Plenum/Meeting minutes/2019-06-05

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Idea/Overview: Plenum

Date/Time: 05.06.2019
Attending Managers: Patrick, Mitja, Lukas
Attending Members: Martin, Keno, Georg, Lars, Kim

Topics

Here's the list so far - please don't hesitate to add more! If you won't be able to attend, you can add your comments here or in the discussion to take part anyway :-)

Project Presentations

Let's take up to 2 × 20 minutes before each plenum to show others what we're working on! If you are interested in talking about your projects, please announce it here and/or via the Mailing List:

  • Martin presented about his adventures in home-automation (HASS IO)
    • He now can check his dryer while sitting on the toilet
    • He can also now kill his plants remotely by checking on them via the web interface and still not water them

Recap of the last plenum

  • The Marketing Meetings were lacking participation. Is there any feedback why people did not attend?
    • Only Ciaran and Martin attended the meetings and talked about the state of the website
    • Website is needed to give interested people a brief overview about the Space
      • The wiki is too complex for new people
      • Many people think we are a mostly commercial entity which is not the case - the new website should reflect this better.
      • A site hosted on GitHub would allow more people to quickly edit (e.g. for a blog function)
      • Lars suggested to split the "design" and "content" parts to not get stuck in details
        • Martin showed the current state of the issues on the issue tracker
      • Lukas suggested to first copy-paste the old content and then edit it step-by-step
      • Lars offered to help next week Wednesday (19:00 for 1h) to find a good concept to work together on
    • For future marketing meetings it would be better to give concrete/focused tasks

New (and newly available) tools at the space

=> also see "Wish List"

Collaboration possibilities

Who's not in our Mailing List or Telegram Group yet? Also check out Category:Community!

Bahnstadtfest

  • The Bahnstadtfest is coming closer (July 20th)!
    • Does anybody have a project they could show there?
    • who else would like to help out during the day (at our stand or volunteering at food stands or Bahnstadtlauf)?
    • additional project idea (we've already collected some in the "issue"): Engrave some coins (wood or metal) with visitors names and the CoMakingSpace logo
    • Lukas asked about what language we should use for the issues. He suggested to use German for this one as right now only german speaking people are involved and English might "scare" away volunteers.

Do-something days

Johannes and Martin are planning to host a do-something day this Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, with some barbecue afterwards. Patrick asked for it to have a focus on "clean-something". Nice, tidy areas could be photographed for our new website!

Who is willing to join?

Current projects that are looking for collaborators

Issues

closed issues since the last plenum
new issues since the last plenum

-> especially important:

Wiki

Area Patron Update

Area Patron Update Members Feedback
Electronics Bench Johannes any update? any feedback/thanks?
3D Printer Farm Luca & Kim Added new Prusa Slicer 2.0 (remaining steps/progress: see #126) any feedback/thanks?
Woodturning Lukas bought a new skew chisel together with Georg and Luca (still looking for people to throw in a few € for other tool upgrades);
improved tailstock & toolrest base screws of the Güde lathe
any feedback/thanks?
CNC Router Johannes any update? any feedback/thanks?
Fridge & Freezer Kim any update? any feedback/thanks?
Drilling Table Keno Newly announced Patron any feedback/thanks?

Who else would like to become an Area Patron (Eckpate)? Areas in need:

Seminar

  • Patrick mentioned the KiCad Seminar in a couple of weeks
  • Eddel suggested to offer a free month membership in addition to the seminar fees to get more people to try it.

Event Ideas

Maus-Türöffnertag

Lars brought up the idea of participating in the Maus-Türöffnertag via the Mailing List. We should discuss possible projects and a possible orga-team:

I've been watching the german "Sendung mit der Maus" (kind-of "How-its-made" for kids) for the past 32ish years - especially since I got three forks of my own. Every year on October 3rd, there's the Maus-Türöffnertag, where kids can register and come to do something exciting with (or without) their parents. I'd love to get the CoMakerspace into the program, which would also generate some publicity.

