Instructables Show & Tell- in our town, and yours

Come to the first Instructables Show & Tell near you this March!

Held in the Bay Area (Friday 3/9, 7pm at Instructables HQ), the Boston area (Saturday 3/10, 7pm, hosted by MITERS), Austin (Saturday 3/10 at SXSW, hosted by dorkbot ), NYC (Thursday 3/22, hosted by Etsy, Make, PopSci, and Create Digital Music) , Atlanta (Friday 3/30, 8pm), Savannah (Thursday, 3/22), and Orlando (Friday 3/23, 6pm).
Contact me by private message if you'd like to host an Instructables Show & Tell in your area, and we'll add it to the list. Locations and times will be posted at the bottom of the page. We'll be doing this again, so plan ahead.

The Theory
How to Host an Instructables Show and Tell
Bring your friends & family, drinks or a snack for the table, and something you've made (or are thinking about or working on) to share with the group. You'll meet a diverse group of smart, excited art and technology geeks who want to talk to you about your projects and ideas. Please RSVP so we'll have a decent guess how many people to expect.

Examples: your new LED, LEGO, or K'nex project, a cool screen-printed T-shirt, neat origami, a cool bike mod, home-made kimchee, alternate uses for your ipod, a fire-breathing Godzilla, a neat example of vintage technology, or just a cool idea you'd like to explore with other like-minded people. Anything you'd put up as an Instructable is definitely fair game- bring it by and show it off. Email or message me if you've got specific questions.

Note: NO PowerPoint. You've got 2-4 minutes to talk about your project; words and models are best way to do a quick demo.

7pm Doors open for mingling and snacks. If you've got something to talk about, put your name on the whiteboard. If not, you'd best have brought extra snacks.
~8-9:30 Show & Tell. We run through the list, giving everyone a couple of minutes to talk about their project/idea and answer a few questions. In-depth discussion is saved for later so everyone gets a chance to demo their project; there will be a gong.
~9:30-10:30 Check out what you liked, ask the questions we didn't get to during Show & Tell, talk to the cute nerd you've been eyeing across the room, and help clean out the rest of the snacks.

Now you can join your geographic group!

Bay Area
Instructables, Friday 9 March, 7pm
2175 Monarch St, Alameda, CA directions
RSVP: canida(*at*) instructables.com

Boston Area
MITERS, Saturday 10 March, 7pm
265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA directions
Most of the Instructables & Squid Labs founders built things at MITERS when they were in school; it's a neat clubhouse full of people who love to make fun things. They've got an Instructables group to show some of them off. NOTE: Please don't bring beer or wine as this event is on the MIT campus.

dorkbot Saturday, 10 March, 6-8pm
Brush Square Park at 5th and Neches map
(electronic art) Come to a special dorkbot during the SXSW Interactive Festival! We'll have a carnival style presentation of mad science fun spread across stations around the tent. Between scheduled presentations, show off your own project and get 30 seconds on the mike to tell the crowd about your demented electronic pursuits before being unceremoniously buzzed off the stage by 20,000 volts of raw power! Enormously raw POWER! Brush Square Park is adjacent to the Austin Convention Center, host of SXSW.
Mandatory RSVP here or email rsvp@dorkbotaustin.org

New York
Etsy Labs Thursday, 22 March, 7pm
325 Gold St., 6th Floor, Brooklyn, NY map
Hosted by Etsy, MAKE, PopSci, & Create Digital Music

Taco Mac Perimeter Friday, 30 March 8pm
1211 Ashford Crossing, Atlanta, GA map
RSVP: PM irollmyown or email jenny (*at*) hackaddict.net

Panera Friday, 23 March 6pm
11472 University Blvd., Orlando, FL map
RSVP: PM trebuchet03 or or send him email @gmail.com

Thursday, 22 March, 6:30pm
Cafe at Books-A-Million, 8108 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA map
RSVP: PM royalestel

Your City Here?
Volunteer to host now! Libraries, schools, and other community venues will often let you reserve space. Just send me a personal message or an email and we'll coordinate.

