SHHH 100001 – Super Happy Hacking House 33

Hello hackers, Tinkerers, Builders, Crafters, and Makers

Its been far too long since funvill organized our last Super Happy Hacker House. So, it is my pleasure to invite you all to The Vancouver HackSpace on October 18th for an open house and a Super Happy Hacker House 33!

Open house – (2PM till 6 PM) Never been to a hack space before? This is the perfect time to visit! We will give you the grand tour of the space. There will be a BBQ on site during the day if you want to bring something down to cook.
Super Happy Hacker House – (9 PM – Late). SHHH a social night where members and non-members are welcome to gather for conversation, beverages, lightning talks, and super happy hacking. Bring your laptops, Arduinos, crafts, and gadgets for a night of merry making!
Lightning talks – (11PM). Lightning talk is a short presentation on any subject that you want. Unlike other presentations, lightning talks last only a few minutes (2 min or less) and several talks will happen in a single period by different speakers. Challenge coins will given out to the people doing talks. Here is a video of some of our previous lighting talks

Remember to BRING YOUR OWN CUP !

A great article about one of our previous open houses!

A time laps video of one of our old Super Happy Hacker Houses

“The Bunker”
270 1st Ave E,
Vancouver, BC, V5T 1A6
or 49.268764,-123.098187 for the numerically inclined.

Parking is available just outside the space. Bikes can be brought inside via the garage door. To get here via transit: get off at Main St. – Science World station, walk South down Main to 1st Ave (past McDonald’s), turn left onto 1st Ave. Walk until you see the VHS sandwich board (past the “Stay away from lonely places” sign, directly across the street from the Brinks building).

Saturday October 18th, 2014. 2 pm until the early hours of the 19th.

Everyone, members and non-members and all of their friends.

Public Meeting 2-Oct

Public Meeting Thursday, October 2

St Anthony, Maryknoll Hall building, bottom floor, room 21, 6-9 PM.

This is an open public meeting. Bring ideas or work in progress to share with others.


St Anthony is “under the bridge in Wailuku”. If you’re coming from Kahului, pass over the bridge and take the left-hand turn(s) to take you under the bridge you just crossed. The school will be on your left.

October meetings (so far):
October 9: Introduction to Arduino/Electronics–no experience necessary
October 16: Make your Halloween Costume
October 23: “Tinkering”


Nova Labs Members 3D Print Prosthetic Hands for Kids in Support of E-NABLE Initiative

Photo: Courtesy of E-nabling the Future

BALTIMORE — Over the course of several weeks, Nova Labs volunteers Jason Kohles, Keith McGerald, Paul Chase, Erica Kane, Jeff Balderson, and Thomas Johnston 3D printed hundreds of small parts that were assembled into 17 prosthetic hands for kids at last weekend’s E-NABLE Conference at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In all, over 200 prosthetic hands were printed and assembled at the conference!

Nova Labs Members 3D Print Prosthetic Hands for Kids in Support of E-NABLE Initiative

The E-nabling the Future initiative aims to harness the potential of open source designs and distributed, low-cost manufacturing to make the frequent refitting of prosthetic hands during kids’ growth years cost effective for families.

Nova Labs Members 3D Print Prosthetic Hands for Kids in Support of E-NABLE Initiative

Photo: Iron Man Edition. Courtesy of E-nabling the Future

Support our efforts through a tax-deductible donation or get involved by signing up for our prosthetics group mailing list! To subscribe, register for a Nova Labs account, then visit your Nova Labs listserv management page to subscribe to the prosthetics listserv.


Kwartzlab: Year 5 Party this Friday!

Kwartzlab is turning FIVE YEARS OLD THIS WEEK!

During the summer of 2009, 17 strangers pooled their money together to jumpstart K-W’s first hackerspace. Kwartzlab opened it’s doors a couple months later, on October 1st. Two locations later and now at over 65 members, we’re still growing and improving our space with no sign of slowing down!

Come join us on Friday October 3rd from 7:30pm to 1:30am to help us celebrate what we’ve been able to accomplish in the community so far, and for what we can do from here! Drinks. Demos. Crafts. Good Times.

Facebook event page is here:

There’s a $5 cover charge and some of our FIVE BARS require tickets. All proceeds from the party goes to beefing up the infrastructure of our always-in-progress space at 33 Kent Ave… and maybe even slapping a coat of paint on it too!

Here’s what we’ve got…

  • Drink Bar (ticket req’d) – It just wouldn’t be a Kwartzlab party without delicious alcohol, mad scientist-style.
  • Liquid Nitrogen Bar (Free!) – Have a tasty treat forged by the awesomeness of liquid nitrogen!
  • Heat Transfer Bar (ticket req’d) – Bring an article of clothing/backpack/bag to accessorize with our vinyl heat transfer designs!
  • Button Bar (Free!) – Use one of our 1″ button designs or design your own for one-of-a-kind buttons!
  • Food Bar (Free!) – Let’s also not forget human-made, BBQ crafted foodstuffs for partygoers!

