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Join us for our inaugural meetup!!

Pi Masters is holding its inaugural meetup event at Microsoft in Chevy Chase, Maryland on Thursday, November 21 at 5:30 pm.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A TIME AND VENUE CHANGE.  Doors open at 5:30 pm and the event will start at 6:00 pm. RSVP here on Meetup.com.  If you plan on building stuff with your kids, bring them along!

Pi Masters was formed to encourage people of all levels and ages to come together to learn about and experiment with coding, engineering, electronics, and their interests in making digitally enabled devices, specifically using the Raspberry Pi, but also using such platforms as Arduino, BeagleBone and the like. All these platforms are affordable (Raspberry Pi runs around $35), readily available, small in size (just around 2” by 3”), and easy to use. We will share projects that we’ve built and tips to help each other create cool things.

This meetup is a collaborative effort organized by Multi Platform Media and Multi Platform Labs.

Please join us at this inaugural event that we hope will bring together a collaborative and supportive maker community here in the Washington DC area.


Agenda

5:30 – 6:00 pm  Arrive and Network

6:00 – 7:30 pm  The Meetup

       Introduction and discussion about what we plan for the group and what you hope to get out of it

       Brian Silverman will talk about the Raspberry Pi and demonstrate a Raspberry Pi development
kit that he is creating

       Frank Hunleth will demonstrate the Beaglebone and 
show off some of the things you can do with it 

      We are also hoping to have someone talk a little bit about Arduino (e-mail me at [masked] if you are interested in speaking about the Arduino)

      We will also have opportunities for people to tell everyone a bit about what they are working on or hope to work on with their Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Beaglebone or other platform

      Discussion regarding future meetings and events

7:30 – 8:00 pm  More networking

 

VENUE: Microsoft - Friendship Heights

Microsoft has been kind enough to let us use their conference room at their Friendship Heights office:

The venue is at 5404 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD. We're on the 5th Floor. Details below:


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Public Transportation

The Microsoft venue is very convenient to public transportation, right next to the Friendship Heights Metro stop on the Red Line.

Parking

There is also a parking garage adjacent to the Microsoft building. You can park in the Bloomingdale / Whole Foods lot. Please be aware that there is a charge to park.

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  • Frank H.

    Thanks for the very enjoyable meetup. It was great meeting everyone. Here are links to the slides and the github repo: http://www.slideshare.net/fhunleth/pi-masters-beaglebone
    https://github.com/fhunleth/pimasters-bbb-demo

    November 22, 2013

    • zak

      Thanks for making these available. I was unable to make the meeting, unfortunately, so I am happy to see the content!

      November 22, 2013

  • Bill M.

    Good facility, great speakers - nice bunch of folks. Too bad it was such a hike -- but I'll be there for subsequent meets!

    November 21, 2013

  • Staffan S.

    Thanks everyone who came to our first event this evening. It was a great group and two very informative presentations. I'll be posting additional information soon and dates for upcoming events.

    November 21, 2013

  • Kirk H.

    Good start. Traffic is tough and of course a way to see the units will be much better

    November 21, 2013

  • Staffan S.

    I look forward to seeing everyone this evening (Nov 21 at 5:30 pm). And for us to build this group together. Keep in mind if you haven't been to Microsoft's office before that the parking lot is pretty easy to find, but it can take a little time to figure out how to get to the right lobby and elevator that takes you to the conference room. Give yourself plenty of time. If you have any questions, post them here or send me an e-mail.

    See you this evening!

    November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yesterday, I posted on the pibanglinux.org forum problems with new pibang install. I will need to wipe it. Could someone arrive at the meeting early and bring their working pibang image so we can dd it my SD card? Pibang is a full desktop based without the educational packages that are preinstalled in raspbian. I would like to use 2 -3 RPi OSes: pibang and either Kali or FreeBSD.

    November 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to try FreeBSD for pi but the two installation tutorials are complex: http://bsdjedi.blogspot.com/2013/06/freebsd-on-rasberry-pi.html

    http://wp.strahlert.net/wordpress/freebsd/raspberrypi-running-freebsdarm/

    If anyone has already installed and configured FreeBSD, could you bring your SD card to the meeting and dd it to my brand new SD card? Thanks. [masked]

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Kali raspberry forum reported difficulties getting the HDMI, wifi and IP tables functioning. Has anyone got Kali working including a firewall? I will pay $35 per hour for help installing Kali on my pi and getting Kali to work on a lapdock. [masked][masked]

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Before the meeting, can people bring their lapdocks, cables and pi to help me troubleshoot why the trackpad and keyboard of my Atrix lapdock does not function. It may be due to lapdock, cable, adapter or pi which are all brand new. I will also pay $35 per hour for help. [masked][masked]

    November 17, 2013

  • Staffan S.

    MEETING LOCATION AND TIME CHANGE

    As you may have noticed, our little group has grown quite rapidly. The meeting room that REDI in Rockville was kind enough to offer us only seats 30 (a few more if we squeeze in). We already have 11 people on the waiting list and more who have shown interest in attending. Now Microsoft has offered us use of their much larger conference room at their Chevy Chase office (at 5404 Wisconsin Ave right near the Friendship Heights Metro station) from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm on November 21. This is the same place where TechBreakfast holds their get-togethers). I realize that this change will be an improvement for some and make attending more difficult for others, but it will allow us to both offer space to everyone who wishes to attend this first meeting and grow moving forward. I will post additional details shortly and send out an e-mail to all members.

    October 29, 2013

  • Alicia J.

    Hope to see you there

    October 24, 2013

  • Stephen O.

    Would anyone be interested in a weekly(ish) meeting at Growlers, say on Thursdays, just to talk tech and what not? November is too far away...

    October 21, 2013

    • Staffan S.

      I agree that the November date feels very far away. When we first launched Pi Masters I thought that it would take weeks to grow a membership. We grew to 50 in the first weekend and 60 in the first week! Had I known it would go so fast, we would have scheduled our first meeting for October.

      2 · October 21, 2013

  • Tai T.

    Is anyone interested to talk about Paralella board? How about making a blade out of thiso r even a Pi

    October 12, 2013

    • Staffan S.

      Sure. While most of my focus is on the Raspberry Pi, the purpose of this group is not limited to the Pi. I don't really know anything about the Paralella board, but look forward to learning.

      October 14, 2013

  • Staffan S.

    I love all the great comments and project ideas! Keep them coming! For those of you who have something that you want to demonstrate at one of our meetings, send me an e-mail and I will get back to you. For those of you who can't make the first meeting, my goal is to hold one meeting per month. If 5:00 pm is too early for people then maybe we can look at having some or all future meetings start later.

    October 12, 2013

    • zak

      Yes please. 7pm or later would work for me.

      October 12, 2013

  • zak

    Rats, I would attend, but I will be in MA that week.

    October 12, 2013

  • Terry W.

    Rats, I would love to go to the first meeting of this group. But I work in Columbia and don't leave work until 4:30. With traffic, nope. Sorry. Maybe next time. Fingers crossed here! :)

    October 11, 2013

  • Bill M.

    Very excited to have learned about this group - will ensure that I can shuffle my schedule (plenty of advance notice!), to be able to attend. Eager to meet with other Pi fans.

    October 11, 2013

  • Tai T.

    I would love to attend the first one. But will be in conference SF and NC.

    October 11, 2013

  • Ryan B. H.

    I'm going to try to make it -- work often keeps me later than 5pm, and that's downtown in Farragut.

    October 11, 2013

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