[Makerspace] Monthly meeting for May / June

Felix Sheldon darkpaw at internode.on.net
Sun May 13 23:25:51 AEST 2018


Hi all,

Alrighty then, let's go with Wednesday 30th May, 6 PM, rear 21 Gordon Ave
Hamilton.

I'll create a Meetup event for it now.

Something I have been looking at recently is making timing system
components for flyball, which is a fairly popular dog sport.

There is an existing system used at official events, which uses a radio
system to link all the separate bits.

I was leaning towards using WiFi for an entirely new system, but it could
be handy to have compatibility with the old one.

So I can do a short talk on the radio system it uses, and how to get
started with reverse-engineering that sort of thing.

I could use some advice myself if anyone is familiar with that sort of
thing too! (As usually happens...)



On 13 May 2018 at 10:56, Harry Balding <harry at dantia.com.au> wrote:

> Thanks Felix, I’d love to come along. Did you decide on a date for your
> next meeting yet?
>
> I think I saw that bloke from Newcastle on Shark Tank some time back - was
> he the guy with the self-charging battery for his bike light?
>
> RE: NFP documentation - I had a conversation (and subsequent head-kicking)
> with our Executive yesterday and I had the information wrong. We’re a
> registered *Tax Exempt* organisation (different status to a NFP, as I now
> know). Sincerely sorry about that, I wasn’t intending to mislead you or
> misrepresent us.
>
> Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
>
> Harry
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On 12 May 2018, at 11:14 am, Felix Sheldon <darkpaw at internode.on.net>
> wrote:
>
> Thanks for that article Harry.
>
> Yes absolutely feel free to drop in. It is good to know about your
> organisation, we can send more commercially oriented people your way.
>
> But we don't ever see many, and when we do they seem to be the independent
> type! One bloke a while back had something on Shark Tank, I'm terrible with
> names...
>
>
>
> On 12 May 2018 at 10:57, Harry Balding <harry at dantia.com.au> wrote:
>
>> HI Michael,
>>
>> I'll get the documentation from our Ops Coordinator on Monday and share
>> with you. Until then, here's some links to shed some transparency on where
>> our Funding comes from (lake mac council) and what we do with it.
>>
>> https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5008207/another-4m-for-la
>> ke-macquarie-council-development-organisation-dantia/?cs=305
>> http://dantia.com.au/about-dantia/
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sat, May 12, 2018 at 10:31 AM, Michael Burak <buzzawak at hotmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello Harry,
>>>
>>> Could you please provide a website that shows the NFP status you
>>> mentioned ?
>>>
>>>
>>> Michael Burak
>>>
>>> Thank you
>>>
>>>
>>> ------------------------------
>>> *From:* Makerspace <makerspace-bounces at newcastlelug.org> on behalf of
>>> Harry Balding <harry at dantia.com.au>
>>> *Sent:* Saturday, 12 May 2018 9:35 AM
>>> *To:* Newcastle Makerspace
>>> *Subject:* Re: [Makerspace] Monthly meeting for May / June
>>>
>>> Hey Felix, Geoff and Kirsten. Thanks for the responses!
>>>
>>> Yes you're right - 'makerspace' is probably inaccurate as a label for
>>> our project. The reason we still talk about it as a 'makerspace' is because
>>> we plan on building a community of people around our facilities, who are
>>> all passionate about building their product. Their motivation goes beyond
>>> just the love of making things, and extends to commercialising their
>>> products as the foundation of a new business. Based on what you (and your
>>> friends in the emails below) are saying, I understand that this is where
>>> DaSH Make will differ from your makerspace.
>>>
>>> *Re: Geoff Cohen* - Sorry Geoff I should have explained the project
>>> better from a 'Why' POV. We (The Lake Mac Economic Development Company)
>>> hold NFP status, and we're not doing this to turn a profit. We're doing
>>> this because we know there's a lot of highly-skilled people (engineers,
>>> tradespeople, problem solvers of other technical natures) in The Hunter who
>>> are (a) out of work, or (b) have an idea for a product that they want to
>>> commercialise and create their own new business in our region - thus
>>> developing the economy. Yes, our facility runs on membership fees but
>>> that allows us provide high-value, staffed facilities and programs
>>> designed to give our 'makers' (or Founders, if you like) the best shot at
>>> turning their product into something big.
>>>
>>> I acknowledge that your makerspace and many others value community,
>>> open-source and passion above commercialisation. If it's ok with you, I'd
>>> still love to attend and observe the next meetup and see for myself what
>>> you guys do?
>>>
>>> Harry
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Fri, May 11, 2018 at 7:39 PM, Felix Sheldon <darkpaw at internode.on.net
>>> > wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi Harry,
>>>
>>> Well I can't speak for everybody, but we already have a makerspace and I
>>> don't think we have a lot of interest in your businessy stuff. I'm
>>> definitely on the community / open source side of things.
>>>
>>> A makerspace focused on commercial development is not a makerspace, it's
>>> a startup incubator right?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On 11 May 2018 at 10:06, Harry Balding <harry at dantia.com.au> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi Felix,
>>>
>>> My name is Harry and I work for The Lake Macquarie Economic Development
>>> Company. I've been on the mailing list for a little while now and if you're
>>> happy for me to attend the next meeting, I'd love to share with you guys a
>>> project we're working on in Warners Bay?
>>>
>>> Basic outline of the project:
>>>
>>>    - Makerspace focused on accelerating the commercialisation of
>>>    product-based businesses (i.e. not focused on making things for interest or
>>>    leisure)
>>>    - Strong R&D theme (anchor tenants of the space are an electrical
>>>    engineering company's R&D arm and a startup accelerator)
>>>    - Membership-based business model + programs for ambitious
>>>    maker/founders.
>>>
>>> What do you reckon?
>>>
>>> Harry
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thu, May 10, 2018 at 9:23 PM, Felix Sheldon <darkpaw at internode.on.net
>>> > wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> I reckon I will post a Meetup event for maybe the 30th May and 27th June.
>>>
>>> Would anyone like to do anything, demo something, talk about a project
>>> or anything else?
>>>
>>> The space is nicely cleaned up and there's more room to actually do
>>> stuff!
>>>
>>>
>>>
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