Self.Conference running today & tomorrow

May 30-31, Cobo Center, Detroit

Self.conference combines killer tech presentations with insightful soft talks to give you a Detroit-based conference worth your while. We’re packing two days at the end of May with mobile, web, hardware, software, process, and team talks to help you expand your knowledge, meet other technically-minded folk, and immerse yourself in Detroit’s tech renaissance.

Check out to register and attend

Hands On Museum Tech Twilight this Friday

Hands On Museum is having their Tech Twilight event this Friday. 

TechTwilight, now in its 6th year, provides companies and student groups with the opportunity to celebrate and share their innovations in a festive environment of discovery.

Proceeds and event sponsorships support the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s mission of inspiring young people to embrace science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Tickets are available for purchase online. Food and musical entertainment are included with the price of admission. 

Details at

Ann Arbor, MI – The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan will host the Rob|Arch 2014 conference, May 14-18, 2014. Focusing on the theme of intellectual collaboration, the conference will bring together an international cohort of artists, designers, fabricators, and industry leaders for the purpose of advancing the discourse surrounding experimental robotic fabrication in their respective fields.

Visit for complete details and to register.

Rob|Arch 2014

Sixth Annual Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

The deadline for submitting to be a Maker at the Sixth Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire is this Friday, April 25. We accept makers of all ages and many different types of projects (from DIY crafts to paper arts to carpentry to robotics to clothing design to sustainable energy and beyond). 

Join us and showcase your passion for making!

The Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire is a FREE and family fun event, organized by dedicated volunteers from across the southeast Michigan area. 

Please feel free to join us by registering at:

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Featuring speakers Patti Smith, Susan Starr, and Jeff Kelley

When: February 20th, 2013, doors at 630pm, talks at 7pm!
Where: LIVE, 102 S First St, Ann Arbor
Moola: $5
Tickets: At the door or

NerdNite is looking for speakers for 3/27.

Vote for A2Geeks ASAP!

Vote for us online!

A2Geeks need your help TODAY! We’re working hard to help our Geek community become more visible and connected. We’ve submitted an idea to get a Connect With Your Community grant ($1,000) to help jumpstart the first step in strengthening our maker community: by hiring a documentarian to capture the process of making, learning, and experiencing community in the Ann Arbor area. This is just the first step in our vision to help make Ann Arbor life better for Geeks.

Voting ends TOMORROW and we’re in 16th place out of 113 entries.   Yes you have to sign up for Good, but you can immediately unsubscribe so no worries about email spamming.


A2Geeks board

A2Geeks Annual Meeting tonight


Join us at the second A2Geeks Annual Meeting at 6:30 pm on Friday, May 11th at Maker Works!

This meeting is open to the public and will be a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow geeks.  Representatives of local tech groups are especially encouraged to make a brief statement about their group’s activities.  The meeting will consist of a short pro forma board meeting, followed by a chance for local meetups and users groups to say a few words, snacks, and networking.  Don’t miss this chance to connect with the Ann Arbor geek community and help it grow!

A2Geeks is 501©(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to making the Ann Arbor area a great place for creative and innovative people to live and work by opening the tech culture to everyone.  A2Geeks holds events such as periodic Geek Tours, the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire, and Ignite Ann Arbor, and provides financial and other support to tech events in the Ann Arbor area.

Maker Works is located at 3765 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48108.

Great Lakes Functional Programming Conference

From Onorio Catenacci:

We’re currently organizing the first Great Lakes Functional Programming Conference for May 5 in Ann Arbor.  SRT Solutions has been kindly enough to let us use their office for the event.  The speaker lineup is still being set but if you’re interested in functional programming, we’d strongly encourage you to try to join us for this event.  I will post something when the tickets go on sale and in the meantime, if you have questions, feel free to contact me.

If you are interested, join the glfpc Google group.

UPDATE: Website!

Pocket Factory Visit - Learn to print in 3D

The Pocket Factory ( is going to be in Ann Arbor for one evening–Wednesday, February 8th–to run a two-hour crash course in computer-aided design and 3D printing. Go from know-nothing to printing your own iPhone case, belt buckle, jewelry, or other widget!

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 8, 7–9pm

WHERE: Workantile (118 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, 48104)  

WHAT: Learn 3D design and instant 3D fabrication; fabricate on the spot and keep what you make! 

WHO: Nerdy adults and precocious teens with their own laptops.

COST: $20

HOSTS: Bilal Ghalib and Alex Hornstein of Pocket Factory, and David Erik Nelson, author of “Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids”



AADND: New Tools for the Web

The Ann Arbor .Net Developers group is having another JavaScripty meeting tonight. Kevin Dangoor, product manager for developer tools at Mozilla, will be talking about tools for web developers. This talk is largely the same as the one from 1DevDay Detroit. Here’s the synopsis:

Web applications having been getting increasingly sophisticated over the past couple of years. As usual, developers are pushing the boundaries of what the web can do faster than people can make tools to support their work. In-browser tools in all of the major browsers and IDEs have been charging forward, though. They provide a bunch of new capabilities to get things done quicker, and I’ll show off some of these new tricks and toys. I’ll also talk about where I think the tools fall short.

UPDATE:  The .NET developers group can be found at and they meet 2nd Wednesday, Monthly at SRT Solutions


Open.Michigan, the University of Michigan’s School of Information and Data Without Borders are hosting a free datadive over the weekend of February 10-12, 2012.

This event brings together data scientists, local nonprofits and U-M organizations for a weekend of service. Data gurus will clean, parse, mine, analyze, map, and visualize large data sets, volunteering their skills to non-profits. 

New to data science? Free workshops will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 on R, Visit, and Python

Register at:

More information at:


Geek Tour 1 Recap


Our first tour at the U of M Computer and Video Game Archive was great, thanks to everyone who participated!  I really appreciated the Archive making themselves available, and thought it was great that they use period televisions for their consoles.  Saw some 8-bit Mario, Atari tennis, of course MarioKart and even a full Rock Band ensemble.  Turned into a real multi-era exploration.  I didn’t realize that there’s a guitar controller out there with strings at the strumming area and individual buttons at each fret. 

Please feel free to reply with your experience and any pictures you might have captured!