Make Mine Micro: the devices that power the Internet of Things

NOTE: the June meeting will be at The Navy League Building, 2300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, very near the Court House Metro station.


You've probably heard the term IoT, or Internet of Things. Come learn about the heart of the devices that power the IoT, the humble microcontroller. Powerful, yet cheap, these devices make all kinds of magic happen, from lighting displays, to weather stations, and more. From the well-known Arduino, to the Netduino and .NET Gadgeteer, and even more esoteric boards like the JavaScript-powered Espruino, you'll see some fun and interesting ways to use your programming knowledge to dive into the hardware world.

G. Andrew Duthie's Bio

G. Andrew Duthie, aka devhammer, is the founder and chief consultant for Devhammer Enterprises. Andrew is a software developer, trainer, writer, and consultant with more than 15 years of industry experience, including nearly 10 years as a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft's Mid-Atlantic States district, where he provided support and education for developers working with the Microsoft development platform. In addition to his work with Microsoft, Andrew is the author of several books on ASP.NET and web development, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences from VSLive! and ASP.NET Connections, to Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference (PDC) and Tech-Ed. Andrew has been participating in the user group community since way back in 1997, when one of his co-workers dragged him out to the Internet Developers User Group in Tyson's Corner, VA, and he's been hooked ever since.

Andrew is also the creator and developer of Community Megaphone, a site designed for promoting and finding developer community events.

In addition to his work in software development, Andrew has enjoyed some recent forays into the world of hardware experimentation, including developing for Kinect and .NET Gadgeteer, using his newly-formed hardware chops to do everything from blinking LEDs and making strange noises, to flying a helicopter with his bare hands.

Andrew can be reached through his blog at You can also follow Andrew on twitter.

When: Tuesday Dec 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm (See Agenda Below)

Where: The Navy League Building, ground floor conference room
2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington -- Near the Court House Metro. Street parking is free after 6 pm.

Cost: Free, thanks to our sponsors

Sponsors: Thank you to our main sponsor Excella Consulting for hosting the June meeting and for providing pizza and refreshments.

6:30 – 7:00 Arrive, mingle, eat pizza, network with others, and hear some brief announcements
7:00 – 8:30 Meeting/presentation/workshop/etc.
8:30 – 9:00 Q&A, raffle, and wrap-up

Can't make it this month?
We meet approximately every other month, the second Tuesday of the month. So if you can't make it this month, hopefully we'll see you at the next meetup. Also, if you have an idea, game, workshop, or story to share with the group, then please contact the organizer to setup a presentation for a future meeting.

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  • Kirk H.

    Very informative in an area in which I am very interested.

    June 11

  • G. Andrew D.

    Thanks to everyone who made it to the meeting.

    If you're interested in finding out more about some of the stuff I demoed, you can find them at the links below:

    Espruino: - You can order one through Adafruit, but alas, they're out of stock.

    Netduino: - Talked about these, but didn't have one on hand. The same folks who make Netduino are also building the Agent smartwatch Kickstarter project that I talked about last night.

    .NET Gadgeteer:
    - - official Microsoft Gadgeteer site
    - - GHI's Gadgeteer site. Check their catalog for prices and availability of boards and modules.

    My hardware page: - links to more hardware demo videos, etc.

    June 11

    • Stephen R.

      Really enjoyed the presentation! This is great follow up info.

      June 11

  • G. Andrew D.

    Wanted to follow up on Espruino and node.js. While Espruino runs JavaScript, I misstated things slightly last night when I said that it runs node. It does not. It does allow for npm package loading when pushing programs to the board from the Web IDE.

    My apologies for any confusion on that.

    June 11

  • Ray

    Great job. Learned a lot from this presentation..kudos to Andrew.

    June 10

  • Nevin H.

    Great that Andrew shared his hobby with us; reminded me of my old Zenith Turbosport. Heath kits have come a long way.

    June 11

  • Shahed C.

    Sorry, can't make it today, but looking forward to the July meetup!

    June 10

  • Stephen R.

    There is free parking on the street near 2300 Wilson. There is public parking at 2300 Clarendon Blvd. The Court House Metro is the closest stop.

    June 8

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