On Sunday morning in January 2015, a member’s project finally took flight from Quelab, and caused a bit of a stir. Gonner was test-flying his solar balloon, and it managed to get away from him. The tetrahedral contraption (known as a Tetroon) broke free and floated free in the skies above Albuquerque, prompting local residents and a news-team to call the United States Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration. KOAT-7 (ABC) came by to interview the creator, and put the story on the 5pm and 10pm news on 18 January. Click here for the News coverage (apparently, the 10pm coverage included a leader about UFOs in Albuquerque over the years).
Click through to check out our pictures from the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire this year!
Thank you everyone Who came to Ignite 15, As part of Tech Fiesta, it it was great to see you all, and your support for the NM Makers group!
Below is a slideshow of some of the highlights. Images can be clicked on to go to the descriptions.
Or you can see them all here on one scrollable page https://www.flickr.com/photos/quelabnm/sets/72157647074549889/
Created with flickr slideshow.
See you this weekend at the ABQ Mini Maker Faire? http://www.albuquerque-minimakerfaire.com/
On this date in 2010 We signed the lease on the first location that Quelab opened. We knew at the time it was not perfect, but with less than 7 people onboard we knew this was a community we needed to grow before we could even dream of perfect.
Quelab 1.0 was a quaint little place, a pretty old converted house (previous to us it was used as a flower shop), less than about 1200 sq foot of usable space (billed as 1400), it was quirky, But it let us have a space to “build it and see if the come”. It was not the dozens of people we hoped for but a small trickle. Our first tasks were building workbenches and some shelving, moving in some tables (most scrounged), chairs. By our grand opening party on August 12th (note that date Its when Quelab is going to observe its birthday this year with some Cake and Icecream with the members.) We had some bits of equipment, and we were just starting to make a name for ourselves.
Can’t say the next 4 years were easy, most of the time we were broke and being propped up on donations, and there were many times where we could have just closed the doors rather than digging deeper, We grew at a slow pace, and there was little chance we could reach out far and fast enough to survive on memberships alone. And none of us were good at grant writing, or experienced marketeers.
To survive we turned to what we knew, how to tinker with geeky things and thought we we should share that with the world. So we put on events, LED’s, Attraction, March of the Robots, Sound of the electron, Eco MAcGyver, Air&space, HauntedLab
Swapmeet’s, Steampunk Crafting, Hacking_Chocolate and more. We started hosting the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire, and the Ignite Talks meetings, We setup booths at Tedxabq, Ace, and various other spaces. We have been toured by Caleb Kraft of Hackaday, we have won several Contests (Inventables, Instructables).
In November of 2013 after more than a year of hunting, Quelab was able to move to the grand Quelab 2.0 Campus we are in now. With over 340 people in attendance at our @nd grand opening (that is a huge increase over the 24 or so people who made it to our first one.) And a membership in excess of 50 members we are still on rocky waters but we have come a long-long way baby!
Thank you Albuquerque Makers, and supporters everywhere!
Happy Birthday Quelab!
In the most recent edition (Vol 40) of Make: Magazine, Quelab was listed as one of the “Most Interesting Makerspaces in America”, listed in the southwest section with folks like HeatSync Labs in Scotsdale, Arizona; LVL1 in Louisville, Kentuckuy; and the Dallas Makerspace in Dallas, Texas.
If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of the magazine which features Quelab, click on the magazine cover above to order it through our Amazon affilliate link. Or you can Subscribe to Make to keep getting intersting project ideas every few months. For selected back-issues of Make:, check out the Quelab Library!
Congratulations to all the makers and hackers who make Quelab great, and whose projects make Quelab awesome! Keep making!
Inventables decided to give away a Shapeoko Mill to a Maker Community in every state, and our application won for New Mexico. We have been told we should have the machine by the end of the month. More details to follow!
Come join Quelab and New Mexico Yelpers at Yelptropolis, May 8 at Sister Bar downtown from 7-9pm.
