HacDC Welcomes Xin Che Jian

On Monday, October 3 we had the opportunity to welcome a couple of guests from Xin Che Jian, a hackerspace in Shanghai, China. Min (left) and Ricky (right) stopped by to see our space as part of their North American East Coast Hackerspaces Tour. (That’s me, Alli, in the middle.) I asked Min and Ricky about their projects. They are doing amazing things over there including urban farming, roboracing, and of course microcontrollers. Check out their projects here.

Maryland Robotics Day

Learn about robots! The University of Maryland is hosting its second Maryland Robotics Day. The event will showcase the wide range of robotics research taking place in the Maryland Robotics Center.

You’ll see research in:
-Collaborative, Cooperative, Networked Robotics
-Medical Robotics
-Miniature Robotics
-Robotics for Extreme Environments
-Unmanned Vehicles

Registration is required by September 7, 2011. Registration is free but
needed to plan for parking and box lunches. Your day will begin on campus in College Park, Md., at 10 a.m. You’ll learn about the Maryland Robotics
Center, hear a keynote address by a robotics industry expert, visit the
university’s robotics labs and see demonstrations of our robots in action.
There will be plenty of time to speak with robotics faculty, students and
researchers about their research, and explore future collaborations. You can register here.

Read about last year’s Maryland Robotics Day here!

When: Friday, September 9, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

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Stanford Offers Online Artificial Intelligence Course

Interested in Artificial Intelligence? Should that even be a question? Stanford is offering their Introduction to Artificial Intelligence class online for free this fall! Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig will be teaching the class. Thrun is a Research Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, a Google Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the German Academy of Sciences. Norvig is Director of Research at Google Inc. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery.

HacDC members have been thinking about starting a study group for the class at the space. If you’re interested in studying with us, we set up a doodle poll to pick a time.

For more details on what the class covers, check out the syllabus.

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Explore Open Data at Hack Day in DC

DC is one of four cities selected for USA.gov’s Open Data Hack Day! From the official website:

Data is created every time someone clicks on a 1.USA.gov link, which happens about 56,000 times each day. Together, these clicks show what government information people are sharing with their friends and networks. No one has ever had such a broad view of how government information is viewed and shared online.

The Hack Day will bring together software developers, entrepreneurs, and curious citizens to look at the data produced by 1.USA.gov and discover new uses for the information.

Hack Day is taking place on Friday, July 29 from 10am-6pm. The event will be held at Busboys and Poets in the Cullen Room. The address is 1025 5th St NW in DC. If you would like to participate, please RSVP for the event no later than July 22.

HacDC is not affiliated with USA.gov.

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