike - Snaaaake, it's a snaaaake.
  3. Bry - Lazor Air Ballons
  4. Justin - 300 Seconds Worth of Servo Stuff
  5. Hef - Tech Updates - Blog edition. (projector)
  6. A. Catherine Noon - Getting paid to write books - or, Stories That Make You Late For Work.
  7. Sacha - I made a tweeting, motion sensing hammer in 72 hours. It changed how I do all my projects

January 2014

  1. Director at Large nominee - Ed Bennett
  2. Director at Large nominee - Jay Hopkins
  3. Director at Large nominee - A. Catherine Noon
  4. CTO nominee - Hef
  5. Treasurer nominee - Steve Farkas
  6. Secretary nominee - Rhys Rhaven
  7. Secretary nominee - Derek Bever
  8. Vice President nominee - Everett Wilson
  9. President nominee - Bryanna Denney

December 2013

  1. Mike - The Projective Plane
  2. Hef - Tech Updates (Including Root For All)
  3. loans - Modern intelligent lighting
  4. Ste - Composite Video Encoding/Decoding
  5. Jerry - Adding Cosinusoidal Functions the Relatively Easy Way, or Phasors
  6. Kevin - Alexander G. Bell - Electromagnetic noise reduction

November 2013

  1. Andrey Belomutskiy - rusEfi - DIY electronic fuel injection [projector]
  2. Frank Duncon - Frank talks about netlogo [projector]
  3. Tac - sqrt(2)
  4. Hef - State of the technologies

October 2013

  1. Bry - Look at this cake I made (interactive) [projector]
  2. Joe Walnes - Idea to Kickstarter in 90 days. Sort of.
  3. Ste Kulov - Digital Logic
  4. Jerry - 300 More Seconds of Lasers (or: Deblackboxifying the laser cutter a bit)
  5. eviljoel - Calling your legislature.
  6. Sacha - Why the lasercutter _really_ doesn't burn through the earth.

September 2013

  1. Kevin - Did A.G.Bell steal the telephone? (Needs Projector)
  2. Hef - PS1 Technology Update. (Needs Projector)
  3. Anthony - Searches for Supersymmetry
  4. Ryan - Stuff I'm working on

August 2013

  1. Hef - PS1 Member Site - Needs Projector
  2. Ste - Easy Op-Amps
  3. Jerry - Lasers: a 300 second primer
  4. Ryan Pierce - The Polygraph

July 2013

  1. Dash - How to text message from your dreams [projector]
  2. Ste - Digital-to-Analog Conversion Circuit
  3. Jamie Becka - Chicago Time Exchange

June 2013

  1. James Longfield - How not to be a dick in the shop
  2. Jodie Arañas - FIGMENT Chicago [Projector Access]
  3. Mike Maloney - Groups
  4. A. Catherine Noon - Finding water
  5. Jenny Tong - Consciousness and P-Zombies

May 2013

  1. Tim - How to not kill each other with voting
  2. ste - Thevenin's Theorem
  3. Patrick O'hara - Dvorak keyboards
  4. Jesse Seay - Clam Shell Case Pressure Sensor

April 2013

  1. Dee - Important uses of rope           [projector needed]
  2. Ste - Digital Signal processing
  3. Mike - Double Negatives

March 2013

  1. - Jenny - Voting Rights Act of 1965
  2. - Steve - Beer Church - What to do with the mash?
  3. - Shellie - Amazing world of mail art
  4. - Mike - DAGS
  5. - Ste - Linear Interpolation

January 2013

Election edition!

  1. Director at Large nominee - Jesse Seay
  2. Director at Large nominee - Ed Bennett
  3. Director at Large nominee - Shawn Blaszak
  4. Director at Large nominee - Steve Finkleman
  5. CTO nominee - Josh Krueger
  6. Treasurer nominee - Steve Farkas
  7. Secretary nominee - Haley Willis
  8. Vice President nominee - Bryanna Denney
  9. President nominee - Eric Stein

2012

December 2012

November 2012

  1. - Will McShane - Vinyl advertising as craft material
  2. - Mike Warot - Hacking a digital caliper

October 2012

  1. - Rhys Raven - Two fine encryption tools
  2. - Ryan Brandys - Stuff Ryan is doing
  3. - Patrick Callahan - Power Racing Highlights

September 2012

  1. - Benjamin Sugar - Apps for activists
  2. - Will McShane - Laser Scrimshaw
  3. - Brian Chojnowski - Antikythera
  4. - Donald Jacobson - Fun with 3d printing
  5. - Dan Locks - Find me a new job

August 2012

  1. Sacha - Inkscape as Engineering Tool
  2. Aeva - TV hacking
  3. Will - 30 second chocolate cake
  4. Todd - Chicago wifi project
  5. Corinna - Radiohead bear suit
  6. Anthony - We Found the Higgs

