Meeting Notes 2016-09-20

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Meeting Minutes
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  • Intro to PS1 and what we're about.
  • Let new members and visitors intro themselves.
  • Pick 2 random people to introduce themselves.
  • Introduce the Board and Area Hosts
  • Go over things that need doing around the space.
  • Awesome call outs
  • Tell me about What You Hack
  • Announcements
  • Questions
  • Votes
  • Tour

For extended discussions, we may take stack and borrow from MIBS Rules#Meeting Procedures.


Intro to PS1



New People

New People (name - where did you hear about us - what do you make/hack)

  • Jackson | Amir referred Jackson | Likes to make animation - business animation
  • Makes all kinds of stuff, interior design, growing things
  • Matt | beer-brewing, mechanical & electrical work, working on Arduino |
  • Caroline | Makes crafty things - knitting, looking to lasercut | found us on the internet
  • Mike | Chef, has built CNC machines, wants to make chef's knife, bike build, roto-vap distiller
  • Nick | woodworking and metalworking | works with Triano
  • Trish | found out about us through a garage sale | metalsmithing, glasswork
  • Jeff | just moved to Chicago, googled Chicago hackerspace | worked with microcontrollers, made a toy for his daughter, distillation, laser-engraving, 3D printing, trying to move from Special FX to Product Design
  • Skylar | works in IT, trying to branch out | friend of Amir | interested in 3D printing and 3D modeling
  • Rachel | Andy's niece-in-law | visiting from CA | interested in woodworking

Two Random Members

  • Daron | found us through Google | fusing glass and metal, and other dangerous and hot techniques | member for five months | new hot metals volunteer authorizers
  • Andy L. | woodshop authorizer | cabinet-maker / carpenter & kids woodworking program - American School for Maker Arts | found out about us on the internet | member since November

Board and Area Hosts

  • Justin - President
  • Jennie - Vice President
  • Ray - Director of PR
  • Lyn - Director at Purple and Wiiiild Events
  • Simon - Secretary
  • Ron - Hot Metals Host
  • Erik - General Area Host

Things that need doing around the space

  • Lounge 2.0 needs to be organized
  • Liquor cabinet needs to be found
  • Do tasks off the Airtable list of tasks for the move.
  • We need an area designated as Limbo
  • We need a sign on the back door saying to close the door after 7 pm - put one up!
    • Casey's going to make a sign
  • Need volunteers to help put doors in the CNC area - talk to Andy if you want to learn/practice your drywall and framing skills
  • As always:
    • Clean up after yourself and leave spaces better than you found them
    • Take out the trash, but don't overfill the dumpster

Awesome Callouts

  • Doorman Dave fixed everything multiple times at all sorts of inconvenient times like 2 AM - thanks Dave!!
  • Lyn for many years of waiver organization - and Jennie too!
  • Ron O. stayed late to authorize on hot metals
  • Ron always gives the tours and does an awesome job
  • Justin and Greg for moving the bar
  • Jennie and Andy for CAJOOing
  • Lyn for always knowing who is awesome
  • Jennie and Adriana for painting the lounge 2.0 ceiling

What have you been hacking

  • Skylar carved a pumpkin with a Raspberry Pi and speakers - and learned how to solder under high pressure
  • Ron made an Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi
  • Erik is carrying gaffer's tape wrapped around an old hotel key
  • Jennie has been casting faces in plaster for the power racing car (new theme: car of a thousand faces)
  • Andy is working on a guitar side heat bender - if anybody wants to help out


  • Avondale Neighborhood Association meeting here on December 9th
    • Also debuting a book
  • We just toured DMDII Labs
  • Quarterly meetups are getting organized for regional hackerspaces
    • The first meetup might be in Chicago, maybe at PS1
  • Pole Vision on Channel 24.4 interviewed Ray and he was on the news
  • October 6 - Manufacturing Week - CNC build club. Also December 1st
  • Fusion 360 Meetup - October 12 here, come learn modeling and Fusion 360 software
  • Power Racing - two races - this weekend Milwaukee, next week in New York
  • New Member Orientation - 4 pm in lounge - come find out about being a member here
    • Working on rethinking member meetings and new member orientation
  • CAJOO - 7 pm - come play instruments, we have some extra instruments, no skill is required
  • Game Night - Saturday - 5pm until late, come play analog games
  • Python Office Hours - 7pm in the Electronics Area
  • NERP - Monday at 7pm in the Electronics Area
  • Startup Art Fair - Simon has a room at an art fair this weekend. Contact him for free passes.


  • Is there any information about the Halloween party?
    • Not yet - a spooky surprise to be determined



Who wants to give a tour?

  • Thanks Ray for giving a tour!