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carbon9 years ago
I wonder if it would actually be worth holding in my area...how would I know if I was the only one around here? That sounds like an interesting project, actually. A big map where people can log where they live, and then others in their area can hook up with them. It almost seems to me like everyone on Instructables is from San Francisco :P
carbon carbon9 years ago
I get excited every time someone says "Bay Area," because I live in Maryland, which has the biggest bay in the United States, and I believe that the Chesapeake should be "The Bay." :)
Goodhart carbon8 years ago
I've been there many times in my youth....I agree ;-)
Goodhart8 years ago
Apparently I live in the horse's rear-end of the country. The closest to me is Philly, and that is over a 3 hour drive (to put it in perspective for us poor persons; that is a round trip costing me a minimum of $250+ in gasoline alone *sigh* Back 10 years or so ago, when I found a few "electronics hobbyists" in my area, they purposely "disappeared" (one answered an ad I had placed in Nuts n Volts, that lived just a few blocks from me, and when i mentioned that, he stopped answering letters *sigh*). The closest thing I have come across in my area is an old Co-Co club *whoopee*
trebuchet039 years ago
Anyone in the Orlando area interested? That is the start of spring break for the UCF'ans - but if there's an interest, I'm down :) I've got some ideas/prototypes that need some brain juice that I can't afford to squeeze by myself at the moment :P
canida (author)  trebuchet039 years ago
Did you just volunteer to host?!? Send me a PM or email if you've got questions.
If there's local interest... Even if it's one or two people... we can meet up somewhere for a quick dinner. I'm love meeting new people - similar interests are a plus :) If there's more than a few people... perhaps we could crash somewhere on the UCF campus. If you want, you can put Orlando on the list as a tentative event - location etc. TBA.
I don't like meeting new people, add that to my social retardation and my crippling personality disorder and all i can say is, I'm in. Mind you I'm clean outta projects right now.
No worries... What I have is nothing special :) A bunch of scribbles in a book and a pocket with $3 in it (but needed for food)... haha.
If you guys want to have another one...i'd be more than up for it
zus trebuchet039 years ago
Im definatly going to be at the orlando one im in melbourne so its not a biggy drive at all
Kiteman9 years ago
Am I the only Instructabler (Instructablist?) in the UK? Anybody in East Anglia, I have access to a Scout Hut.
I'm in the UK but I live nowhere near you :-(. I live in a town called Ferndown very near Bournemouth.
Is there another time when we'll be having a bunch of show and tells all over the country? ...I think I'd be able to get a ride out to UCF this time, if trebuchet were to host another one =]
Rowen279 years ago
I am curious as to how these events went, what kind of turnout you had, so we can have an idea of how many people to plan for. my friend the theater manager is really excited about this, and I have a final ok from her for a saturday or perhaps a whole weekend this summer, the theater is capable of holding around 450 people, and the lobby has at least that capacity. The lobby is equipped with a PA system and has plenty of additional seating, the theater has a large roll down screen and projector with an interface for live feeds and powerpoint presentations. We are located on the far south side of chicago, so hopefully we could be of service to the instructable community here in the midwest...
canida (author)  Rowen279 years ago
It varies greatly by area! We had ~100 here in SF, and the Boston and NYC events were of roughly equivalent size. Orlando and Atlanta were quite small, just a couple of people. It sounds like the best way to go is to partner with an existing club or group who'd like an excuse to do something like this. You've clearly got a nice setup available- send me a pm and we'll talk about how to make this work.
irollmyown9 years ago
Hey guys I'm hosting the ATL instructables tonight. For those of you who are attending: *I will be wearing a grey georgia state hoodie and jeans *I will have a laptop with me (easier to spot me) *I will tell the server that I am at the restaurant for the meetup, so just ask the hostess to be seated at the instructables table. *I will be there before 8 for any early arrivals Please come b/c I have tons of stickers to give out!
trebuchet039 years ago
I think I got the message out to most people that have RSVP'd to Orlando Show and Tell.... Just in case - here's the message. And my apologies for mispelling "Orlando" in the first few messages sent out.

Hey everyone, tonight is the Orlando area Instructables Show and Tell. As a reminder, we will be meeting at 6pm at the Panera Bread restaurant on University Blvd. See the original Show and Tell forum post for a map (http://www.instructables.com/forum/EM5L0UKF5NEYF8MJGG/).