We'd have to provide some projects for that, suitable for kids of a specific age range (e.g. 6-10 or 8-12). Ideas:

  • Building small robots from a toothbrushhead, a battery and a vibration motor (age 6+)
  • Bending and welding little robot figurines from thick wire, threaded rods, washers and nuts (bending for 6+, welding 10+ with assistance or only from helpers?)
  • Soldering small kits like a mini-tesla-coil: https://www.ebay.de/itm/401634796641
  • Sowing ugly animals (kids draw a fantasy animal, which is then cut and sown from leftover materials)
  • Whatever you can think of
  • Project:Counter_Board

Let's talk in the plenum on benefits, cost and risks - e.g. insurance? Is it possible to make the space semi-childsafe for the target group?

Lars will open an issue and offered to be the main organiser. People who are interested please make yourself known in the issue tracker.

Coder Dojo

We got a request from Sonja of "CoderDojo":

Hallo Leute im CoMakingSpace,

ich heiße Sonja und suche Gleichgesinnte, die gerne hacken, in Makerspaces unterwegs sind und Lust haben, Kindern und Jugendlichen zu ermöglichen, mit Technik zu spielen. Ich gehöre zum Verein CoderDojo - wir sind Teil der Raspberry Pi Stiftung - und unser Ziel ist es, Kindern und Jugendlichen das aktive Gestalten mit Technik näher zu bringen, häufig gehört da auch zu, Programmieren zu lernen.

In Deutschland gibt es grade um die 30 Klubs (wir nennen sie Dojos). Das ist natürlich nicht genug, um interessierte Kids zu unterstützen. Falls Du Lust hast, in Deiner Region, was auf die Beine zu stellen, gib mir einfach bescheid. Unser gemeinnütziger Verein ist ein weltweites Netzwerk aus Bastel- und Computerinteressierten. Wir tauschen uns untereinander aus und teilen Materialien.

Mehr Info über CoderDojo findest Du hier und speziell über den deutschen e.V. hier.

Would anyone be interested in organizing such events in our Space?

Makers Flea Market

Andi (not our Andi!) proposed a makers flea market in heidelberg in the whatsapp group, since he would have some stuff to sell. He also offered to organize some benches and tables in order to enable people to present their stuff.

We should discuss what would be needed for such an event, whether we want to host it and if yes, when.

The idea was received well during the plenum and we should organise something like this at the CoMakingSpace. If someone feels they want to plan such an event please open an issue. A Sunday in August was discussed as a possible day. A doodle was opened to find a suitable date. Please vote!

Eddel suggested to get some sponsors like Conrad to sponsor that event (while having a table on their own).

Repair Café

We've had this idea floating around for a while but Repair Café Heidelberg already had a cooperation partner/host (Haus der Jugend) - now that changed and they asked us to cooperate with them for the quarterly event! Who's interested? At the minimum we need an experienced volunteer to supervise the Space, but ideally also motivated tinkerers who would like to help with the repairs and tell people about our Space and the joy of joining or donating ;-)

The last event at their old location was in the beginning of May, so we are probably looking at events in August and November this year.

It was discussed that the tools in the workshops are a no-go during the repair-cafe, but the overall idea was perceived as something we should support. Let's try this with two events this year.

Open Discussion

This is the place to talk about general improvements etc. - for example:

  • What did I do since the last plenum?

Johannes re-wired the door bell. It now has a switch which allows you to change back to the boring old bell in case the awesome new one breaks.

  • What am I planning to do until the next plenum?
  • What went wrong?
  • What went well?
  • What should get done at the space (new issues)?
    • Lars had some improvement ideas to the introduction system as it is currently quite slow and dependent on too few tutors
      • Have a general introduction for types of tool like 'it rotated', 'it makes dust'
      • Have a checklist of the 'most typical errors' to be aware of.

Next Meeting

Friday, July 12 - here are the "minutes" already: Plenum/Meeting minutes/2019-07-12