Blog Posts & Techspace Projects

Posts and photos about various activities that are happening through the Gold Coast Techspace.

Barcamp Gold Coast #13

It’s Barcamp time again! We are running the 13th Gold Coast Barcamp at the (newly renovated) Gold Coast Techspace building in Mudgeeraba. Sunday 5th March, 10am – 4pm. Barcamp is a free, fun, informal and educational event. Please come along and participate in the event. You can choose to do a quick lightning presentation about a topic, or […]

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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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Ready to move your StartUp a Level Up?

LevelUp is a pilot entrepreneurial education program designed to provide participants with the tools, resources, knowledge and accountability to move their startup to the next level. This program is designed to fill the gap between those who are starting a startup and those who want to apply for incubators or accelerators and covers ideation, pitching,MVP, […]

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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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HackerGrant Project Report: Armed

Overview The aim of project armed was to build an accurate miniature Robotic arm with machine vision based of the ABB industrial PalletPack robots, with the ability to attach different tools and apply it to different tasks. I initially designed the Arm to be built using readily available tools. You can find and follow the […]

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Hackergrant Project Report: FollowBot

Overview: The aim of Project FollowBot was to build an autonomous robot that could follow a person around a house. We wanted to build a prototype while investigate current autonomous robot tracking technologies and limitations. An autonomous tracking robot could have many uses, including: Search and rescue. Following you with your luggage through an airport. […]

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HackerGrant Project Report: I.V.A.N. In Vehicle Alarm & Notification

Overview Every year, around the world, vehicles of all shapes and sizes are travelling our motorways, tollways, interstates, or just local streets.  Over these roadways, many overpasses and bridges, span the traffic below.  Most bridges have signs on them, clearly stating the clearance height.  A calculation of whether the vehicle you are driving, is higher […]

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Virtual Reality Night

Another full house at the TechSpace with lots of activity around the Virtual Reality theme Dave Baker brought in his tricked up “Follow bot” with a Linksys router on top acting as a wireless access point so you could watch the on board camera stream  a live feed through to your phone with the screens split […]

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Ketone sensor – handheld breath sensor to measure ketones.

The Ketone Sensor is a handheld breath sensor that can measure ketones in a person’s breath. This really important for diabetics as Diabetic Ketoacidosis(or DKA) is a very  serious complication of diabetes. It happens when you don’t have enough insulin in your blood which, through a complicated process of body chemistry, makes your blood really […]

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