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Instructables Show & Tell- in our town, and yours Answered

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.

SCHEDULE:
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!

LOCATIONS:
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.

Austin
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 RSVPhere 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

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

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

Savannah
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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carbon
carbon

14 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

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carbon
carbon

Reply 14 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." :)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

I've been there many times in my youth....I agree ;-)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 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*

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

14 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

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canida
canida

Reply 14 years ago

Did you just volunteer to host?!? Send me a PM or email if you've got questions.

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

Reply 14 years ago

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.

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 14 years ago

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.

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

Reply 14 years ago

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.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

If you guys want to have another one...i'd be more than up for it

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zus
zus

Reply 14 years ago

Im definatly going to be at the orlando one im in melbourne so its not a biggy drive at all

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Kiteman
Kiteman

14 years ago

Am I the only Instructabler (Instructablist?) in the UK? Anybody in East Anglia, I have access to a Scout Hut.

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josh92176
josh92176

Reply 13 years ago

I'm in the UK but I live nowhere near you :-(. I live in a town called Ferndown very near Bournemouth.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

13 years ago

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 =]

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Rowen27
Rowen27

14 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...

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canida
canida

Reply 14 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.

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irollmyown
irollmyown

14 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!

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

14 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 (https://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
~Paul


As a sneak peak....
I personally have a very crude aerodynamic modification prototype for most passenger cars and trucks along with proposed sketches ;)

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Tetranitrate
Tetranitrate

14 years ago

Wow, I just checked the address of Etsy Labs, and it is literally right down the block from me. That was surprisingly convenient.

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royalestel
royalestel

14 years ago

You can also RSVP me at royal.spamcan *at* gmail.com.

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royalestel
royalestel

14 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!

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canida
canida

Reply 14 years ago

Great! I've updated the forum post. Anyone able to make it to Savannah, contact royalestel!

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turkey tek
turkey tek

14 years ago

ah shucks. out of town this week or else i'd totally be there for the bay area meetup.

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canida
canida

Reply 14 years ago

No worries, we'll do it again!

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evy-wevy
evy-wevy

14 years ago

WHY DOES NOBODY CARE ABOUT CANADA! :(

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 14 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?

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evy-wevy
evy-wevy

Reply 14 years ago

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...

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canida
canida

Reply 14 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.

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robodud3
robodud3

Reply 14 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

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canida
canida

Reply 14 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.)

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sam
sam

Reply 14 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.

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sam
sam

Reply 14 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.

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RaNDoMLeiGH
RaNDoMLeiGH

14 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?

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

14 years ago

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...

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Rowen27
Rowen27

14 years ago

Any one from northeast IL/northwest IN, the Chicago area in general?

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Rowen27
Rowen27

Reply 14 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...

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CementTruck
CementTruck

Reply 14 years ago

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.

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Rowen27
Rowen27

Reply 14 years ago

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...

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canida
canida

Reply 14 years ago

Drop me a note when you get a date, and I'll add it to the "later" list.

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PetervG
PetervG

14 years ago

Anyone in Halifax? : /

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Punkguyta
Punkguyta

14 years ago

What about bringing this closer to say, ontario?

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canida
canida

Reply 14 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.

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Punkguyta
Punkguyta

Reply 14 years ago

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.

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canida
canida

Reply 14 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...

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Punkguyta
Punkguyta

Reply 14 years ago

True, I think I'll wait till summer time if I do :-P

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ZiggyRodrigues
ZiggyRodrigues

Reply 14 years ago

Where in ON do you live?I'm in Belleville

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sam
sam

Reply 14 years ago

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..

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ZiggyRodrigues
ZiggyRodrigues

Reply 14 years ago

Sounds good. I'll keep in touch, let me know if you hear from anyone else.