Learn how to build cool projects with the Raspberry Pi and other platforms

Pi Masters is holding its second meetup event at Microsoft in Chevy Chase, Maryland on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm.  PLEASE NOTE: Based on feedback from our first meeting, we've decided to split the evening into two sessions (everyone is welcome to attend either or both). Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the event will start at 6:00 pm for beginners and 7:30 pm for those with more experience.  RSVP here on Meetup.com.  Again, I encourage you to bring your kids if you plan on building projects together with them!

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 exciting event that we hope will bring together a collaborative and supportive maker community here in the Washington DC area.

AGENDA: (a more detailed agenda to be provided prior to the event)

5:30 – 6:00 pm  Arrive and Network

6:00 – 7:20 pm  Raspberry Pi 101

7:30 - 9:00 pm   Pi Masters for the more experienced

UPCOMING MEETINGS:  February 6, 2014 and March 6, 2014

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.


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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  • Brian S.

    Great meeting - good seeing you all there.

    I wanted to post some quick followup notes to to the I2C demo I presented.

    First off, I started my design with the base Raspbian distribution. To get I2C enabled, I:
    - Installed i2c-tools with: "sudo apt-get install i2c-tools"
    - Removed i2c from /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf
    - Added "i2c-dev" to /etc/modules
    - Rebooted

    Just with the above, you can run the i2c-tools from the command line, and communicate with I2C devices.

    The temp sensor I was using was the Microchip TC74 "Tiny Serial Digital Thermal Sensor". The datasheet is here: http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/DeviceDoc/21462c.pdf

    You can get them at mouser.com or elsewhere for under a buck. For example: http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Microchip-Technology/TC74A0-33VCTTR/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMucenltShoSnjkfRJmEyKRQ7dIVTpQL32Y%3d

    I still have more if anyone wants one to play with - I don't plan on using any anytime soon.


    January 12, 2014

  • zak

    Great meeting, thanks!

    January 10, 2014

  • Ann V.

    Great meetup organization & RaspberryPi 101 by Staffan Sandburg, as well as fantastic live project demos by Brian Silverman and Stephen O'Connor

    January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great format for this beginner. Love the project presentations

    January 9, 2014

  • Tai T.

    Sorry, could not attend this time. If possible post the slide. thanks.

    January 8, 2014

  • zak

    Actually, I'll attend the second one at 7.30pm.

    December 16, 2013

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