Just a few impressions and photos from tonight’s inaugural Soldering and Coding on Wednesdays meeting.
The Great Global Hackerspace Challenge group was still finishing up at 7 as SCoW started. Most of them stayed for SCoW. We had about seven people to start with; four more people dropped in as the evening progressed. One of the drop-ins brought a project she was working on, an illuminated pendant. She needed some advice about LEDs and power sources. Several people offered suggestions.
Someone else had a board he wanted to solder. Unfortunately, the only solder we could find in the space was not fine enough. I’ll do an inventory of soldering supplies and purchase additional stuff for next time.
Meanwhile, several conversations were going on concurrently. We were basically all seated around one large table, which was good for promoting a sense of unity, but I thought it made things a little too cacophonous. Next time I’ll set up separate tables so people can group themselves according to their interests.
There was some talk of a group project, the half-promised Makerbot being one. I’m all for group projects; I’m also all for solo projects. I think of SCoW as just a time and a place. How people organize themselves during SCoW is up to them.
Something I neglected was to do a membership/donation pitch to all the non-JR people. I’ll try to remember next time.
Overall I think SCoW is off to a good start, even though no soldering and very little coding was accomplished. I hope we have as good attendance next week, and that more people bring actual projects to work on.
Note: On April 6, Dorkbot will take over the space, so no SCoW that night. SCoW folks should still consider coming though, as it’ll be Dorkbot’s annual Kit Night.