Learn you some Git & GitHub!


Mystified by the ‘Pull Request’ button on GitHub?

Confused by merging, rebasing, committing, pulling, and pushing?

Want to learn a bit more about Git and GitHub?

Come on down! Sean Hagen will be teaching you how to use Git, including some awesome gems that have saved his bacon in the past.

About Git:

Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

The Vancouver Hackspace
1715 #104 Cook street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 @ 8pm

Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you are younger than 18 please bring your parent or guardian with you

There will be a $5 workshop fee.
Please RSVP on Picatic

VHS Open Nights for post-Maker Faire week

We’ve wrangled ourselves together and got our ducks in a row to have the space open every night this week (Monday June 8th – Friday June 12th) from 7:30pm-10pm as a bit of a post-Maker Faire bonus for people wanting to check out and learn more about our space, or work on their own projects.

Unfortunately nobody passed this message on to our grumpy doorbot, who’s refusing to accommodate such last-minute requests. As such, if you can’t get in during these times please phone the space on +1 (778) 330-1234 and someone will leap into action and get you through the Door of Doom and lead you safely down the Hallway of Peril!

Find us here:

Make your own magic door workshop – July 19th, 2015


Make your own magic door
As we all know, little doors are portals to magical places. They can lead one to gnomes, fairies, and may other types of magical creatures! Come join us in creating your own mini magical door to share with your friends. All required materials will be provided, however you are encouraged to bring any magical, shiny, spacey, or crafty additions to make your magical door even more special

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1627530840824162/
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/magic-door-workshop-on-sunday-july-19th-2015-tickets-17290141278

Magic Door search and find
Once complete, you may choose to install your door in one of our special places within Mt. Pleasant. Secret codes will lead you from one door to the next until you find them all!
The top secret map can be downloaded at http://doors.abluestar.com

Blinky Badge Instructions – Maker Faire 2015

If you visited us at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this year and are looking for the blinky badge and soldering documentation we used, this is for you:

1. Blinky Badge Instructions – PDF,  the instructions for building our famous badge kit.

2. Soldering Is Easy  – a complete guide to soldering, in comic book format.

June 6th – 7th: Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2015

Don’t  miss Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2015. Be inspired. Learn stuff. See amazing feats. Meet incredible inventors, tinkerers, and makers like some of our very own VHS members.

73571Sean Hagen: Intrepid Mold Maker
Sean is a talented maker, hacker, and all-round creative dude who loves to mold and cast stuff.  Wish you could do this? Now you can at the  Maker Faire workshop! Make your own silicone dump mold. This process is perfect for creating replicas of just about anything including things you brought back from comic con, building your very own custom ice cube tray, and more. The possibilities are endless.




M12-300x298Dan Royer: Marginally Clever Robots
Marginally Clever Robots began as a hobby project at VHS. Now there are over 1000 of their famous Makelangelo drawing robots around the world. The latest model will be at the fair as well as a super big game of Tetris that can be built from Dan’s LED/arduino classes and some fun throwable light toys for kids of all ages. Marginally Clever Robots is raising the next generation of coders, engineers, and robot-ready young leaders.





Steven Smethurst: Magical Portals & Maker Spaces
Steven Smethurst is a maker, hacker, and builder of amazing things.  His latest includes the Pocket Universe, a wooden 10-foot icosahedron dome he made in his living room.  Step inside it’s mirrored interior and be transported to a magical place. Then learn about making your very own portal – a tiny fairy door for the magical gnomes, pixies, and other fairy folk that live in your neighbourhood.

How do you make a MakerSpace? Steven knows. Join him on this moderated panel of representatives from four local spaces (Zen MakerLab, MakerLabs, Fraser Valley MakerSpace, and the Vancouver HackSpace). Hear about  the their challenges, the business models they employ and the reception from the local community.


badgeVancouver Hack Space: Learn to Solder
No experience required! Stop by and learn to solder! For only $3 you’ll build your very own blinky LED VHS pin-on badge.  This skill is your gateway to making electronic projects and fixing just about anything electronic you own. Accompanied children welcome.  Our friendly members will get you started and lend a hand if you get stuck. Runs for the duration of the faire. No registration required, just come to our booth. Approximate build time: 30 minutes. Then wear you glorious badge around the Faire!




greenVancouver Hack Space: Member Project and Info Booth
Come and meet us! Learn more about VHS, check out amazing projects made by our members,  play a tune on a piano made from play-doh, and see our 3D printer in action. There’s all this and much more at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, 2015.