July 2012

  1. Sacha - From 2D to 3D: five techniques for designing objects for laser cutting
  2. Elory - The Big Draw Chicago
  3. Trevor - on behalf of the vinyl cutter
  4. Will - 1956 Erector set

June 2012

  1. Ed - Electronic Cactus

May 2012

  1. Jesse - introduction to me and my work
  2. Adam - Apollo 13
  3. Steve - Doors
  4. Todd - wifi project
  5. Sacha - Relative Risk and You
  6. Brian - Antikythera

April 2012

  1. Rhys - Bitcoin
  2. Dwayne Johnson - Washcloth Robot
  3. Sacha De'Angeli - Photoduino Booth
  4. Avner - Mozilla Open Badges and Hackerspaces

March 2012

  1. Eric Stein - Actual TARDIS
  2. Jimmy Trevor - Wanderer's Poetry
  3. Andrew Valkanas - Hacker, hack thy self
  4. Avner - Kombucha: What the #$*& is that, and can I have some?
  5. Adam - Artificial pancreas
  6. Jay - Economics and the technological singularity

February 2012

Date change: February 7!

  1. Eric Stein - mkpuzzle
  2. Steve - Eagle to Finished Circuit Board in Two Hours
  3. Jenny Tong - Hacking People
  4. Brian Kung - Hacking Movement
  5. Kathy - Sea Chanties
  6. Ben Smith - Infolens Storage
  7. Sacha - Intro to Do-ocracies and Bicycle Shedding
  8. Colin - Stuff I Do
  9. Pocket Factory - Clap Rap
  10. Anthony - Hack the Universe
  11. Chris - dropping some rhymes
  12. Mike Warot - Computer Security Can Be Fixed

January 2012

Election edition!

  1. Director at Large nominee - Eric
  2. Director at Large nominee - Dan Meyer
  3. Director at Large nominee - Steve
  4. CTO nominee - Eric
  5. Treasurer nominee - Ish
  6. BREAK! Cell Stretcher: an Open Science Project - Gerry
  7. Secretary nominee - Shawn
  8. Secretary nominee - Patrick
  9. Vice President nominee - Shawn
  10. Vice President nominee - Patrick
  11. President nominee - Tim
  12. BREAK! Thanks for all you've made in the past year - Anne
  13. Vice President nominee - Jim

2011

December 2011

  1. Tricopter - Dan
  2. Osloom's linear actuator - Ed
  3. Making things for fun and profit - Tim
  4. NaNoWriYe - Laurie
  5. Open Science - Ben

November 2011

  1. Awesome Award (and photos) - Chris and Sacha
  2. The Awesome Foundation - Chris
  3. Making a Daft Punk Helmet, and Why You Shouldn't - Nick
  4. telling us about how rad glassblowing is - Daniel from Hotglass Chicago
  5. journal reading - Beth
  6. The Saga of Juan - Jim
  7. Open Science: What it is and why it's cool - Sacha
  8. Chatlight: Embodying the Internet - Eric
  9. virtual focus - mike
  10. digeridoo performance - geoffrey

October 2011

  1. Dan Meyer: Fab Lab Circuit Bending Workshop Video
  2. Ashley from i3 - Engineering Education: We're Doing it Wrong
  3. Tim - Businesses as Projects

September 2011

  1. Jim - More Stories from the Balloon Factory
  2. Lindsay -Ghetto prom 2011

August 2011

  1. Chromium and you - Sacha
  2. Textile changes - Avner and Lindsay and Tim
  3. Image processing for cool results - Eric Stein
  4. One damn beautiful hackerspace - Tim
  5. Dabble - Anne
  6. Defcon - Dan

June 2011

  1. Will - Fresh Paint
  2. John - Electronics for Popups
  3. Jess - World Naked Bike Ride
  4. Ish - Apps that break the game
  5. Tomer - Sarah Palin in a box on acid, or ecstasy
  6. Adrianna - Song for Pluto

May 2011

  1. Nick - HAL740: An Introduction to DIY Home Automation
  2. Rhys - Pirates, Hackers, and ADC
  3. Shawn Blaszak presents the fantastical tangled tale of how I earned my semi-ersatz Erdos number and my surprisingly believable Bacon number
  4. Jordan - Cricut hacks
  5. Jim - More Stories from the Balloon Factory
  6. Matt/digipengi - Protect Your Shit
  7. Avner - GGHC

April 2011

  1. Kyle - Passive Agressive: Interpreting and Reinterpreting Passive Digital Media
  2. Dustin - Firefox 4 and Mozilla
  3. Jim - My Bike and a special announcement
  4. Sacha - How Open Source Saved My Company
  5. Eric - How to Wiki

March 2011

  1. Joe - Waking up a la Flava Flav
  2. Jonathan - Extracting Coffee
  3. Jim - Hipster Nascar and the Balloon Factory
  4. Eric - Freegeek
  5. Rhys - Wireless Chording Keyboard on Thingiverse

February 2011

  1. Avner - Vertical garden
  2. Joe - Where's Waldo?
  3. Dan - Small CNC
  4. Patrick - Things I'm doing
  5. Jim - Stories from the balloon factory
  6. David - Time-lapse CHDK photography
  7. Ben - Macaroni and cheese

January 2011

Election edition!