Following up on our stellar grand opening event, we’re going to be showing off our flavor-hacking treats with the folks from Yelp. Here’s their blurb:
Yelptropolis will bring an interstellar bash to Sister Bar with plenty of sights, bites, sounds and sippable delights that test the laws of modern man. There’s a lot happening behind these doors, you’ll have to experience Yelptropolis to believe it. Our Makerspace/Hackerspace partner for the evening, Quelab, is stacking the house with fascinations unforeseen, and you can experience what’s Next in the 505 with an array of modern magicians.
Themed threads aren’t required, but we’d love to see you costumed for your vision of the future, anything goes: dystopia, space odyssey, zombie apocalypse, we’re game. Yes, there will be prizes. While the event is totally free, please bring tips for servers and we suggest a $10 donation at the door for our nonprofit partners. Check out this list of contributing vendors and sponsors!
Click through to see our own Vice President Walter demo the flavor-hacking tablets on uPublic’s “Morning Brew” with Howie from Yelp!
Join Quelab at our Grand Opening celebration, Saturday 3 May 2014 from 10am – 6pm. This all-ages, free event will showcase the creativity and potential of Albuquerque’s Makers and Hackers and show off to the public the Makerspace where it can all happen.
In our six-thousand square-foot area, where you can discover what your neighbours and friends are making and building. Join us for some collaborative art projects, a live mural painting, tours and demos of the space, and live performances.
This is a free event, and we will be selling tokens for the various hands-on workshops for $2 per a token (some workshops may take multiple tokens). You will be able to pre-register for both the event and workshops on eventbrite.com, but advance tickets are not required.
There will also be food trucks on-hand for your refreshment needs, including the Toasted Bean and Boiler Monkey.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER at 2:30PM
James Carlson – President of the School Factory, INC
Join us for our Keynote Address and Ribbon Cutting; Presented by the School Factory, our fiscal sponsor, James Carlson will speak about the dynamic power of hackerspaces and non-traditional education.
Performances by the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective and Improv comedy by Blackout Theater will take place throughout the day on our main stage. Other speakers will be scheduled throughout the day giving informal 5-minute talks about what it is about making things that energizes their creativity
Demos of our tools and guided tours of the space will be scheduled all day, and our members will be giving small workshops as well. Some of the workshops planned are:
- Mousetrap Racers
- Non-Newtonian Fluids
- Bottlecap Candles
- Sticky-Note Mural
- People-Powered Parade
- Learn to Solder
- Make your own Simon Says Game
Materials fees are extra for the workshops, so don’t forget to buy your workshop materials tokens for $2 each at the door, or through eventbrite.
PRESENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH:
- Junkado People Powered Parade
- Albuquerque Aerialist Collective
- Blackout Theatre
- New Mexico Lego User’s Group
- ABQ Maker Faire
- Wells Park Neighbourhood Association
- City of Albuquerque
Greetings everyone; the Tsar of Maintenance here…
Quelab is not closing for good, but we do have to close the space temporarily for a few days in the first week of April. As part of the work that our landlord originally scheduled for November (before we were supposed to be moved in) we were going to have the tile floors in the lab cleaned and sealed…they’ve finally gotten around to doing it.
This means we have to remove everything from the floor in these rooms so the contractor can come in and work on the floors. Then we can’t walk on them for a day or two while the sealant cures. The rooms affected will be 1, 49, the Core, the Kitchen, the hallways, and the bathrooms. Since this covers our exterior doors and most of the lab space itself, we have no choice but to close while this is done.
To this end, Quelab will be closed from 2 April until 4 April (the week before the general meeting). Additionally, we will need help at the hacknights on 1 April and 30 March to move all of the contents of these rooms out to make space for the workers, and then help again before the general meeting on 6 April to put everything back.
Sign up to help with the moving in the linked gDoc, and in the words of Douglas Adams “we apologize for the inconvenience”.