Events

Dorkbot 50: Under the SeaBot – April 21 @ Thinkery Austin!

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This month we will submerge ourselves under tidal waves to explore the magic of sea life… from subsea ecosystems to sea-based agriculture. Let’s dive in!


DORKBOT 50: Under the SeaBot
Monday, April 21, 2014 –  7:00-9:30pm
Thinkery Austin
(1830 Simond Ave Austin, TX 78723)
Free and open to all!
RSVP on our Facebook page, if you do that kinda thing. Otherwise, just show up and have a good time!

Farming Seaweed in Austin, Texas: the Tech Below the Surface

Lewis Weil (You know. From Nerd Nite!)

Austin, Texas is home to the only inland culinary seaweed farm in North America. Lewis will for the first time give a public presentation on the technology that makes my farm possible. Weil’s seaweed is on plates in fancy restaurants, has been featured on Slashdot, and every bit of it used to be grown in his garage. It is now in a greenhouse at an urban farm in south Austin.

Lewis Weil talks about aquariums way too much. He has a real job and other interests and stuff. But given alcohol and a chance the conversation always turns to growing things in water. He has kept everything from microscopic algae, rare amazon fish, delicate corals, and sharks. He tries to maintain a façade of being a cool human being. All his best ideas start out as jokes.

Naturalistic Paludariums 101

Wiley Wiggins (You know. From Juegos Rancheros and other stuff!)

This is the story of a normal person who never planned on building enormous microcontroller-regulated biotopes in his home. The acquisition of a cute and unassuming amphibian friend started a slow decent down the hobby hole towards madness. Learn how to create rainforest zones within glass boxes in your own home, all watched over by machines of loving grace.

Wiley Wiggins is one of the organizers of the Juegos Rancheros indie videogame meetup, monthly at the North Door. You may know him from other stuff as well.

Under the C’s: Lessons Learned In The Trenches of a Library

Dustin Younse (our Current-and-soon-to-be-Former Dorkbot Overlord)

Libraries are more than just a collection of assorted, dusty books, and recent advances in technology have highlighted the role of the library as a repository of knowledge, not a repository of paper, ink and glue. We’ll take a quick look at some of the cool stuff happening right now, and in the near future.

Dustin is the Overlord of Dorkbot Austin, was, until recently, the Webmaster for the University of Texas Libraries, and is one heck of a cat dad, according to his ward Audrey.


Dorkbot is – As ALWAYS – a FREE and ALL AGES event.

Dorkbot 48: Count Chipula Attacks!

Dorkbot 48: Count Chipula Attacks!

If silent disco dance floors with touch sensitive 3D cubes, live projections, chiptunes, synths, and audio-visual interfaces designed with plenty of dials and knobs are your thing… you’re gonna need a change of pants for this month’s show.

DORKBOT 48: Count Chipula Attacks!

Clay Lilliard – is one of the four founding members of COLLABnART, and is here to make you “fall in love with the process” of making and showcasing killer art. COLLABnART has put together numerous events featuring interactive installations, screenprinting, live mural painting, live sculpting, video art projection, acro yoga and glass blowing, to name a few. http://www.collabnart.org/

Mike Behrman of TXchip – the sound tsunami AKA DJ battle champion “The Mysterious H” has returned to Austin and is here to geek out about interfacing old sound chips, making hybrid synths, and homebrewing hardware and software instruments for your ears’ delight. Check out other TXchip artists and events at: http://txchipmusic.com/

Mickey Delp – the chief inventor behind Delptronics talks to us about his interface design showcased at Fantastic Arcade. Delp’s customized surface for the arcade version of the video game Panoramical was the buzz of this year’s event. The Alamo Drafthouse described the experience as “creating instant compositions of audio and form, mountains rising and boiling away, clouds making way for stars and black rain.” http://delptronics.com/

Greg Cerveny Loves open source and DIY music technology. So he’s here to share his sliders, buttons, and knobs that make it easy to prototype new musical experiences. And a little of his vision for the future of DIY music tech. http://gregcerveny.com

We’ll also be giving away a 1-year subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud app of your choice. Must be present to win!

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RSVP on our Facebook page, if you do that kinda thing. Otherwise, just show up and have a good time!

Dorkbot 48: Count Chipula Attacks!
Wednesday, October 16th
The North Door – 502 Brushy St., Austin, Texas 78702 [The Google Map]
(Parking is free and readily available in the lot across the street.)

