Houston's Nodebots Day 2016 is over and it was a great time, with over 65 people in attendance!
With Saturday's temperatures climbing to 100° it was a welcome break to spend the day inside the University of Houston's Classroom and Business Building hacking on hardware and talking shop. After coffee, donuts and introductions we covered the basics of the hardware we would be using throughout the day and got everyone through an exciting milestone - blinking and LED! In the hardware world blinking an LED is pretty much the equivalent of "Hello, World".
Things picked up quickly after lunch with everyone getting down to the business of programming their boards and interacting with the hardware in increasingly complex ways. The capstone project for the attendees was building and programming their own robot, built using laser-cut wood chassis, servos and a variety of small parts provided in each kit. For some this meant building their own keyboard controlled interface, for others this meant a web application communicating over web-sockets from their phone. The real goal was to get people excited about the possibilities in hacking on hardware with Node and the results were very exciting.
After a break for dinner and conversation we closed out the day with a bang, facing off attendees "sumo-bots" against one another in a tournament-style bracket. The goal being to push your opponent's bot out of the ring before they can do the same to you. It might make more sense to instead watch a video of the action, courtesy of Ryan Gill:
For additional questions, reach out to us on the NodeJS Houston Slack group under the #nodebots2016 channel. Register an account here
|9:30||Intro to hardware||Intro to hardware||Free hacking|
|1:00||Sumo Bot Build||Free hacking||Sumo Bot Build||Free hacking|
|4:00||Intro to IoT / Free hacking (prepare for battle)|
|6:00||Pizza Party / Sumo battles|
|7:00||Show and Tell|
Nodebots Day is organized by the community with the mission to promote technology here in Houston. Sponsor slots are still open and available, and your contirbutions would greatly impact the event! Contact NodeJS Houston to become a sponsor and keep Houston's local tech community vibrant!
You'll learn how to control hardware using Node.js and the johnny-five library.
No. We dont have prizes. There are no stakes.
No, you don't. You do need to bring a laptop computer with NodeJS installed.
Yes, kids are welcome. If you will be sharing hardware, please purchase a hacker ticket to cover their lunch.