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Weekly Maker Meetup Update


The Weekly Maker Meetups have settled in nicely at Watershed PDX.  Make it here! Have some projects you’d like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere?

Unfamiliar with the Weekly Wednesday Maker Meetups? They’re a make it here event, where people of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds are invited to work on projects and brainstorm ideas in a safe, supportive, creative atmosphere.

We will supply internet and a space to share ideas and collaborate with a community of fellow creators and makers of all stripes, techies and non-techies alike. We’ll share tips and tricks, and support your creative endeavors! We hope to provide an environment conducive to collaboration, project design, and creation.

The goal for the meetup is to support the local creative scene while providing an opportunity for you to build a network with people of varied skills and serve as an incubator for interesting collaborations of all kinds.

Who should attend? Everyone! From the completely curious, inexperienced beginner, hobbyists, formally educated/ trained professionals.

What sort of projects have people worked on? Sharing a passion and sampling of homebaked bread, tech that would enable the creation of a marauder’s map, origami, large scale art projects for SOAK, an introduction to hardware, pinball machine repair, and creepy doll modifications.

From sewing to electronics to art projects, whether your craft is handmade products, designs, or experiences, we hope you’ll join us! Our next meetup is Wednesday, March 2nd, 6:30-9pm at Watershed (5040 SE Milwaukie Ave).

Important things to note:

  • There will NOT be a meetup on 9 March 2016.
  • By attending this event you agree that neither Watershed nor myself is liable for any injury you may receive while working on your project and that you will follow the Code of Conduct and be awesome to each other.

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ChickTech Middle School 2015

From July 27th through 31st, ChickTech opened the doors of Epicodus where they hosted their first ever middle school camp for girls. The 4-year-old non-profit, which typically provides workshops to High School girls, welcomed seventeen 11 to 14-year-olds into the world of soft circuits, programming, hardware, and the larger technical community in the Portland area.

Before delving into the curriculum, the girls shared why they thought girl exclusive camps were necessary. They shared that they knew tech was a male dominated field often unfriendly towards women. Janice elaborated that tech is in almost everything, and by increasing the number of girls in tech they will have an equal say in how tech is developed, helping shape the focus of future tech.

During introductions, the girls ranged from assertively stating that they participated in sports and were interested in tech to a quietly stated “I don’t know.”

A daily yoga break served to remind them that they have a body that needs tending to.

Days one and two of the camp, they were given an introduction to wearable electronics, experimented with a hands-on introduction to circuits via Squishy Circuits before exploring the design possibilities for their tote bags and the code necessary to create the desired effects. Then they learned about conductive thread and soldering then crafted bags reflecting their love of various things such as Dr. Who, sunsets over water, sports, lava lamps, space, Christmas, roasting marshmallows over the campfire, Portland’s cityscape at night.


Tote bag- sewing, soldering, programming using Arduino IDE, used the speaker board and LED boards designed by MakersBox.

Greeting Card- programming in Java

Solar Lantern- soldering, reading wiring diagram, track soldering

Field Trips

AppNexus– “This place is heaven.”

PGE on energy day


The father of young girls, ages 7 and 8, was seeking ways to feed their interest in science and tech. During the camp, he met two participants who excitedly shared their experiences with the First LEGO League, and encouraged him to introduce his daughters to it.

A woman interested in the crossover between technology and fashion. Predominantly focusing on nail design, we discussed ways to add electronic components to her designs and incorporate the use of custom jewelry to house the power supply.

A young woman, who chose to pursue an engineering degree following her experiences with ChickTech, while in high school.

Looking to the future

Girls expressed an interest to expand the camp to 2 weeks, taking three to four days per project. This would allow them to make more complicated projects that were functional for use in daily life, such as the tote bag. An example they gave was to start with learning how to make a simple tote bag then tackle both the hardware and programming modifications needed to make them increasingly intricate.

Some girls would rather see the camp focus on teaching them a variety of programming languages.

