Blog Posts & Techspace Projects

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

Hackergrant II Project Report – SaladBar

By Skip Xtian 63% of employees eat two or less daily servings of fruits/vegetables, the lack of which contributes to gastro­intestinal problems according to medical experts. Being able to have readily available fresh fruit and veg throughout an office building that staff can pick and eat when they walk by would greatly improve all employee’s […]

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Hackergrant II Project Report – Air Quality Monitoring

This is my write-up of my Hackergrant II project that was completed last year as part of the Gold Coast TechSpace Hackergrant program (supported by Advance Queensland). The project goal was to build a connected Co2 sensor for use in classrooms & meeting rooms. Lack of Co2 in overcrowded and badly ventilated rooms is a […]

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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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