a group coming together in the Oshawa/Durham area. Like our friends at YRARC, tomesh.net does interesting things with wireless mesh networks. One guy came by, saw our display on the RASC/DDO, and introduced us to a great radio astronomy web site. Repair Café Toronto introduced us to their fun and helpful events.Operation Gorilla Phoenix is trying to bring back the Active Surplus stores. If you don’t know what Active Surplus was, or, more importantly, what a gorilla has to do with it… ask an old geek or maker. We had some special things of our own at the festival:The Toronto Maker Extravaganza at the Toronto Reference Library this weekend was another big success – and ylab was there. Our contingent and display were organised by Ross and Pek, and staffed over the weekend by Ross, Jay, Brooke and Richard, with Pek volunteering with the event organisers. We saw other ylab members visiting the show (slackers!). Our laser cut windmill/generator made it down to the sailboat races. Displays were most impressive, but the best part was getting to see friends and makers who’ve helped us out and inspired us to make ylab happen. Hats off as always to Site3 and Hacklab.to, among others. Newmarket’s NewMakeIt had a huge modified geodesic dome out on the street. There’s
- For members, we announced the kick-off meeting at 7:30 this Wednesday, July 13 at the DDO for this year’s Halloween project (ylab and DDO members only).
- We had the first display of our new not-a-light-sabre project, with Richard’s next-generation circuit boards fresh in from manufacturing, and the latest multi-colour LED strips.
- We announced a joint DDO/ylab maker day for Saturday, September 10th at the DDO.
Toronto Maker Festival’s Extravaganza is this weekend at the Toronto Reference Library – and ylab will be there!We’ll be in the maker spaces’ area. Come out and say hi. See what we’re up to with our other York Region friends at the David Dunlap Observatory and other groups. We’ll have some of our members’ creations on display, including our latest prototype of a thing-that’s-not-called-a-light-sabre-so-Disney-doesn’t-get-mad-at-us. Those things seem to attract a lot of trouble, so maybe we’ll just call it a lightning rod, since Ben Franklin didn’t patent it.If we can just get a little more organised, we might be announcing some other cool things. Admission is free, but you need to register here.The
TechSoup who do so many things for non-profits, we’ve acquired a full license for AutoCAD for the maker space at a very, very significant discount. Now to find and adequate PC to put it on…Ylab members volunteered themselves to test out and be tested themselves in our first two formal classes since moving into the DDO – our Intro to 2D CAD, followed by our Ylab Laser Cutter Certification. Since we want a solid foundation to build-on, we used the free version of DraftSight, a CAD program with great 2D and 3D capabilities, and a user interface that’s compatible pro-grade tools like AutoCAD. Participants suffered through some trial and error. We allocated some extra time. And some more extra time. But by the end of the class, participants had etched their own dog tags and cut out their graduation certificates. We now have great intro material and better structure for the next set of classes, which we’ll be announcing soon.BONUS FEATURE: Thanks to the people at
corporate event at Lenovo was such a success that we’re doing it again – and this time, Qualcomm Canada is hosting us.Come out and hear how three York Region companies have innovated to use cloud computing to create new lines of business.These companies are building and running successful ventures on an international scale that would not be possible without the resources and technology of the cloud.Our speakers are not just users – they’ve been leaders in addressing the regulatory, security and data locationon issues with government and some of the biggest cloud suppliers.Find out how they’ve handled business, scaling, security and other issues – and join in the Q&A to get your own questions answered. Larry Keating – President and CEO, NPC (http://npcdataguard.com )– invented and brought to market his industry’s first secure managed endpoint computing solution, changing how laptop computers are managed for business. NPC uses the cloud to secure, manage, monitor and back up laptops in a way that’s superior and cheaper than companies can manage themselves. As president and CEO of Keating Technologies he founded in 1987, Larry has brought more than $1.5 billion in technology and services to Canadians, and is a 3-time national winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies award.Anthony R. Pearlman – President and COO, Intertainment Media ( http://intertainmentmedia.com ). When some of the biggest names in entertainment hold their special events, Intertainment Media is there. Through their divisions and various company investments, they manage the dynamic web presence and ensure it can scale to meet the demand. They syndicate live content to millions of users globally. They’re enabling cloud-based ventures like Yappn for real-time e-commerce translation services. Anthony has over 25 years of hands-on technology experience from co-founding and running early stage late 90’s e-commerce start-ups all the way to the C-suite in large public enterprises. RJ Juneau – CEO and Founder, Maxxian( http://www.maxxian.com). Maxxian provides world-leading technology for managing and securing millions of video set-tops and Internet access devices for cable operators from Alaska to the coast of South America. They use the same virtualisation and system management technology used by cloud providers to manage systems at their customer sites to reduce their costs, speed deployments and increase reliability and flexibility. RJ’s been at the leading/bleeding edge of technology for over 30 years in banking and trading systems, supercomputing, MPEG video and other fun things. IT’S IN MARKHAM, SO THERE’S LOTS OF FREE PARKING!Full details here on Eventbrite.Get your registrations in now – the Qualcomm space is smaller than Lenovo’s, so seating is limited.Our last