Meetup.com: From Markham Makers to Ylab

Jay’s Markham Makers group on meetup.com has been a big part of ylab from the start. The group was  the initial core, providing a great mailing list for our successful  kick-off event. We’re moving from subtle usurping to all-out takeover. It’s now a formal part of ylab. Some of the recent changes...

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Changing gears to become a maker space.

“Be careful what you wish for”, they say. ylab is making the transition to become a maker space. ylab started with the goal of  building a real tech community up here in southern York Region – Markham, Richmond Hill, Thornhill and Vaughan. There are scores of technology companies in the area, but outside work, everything...

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Radio. Ra-D-D-O. Not your grandfather’s ham radio.

Volunteers from  the  York Region Amateur Radio Club came out to the David Dunlap Observatory to give us a presentation on how they’ve moved on from vacuum tubes to the Internet age. You have to memorise all these frequencies to get your ham radio license. OK, not really. The presentation was a real eye-opener. Amateur...

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Robotycs Toy Hacks – They’re Alive!

We held our second Robotycs hands-on night on Nov 11 to continue the toy hacks. It’s great to see new faces coming out to every event, and to see others become regulars. DC power supply. Works much better than batteries for testing. Volunteers brought in a variety of equipment to help things along, and Robot Ross gave a quick presentation...

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Big Mix Night: Robotycs, Arduino, Car Hacks and the DDO!

Wed Nov 4, 2015. It was like a whole bunch of ylab events, shaken up, mixed together and served up with everyone wondering how on earth the unholy mess would taste. Our friends at the David Dunlap Observatory somehow agreed to let us in to the darkest recesses of their basement for what was supposed to be a barely-announced Robotycs hands-on night....

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October Wrap-Up: Python! Robots! Nerds! Makers! Haunted House! TAVES!

  October YLab Meeting Group Shot. October was a crazy month. YLab is all about tech community, so it’s more than just the events we put on. YLab regulars, volunteers and friends have been all over the place, including: YLab’s Python Constricted class, hosted by the Markham Public Library, where a dozen people were introducted to...

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Programming Unrestricted at Python Constricted Event

A dozen programmers came out to learn the language. Programmers came out on October 7 2015 for ylab’s Python Constricted – a crash course in the Python Language for people who already know how to program. Attendees arrived ready to go with Python already loaded on their laptops. They worked their way through the hands-on...

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First Robotycs Meeting: New Faces, Enthusiasm and a Fast Robot Build

Accompanied by their builders and a bunch of  budding and accomplished roboticists, a menagerie of robots  crowded into Logics Academy for ylab’s inaugural Robotycs meeting.  The all-too-human Robot Ross gave an intro to the group’ and some potential direction. A big part of it will be participants...

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Securing Your Home Router Recap and Upcoming Events

Filling the boardroom with makers and networking equipment. It was an amazing turnout at our September 16th event centred around securing your home router. After going through some background information on routers and how their firmware is developed, YLab makers eagerly started reflashing their router’s with open source...

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YLabs Announces Robotycs Monthly Meeting. Will Mayhem Ensue?

Robot Ross (known to humans as Ross Lunan) is breaking out the high-voltage cables and jump starting Ylab’s first regular monthly meeting – the Ylab Robotycs group. First meeting is Wednesday September 30th from 7 PM to 10 PM, and every 4th Wednesday of the month starting in October. Apparently we didn’t do enough damage at last week’s Arduino class,...

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