University Housing at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mitch Altman

Hacker and inventor, Mitch Altman, will be a
Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence February 26 – March 2.

Mitch Altman is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for inventing the TV-B-Gone remote control, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places. He co-founded 3ware, a Silicon Valley RAID controller company, did pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research, and created the Brain Machine, one of MAKE Magazine's most popular DIY projects. Altman is a regular contributor to MAKE Magazine. In recent years he has been on the road, from hackerspace to hacker-con, leading workshops that teach people to make things with microcontrollers and open source hardware kits. Altman is one of the co-founders of Noisebridge, a San Francisco hacker space, and President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics.

Sunday, February 26
2pmOpening Program: Hack Your Life for Fun and Profit (south rec rm)

Monday, February 27
7pm - Make your own multi-color blinky light robot badge!  (south rec rm)
Anyone and everyone can learn to solder!  It's easy!  It's fun!  Mitch can teach you!

9pm – Tea Time: Creating and being part of supportive community -- the hackerspace movement (guest apartment)

Due to supply costs, the Tues-Fri workshops are restricted to Allen Hall residents.

Tuesday, February 28
7pm - Make your own interactive art with light and computer chips!  (south rec rm)
Nothing needed but you and your curiosity.  You can make something way cool in less than an hour. (Allen residents only)

9pm – Q hosts Tea Time with Mitch (guest apartment)

Wednesday, February 29
7pm-10pm - Arduino For Total Newbies/TV-B-Gone workshop (south rec rm)
Arduino is a super popular, incredibly easy-to-use electronics board that anyone can learn to use to make their art, electronics, or designs of all sorts.  This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to get going with Arduino and as an example project, we'll all make a TV-B-Gone remote control.  And you'll get to take it home with you.  (Allen residents only)

10pm – Dip it with Mitch – dip food into other food (guest apartment)

Thursday, March 1
7pm – Minty Boost (south rec rm)
Make your own iPod/iPhone/GPS/camera etc... battery pack and recharger in an Altoids tin! (Allen residents only)

9pm – Tea Time with Mitch – Let’s talk about depression (guest apartment)
Mitch has started Geeks & Depression meetups and has organized panels on depression at hacker conferences. Here is a link to a blog post he wrote about depression:

Friday, March 2
7pm-10pm – Make a Brain Machine (south rec rm)
Get altered states of consciousness and hallucinate beautiful colors and patterns with this microcontroller-driven sound and light device. (Allen residents only)


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