  1. Jordan Bunker (At Large)
  2. Jim Burke (At Large)
  3. Shawn Blasak (At Large)
  4. Asher - hacking the five minute play
  5. Rhys (CTO)
  6. Tim "How to hand-cut a mortise and tenon (badly)"
  7. Ishmael Rufus (Treasurer)
  8. Patrick (Secretary)
  9. Idan - Skiboard
  10. Nathan Witt (Vice President)
  11. Anne Petersen (President)
  12. Sacha De'Angeli (Nothing)

2010

December 2010

  1. Sarah - Member survey
  2. Jordan, Ish, Rhys, Nathan, Tim - Open Door Hackathon
  3. Dan - CNC PhlatPrinter
  4. Tim - Top reasons why you can't juggle
  5. Joshua Rothhaas - Tinkering School comes to Chicago
  6. Jay - PCs Uncased
  7. Sacha - ChiHack
  8. Patrick - XMas64 Part 2: Electric Boogaloo
  9. Nathan - Pledge drive
  10. Jaku and John - RFID jacket
  11. Tomer

November 2010

  1. Patrick - XMass64 v0.1
  2. Dustin - Hacking Elections
  3. Tim - Laser Cutters and you
  4. Tim and Jordan - Hackerspace valuation, a proposal

October 2010

  1. Bill Mania - Team Frednet and the Google Lunar X Prize
  2. Joe - Joe's Fantastic Voyage
  3. dustin - buildbot
  4. arthur - xray scattering
  5. Vimby - The world premier of Scion's Take on the Machine, Pumping Station: One

September 2010

  1. Patrick - Patrick
  2. Sacha - Chemical burns and electric shocks: making atomically sharp needles for fun and profit.
  3. Sacha - Fish or eat sushi: dumping unprofitable projects for fun and profit.
  4. Dan - Knots? That's Awesome

August 2010

  1. How to Fail at Physics by Sacha
  2. Clear Hotspot by Matt
  3. Mister Rogers on Ecstasy in a Box by Tomer
  4. Open Up by Willow

July 13, 2010

  1. How to Identify Someone Who Practises Hacking by Tim
  2. PRS by Jim
  3. Rival Spaces by Steve
  4. Optimizing PS:One by Anne

June 8, 2010

  1. Stuff I keep in my pockets by Patrick
  2. Shadelab by Alex Gilliam
  3. More tales from the balloon factory by Jim
  4. MakerBot by Patrick
  5. Breakfast Cleanup Club results by Anne
  6. chain maille by Jakub
  7. Geek Pranks by Patrick
  8. NeighborCon by Travis

May 11, 2010

  1. Firespinning by Sc00bz
  2. Taking inventory of PS1's stuff and how you can help by Tim
  3. The Space Shuttle and the Horse's Rear End by Jeff
  4. MakerBot by Patrick
  5. Audio Arduino by Joe Fallon

April 13, 2010

  1. tobtu.com by Sc00bz
  2. Welcome Tomerica by Tomer
  3. Tech Workers of the World Unite! by Steve Goodpaster
  4. Chip Decapping by Travis Goodspeed
  5. Creative Re-Use by Carl Boyd
  6. The Jew's Harp by Jimmy P. Rogers
  7. Malicious GPU Kernel by Travis Goodspeed

March 9, 2010

  1. First Robotics by Ryan Lanham
  2. A Hackerspace's Guide to... oh, you stopped reading, didn't you by Sacha De'Angeli
  3. 10 Awesome Things You Probably Didn't Know About Neuroanatomy by Frag
  4. Digeridoo by Geoffrey
  5. Arduino Radio by Joseph Fallon
  6. Please Pirate by Pete
  7. Fiddling Around by Sarah S.
  8. Things That Happen to Me at the Balloon Factory by Jim
  9. Democratizing Video Surveillance by Ella
  10. Fun Raising by Eric Hanley

February 9, 2010

  1. Peoplehacking II: A Numerically and Biologically Intensive Solution to Losing Weight or: The Engineers' Guide to Weight Loss or: Four Formulae For The Reduction Of Operational Mass by Sacha De'Angeli
  2. Maker Fair: Get Excited! by Ryan Lanham
  3. Photography Rights: an educational rant on where it's legal to take pictures by Anne Petersen
  4. RepRap report: progress! by camo
  5. Brawndo: The Messy Hackerspace MUTILATOR by Tim Saylor

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Content is available under Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, cribbed generously from the wiki about Noisebridge's similar event.