We hope to see you there, Cheers!


Build-Out Recap!

A bunch of great stuff got done at the build-out yesterday. A huge thanks to everyone that came out to pitch in!

Here are some pictures to recap the projects... Randy's team hung the curtain to the workshop to create more of a barrier between the front of the house and back of the house and to control dust levels a bit more. We'll be finishing the top of the wall soon, but the hard part's already done. Karen, Donald, Tom, Violet, and James framed the doorway to the Media Lab and Bio Lab and hung the door for that area. Next step is AC!

Build-Out Recap!

Michelle and Mary's team cleaned out project storage and moved the shelves over so that Neils could put the flammability cabinets in that area. That allowed all of us with the help of Adam and Nathan to clean up the workshop and really tidy up. They also sorted out all of the laser cutter raw materials and cut them down to a usable size on the table saw. 

Build-Out Recap!Build-Out Recap!

Build-Out Recap!

For the portal clouds, JW, Nathan, and Kat rolled an awesome $1 solution for controlling the WS2812 clouds with an attiny and a programming header. The schematics and board layout are included too. We used highlowtech's guide to programming the Attiny85s with the help of an instructables for driving LEDs with them that provided some supplemental information. There was an issue with setting the fuse in the ATTiny to get the timing right that we ended up having to use avrdude to change manually. Maybe that had something to do with us using the internal clock or the ATTiny-10... Anyway, more clouds coming soon :)

Build-Out Recap!Build-Out Recap!

Build-Out Recap!Build-Out Recap!

Thanks again to everyone who came and I'm looking forward to the next one!

Nova Labs Alum Launches Kickstarter for “The Decadent Minimalist One” Card Wallet

We already know our business card is CRAP!

And now we can suffer even more humiliation at the hands of Nova Labs alum Erik Moon, creator of the Decadent Minimalist One – Aluminum Wallet (DM1).

Like most things, we need a purist with a vision to help us see the light:

I was not satisfied with other so-called minimalist wallets – the idea of taking a beautifully machined metal wallet and pairing it with elastic straps, velcro or rubber bands was offensive to me.

The only way to get a DM1 right now is through its Kickstarter campaign, which launched September 23rd. The campaign was funded after a day and after a week it has raised over $26K!


The DM1 is milled from a solid billet of 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum. It weighs 0.8 ounces and holds up to 8 ID or credit cards. You’ll feel and hear a “click” when cards are inserted to let you know they are secure.

Nova Labs Alum Launches Kickstarter for “The Decadent Minimalist One” Card Wallet

The DM1 is one piece of machined aluminum. There are no screws, rivets, hinges, magnets or clasps.


Each DM1 comes in your choice of 3 colors (or un-dyed hard-anodized finish) and is laser-engraved with two lines of customer-supplied text.

Nova Labs Alum Launches Kickstarter for “The Decadent Minimalist One” Card Wallet

Tough: Hard Anodized Aluminum Finish

Maker Roots

Erik has the prototypical maker at heart, having been a member of Nova Labs. During his time with us, Erik exhibited superior fabrication skills and a passion for great craftsmanship. This maker is most deserving of our support and we look forward to seeing what’s next!

The 31C3 Wiki is online: Get ready and contribute!

Nearly exactly a year back we also went public with the conference website: our wiki, that serves as the main hub for the whole community driven and decentral approach of running the congress. We are using again some semantic forms to gather the various activities provided by all of you. Thanks that we all together make this happen!

So please go ahead and plan your travel and accommodation, check out the FAQ for an overview on all the information provided and you might also wanna have a look at the how-to-survive-guide.

Just like last year, our venue will be the CCH in Hamburg. and it will be filled up again by your awesome projects organized and accessible via your assemblies.

The wiki is always a work in progess, which you can be part of: Sign-up and contribute in various ways by improving its content. You have any addition or you found any error? Don’t hesitate to change them directly! When you come across a locked page or have further questions please contact us, we will do our best to help you.


We gaan (weer) verhuizen

We zijn helaas genoodzaakt om onze huidige locatie in de Performance Factory te verlaten (we mogen niet meer na 23:30 aanwezig zijn). Op Zaterdag 4 oktober gaan we verhuizen naar de oude Corridor. Vanaf deze datum zal al onze activiteiten ook op het nieuwe locatie plaatsvinden.  Adres van onze nieuwe locatie is :

Hengelosestraat 525
7521 AG Enschede

Zie ook onze wiki pagina.