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Hackaday Munich Review

Update: Hackaday wrote a first WrapUp Post of their event:
http://hackaday.com/2014/11/14/surviving-the-hackaday-prize-party

Ever since Mike from Hackaday.com contacted me in early September about the HackadayMunich i was pretty excited about the whole thing. It would be nice to finally visit an event, where i would not be the center of a hurricane of questions about 3dPrinters.

„Wow – what a terrific audience“ could be the best quote to describe the awesomness of the crowd and btw also the Hackaday Team.

Moar Hackers!
Moar Hackers!

Also the swag. That are some damn nice stickers i will add to my MacBook later. I already ironed the badge to my shirt (thanks Jasemine)

Awesome swag
Awesome swag
Ironing Badges Badge not achieved
Ironing Badges Badge not achieved

I also got the chance to finally meet Stephan Watterott from Watterott Electronic in person and Mario Lukas from the FabScan Cube and the OpenExposer, a mini laser-based resin 3dPrinter.

Killer Projects and if you need electronics for your HackProject in Germany – Watterott is the place to go. Of course I’ll follow the progress of the OpenExposer very closely for 3dDinge.de

A SL Printer!
A SL Printer!

Besides the work there was the fun – together with the VSK, the VideoSpielKultur Verein, we brought some good ol Gaming Consoles to the Stage – a PS2 with Time Crisis II including a LightGun, a SNES with Super Mario Kart and a Rockband Set for a XBOX360. I also took the chance to show Brian from Hackaday the VSK Archive – his reaction was fun to watch and we did a short video

Games Lounge by VSK eV
Games Lounge by VSK eV

And after that i managed to break Brian – or at least i think he was partly mind-blown after seeing Hans wast collection of old PCs, CPUs and giant Computers at the Computeum. His reaction was a bit like

Bit sad that we might loose the Computeum soon due to financial problems. I’ll keep you update and we might have a temp. solution, but if you would like to donate to build a REAL computer museum in Munich, let me know (nhitze@gmail.com)

Back to the event, which i sadly could only attend for a short time because my wife was ill. I’ve used the spare time i had, while everyone was hacking their projects, to talk to some folks, setup the Video Gaming Systems on the stage and fetch two 3dPrinters from the Munich Maker Lab to assist the M.A.R.S folks.

After that i left, took care of my family and followed via Livestream to see if my friend Peter and his OpenSourceTricorder won the HackadayPrize. He didn’t, but the winner was well worthy.

So – to finish my long rumbling – it was amazing, there was Mate and awesome folks and Mike and i decided that i will continue the Hackaday Munich as a regular Meetup. I’m working on the Details right now and let you know asap.

 

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