Galileo-Hack Round Up

Last weekend we celebrated Farset Labs’ second birthday, and the arrival of our newest corpora

New Community Structure – Non-Executive Managers – Call for volunteers

At last month’s Town Hall, our proposal for the creation of a Non-Executive Manager (NEM) role

Mmmmmm, Free Pi

So far we’ve run this crazy ship on the tireless input of a bunch of visionary volunteers. I a

 

Galileo-Hack Round Up

April 10, 2014 in Events, News

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Last weekend we celebrated Farset Labs’ second birthday, and the arrival of our newest corporate member Intel, in traditional fashion: we threw a hackathon. Intel brought down a bunch of their new Galileo boards, a huge selection of components and the ever-necessary beer and snacks.

With the ingredients in place for some serious hacking, we kicked-off with Intel’s Mark Corkery giving a quick talk on the company and their focus on developing the internet of things, spurring the teams to get stuck into figuring these boards out.

As expected with such a new piece of kit, much of the initial few hours was spent working out how to use the thing. A round of applause was deservedly given to Team Magee shortly before 11pm when they announced they’d not only connected the board to the internet but also got SSH into it.

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Working through the night the teams uncovered a Yocto image from Intel Taiwan which contained many useful pieces of software precompiled and suddenly the capabilities of the board increased exponentially.

However lady fate saw things going a little too swimmingly and suddenly our Ultimaker 3D printer decided to put a thorn in the competing teams plans by refusing to print. Team Magee were especially hard hit as their project required bespoke valves designed using 3D modelling software.

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New Community Structure – Non-Executive Managers – Call for volunteers

April 9, 2014 in News

At last month’s Town Hall, our proposal for the creation of a Non-Executive Manager (NEM) role within Farset was ratified unanimously by the community, and as such has been added to the Operations Manual (that link may break in the next few weeks, please let us know if we don’t notice it!).

TL;DR

  • NEMs are mini-directors with responsibility of awareness in limited fields, eg Projects, Digital Infrastructure, Events, Facilities
  • Not legally liable to the company
  • Looking for volunteers; one role (Digital Infrastructure) already selected.
  • If interested, email admin@farsetlabs.org.uk and keep next Monday from 8pm free.

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Mmmmmm, Free Pi

March 28, 2014 in Fundraising, News

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So far we’ve run this crazy ship on the tireless input of a bunch of visionary volunteers. I am in a constant state of wonder and gratitude for this continued effort. Nobody asks for thanks in return but it’s always nice when the good karma pays off a little.

The Hello World Foundation is kindly sending us some free Raspberry Pis! With these, we can do more not only to introduce kids to the power of coding, but also to become more familiar with the inner workings of computers and electronics, rather than seeing computers as impregnable black boxes.

The Foundation exists to create the world’s leading network of affiliated coding clubs for young people. It’s a new organisation, formed on the heels of CoderDojo by the same organisation’s founder, Ireland’s own James Whelton. On behalf of the Farset Labs CoderDojo, thanks to you all.

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