To help identify me, I will be wearing a black polo shirt embroidered with a UCF logo. I will also wear a white/tan/black visor with the UCF logo on it and I will be waiting outside. I will be leaving my apartment around 5:30 - so I should be there around 5:45 (for any early birds).

I hope to see everyone there - bring your big ideas, thinking hats (top hats a plus), and open minds. I will supply paper and pens and I have a rather heavy satchel of instructables stickers to give out.

Hope to see you tonight

As a sneak peak....
I personally have a very crude aerodynamic modification prototype for most passenger cars and trucks along with proposed sketches ;)
Wow, I just checked the address of Etsy Labs, and it is literally right down the block from me. That was surprisingly convenient.
royalestel9 years ago
You can also RSVP me at royal.spamcan *at* gmail.com.
royalestel9 years ago
Got a time and place, even though it's a bit short notice-- Next Thursday, March 22 6:30 meet 7pm start Cafe in Books-a-million on Abercorn in Savannah. Bring snacks or a project!
canida (author)  royalestel9 years ago
Great! I've updated the forum post. Anyone able to make it to Savannah, contact royalestel!
turkey tek9 years ago
ah shucks. out of town this week or else i'd totally be there for the bay area meetup.
canida (author)  turkey tek9 years ago
No worries, we'll do it again!
ewilhelm9 years ago
Live RSS feed of the pictures from the Squid Labs/Instructables Show and Tell right here:

evy-wevy9 years ago
We care, but don't live there! There are lots of Canadians on the site, and we've set up geographic groups for lots of Canadian cities, but can't hold a Show & Tell without volunteers to host. Where are you?
I am in Hamilton ON i think a toronto show and tell should be organized becuase most of us can get there easily.Toronto is like a hub to every other city in the golden horseshoe and up north a lil...
canida (author)  evy-wevy9 years ago
Sounds great to me! Go poke some of your fellow Canadians. Hey, any of you Canadians want to host in Toronto? Send me a PM and I'll help you out.
robodud3 canida9 years ago
hey i see ur the atlanta person so i thought i should ask u if we just show up or we put are names on a list and if we bring snacks cuz it is at taco mac love that place
canida (author)  robodud39 years ago
You're right- no need for snacks at Taco Mac. Just bring some friends and anything you'd like to show off or talk about. I'm actually in SF, not Atlanta- you should RSVP to Jenny at hackaddict. (I'm just in all the geo groups by default because I set them up.)
sam evy-wevy9 years ago
Well, that sounds good, I couldn't do much in terms of organizing it if it was in Toronto, as I'm in Ottawa. If someone closer or in Toronto wants to organize one, I'll try to come visit. Maybe we'll have two, one in Ottawa, one in Toronto. - I'm going to Mississauga the weekend of the FIRST robotics competition.. a weekend when hundreds of robot maker/hacker/instructable-er minded people will be there.. (At the Hershey Centre) I think its the weekend of April 1st.
sam evy-wevy9 years ago
I care about Canada! If you look further down, you will see some of us are in Ontario. Someone else is in Alberta. If there is in enough interest, I will try to get something together.
RaNDoMLeiGH9 years ago
I'm in Oklahoma City and would LOVE to host something here. However I'm tied up until April and gee, it gets pretty hot here. How about a late August or September event?
GASP! Oh Man! Now I can't go to the New York one either. It's on a Thursday (school) AND that's the weekend of my sister's Bat Mitzvah.... Oh Well, looks like I'll have to wait for the next one...
Rowen279 years ago
Any one from northeast IL/northwest IN, the Chicago area in general?
canida (author)  Rowen279 years ago
Join the Chicago group and we'll find out!
Rowen27 canida9 years ago
I am good friends with the theater manager of a local community college theater, I would have to discuss it with her first, but we might be able to use the theater as a venue, there is a large lobby and space for a little under 500 people in the theater itself...
Rowen27, I'm actually 1.5hrs from Detroit, but I don't think there is a Detroit group. Chicago would be the next closest thing to me. I would be interested in knowing what transpires from this. I think I saw someone from Ann Arbor post once, but can't remember who it was.
I have a tentative OK from my friend but it wouldn't be until some time this summer as the theater is booked solid until at least June...
canida (author)  Rowen279 years ago
Drop me a note when you get a date, and I'll add it to the "later" list.
PetervG9 years ago
Anyone in Halifax? : /
Punkguyta9 years ago
What about bringing this closer to say, ontario?
canida (author)  Punkguyta9 years ago
We just need a volunteer to host! It's not hard; you just need a bit of space for people to gather, a white board, and someone to play emcee. If you or anyone you know would be interested just drop me a PM or an email.
Blastid, I wish I knew about this website when I lived at a farm way back a year or so ago. It had the hugest yard ever that I myself spent like 20+ hours a week cutting/trimming in the summer. I live in a smaller house and don't have nearly a large enough yard now. Sorry.
canida (author)  Punkguyta9 years ago
I don't imagine that outdoor gatherings are popular in Ontario in March... ;) Well, recruit a volunteer or reserve a room in a community space! I'd bet there's a library or a school that would be excited to have an excuse to encourage geekiness...
True, I think I'll wait till summer time if I do :-P
Where in ON do you live?I'm in Belleville
Hey, I'm in Ottawa. I can look into organizing something, if enough people show interest. So far only you and Punkguyta have shown interest in ON, but some of my friends like instructables- so maybe I can recruit them too..
Sounds good. I'll keep in touch, let me know if you hear from anyone else.
Punkguyta there are a number of similar events in Toronto and around Ontario. You can check out DemoCamp or dorkbottoronto.
But are they for Instructables?
trebuchet039 years ago
So... anyone else in the Orlando area? I'd like to make this happen and the timing is pretty good (for me :P) as this is crunch time for senior design projects here (and I've basically donated my weekends for the next two months) :P
trebuchet039 years ago
Let everyone know where you are to help organize events... Who knows, perhaps a bunch you us are right next door :) You don't even have to put your full address -- even just a city will work ;)