Doors at 7, talks at 7:30

Dorkbot is — as always — a FREE and all ages event.

Dorkbot 43: Shall We Play a Game?

Dorkbot 43: Shall We Play a Game?

Dorkbot 43: Shall We Play a Game?

All work and no play makes for some very dull dorks. Join Dorkbot this moth as we explore things playfully dorky in nature.

  • HOW TO FUND YOUR GAME (OR WHATEVER) – Johnathan Leistiko
    “Ya’ Darn Kids, Get Offa My Kickstarter!”

    Back in June of 2010, Jonathan and his friend Jeremy raised $9,400 to self-publish a board game. Jonathan will talk about what it took to Kickstart their project, why they succeeded, why they would have failed if they ran the same campaign today, and his thoughts on how the crowdfunding landscape has changed.

  • WHEN WE PLAY FOR FREEDOM – Brandon Wiley
    “Busting Through Firewalls to Defeat Internet Censorship.”

    Brandon revisits the topic of fixing the internet in what promises to be a playful approach to making things better for you and me and probably everyone really.

  • HIDE AND SEEK, BUT MOSTLY SEEK – Mikal Hart
    “Return of the Sundial Quest Box.”

    Mikal will share some of the amazing stories of what’s been happening with his “Reverse Geocache Puzzle” since he last spoke at Dorkbot in 2010. There will be a new product announcement and a multi-day treasure hunt for a few lucky audience members.

Dorkbot 43: Shall We Play a Game?
at The North Door, 501 Brushy Street 78702 [map]
Monday, May 20th. Doors at 7, talks at 7:30. Open dork to follow till they run out of beer or they kick us out. Whichever comes first.

RSVP: via Facebook (not required) Always free. All ages welcome.

Enter The North Door through the North Door (duh), off the alley. They have a full bar and a pizza kitchen. Two of the many reasons why we love them.

Dorkbot 41: Welcome our Robot Overlords – Feb. 18th 7p.m.

Dorkbot 41: I, for one, Welcome our Robot Overlords

Dorkbot 41: I, for one, Welcome our Robot Overlords

This February — to celebrate electrical camaraderie — we’ll be partnering with our friends in The Robot Group to bring Big Crawlers, Little Things, and Mechanical Bands to your robot-loving eyes and ears.

  • Brooks Coleman shares his robots both Big (Crawler) and Little (Thing)!
  • Professor Conrad will show off his newest addition to the Screaming Babyheads band – the Rockin Raven Piano Player.
  • Matt Steinke will present some of the instruments from his mechanical band, Octant.
  • Quentin & Hilary will tell us how Pony Trap, once a somewhat normal band, became a robot freakout fun time. Plus, a performance!

Dorkbot 41: I, For One, Welcome our Robot Overlords
at The North Door, 501 Brushy Street 78702 [map]
Monday Feb. 18th. Doors at 7, talks at 7:30. Open dork to follow till they run out of beer or they kick us out. Whichever comes first.

RSVP: via Facebook (not required)

Enter The North Door through the North Door (duh), off the alley. They have a full bar and a pizza kitchen. Two of the many reasons why we love them.

Dorkbot is — as always — a FREE, all-ages event. Bring the kids, even if they’re not robots!

Dorkbot 40: Future’s so Bright – Jan. 28th 7p.m.

Dorkbot 40: Future's so Bright

Dorkbot 40: Future’s so Bright

It’s going to be a busy year preparing for the singularity. Face the future with your Dorkbot friends and some lovely libations.

  • Clay Shortall & Chris Chang – Shadow Puppet – Kinect motion sensors, processing, and Arduino code power an interactive screen of spinning circular panels.
  • Eric Jacobs – SARGE, the Slightly Anachronistic Retro Gaming Environment – a homemade development game console that brings NES and Famicom classics back to life with a modern twist.
  • Matt Steinke – Octant – a mechanical band.
  • Brent Dixon on solving global challenges with play.

Dorkbot 40: Future’s so Bright
at The North Door, 501 Brushy Street 78702 [map]
Monday Jan. 28th. Doors at 7, talks at 7:30. Open dork to follow till they run out of beer or they kick us out. Whichever comes first.
RSVP: via Facebook (not required)

Enter The North Door through the North Door (duh), off the alley. They have a full bar and a pizza kitchen. Two of the many reasons why we love them.

Dorkbot is — as always — a free event. Open to all ages.