We'll be meeting in Pancho Villa in Forum shopping centre at 5PM. After dining we'll head out to Vihreä Haltiatar at 6PM. Feel free to join us at either location. If you can't make it this time, happy holidays and see you in 2013, we'll drink to your health. And remember, the next GC is whenever you want it to be!
Which brings us to this - I want to invite all you geeks to O'Malley's for a pint or two on Thursday the 29th this month.
v0.26, be there or be... no wait, no alternatives. Be there!
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These may range anywhere from workshops to seminars, dojos or you name it. If you would like to organize or participate in some event, do make some noise about yourself. Either the mailing list or the IRC channel (#geekcollision at IRCnet) are good places to do that.
Hackaday on Wednesday
Elovalo is a project that builds three pedestals, each containing a led cube (512 leds), for the City of Light event held at Jyväskylä. The pedestals will be visible at the Church Park for around a week at the end of September.
The purpose of this challenge is to encourage the community to participate in the development. We provide tools (basic API, simulator), it's up to you to use them and create amazing effects. Those effects will be composed into playlists that are then shown using the devices. Besides actual technical work, ideas and discussion are welcome too. I know coding C can be a bit daunting at times.
There are no prizes available this time unfortunately. We can, however, guarantee a place in the project credits.
If this sounds interesting to you, check the project out. Or better yet, visit the lab (Kauppakatu 4, inner court hidden behind construction work). We can guarantee there are people there on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning from 18:00. It is likely we will be working on the project there on other days too. The surest way to know is to just ask at #hacklab.jkl on Freenode.
Geek Collision v0.24 pays tribute to the day that the figure brings to mind because it certainly feels like Christmas as we'll be not only celebrating the first ever GC that takes place in the new abode but we'll also be able to enjoy GC's very own homeboy Juho Vepsäläinen presenting the project Elovalo, a custom-built lighting system designed to appear in Jyväskylä's church park come this autumn.
Feel more than free to take a sneak peek at the project at http://elovalo.org/.
You have voted and we have consensus that we'll meet Wednesday 15th August at 18:00 at Lucky Baldwin's (located in Gummeruksenkatu).
This time we have a loose theme for the discussions: What would you like the next AgileJkl in 2013 to be like?
See you then, thirsty geeks!
Let's carve the final date in the stone on Monday.
We'll be meeting at the old premises on Kolmospesänkatu 3 A 1 (basement) on 21st of July (Saturday) at around twelve:
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If you are coming, please imply this at the Doodle. If you have any further questions or need some extra info, drop a comment or participate directly at the mailing list of Hacklab.
The cost for the sauna is 120€ and it will be split between the attendees. Towels will be provided on site and there will be some iceboxes and a grill available.
For more information visit http://www.saunalautta.fi
There are some photos available from the visit. Note that the floor will still be smoothed. Some walls are missing as well as the space will be repartitioned.
In order to keep things fair and square we're organizing a special edition of Geek Collision. The event will be held at Hemingway's (map below) on Thursday (7.6) starting at 18:00. Everyone even remotely interested in the subject is welcome of course.
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What makes this collision a special one is the fact that Hacklab Jyväskylä will have a meeting with us there. We will discuss through the details and get arrangements needed done in order to fully secure the community space.
If you can't make it there and want to discuss some issue, please use the mailing list. Or alternatively you can poke us at IRC (#geekcollision@IRCnet). In case you applied for Hacklab membership in order to support the community space, please go ahead and fill their form to make things go smoother at the meeting.
Hacklab currently provides a hackerspace at Kuokkala. In addition to this they organize and participate in various events. You might remember them from Instanssi.
It appears the goals of us and Hacklab are somewhat similar. Hacklab complements our "unorganization" well. We've come to realize this. As a result we're currently trying to attain proper premises at the center of Jyväskylä. This is your chance to contribute!
The PremisesThese premises would make it easier for us to organize regular events. In addition the place would function as a "hotspot" for all geeks in the area. If there would be a place where you could meet local geeks, this would be it.
We have been offered premises at Kauppakatu 4 (see the map below). The central location makes it ideal for our purposes. There is room enough for us (around 55 sqms). And it is a basement, of course. Best of all, The Ol' Green is really close!
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How Can I Contribute?In order to make this happen, we'll need to raise a bit of money. This is where you can contribute, should you want to.
Hacklab provides memberships. The funds gained this way are used for the rent and various purchases needed. It is important to understand that Hacklab works on non-profit basis.
Currently they have three membership levels available:
- 10€ per month - Access to premises on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (club evening)
- 20€ per month - Free access to premises (key)
- 40€ per month - Exclusive offer, own table
The second instance of the hungry python tutorial (open for everybody) will be this Friday, 1st of June from 14:00-18:00 in room AG C231 in the Agora building. We will hear more about Python and Django and possibly Go (the language, not the game).
Tero Tilus talked about graphical notations. Did you know that UML uses only one visual dimension? I didn't. I'll never look at maps the same. The slides of the presentation aren't available yet but they might appear here should there be demand.
I gave three presentations. A longer one and two short ones. In the first short one I talked about two tools I've developed recently: suite.js and generators.js. The presentation, originally intended to be five minutes long, sparked some interesting conversation. As a result I have some idea how to develop the tools further. You can study the slides below:
My second presentation was about static websites. During the last few months or so I've developed a few so I thought to share some of my findings. Even though the technology is quite old school, it's still relevant. The primary advantage of static is that it's very easy to serve. Just dump the HTML to some web server and off you go. Examine the slides for further details:
My third presentation discussed Bootstrap and Skeleton CSS frameworks briefly. In this presentation I primarily wanted to motivate people to give either of these a go. They make a remarkable difference for a casual developer. There is no need to build it all by hand. Instead you can pick a framework and get something cool done without having to spend entire month on it. The slides are available below:
Last but not least Tsuri Kamppuri discussed about a MVC framework he built using PHP. Man, I'm so happy I don't have to work with PHP anymore. Anyway, it was nice to see what you can do with it if you really want to.
Overall I think that the event was a success. Sure, it might have been fun to have more people around but I feel everyone got something out of it. It is likely we'll arrange another one later on May. This time we'll make sure to let people know of the event earlier so it's easier to make room for it in the calendar.
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After enjoying/suffering through a few presentations, we'll head towards the good ol' green. If you have done something interesting lately, be sure to prepare a talk. The program hasn't been fixed entirely so there's room for those.
Just so you know what to await for, we'll be having talks at least about graphical notations in information systems and something about GitHub Pages.
See you there! If you are coming, please let us know by adding yourself to our Doodle. You might also bring your laptop if you happen to own one. Probably doesn't hurt unless it's one of those luggable ones.
Big thanks to the fine people of HubJkl for making this event possible.
The workshop is free to join and there will be some pizzas sponsored by Qvantel.
Greetings, interested Programmer!
A few people are planning a public python user group for Jyväskylä. It all started with company-internal tutorials from experts to newbies but shall now grow.
All we have are a few ideas:
* Have tutorials e.g. in university premises, maybe once a month?
* Program some fun game together
* Let meetings be sponsored by our companies (as they benefit via:
recruitement connections, education of employees etc)
* Logo could be two snakes winding around Harju
* Join the RY located in Turku?
* Chat-meetings in pubs in the evening
So for now please
a) forward this email to 3 - 5 friends that might be interested (be smart - use BCC!)
b) come to meet on Tuesdays the 6th of March 2012 in Hemmingsway's at 19:00
where we will brainstorm the next steps.
We will of course have normal Geek Collision on the side, so no need to skip even if you are not interested in Python. We just relocated to make this meet up easier and not to isolate similar groups from each others.
See ya around six there then!
Instanssi is a festival of digital making in Jyväskylä 9-11.3.2012. Are you already working on your entry? If not you should! There are no limits! Just hack, create and have fun! Be sure to get your ticket now. There are no too many left anymore.
Pick a date:
Often people ask how get notified about these events. So here's a list. This will also work as a checklist for me and others arranging Geek Collisions. So please bug me or anyone else arranging Geek Collision if some media gets forgotten.
- First and the most official one is this blog
- Second and probably most hardest to miss is our mailing list email@example.com. It's not currently public list, but anyone is free to join. The list can be used by you too. For example recruiting.
- IRC channel #geekcollision @ IRCnet. This is our most active media. GC announcement will most likely come out here first
- Google Calendar. Get notified on Android and others.
- @geekcollision on Twitter. All blog posts will be automatically posted here using Twitter Feed. It might get also some other random geek tweets.
- Facebook page. All tweets get redirected here. Like it if you want to see the updates on your Facebook feed.