Atlanta Maker Faire 2016
Maker Faire Atlanta 2016 will be taking place over the weekend of October 1 and 2. On Saturday, October 1, the Faire will be open from 10am to 5pm. On Sunday October 2 we will be open from 12pm to 5pm.
Maker Faire Atlanta 2016 will be taking place in Downtown Decatur this year! We are finalizing our footprint, so check back for more information.
We would love for you to choose MARTA if at all possible. We have limited parking, so everyone that takes public transportation frees up a space for someone who can’t!
Take the eastbound MARTA train to the Decatur MARTA station.
Take the Swanton Way exit out of the station and do a U-turn.
Walk east towards the gazebo and then south on N McDonough Street (heading towards Decatur High School) until you run into the Faire!
Where to Stay
Here are the hotels closest to the Faire, but remember that because this event is so close to a MARTA rail line, as long as you stay close to any of MARTA’s stops, it’ll be easy to get to the Faire.
Courtyard Decatur, 130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur GA, 404-371-0204, 0.2 miles from venue,
Super 8 Decatur, 917 Church St, Decatur, GA, 404-378-3765, 0.6 miles from venue,
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 2183 North Decatur Rd, 404-320-0888, 2.0 miles from venue,
University Inn at Emory, 1767 North Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA, 1-800-654-8591, 2.4 miles from venue,
If you must drive to the Faire, you’ll find plenty of paid parking nearby.
Food, Drink, and Restrooms
Having our Faire in Downtown Decatur means that you are within easy walking distance from a huge variety of restaurants and shops. Find a list of the food choices in the Decatur area here – we highly recommend you support these local spots. We will have porta-potties convenient to exhibition areas.
MakerSpace Forsyth Settles Into New Digs
We are still in the process of taking things out of boxes. The calendar will be a little off while we recover from the move and get organized for Maker Faire Atlanta. We may actually be chosen to be a stop on the guided tour this year so we want to make a good impression. The Robotics Team is busy making ready. You can get your free tickets to the maker faire by following this link. http://atlanta.makerfaire.
Upcoming Tech Events
DEVNEXUS 2017, February 22-24 2017, Our annual professional developer conference. The call for papers is open so we would like to encourage you guys to submit a talk or sign up to receive info and updates here http://devnexus.com Passes for this will go on sale in a couple of weeks. If you missed this years' Devnexus here is a promo video that captures some of the fun http://bit.ly/Devnexus2016
New Way to Help Sponsor Your Group
A friend of mine runs LiveSoftwareEvents.com, a way to live-stream video and make money from it. The organizer doesn't pay, just the remote viewers. They pay a reasonable $1 per hour which gets split with the organizer. If you or your group would like to give it a try, contact Bernie LiveSoftwareEvents and give it a try.
PostgreSQL Group Forming
My favorite open source database might be getting it's own meetup group. From today's inbox:
We are a group of PostgreSQL enthusiasts interested in fostering a PostgreSQL community in Atlanta, so that we can share our knowledge about PostgreSQL and related projects, and create a network for those seeking PostgreSQL-related employment.
See their Meetup.
New Alpharetta Rails Meetup
Looks like more of a coding support or study group, there's a new Alpharetta Rails Meetup forming. Please check them out. There's been some pushback on Ruby lately, some claiming that the number of new gems being committed is dwindeling, but a lot of people still like it and use it on a daily basis.
ALE and ALE-NW Update
In today's mailbag from JD:
Hope you don't mind this email ... you asked for feedback, but I didn't see any
way to contact you through the website.
ossatlanta.org - article " Tough Times for *nix Users' Groups".
ALE-NW only meets with SPSU students are there. That's August - May.
It is planned.
It is announced on the ALE email listsrv.
3 yrs ago, we held meetings in the summer and turnout was too low to maintain
it. We are flexible. ;)
The ALE.org content is NOT well maintained. The only way to know what is really
happening is to sign up for the email lists http://ale.org/?page_id=5. The mail
email list has 20-50 messages a day. It is fairly active about Linux-related
There are other Linux groups around the metro area. The GA-400 Linux Group
meets weekly at I-285 and Powers Ferry. 4-10 people attend. Heck, there were 8
people there on Easter!
For more groups: http://blog.jdpfu.com/2013/06/03/lugs-atlanta-area-linux-groups
However - you are not wrong with the premise that Linux is becoming a standard
thing. Other groups that historically would be part of the LUG have spawned
their own meetings - OpenStack, Asterisk, Python, Ruby, Perl, Drupal, OWASP, and
those are just off the top of my head.
I completely understand why UNIX groups concentrate on HA and extremely large
scale - the lower-end has been taken over by Linux solutions. It is amazing what
a $5K Linux box can accomplish these days.
FYI - ALE-NW meetings for the '14-15 school terms:
Meetings 2nd of the Month (Starting in Sept):
8/28 - Mini-How To and SPSU Organization
9/11 - TBD
9/20 - InstallFest - Saturday 10am-5pm
10/9 - TBD 4th Anniversary!
11/13 - TBD
12/11 - Solstice / GPG Keysigning
1/8 - TBD
2/12 - TBD
3/12 - TBD
4/9 - TBD
5/14 - TBD
Feel Free to contact either me or Jim Kinney for ALE questions.
Atlanta 3D Group
There's a new meetup forming for all things around 3D printing. See the Atlanta 3D Group page at meetup. It's just forming, but there seems to be a lot of buzz around 3D printing in town. Not strictly open source, but a lot of 3D printing seems to use open source tools.