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Hackaday LA January Meetup

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Join us for the first Hackaday LA meetup of 2018! We'll have to two great talks from Carlyn Maw and Nikita Pashenkov, enjoy food & drink, and celebrate with fellow hackers to kick off 2018 right.

Featured Speakers

Carlyn Maw - “A Social Life for IoT”

In mid-19th century England a new middle class streamed into cities. Surrounded by strangers unvetted by village protocols, the Victorians forged a particular solution to the riddle of trust in urban environments. What worked? What didn’t? And what can any of this teach us about designing private and secure systems for IoT devices flooding into the 21st Century’s bustling networks?

Carlyn Maw has been putting code on the internet since the late 1990s. She put her first official “Networked Object” online as a grad student at NYU’s ITP Program in 2002. From Web Developer to Human Factors Professional to Creative Technologist and Educator, her work blends the newest technologies with phycological perspective. You can see her Privacy and Security newsletter the “Tuesday Sweep” on crashspace.org.

Nikita Pashenkov - "Pixels to the Stars"

What electronics enthusiast hasn’t kicked off their hobby by building a custom blinking lights display? A recent project sent us on a bit of a deep-dive of hardware designed and produced largely in and around Shenzhen, China for LED display applications ranging from store windows to video walls. This talk will briefly survey the hardware & software landscape of these inexpensive, practical and feature-rich products and highlight the choices we made in selecting the right fit for our application in building custom LED displays for the celestially-oriented installation "Line of Sight" on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory campus.

Nikita Pashenkov grew up in the former Soviet Union, immigrated to the USA, and currently lives in Los Angeles. He finished graduate studies at MIT as a member of Aesthetics & Computation Group at the Media Laboratory. In 2005 Nikita co-founded Aeolab, a design and technology firm in LA working on projects that often involve programming and electronics prototyping. He now splits time between professional work, teaching and parenting, when hours run out for making creative projects with electronics.

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Call For Lightning Talks

We will have reserved time for lightning talks. You'll get about two minutes to make an announcement, demo a project, or call for project collaborators. There will be a sign-up list at the meetup.

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Parking

The DesignLab is at 30 E Del Mar Blvd, Pasadena, CA. You probably won't find street parking nearby, but please see this Google map (https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z336KXOi6I8Q.kWuP10Ksdh4Y) showing the Supplyframe DesignLab location and nearby parking structures:

• Del Mar Station Parking Structure (2 min walk), 198 South Raymond Avenue. [masked]

• Schoolhouse Park & Walk Structure (7 min walk), 33 East Green Street. [masked]

• De Lacey Park & Walk Structure (10 min walk), 45 South De Lacey Avenue. [masked]

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Public Transportation

Using the Metro Goldline trains is quick and easy. It takes about 20 mins from Union Station in downtown LA to Del Mar Station, which is less than 2 minutes walk from our front door. Trains run about every 10 mins during the day and 20 mins at night from 11pm-2am.

There are also buses that serve Old Town Pasadena. The nearest intersection is FAIR OAKS/DEL MAR BLVD, PASADENA, CA 91105. You can find timetables or use the Metro Trip Planner at metro.net (https://www.metro.net/)