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We're back for July! Join us July 20th at ATX Hackerspace for the next installment of Dorkbot awesomeness!

7pm doors
730pm talks

All ages!
BYOB/BYO food/snacks


*Lepidoptera Automata*
Katie Rose Pipkin and Loren Schmidt

Visual artists and game developers Katie Rose Pipkin and Loren Schmidt talk about their recent twitter bot moth generator. This talk covers the trajectory of this particular project, other current projects by the artists, in-depth discussion of techniques used to generate moths, and information on how to make your own twitter bot.

*The Advantages and Results of Making Custom Circuit Boards*
Jordan Wills

Off the shelf hardware is great for prototyping electronics projects, but nothing beats the benefits and aesthetic of having a custom design circuit board for a project. This talk will provide a high level overview of the workflow required to make a custom PCB, an overview of what maker friendly tools, vendors, and trainings are available, and recommendations on how to make your first design.

This presentation will be given by Jordan Wills, a long time maker who has been working on embedded systems in Austin for eight years.

*What is the Digital Divide?*
Noah Glaser and Michael Henderson

One important—yet often overlooked—facet of poverty is one’s distance from technology. For example, if someone lives in Austin, Texas and does not have access to a mobile phone or a computer, they are technologically trapped in the 19th century.

On the other hand, if a local resident has a library card and is computer literate they are instantly connected to email, Facebook, Twitter, the Internet, Wikipedia, and the world!

Our jobs as technology leaders are to open eyes, open minds, and open hearts—and to bring the best and brightest of the techie community to better connect digitally divided communities to the vast advantages of technology.

We teach children robotics!

Noah and Michael teach a community robotics class at Pan Am Rec Center. These amazing people trick young students ages 9-12 into eating their vegetables--figuratively speaking. The overall goal is to teach computer and technology skills to under-served communities.
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