HDDG 26 - Robot meets Radio


Hello, and Happy New Year!

Enjoy delicious food and beverages and listen to techy and entertaining talks by these awesome folks at our first meetup of 2018:
Mo McBirney- The Iron Giants: Automation in Manufacturing
Kenneth Finnegan- Amateur Radio and Their Internet of Things

HDDG welcomes Mo McBirney, manufacturing project manager at Fictiv. Mo was previously a manufacturing engineer on the battery team at Tesla, and originally earned her manufacturing stripes at the MakerBot factory in Brooklyn. You can listen to her discuss what it’s like to be a manufacturing engineer on The Prepared (http://theprepared.org/podcast-feed/2017/11/21/mo-mcbirney).
Mo will be discussing the impact of automation on the manufacturing industry, both domestically and abroad. Let's learn how to work collaboratively with our future robot overlords and harness their talents to make better hardware!

We also welcome Kenneth Finnegan. Kenneth works at Lam Research designing the next generation of wafer plasma etch equipment. Kenneth Finnegan got his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from UC Davis before getting a masters in electrical engineering from Cal Poly SLO while writing a thesis on the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS). During his spare time, he dabbles in electronics, networking, helping produce athletic events like the Wildflower Triathlon, and writes about all of it on his blog: (http://blog.thelifeofkenneth.com/).
Kenneth will be discussing amateur (ham) radio, why it exists, and why we would be interested in it. As a specific example of possible uses for amateur radio, he will talk about the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS), an amateur packet network used for GPS tracking, messaging, and telemetry.

After the talks, there will be an opportunity for demos, community announcements, and socializing.
If you'd like to give a 2 minute demo/ community announcement, please see the organizers when you arrive to get set up.

A community announcement includes looking for a project partner, a job, offering a project/ job, the announcement of your startup launch, your Crowdfunding pitch, etc.

We're looking forward to seeing you next Thursday, January 11th, at 6:30p!
~Sophi, Matt, and Alek

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