I just put a county in, but Jezzabear's entry has covered mine :-( (Come on, there must be more active Instructableers out there)
I can still see your tag poking out :P My entry is also somewhat covered.... But the names still show up on the members list :)
zus9 years ago
Ill be at the Orlando one FOR SURE! Awesome idea thanks guys
robodud39 years ago
cool the atl im gona bring my knex gun can u bring more than 1 item and maby we should set up a tent for the life cable in every cite it looks reely promising and where would we hold the event in atlanta
I'd DEFINITELY come to the NYC event, maybe I'll go to the Boston event as well! (I really want to go to MIT ;) )
canida (author)  T3h_Muffinator9 years ago
Cool! I can highly recommend MIT- it's an awesome place to go to school. I'll get the NYC info up asap.
Oh man! I just realized that my states competition for science olympiad is the tenth =/ ... SHOOT!
There will be more! We'd like to do this every couple of months, depending on how much interest it generates.
O_O ..... EVERY FEW MONTHS?! .....YAY! ::Tears of joy::
jtobako9 years ago
minnesota anyone?
trialex9 years ago
Sydney? If there are more than a few interested I'd love to help out organising a get-together. HELP being the operative word though...
QUESTION! (didn't PM in case others were wondering as well) ....well two........ 1,) So you and others would be traveling HERE and bringing a gong?? (if I/ someone hosts one here in Omaha,NE) 2,) What if people (like me) have multiple/more than one project / idea to Show&Tell>? Do they get the same amount of time before getting the gong or more? Thanks in advance! -)v(e-
daenris9 years ago
So anyone in the Chicago area thinking about hosting one yet? :)
sam9 years ago
Awesome!! I'm so glad you guys are doing this.. after reading all about the Make Faire, I kept on meaning to bring forward a similar idea to the forums, but I've been busy and I forgot about it.. Too bad I don't live in America.. If anyone's close to Ottawa, Ontario, then maybe we can get something organized.. ?
canida (author)  sam9 years ago
If you want to host a Show & Tell, just give me the relevant info and I'll add it to this post! Feel free to PM me or drop me an email for more information.
leahculver9 years ago
canida (author)  leahculver9 years ago
Thanks, Leah!