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#HackNightKL - Birds and Brews

Join forces with other technology and creative professionals in your community for a night of problem solving and geeky exploration. We’d like to get together in our off time to inspire and learn from each other—the aim is to keep the nights informal, fun, educational, useful, and creative.

Each week we’ll pick an idea, problem or exciting new technology to hack and attempt to conquer it within the evening. Whether the results end up being a finished project or something new learned, who cares! The adventure was all about sharing, learning and having a blast while doing it.

Who this is for: the general tech and creative populace—designers, coders, startup-ers, people who like to make cool stuff... you get the point.

Ready to Hack?

The event is hosted at Okanagan co+Lab at the Kelowna Innovation Centre located downtown at #204, 1405 St. Paul street.

Email [masked] if you have any questions.

co+Lab beer will be available for $1 per bottle, a great deal for an awesome brew. If anyone is interested in ordering food we'll try get some people together to pitch in to cover the cost.


Last #HackNight:

Here are the ideas pitched at the last #HackNightKL:

Featured Hack

We'll be focusing on Jay's hack idea: Building a twitter-enabled coffee pot. It can tweet when the coffee is done brewing, when the coffee has been sitting for too long and when it's all gone so someone else can come along and make a new pot.

Coming Up!

We've got a website in the works that will help keep things organized, but the primary source of information will always be this meetup group! We've also got a subreddit set up for you to submit your ideas to, allowing the community to discuss and vote on ideas. More details as they come!

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  • Brent L.

    Thanks everyone for coming to the first official hack night! A couple of insights I had:

    - 3 hours seems like the max before everyone gets burnt out
    - People want to keep working on the project afterwards

    I was really impressed how quickly everyone got organized and managed to overcome issues.

    We ended up completing pretty much every piece of the project before the end of the night, and just ran out of time before we could put it all together. I already heard Jay mention the idea of trying to use the Raspberry Pi instead of an Arduino to make the interface to the coffee pot easier so we can get something functioning!

    I'd love to hear everyone's ideas for the next hack, coming up early March during Startup Week. Please post your ideas to our subreddit at - be sure to subscribe and check back to provide input on other people's ideas too! If there is interest in doing one of the original ideas, they're all listed here:

    February 6, 2013

  • Don N.

    Had a lot of fun, learned cool new stuff, met some new people. Can't wait to do it again.

    2 · February 6, 2013

  • Brent L.

    Just to get people thinking about this hack, we'll probably try split into groups:

    - Hardware hackers to deal with sensors, buttons and Arduinos.
    - Programmers wanting to program/learn to program for Arduino that take sensor data and pass it out the network.
    - Linux programmers who will work on a way to receive the network transmissions from the hardware portion and store it.
    - Web developers who can design a little page that shows the current status and any other data collected and integrate with Twitter.
    - Group of people who want to document/take pictures of the endeavor, write about it, and help others understand what's involved.

    And of course if there are any people who want to work on a completely different project/hack that's also encouraged!

    Hopefully via some awesome mentoring we can all come out learning something new and have a lot of fun in the process.

    February 4, 2013

  • Jay P.

    Some things we need to be able to do:

    Measure level of coffee in the pot.
    Know when coffee brew starts/ends.
    Twitter account awareness:
    Respond to tweets.
    Send tweets based on physical events and states.

    Some requirements:

    Coffee pot.
    Microprocessor for the coffee pot awareness and communication to Twitter and other web services.
    Capacitive or fluid level method for detecting coffee level.
    Web server.
    Twitter account.

    February 2, 2013

    • Jay P.

      I'm a fan of measuring the weight with a pressure sensor or something similar. I have an ultrasonic sensor that could do the job of detecting the coffee level in the pot. Querying coffee pot level would be an important feature.

      February 2, 2013

    • Brent L.

      Do we have a weight/pressure sensor? I can donate a digital bathroom scale that's glitchy that we can probably steal the components from if you don't.

      February 3, 2013

  • Brent L.

    Hey Jay, can you post some of the things you need people to bring or think about here so we can start brainstorming? I tried opening your google doc but don't have access.

    Also: If anyone doesn't feel like working on the twitter coffee pot is for them, please feel free to suggest your own hack ideas for the night. We don't want to force everyone to do one thing and it would be awesome to have a freeform hack at our events too! Just remember to say what you need to make it happen! (Hardware, software, talent, etc)

    February 1, 2013

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