Regular Member Meeting 2019 02 19

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Time and Location

Date: February 19 2019
Called to order at 7.30 pm by Karen
Members present: Kevin, Ken, Bobby, James, Dan, Karen
Members remote: Mirage, Tayeb, Enrique, Dave
Others present: ITechGeek? Aidan
Quorum 6?
Quorum met? Y

Approval of Previous Meeting's Minutes


Bobby for printing a new cool reel holder Mirage for calling meeting with NoM and starting convo on fundraising Ken for persevering with his community technology project Kevin for hard work on Taz James for volunteering to fix laser cutter Dan plans to lend a 3d printer (woo hoo) NOT FOR HACKING

New Members

Noah, maybe?

Old Business

IRC Bot hosted by ITechGeek - Kevin will take control if he receives info on taking control. Failing that, it's not being used so the suggestion is to kill it.

Outgoing process

Dumpster in parking lot now, general trash should go in there now E-recycling this weekend - members will arrive around 10am Saturday to start clearing out the basement. We can stack things on the 16th Street side Members should claim/clear out their items HacDC does not plan to toss tools, items labeled with names of current members, or items that are considered valuable by consensus

Video cameras for the space - tabled for after the clean up

New Business

Suggestions from Bobby:

1. Supplies Manager that would monitor certain supplies like electrical tape or printer filament 2. Get rid of fabric chairs 3. To do list of things that need to be done 4. Minimum number of members in co-located groups 5. Make sure Hams know about basement clean up - have them id their equipment

James: willing to stand for election as Treasurer

Dave: 6-8 weeks lead time on a fundraiser like in a bar

Project Awesome Reports

Project SUPPLIES - Mirage

Project EXPANSION - Mirage

Project HAMRADIO - Jeff

Project Electron Microscope (SEM) - Julia

Project Optical Table Robot (OTR) - Julia

Project CRISPR -Enrique

- Report and updates

Project SpaceBlimp -Enrique

- Report and updates

Project Media Outreach - Matt

Project IT Infrastructure - Tom

Member Reports

  • The evolution of the Lulzbot TAZ 1.0 continues apace: EEPROM settings have been enabled, which means that the machine is now both capable of reporting on a lot of its current settings, and storing some settings without recompiling and re-uploading the entire firmware. However, the calibration of the Z axis (steps per millimeter) is still an arcane, occult, dark art. -- Ubuntourist

Director Reports (Governance related stuff)

President's Report

State of HacDC - last meeting before the annual bod election meeting Rent is now 1591/month as long as we clear out half of the basement Fundraising is top of mind Kevin, Ken, Dave and Karen visited Robert Meins at Dupont Underground who is interested in partnering with HacDC on events and possibly helping with his tech needs Karen's pipe dream: if he is able to stay in the space beyond this year (he has a balloon payment coming up on his lease with the city) HacDC might be able to relocate there. Potential issues (besides tenancy) are hvac, access (number of doors) and 'facilities' First up - another tour, plus organizing movie night Karen is looking into a license to show a movie publicly; if too expensive, we'll look into a public domain movie like From the Earth to the Moon or Metropolis

Gofundme campaign - please share on your facebook pages

New member type discussion: Example: Unallocated Space: basic, no key, some storage, WiFi, $25/month For HacDC - no key, some storage, private wifi, can still vote but not a meetup organizer

Meetup idea - silk screen workshop (TBD) with Dan

Vice President's Report

Treasurer's Report

As has been mentioned before, we continue to have regular membership cover about 3/4 of the rent, and we have had several donations over the past month to cover the rest. The church has raised the rent from $1343 to $1579, putting us in a little tighter position, however we still enough funding to continue paying rent for many months to come. We lost one member, and no longer have the extra membership dues from the people who were paying back-dues from last year.

In concurrence with the president, we are considering a new membership/donation tier. We are also set to file taxes to maintain our status as a 501c3 coming this March.

Secretary's Report

Director-at-Large Reports


State of 3d printers Upgraded firmware of Taz - things better, however, the movement of the z axis is still not quite right, still working on mapping for distance X and Y may need work but much better than the Z


Kevin and Ken attended the PSA 702 community outreach meeting Contact is ANC member Brenda Richardson who has confirmed a technology demo with Ken 2455 Alabama Ave. SE, Tuesday March 12 9.30 am to set up, tear down around 5pm (before monthly member meeting back at HacDC) Demo is 11.30 - 2 - 3d printing, VR headsets, A/R, voice controlled robot, possibly brain-computer interface Will run concurrently different stations all at one time Room is small - could be a challenge with VR headsets but we'll see Purpose is to spark some community partnerships to make new technology available to local kids


Adjourned by at 9.15pm with a motion by James, seconded by Karen, passed by acclamation.