Gold Coast LoRaWan network launch

Gold Coast Techspace, PSA Engineering and Refactor have recently partnered to launch The Gold Coast’s first public access Low Power-Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) network. Following on from similar launches in Wollongong, Sydney and Brisbane, The Gold Coast is the latest Australian city to join the global Internet of Things (IoT) network, known as “The Things […]

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Hackergrant has a mascot

Our wonderful HackerGrant program now has a logo and a mascot. Designed by the awesome Julianne Powell – it’s a native Australian Numbat (with a very spanner-like, hackerspace appropriate head!). Jules calls him the spannery Numbat – but if anyone has any suggested names for him/her – please reply to this post. HackerGrant II is […]

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Vale Arthur Hartwig and thank-you for the Electronics.

A friend of TechSpace, Warwick Hunter delivered a large collection of electronic hobbyist kits this week that belonged to his friend Arthur Hartwig, who recently passed away. Arthur was a software engineer who worked for DEC, Compaq and Nokia on the Gold Coast and had a keen interest in Electronics. While I didn’t personally know Arthur, I am sure […]

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Hackergrant II Request for Submissions

After the extremely successful Gold Coast Techspace Hackergrant program that was run in the early part of 2016, Ian Sampson and David Baker are running another one kicking off on Wednesday August 24th for 12 weeks. Steve has stepped back this time so he can take part as a participant! The idea of the grant […]

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Fun and games with the STM8 on Linux

After my adventures with the STM32 I decided to give the STM8 a go. The STM8 microcontroller is the 8 bit version from the same manufacturer, similar performance to an Arduino but with much lower power and incredibly cheap. I purchased an STM8S Discovery board for about $10 from element14. It’s an interesting little board, […]

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Getting to Blinky with the STM32 and Ubuntu Linux!

After a few years now of doing Arduino, and everyone telling me that I needed to use ARM I thought I would dive right in with a much more powerful board. Now before my fellow Techspacers rush in to jump on the bandwagon…. repeat after me…. “this is not Arduino, this is not Arduino”…. now […]

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Review of Marcus Schappi Crowd-funding event

Silicon Beach & Gold Coast TechSpace were proud to host an event with Marcus Schappi on 27th June at the One 50 Public house in Bundall. The event was sponsored by the City of Gold Coast as part of their visiting entrepreneurs programme and I am very proud of the fact we were able to […]

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Gold Coast TechSpace Presidents Report 2013-2014

2013-2014 was my second year as President and this was really the year where TechSpace flourished from an idea into something that can make a real impact on people’s lives. Our year started at our new location in Nind St, Southport. We missed the space of the shed in Johnson St but it sure was […]

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Visit to San Francisco Exploratorium

During our recent visit to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Cn Glen Tozer and myself had the pleasure of visiting the San Francisco Exploratorium, There’s a fair bit of relevance and interest to Makers so I thought it was worthy of a blog post here. The Exploratorium is located at Pier 15 in the heart […]

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