2015 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Workshops!

The workshops are up on the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire page! Among others, I’m going to be doing another molding & casting workshop. Sign up soon, before seats run out!


Lee’s Electronics has opened a new store on Fraser and King Edward

Lee’s Electronics has opened a new store on Fraser and King Edward (4131 Fraser street) Its bigger, nicer, and awesome! Check it out if you need any local electronics parts or boards.



Workshop: Arduino 1-Wire


Have you ever wanted to record the temperature with your Arduino? What about the humidty? Maybe you’re more interested in motion detection, or maybe you want to detect water leaks.

1-wire sensors to the rescue! There are many types of sensors that use the 1-wire protocol, which lets you hook up many sensors to a single input on your Arduino. These types of sensors can also handle longer wire lengths, so that you can place the sensors further away from your Arduino without issue.

In this workshop, we’ll be going over the following:

  • Installing the 1-Wire Arduino library
  • Reading the 1-Wire device ID
  • Reading values from a device
  • Reading values from multiple devices hooked up to the same pin

To do this workshop, you’ll need the following:

  • your own laptop, with the Arduino IDE installed
  • an Arduino device

If you’ve never worked with Arduinos before, please take the time to go through the Blink tutorial on your own. This will ensure that you’re ready to take part in the workshop. If you’re having any issues, please come to VHS on Tuesday, April 28th — that’s our open house night, and I’ll be there to help you get set up. That way we can dive straight into the 1-Wire stuff on the day of the workshop.

The Vancouver Hackspace
1715 #104 Cook street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Thursday, April 30th – 6:30pm

Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you are younger than 18 please bring your parent or guardian with you.

There will be a $10 workshop fee.
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Workshop: Silicon Molds & Resin Casting



Ever wanted to make a copy of something you’ve got? Got some props you’d like to make some durable copies for when you go to the San Diego Comic Con? Or maybe you’ve got a sculpture you’d like to sell some copies of.

I’m going to be putting on a workshop at the Vancouver Hackspace ( VHS ), teaching you how to make a mold and how to do a resin cast. When you’re done you’ll have a mold you can use to make more castings, as well as your first resin casting!

The cost of the workshop will be going entirely towards purchasing the silicone, resin, and mold-making supplies. Because there will be a finite amount of silicone and resin on hand, I ask that people bring smaller items — preferably something that can fit into a box that’s 216 cubic inches. That’s a 6 x 6 x 6 inch box, or roughly a 8 x 8 x 3.5 inch box. If you’ve got something bigger that you’d like to do a mold of, let me know beforehand — we might be able to figure something out.

If you’ve got something that you’ve 3d printed and would like to make a mold of, let me know beforehand — it takes a few hours for the epoxy coating to set, so you’ll have to get the part to me before the workshop. If you’d like to have something 3d printed for you, contact me and I can try to print it for you before the workshop.

The Vancouver Hackspace
1715 #104 Cook street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 @ 2pm

Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you are younger than 18 please bring your parent or guardian with you

There will be a $30 workshop fee.
Please RSVP on Picatic

Microsoft To Sponsor The Vancouver Hackspace Society

After years of being a free and open source software (FOSS) focussed bastion, VHS is now proud to announce that it has combined forces with new best friend, Microsoft!

Microsoft has generously offered the Vancouver Hackspace Society access to a hosted Sharepoint environment to replace and consolidate all web related services, such as the forum, blog and wiki, as well as providing access to the Microsoft Office Online platform, and also to include mailing lists.

Both VHS and Microsoft are looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership.