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Call for Geeks - Attaining a Community Space

Wouldn't it be nice if we had a proper community space in the center of Jyväskylä? As it appears this is something we can definitely achieve. This is possible by collaborating with Hacklab Jyväskylä.

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 Premises

These 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

We track our progress towards the worthy goal in a public spreadsheet. Should you feel like contributing, add the information needed there. If you are interested in some other sort of contribution, do let us know (see "Connections" on the blog).
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2nd Python Tutorial


Hi!

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).

Bye, Fabian
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Sauna ferry collision for the summer?

Any volunteers for a sauna ferry collision in the summer? Participate and make it happen.

http://www.doodle.com/re9wxpbsq7e7sr7p

Ps. The date is not set in stone and sauna is good for you.

http://www.saunalautta.fi/
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SO Meetup - Afterthoughts

The SO meetup held at 28.4 was quite an interesting event. Seven of us gathered at the cosy premises of Hub Jkl. We had a five talks ranging from graphical notations to web development. The sessions were quite lively and sparked conversation. It is likely we'll arrange another similar event later on May.

Presentations


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.

Conclusion


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.

A couple of persons have already announced that they might have some topics to discuss about. I'm particularly excited about a certain design related prospect. It's more than fine to have less nerdy talks amongst the more nerdy ones.
 
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