Hardware Show N' Tell #2

Our second meetup! Yay! 

Our host venue, Urban Workshop, is awesome and right up this group's alley. They are opening soon so stay tuned for announcements there. 

Hardware Show N' Tell, the series,  is a brand new recurring meetup for innovators in hardware and fans of innovations in hardware.  

We get together once a month / twice if warranted, at various locations, always casual, always unstructured, over beers and chips. 


- 15 minute tour of this new, awesome space (starts at 6:15) 

- 2 speakers / 45 minutes each (includes Q&A) with a 10 minute break in between

- BYO Beverages / BYO Grub to share.

If you have a project or two that you wish to share (we're thinking two per meetup / allows for deep dive discussions) -  please feel free to reach out to any of the organizers to schedule you in.  

 This meetup is all about:

- sharing your vision / sharing your knowledge as subject matter expert

- your successes and setbacks

- sharing current technological & developmental challenges

- getting feedback and technological advise from a friendly lot

- a lively audience driven Q&A

This meetup is not about:

- Pitching your idea for funding / though it could be a nice side effect 

- It's not a fireside chat - because we're in California :-) 

- roasting the presenter - there are other avenues for that. 

For this second effort, 

Our first speaker, Jacob Christ will demo Ping Pong Lev which he demo'd at the Maker Faire in San Mateo last month.  


Jacob Christ is a product designer and proprietor of pontech.com.  PONTECH is an exciting place that is contributing the open source hardware movement by creating unique products for industrial applications.  Jacob has personal concern about creating sustainable and renewable manufacturing techniques and believes that by creating open platforms it helps reduce obsolescence by making the life of a product extend beyond the traditional life of a similarly proprietary device by allowing individuals to repurpose the device after its initial purpose has been exhausted.

Education and Credentials

Self (and sometimes externally) taught programmer that started dabbling in the art at the tender early age of ten years old.  After a rough time in public education and being ejected from high school after his third freshman year Jacob went on to great success at Mt.San Antonio College studying electronics.  Later transfer to Cal Poly Pomona where he studies Electrical Engineering then later switching to Computer Science.

Notable Achievements

1990: Regional, State and National Goal Medal Winner in VICA Electronics Contest

1993 Electrical Student Leader on the Cal Poly Pomona Solar Car Team which set the world record for the worlds fasted two person vehicle to cross the Australian Desert.  The Cal Poly Pomona student run team beat out such notable competitors as Nissan Motor Corporation and University of Michigan.

[masked]: Worked briefly with Paul McCready and students of Marshall Middle School in Pomona, California on Hamster Powered Flight

1993: Becomes employee #2 of PONTECH

2000: PONTECH products feature in desktop robots application on wired.com and slashdot.org

[masked]: Co-founder and development of Ascent Wrist Mounted Vario (Ascent Products)

Our second speakers, Leng Sy and Thomas Grimm, Golden Shore Aquaponics

Co-founded by Leng Sy and Thomas Grimm, Golden Shore is an agricultural biotechnology company led by business leaders, scientists, system engineers, designers, architects and agricultural experts from California’s farming community.  Thomas and Leng are proving their technologies at a large scale growing and research facility located right here in Costa Mesa, California.

Their aquaponic farms provide a cost-effective food production system, functioning as ecosystems that optimize grow-spaces and eliminate the use of synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides that degrade watersheds, wetlands and coastal ecosystems.

Come and hear Thomas speak on the technologies applied on the commercial scale at Seaborne Farms where refitted barges and ships work as floating farms that grow fruits, vegetables, shrimp shellfish and fish at sea.  Also, you may come to learn from this industry leader about the technologies available for you to DIY (smartly), for your own backyard harvest.

Thomas’ passion for wildlife conservation led him to produce a documentary film about the Peace Parks movement led by Nelson Mandel, Anton Rupert, and HRH Prince Bernhard. The film was supported by the National Geographic and narrated by Morgan Freeman. At National Geographic headquarters Tom organized a Forest Carbon Measurement, Modeling and Verification workshop, with follow up conferences at NASA and Google Headquarters. His work lead directly to the establishment of the Clinton Climate Initiative, which now implements programs focused on reversing deforestation.

Tom moved from Minnesota to Newport Beach, where he led a small research project at the Orange County Great Park, on the growing, harvesting and processing of algae into biofuel.

Join us this evening and let’s all broaden our awareness of diverse and emerging technologies.

As mentioned, it's our second meetup. Let's get together and let's help shape this series.  BYO Beverages & BYO Snacks.

Feel free to invite others who might be interested.  

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  • Dennis C.

    Great talks (thanks Jacob and Thomas) and great questions. Looking forward to more Show N'Tell get togethers. Topic and speaker recommendations always welcome. Don't forget to spread the word about Urban Workshop, our gracious venue host.

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • Thomas B.

    In our first session, there was great interest in learning more about FPGAs. I'm still interested in this topic.

    1 · May 30, 2014

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