Build web controlled things.
Play with hardware.
It doesn’t matter whether you are totally new to hardware, Internet of Things and robotics or have been creating killer droids since you were a kid, you’re more than welcome to join us for the day and participate.
You’ll learn, explore new topics, meet new people and have loads of fun while doing it.
On July 26, come and join designers and developers from around Melbourne for a day of exploration, hacking and fun.
Who should attend?
Anyone who is interested in designing or building web connected physical things.
Do I need to be a developer?
What do I need to bring?
Yourself and a willingness to learn and explore with others.
Bring your laptop and if you’ve got any hardware that you’ve been playing with (Arduinos, Robots etc) then you’re more than welcome to bring them too. If you’re totally new to hardware then we will have some basic kits for you to play with. We’ll also have some other components provided that you can use too.
We'll have kits available for purchase - a basic "Experimenters Kit" to teach you some fundamental electronics (and become the heart of a future robot) as well as a "SimpleBot" which is a more serious kit and is a fully fledged robot.
What will we do?
We’ll kick off the day with a few unconference style presentations to groups depending on your familiarity and from there we’ll dive into getting you up and running with Johnny-Five and building your first “thing”. After that it’s up to you - get into a group with others or hack away solo. Our friendly volunteer experts will be there to give you a hand.
We’ll provide you with a space to play, power, WiFi and Internet access as well as some snacks through the day to keep you fuelled. We’ll have plenty of components like LEDs, small servos and some other bits of kit that you can use to build things with.
Can I bring my kids? Is this a child appropriate event?
Children are more than welcome to attend and we've had 7-12 year old kids at all of our events who really enjoyed the day. The day isn't being specifically aimed at children and as parents we know that keeping them interested for a whole day can be a challenge - but if anything is going to do that it's going to be blinking lights, moving robots and helping to build things! If we have enough then they can form their own team and take on the parents in a game of "Sumo Bot"...
If you have any questions about suitability for kids, please get in touch and we'll be more than happy to chat about it.
Who’s doing this?
Andrew Fisher (@ajfisher) is a nodebot builder and is herding the cats.
NAB Village, are providing you with a space, WiFi and power and will have their cafe and barista open to keep you fueled and ceffeinated throughout the day.
Andy Gelme (Melbourne HackerSpace - @geekscape), Hadi Michael (Builder of robots - @hadi_michael), Andrey Sidorov (@sidorares node developer and protocol enthusiast), Shristi Sharma (@shristisharma_ - Node Developer) and Mark Wolfe (@wolfeidau - Ninja Blocks CTO & hardware hacker) are all providing their expertise on the day.
What does it cost?
Basic Ticket: It’s $20 which goes towards consumables and some additional hardware to play with. We have plenty of equipment for you to enjoy on the day as the event is designed to be enjoyed regardless of whether you have your own kit or not.
The funds for the event go towards some catering, consumables and equipment to play with on the day. All mentors volunteer their time for the event.
Update: We've sold out of our Scientist and Robo Hacker tickets at this point which have physical kits associated with them. We're working with our suppliers overseas to see if we can make more available in time for the 26th. Regardless, we will have some equipment available on the day for purchase, however we don't want to commit to kit sales if we're not absolutely guaranteed to have everything available. As such, purchase a basic ticket and if we have kits available you will be given the option to upgrade either before or on the day.
Scientist Ticket: If you're keen on learning more about electronics then the $50 "NodeBot Scientist" is what you're after. You'll have your very own Node-ARDX kit that you can use to learn fundamental electronics to use as the basis of a NodeBot on the day, and in the future too because you can take it home with you.
Robo Hacker Ticket: For those that are keen to really get building we also have a $100 "Robo Hacker" ticket which has your ticket and provides you a SimpleBot kit so you can take your creation away with you afterwards as well.
Code of conduct
We want NodeBots Day to be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. We will not tolerate harrassment or discriminatory behaviour at our events and will be enforcing the policy outlined in our Code of Conduct.