Nerd Nite & Dorkbot: Makin' It Together

Nerd Nite & Dorkbot: Makin' It Together

Because everyone knows the nerdiest bots are the ones you build yourself.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Doors at 7. Talks at 7:30.
ND Austin
501 Brushy Street (at I-35 and E 5th St) 78702

This month’s agenda:

1. “Hello, Arduino: Meet the tiny computer built for makers and crafters,” by Sharon Cichelli
Take the first step in raising your robot army, and make software that interacts with the real world. The Arduino is a microcontroller designed to be welcoming to those new to programming and new to electronics. Sharon will show us what it is, what you can build with it, and how to get started.

Sharon Cichelli is a software developer, open-source contributor, Arduino hacker, pinball enthusiast, and author of

2. “Replicating Reality: Print Adventures in the 3rd Dimension” by Matt Mancuso
Tea, Earl Grey, hot! Matt will share the theory and technical basics behind 3-D printing — and show off some objects he printed on his homemade Replicator.

Matt Mancuso is a geneticist by day, and Member-at-Large/Ombudsman of ATX Hackerspace by night.

3. “How to Make a Robot Without Knowing Electronics” by Luke Keyes
Have you ever wanted to make a robot, but felt the task of learning electronics was too daunting? Luke will explain how he made a robot using a netbook and a thrift-store Roomba and how you can too.

Luke Keyes has spent the past 7+ years as a video game programmer by day (specializing in gameplay systems and AI), and a hobby robotics enthusiast by night.

+ Dorkbot show-and-tell projects at tables throughout the venue!
+ Bangin’ break music by Mickey Delp from Delptronics, and post-Nite vibes from TX Chip, the Texas chiptune collective!
+ Want to get a jump on the socializing? Sign up for Nerd Speed-Dating at 6:30: nnatx/5638

Main doors at 7:00, talks at 7:30.
As always, Nerd Nite and Dorkbot are free. Buy yourself a beer to celebrate.