Meeting Notes 2017-01-03

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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)

  • Mark | product designer | has a 3D printer, but no woodshop | found out about us through word of mouth, was member at catalyze |
  • Cory | builds things out of wood, codes in swift and C++ | found out about us through codeworkers
  • Bill | dabbles in everything from electronics to software, cars, hydroponics, wood, metalworking, but not brain surgery | found us on meetup
  • Dennis | makes furniture | found us on Google by typing in makerspace
  • Hadley | hot meals, blacksmithing | googled forges in Chicago |
  • Maddy | build large-scale props and costumes | found about us from Quinn
  • Ed | tinkers with computers | was a hackerspace member in Texas | would like to learn about CNC machines
  • Camron | new to Chicago, background in physics and natural science | automated greenhouses
  • Larry | background in electronics, woodworking, metalworking | came with David
  • David | found us through | dabble in everything, interested in electronics and metalworking
  • Mike | found us through a friend | thinking about rebuilding a go-kart
  • Andy | architectural background, makes furniture, homebrewer, metalworking interest | found us on reddit
  • Max | woodworking, software, electronics | found us through coworker

Two Random Members

  • Jenny | software testing | visited sector 67 in Madison, then found us
  • Brian | art director | woodworking and pipeholding | found us looking for a laser cutter | member since January 1

Board and Area Hosts

  • Justin - President
  • Jennie - Vice-President
  • Simon - Secretary
  • Lyn - Director at Purple and Willld Events
  • Erik - General Area Host
  • Dean - Cold Metals Area Host

Things that need doing around the space

  • Make nominations for the board!
  • Take out the garbage, clean up after yourself, do not overfill the dumpster!!
  • Help Ken with electrical work, come pull cable! No expertise necessary.
  • Help the area hosts with the move

Awesome Callouts

  • Shellie for giving the arts and crafts area a huge makeover!!
    • Also her army of anonymous helpers who we would love to call out but nobody at the meeting right now knows who you are, sorry!
    • Maybe Jonathan Bisson, Lyn, Jennie? And other folks? Y'all are awesome.
  • Jennie for donating pizzas for the NYE gathering
  • Lyn for organizing the NYE party
  • Erik for putting up cable management for lounge 2.0 projector
  • Ken for all of his awesome electrical work
  • Ken again, just because he's been doing a ton of work and we owe him a few
  • Also Ken.

What have you been hacking

  • Lyn dying clothes purple
  • Making a wood bluetooth speaker
  • Erik finished hanging sink in bathroom
  • Turning playing cards into circuit boards
  • Ed has been hacking a CCD camera, port scanning to find open ports (What are 8000, 9002?)
  • David used housing insulation chucked on a drill press as a lathe with a skateboard wheel as an endstop, and turned a foam cannon
  • Bill has been making a car remote controlled


  • Lockpicking from 8pm onwards on Wednesday in the lounge. Come pick locks and drink beer and talk locks.
  • NASA 2017 Space Apps Hackathon Organizing Group - Saturday 1-3
    • We're trying to host the NASA hackathon. Grand prize hackathon winners get to go to a NASA launch.
  • Bike Night - Wednesday, 8 pm - come work on bikes
  • Door codes changed. Start learning the new one. If you don't have the new code, email
  • Wikignomes Tool Time - Saturday at noon
  • Painting workshop on 1/14
  • Cybersecurity for organizers - Monday at 7 pm
  • Elections for board of directors are on January 17th - we need more nominations, due January 10.
  • We have a vote tonight, stick around to vote
  • We need a cold metal authorizer volunteer!
    • Check out to learn more about the responsibilities of being a volunteer authorizer.
    • Email


  • How do new people get their ID's checked?
    • Come back after the tour
  • Do you have 3D printers?
    • Yep
  • What plastics are the printers set up for?
    • ABS, PLA,
  • Can you bring your own?
    • Please do so.
  • Why does my car battery keep dying?
    • Lots of helpful answers.
  • I'm going to be traveling for the next month, but I want to join. What should I do?
    • Join next month. Come to a Tuesday meeting to get your ID checked.
  • Do we have to get trained on things to use them?
    • Yes - you need to get authorizations for anything more dangerous than a soldering iron.
    • Check the calendar and wiki pages for authorizations
  • Does woodshop authorization cover a number of tools?
    • Yep, but not the lathe.
  • If an authorization isn't listed, email the list with your availability
  • What are the different tiers of membership?
    • $40 Starving Hacker & $70 Full Membership, which comes with voting rights and storage space
  • How big are the storage shelves?
    • About yay big.


  • Quorum not met. We'll try again in two weeks.


Who wants to give a tour?