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We are open almost every wednesday (from 7 pm) and saturday (from 2 pm)
Feel free to drop on by whenever we're open.

Ancilla van de Leest surprise visit

This Wednesday, on Feb 22th at 8pm our hackerspace will welcome a special guest. Namely: Ancilla van de Leest, the leader of the Pirate Party of The Netherlands. The reason why she is stopping by is not necessarily because she is from Rotterdam and visits hackerpaces regularly (it’s a first for our space though). No, instead she will visit us to talk about her party and the upcoming Dutch parliamentary elections, which are happening next month.

Although you might or might not share the same political views, everyone is welcome and our space is open for new discussions. So if you’re interested in Dutch politics, the Pirate Party, net neutrality, privacy topics or Ancilla in general - come visit us this Wednesday.

NodeSchool #3: realtime

The last time we had a lot fun building a chatbot with JavaScript in NodeJS! To continue on this journey of learning how to work with event based programming, we figured it was time to dive into websockets. Although it might be very similar to building a chatbot, we think it can be either a good lesson for new people or a fun challenge for the intermediate developer.

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This workshop is meant for people that just started programming, but also fun if you’re an intermediate developer.

Our program

7:00 - Opening doors

7:30 - Introduction (doors are closed, please message us on chat if you’re later)

8:00 - Let’s go realtime with websockets!

9:00 - And we’re done!

You can stick around to ask questions, discuss the meetup or just chill afterwards.

Looking for sponsors

We’re looking for a sponsor(s) to help us provide free drinks and food, please contact: david@pixelbar.nl

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NodeSchool #2: chatbots

It’s time for the second edition of NodeSchool Rotterdam. While the first edition was mostly theoretical, this time we’re going to be doing mostly practical things. Namely: Building a chatbot! With Node.JS obviously ;-)

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This workshop is meant for people that just started programming, but also fun if you’re an intermediate developer.

Our program

7:00 - Opening doors

7:30 - Introduction (doors are closed, please message us on chat if you’re later)

8:00 - Building our first chatbot

9:00 - And we’re done!

You can stick around to ask questions, discuss the meetup or just chill afterwards.

Looking for sponsors

If you like us, and/or want to make sure people don’t starve at a hackerspace… please contact us! We’re looking for a sponsor to help us provide free drinks and food for everyone that’s interested in learning to code. Contact: david@pixelbar.nl

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Announcing NodeSchool Rotterdam

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We’re hosting the first NodeSchool in Rotterdam. NodeSchool are hosted open source workshops that teach web software skills. And best of all… they’re free.

Node.js is a popular, open-source, cross-platform JavaScript runtime environment for developing a diverse variety of tools and applications. This first edition will be focussing on the basics of JavaScript (ES6) with Node.

Let’s see whether people in Rotterdam are interested to learn writing software.

We’re planning to organise this every month. The first edition is already full, but when you signup on meetup.com, you’ll be notified when the next one is announced.

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We have to blog more!

The holidays are over!

In our last post we mentioned some of our members went to allsort of different camps. From Gamer-related camps to Hacker camps. Our participants are very diverse!

This summer some of our members decided on traveling to the United Kingdom for EMF Camp, against all expectations the weather was pretty nice and the camp was great. After returning from EMF Camp mc.fly and cookingroffa decided to go directly to CCC Camp in Germany. At the same moment miep, david, dennus, pim and tucje travelled to Limburg in the Netherlands to visit CampZone.

Because the writer of this article was amongst the “CampZone” visitors i will not have very much to tell about EMF and CCC Camp :(, We might add an update later!

At CampZone, a gamer camp held for the 16th time in Kronenberg we have met a lot of awesome people. We also noticed the general idea of “Gaming” at a camp like this is just for a small part of the visitors. Others are just here to put raw meat on the bbq or even perform some cosplay acts. Fortunatly we noticed in the last couple of years there was a great interest in hacking, not just the it-hacking part but also some electronics came by.

As a good hacker, you should at least destro,.. expiriment when you are somewhere. This CampZone we have found out, Inflateble bed pumps work under water, providing us with a nice fountain which tickled. After measuring we noticed there was around 80V AC flowing through us. And, our coffeemachine pump stopped working. This offcourse was an immediate reason to do some expirimenting. this time we just overclocked the poor 12V-DC pump to a comfortable 36V-DC. We managed to get the thing going again for some short time ( but the water got up very high ).

We had also brought lots of tinkering stuffs, which gave us the possibility to do an upgrade to the “beer-counter”, add an external antenne to a drone controller and we even got started with some SDR stuff. David found out cheap batteries sucked.

As a side project, one of out awesome friends Trouble came up with the idea of a festival-newspaper called “de PixelPaper”. An idea that got into everyones head. 5 editions were made, and they are still online today! please visit pixelpaper.nl where you can read all editions, even the ones with the real-life capture the flag storyline! Thanks Trouble!

If you want to visit us during our weekly meetups on Wednesdays. Please check our website for the current spacestate, follow @pixelbar010 on twitter or subscribe to our Pushover group to get Push messages when we are open!