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"Pigs may fly" IoT Tech Talk at Makespace

"Pigs may fly" Internet of Things community Tech Talk night

Doors will open 6.55pm for 7pm start. If you arrive after 7.20, and the doors are closed, ring the doorbell for access.

Topic

We're delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed maker, Tim Hunkin, author of Mrs Gronkwonk and the Post Office Tower, owner of the Under the Pier Show at Southwold, and creator of C4 series The Secret Life of Machines.

Also speaking, Chris Cormack, who's secret passion is for stage lighting and effects. Chris will be describing and demo'ing how he wrote DMX512 control software that can be used for controlling special effects and lighting rigs.

About the Speakers

- Tim Hunkin

- Chris Cormack

Tim Hunkin (born 1950) is an English engineer, cartoonist, writer and artist from Suffolk. He created the Channel Four television series The Secret Life of Machines, in which he explains the workings and history of various household devices. He has also created museum exhibits for institutions across the UK, and designed numerous public engineering works, chiefly for entertainment.

He graduated in engineering from Gonville and Caius College.

Hunkin's works are distinctive, often recognisable by his unique style of papier-mache sculpture, his pen and ink cartoons, and his offbeat sense of humour.

His "Under the Pier Show" at Southwold Pier is a penny arcade featuring a number of humorous, coin-operated machines of his creation. Attractions include the "AUTOFRISK" (a device that simulates the experience of being frisked by multiple, inflated rubber gloves); the "BATHYSCAPE" (a device that simulates a brief submarine adventure); and a somewhat rude sculptural clock.

Many of his other projects are large-scale and theatrical, including gigantic clocks of unconventional designs, bonfires and pyrotechnic displays. In 1976, he designed the flying pigs and sheep for Pink Floyd's In The Flesh tour, promoting their Animals album.

Chris Cormack

Chris' secret passion is for stage lighting and effects. Chris will be describing and demo'ing how he wrote DMX512 control software that can be used for controlling special effects and lighting rigs. Chris' day-job is as a senior programmer for DeltaXML, and he is an open source evangelist for an unusual middleware technology called NetKernel, which originated in HP's Dexter Labs. His DMX demo was written on NetKernel, and we'll have time for the audience to challenge him to a game of ROC Hockey.

Directions

By Car. For those driving, there the Grand Arcade car park within a 4 min walk from Makespace, which in my experience is fairy reasonable (£1 per hour after 5pm) for evening parking. Grand Arcade NCP, CB2 3QJ. http://www.grandarcade.co.uk/plan-your-visit/parking.aspx

By Rail. There are regular trains to Cambridge from London's King's Cross, Liverpool Street, Norwich, Kings Lynn and Peterborough. Makespace is a 15 minute walk from the station and there are regular bus services from Cambridge train station to the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre which is nearby.

Get train times to Cambridge click here

By Bike. There is a free bike-park for approximately 500 bikes run by Station Cycles just outside Grand Arcade on Corn Exchange Street. Tel: Station Cycles at Grand Arcade on: [masked]http://www.stationcycles.co.uk/

Recognition

Of course, thank you to the speakers for being willing to give their time to present, and to you for attending and particpating in this community!!!

Venue has been kindly provided by Makespace, Cambridge's inventing shed. Makespace is an exciting new venture in central Cambridge where you can come to meet, learn and build (almost) anything. Makespace has three aims – to support existing and new businesses, to raise awareness of and skills in engineering and manufacturing, and to provide a place for people to hangout and work on projects, using the latest rapid prototyping equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters, and kit for electronics, woodwork and textiles.

Refreshments (drinks, snacks) kindly provided by Cognizant Technology Solutions. Cognizant is a global technology consulting and outsourcing firm. Cognizant believes the more innovative you become today, the more remarkable you'll be tomorrow.

 

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  • Peter M.

    Being entertained by a Swiss client, which is nice of him!

    June 4, 2013

  • Matt P.

    Thanks for the sentiment, Richard. We look forward to welcoming you.

    June 4, 2013

  • Richard W.

    Really looking forward to seeing Make space talking IoT and meeting like minded people

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • gaye (dadabit) s.

    sorry to miss Tim Hunkin..

    May 30, 2013

  • Matt P.

    Tim Williams is opening his new store concept in Carnaby Street on Thursday. In his place, we're delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed maker, Tim Hunkin, author of Mrs Gronkwonk and the Post Office Tower, owner of the Under the Pier Show at Southwold, and creator of C4 series The Secret Life of Machines. Please tell your friends. I hope we can have a full house.

    May 28, 2013

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