Related Links:
  •  “Women outnumber men in college graduation rates but in 2014, women made up just a quarter of the tech industry. The percentage of women studying computer science has dropped to 12% from 37% a decade ago.” (source)
  • Pipeline vs Environment and what you can do about it, link

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Not Totally Done With 2015, But…

I’ve been there more than a couple times, not counting my accomplishments because I didn’t want to boast or because of dismissive higher ups who didn’t value my contributions, which I internalized and, therefore, didn’t think they “counted.” Here’s to learning the hard way to regularly take stock of our accomplishments. Cheers!

Composite Code

I was sitting hacking away on my ride into work (I ride the bus/train so I can get a solid hour of work in before I ever get to the office). I was dorking around with a bash script I’d recently written that was taking the place of a file watcher.

At the same time I was toying around with keywords and such on a watcher that watches twitter, and stumbled onto @poornima’s tweet.

At first I just read the article, but then I thought it would be a good idea to actually write up what I’d accomplished for this year too. Especially being that 2015 has been an exceptional and very different year for me.

First however, a little context of why 2015 was an…

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Heads up!

Our normally scheduled Maker Meetup will be on hold for the holidays on November 23rd.

We’ll be back to our weekly Wednesday shenanigans starting December 2nd.

See you then!

For more information about this event please click here or view the posting on Calagator.



Feeling like making something festive? Try pumpkin pie playdough from 2 Big, 2 Little!

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Pleiades in Taurus

Pleiades in Taurus is a lovely project by N8velG8zer from QueererWorlds.

The small embroidered ornament features the famous Seven Sisters, a cluster of stars that is visible in the night sky to the naked eye.

Each of the stars using star stitch with three strands of embroidery floss.

The battery holder, seen below in the bottom left corner, is held in place on the back of the ornament with hot glue and copper tape. The copper tape is used to create the circuit.

For more information on this and other fun projects from N8velG8zer, please visit QueererWorlds.

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Weekly Maker Meetups!

That’s right folks, the Maker Meetups are now meeting on a weekly basis!

Starting September 2015, we’ll meet every Wednesday at our brand new home Watershed PDX!

We will supply wifi, and a place to share ideas and collaborate with a community of fellow creators and makers. We’ll share tips and tricks, and support your creative endeavors! The goal for the meetup is to support the local creative scene while providing an opportunity for people to build a network with people of varied skills. Makers, crafters, and creators of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to bring your projects, supplies, and ideas.

From sewing to electronics to art projects, this will be an incubator for interesting collaborations. For example, if someone comes in to work on an embroidery project, another could show them how to incorporate conductive thread and LEDs to make that project light up. Tips and tricks that can be shared varied depending on who comes to the event. Things shared at previous events include working with Arduino, programming, sculpting, knitting, hand sewing, misc hobbyist electronics tips from component suppliers to soldering tricks.

When: Every Wednesday, 6-9pm

Where: Watershed PDX, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR 97202, US (map)

Important things to note:

There will be a sign-in sheet at the door that everyone needs to fill out before entering the meetup space.

By attending this event you agree that neither Watershed nor myself is liable for any injury you may receive while working on your project, and that you will follow the Code of Conduct and be awesome to each other.

Hope to see you there!

Code of Conduct


A primary goal of Cacophonous Creations is to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, I am committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).

This code of conduct outlines the expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

I invite all participants to help create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

Open Culture Citizenship

A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open culture citizenship by encouraging participants to recognize and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community.

Communities mirror the societies in which they exist, and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society.

Expected Behavior

The following behaviors are expected and requested of all community members:

  • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
  • Remember that community event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Unacceptable Behavior

The following behaviors are considered harassment and are unacceptable within our community:

  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • Inappropriate photography or recording. This includes, but is not limited to, taking photos or recordings of any kind without explicit consent.
  • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  • Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a community member engages in unacceptable behavior, the community organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).

Reporting Guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a community organizer as soon as possible. [Contact].

Additionally, community organizers are available to help community members engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe. In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.


We expect all community participants (contributors, paid or otherwise; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues–online and in-person–as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.

This code of conduct and its related procedures also applies to unacceptable behavior occurring outside the scope of community activities when such behavior has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of community members.

 License and attribution

This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Portions of text dervied from the Django Code of Conduct and the Geek Feminism Anti-Harassment Policy.

Posted 2 September 2015.

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