Over the past 20 years, the homebrew revolution has completely changed the course of beer
drinking in America. Where once a small number of nearly identical beers of very simple, light
character dominated, now drinkers have literally thousands of choices with a wide range of flavors,
textures and recipes.
Homebrewing is an exciting hobby that can range from simple and inexpensive
to wildly complex and capital intensive. Recipes can be bought pre-packaged, as raw materials, or
anywhere in between. Beer is now something *anyone* can hack, and members of the Tech Valley Center Of Gravity have expressed strong interest in joining the homebrew movement.
This Pod will be an informal gathering open to everyone from neophyte to brewmaster, where we can talk, learn, brew, and sample together. We need to inventory and clean our equipment, there will be a simple-recipe brew started, and we’ll start planning for future activities. It is a free event, but donations to the cause are always welcome!
We’re two weeks away from our first major Hackathon, and we already have 80 hackers registered! If you’re interested in learning more about it, and registering for the event, please check out the IoT Hackathon nexus at bit.ly/1VMFYVb
We are going to start having daily updates to the event information page, and also tweets as the event draws near, so now is a good time to follow us on Twitter @TVCOG
There are several topics in the discourse forums that are soliciting feedback from the community, including posts on removing some clutter from the makerspace, forming groups in different zones of operations to manage and maintain equipment, and feedback on our web presence. Jump in! You can join Discourse at http://discourse.tvcog.net
A complete list of events is on our calendar, but I wanted to point out a few near-term highlights:
Just a quick reminder that we have our December General Meeting on Tuesday, Dec 15th starting at 7pm! Bring some holiday snacks to share and enjoy:
In addition to the items above, we’ll also be talking about the revised volunteer training and get feedback on proposed changes to how volunteering works. Hope to see you there!
This past week we had our SPECTRVM Services launch event, and we are pleased to announce the following organizations (in alphabetical order) are Charter Members of SPECTRVM:
If you missed the event and you want to register as an entrepreneur or company interested support from SPECTRVM Services, please send an e-mail to Tom Tongue (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will get you set up!
One of the best things from being a part of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity is seeing all of the creative and entrepreneurial endeavors that are going on in the Capital Region. This week is a great example, with two great events you’re going to want to come down for:
Please see our web site calendar for complete descriptions at: http://www.tvcog.net/index.php/my-calendar/
In addition to the two events above, theres plenty of other exciting events and meetings this week at the TVCOG:
Start-ups and small businesses share a common conundrum: how to find professional resources address all the organizational functions needed to succeed! We have developed SPECTRVM Services, a curated selection of service providers that understand the unique challenges that start-ups and small businesses face, and can scale their service offerings to meet those needs. We have selected providers for accounting, payroll, legal counsel (intellectual property and corporate), human resource, marketing, distribution, management, and investment. More information on SPECTRVM is available at http://www.tvcog.net/index.php/spectrvm/
On Thursday, Nov 12th, from 5pm – 7pm we are hosting a launch event to introduce SPECTRVM to the Capital Region entrepreneurial community. We’ll have an overview of the SPECTRVM service and upcoming entrepreneurship events, and an opportunity to meet with providers and learn more about the services they provide.
Please RSVP through Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/1ktqUhU and join us at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, located at 30 3rd Street in Troy!
This weekend is the Mini Maker Faire being held at Barnes & Noble in Colonie Center, and we have a big role in providing content for the event. Attached is a schedule of the events going on all weekend long at the Mini Maker Faire, please check it out and come have some fun! In addition, if you happen to be buying books in the next few days, please consider using the attached voucher to have a portion of the proceeds go to supporting the Tech Valley Center of Gravity! The voucher is good through Wednesday, November 11th, and you can show it to them from your phone if you want to skip printing it out.
If you want to help staff the booth at the Mini Maker Faire, please contact Erica Iannotti (email@example.com) or Tom Tongue (firstname.lastname@example.org). Hope to see you there!
Coming this Tuesday (Oct 27th) is our monthly General Meeting, starting at 7pm. We’re holding the election for the fifth seat on the Board of Directors, if you know someone who wants to run for the board, please consult the wiki for our bylaws regarding qualifications and make sure they send the President a letter of intent before the meeting. We’ll also have a presentation from Robert Hirsch on the vehicle he built with other COG members for the Enchanted City event this past month. We’ll also have several important announcements, and a surprise presentation at the end.
COME FOR THE MEETING, STAY TO CARVE PUMPKINS! Jayme and Jameel are bringing their pumpkin carving tools, so you can Bring Your Own Pumpkin, Carve it, and most importantly, TAKE YOUR PUMPKIN HOME AGAIN. 🙂 Lots of fun, see you Tuesday!!
Just a quick reminder that we have a General Meeting on Tuesday, Sept 29th starting at 6:30pm! We will have a recap of all the cool stuff going on at Maker Faire this past weekend, and we will elect a new board member. We’ll also talk about the upcoming Queen Mab Enchanted City event (Oct 3rd) and the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire coming up in November! Hope to see you there!
Our next General meeting will be on TUESDAY, September 29th from 6:30pm – 8pm in the SEFCU Community room at the new TVCOG! This is going to be a fun and important meeting, so please plan to attend! It will be fun because we’ll have highlights from Maker Faire NYC. It will be important because we’re holding a Board of Directors Special Election to fill a board seat vacancy. This means we need QUORUM, but thanks to the recent meeting, we only need 20% of the voting members. Still, if you can make it, please do, and if you can’t, please arrange for a proxy.
LAST CHANCE – The Introduction to TIG Welding class by Bob Bownes is tomorrow (Saturday, Sept 19th) from 10am – 2pm. This is a members-only class and is limited to 6 students, please register in advance through http://bit.ly/1Yl17Ze
ZERO TO MAKER: Sunday, Sept 20th – 10am – 2pm. This our big event to get training to new members! Please spread the word about this event, and if you’re a new member, this is where you’ll get the safety training, and learn how to work with the 3D printers, laser cutter and more! Details at: http://www.tvcog.net/index.php/my-calendar/?mc_id=48
WORK PARTY – We continue to peck away at adding capabilities to the new space at the Q and moving old stuff out of the old TVCOG. Tomorrow (Saturday, Sept 19th) from 1pm – 5pm we will have a work party to (hopefully) accomplish the following tasks:
Just a reminder, if you have not already checked out our new discussion system (Discourse), you’ve missed our deliberations on the new laser cutter, CNC Router and 3D printer. Please check it out at:
To sign in, you can use your Google ID, so there is no separate sign-in process! SUPER EASY. Please join us and give comments on how we can use this tool to share information and facilitate a continuous discussion about the life and growth of our community.