Quelab @ Bubonicon 43!

That’s right, we’re going to be at SciFi and Fantasy convention Bubonicon!  Better yet, we’ll be feeding hungry fans for free!  Find us in the Cons Suite on Saturday, August 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and you’ll get some of Gabe’s Award-Winning Frito pie.  Come by and say hi!

The theme for the Bubonicon this year is Steampunk.  Still working on your costume?  Join us for Steampunk It Up this Saturday!

Local Event: WordCamp ABQ

One thing I love about living in Albuquerque is being part of an active and engaged tech community.  I try to keep an ear to the ground for upcoming interesting and exciting events.  This one sounds particularly good:

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to WordPress.com and WordPress.org users alike.

We use WordPress for our blog and we’re big fans!  It is going to be held at the Albuquerque
Sheraton Airport Friday – Sunday, September 16 – 18, 2011.  You can visit the Albuquerque Wordcamp website for more info.  I’m sure it will be great!

Protect Your Privacy 2

These days, online privacy is hard to come by.  Thieves try to steal your information to sell on the black market and corporations track everything you do online for the sake of targeting their advertising.  Come to our Protect Your Privacy workshop and learn how to fight back!  We’ll teach you how to protect yourself from thieves and how to go online anonymously.  $5 for non-members.
Location: Quelab, 1112 2nd street NW
Time 7-9pm Tuesday, August 23rd

Upcoming events!

Crowd Fund This: Saturday August 6th 1:30-4pm, At Harwood Center (a few blocks away from Quelab)Seats still available! $20(proceeds go to helping fund Quelab events)

Ignite 11 Talks, Monday August 15th, 7:00pm at One Up Elevated Lounge $5

Steam Punk it Up Costuming/crafting event. August 20th, 5-10pm at Quelab. $10 (materials fee) This will take place of our usual end of month event due to the end of month conflicting with Bubonicon (see below).

Protect Your Privacy: Class/talk. Tues, August 23rd at Quelab $5 for non-members.

Bubonicon 43 26th-28th, Long Running, local literary and science fiction convention. This year’s theme is steampunk, so all the more reason to attend our Steam Punk it Up event!

Event: Steampunk It Up – Saturday August 20th 2

Steampunk Goggles!

This month we’re celebrating everything Steampunk at Quelab!  Steampunkers, if you’re unfamiliar, try to imagine what the modern life would look like if technology had stopped in the Victorian era (think Wild Wild West).  Here’s a recent Alibi article on Steampunk. Join local Steampunk fans as we share our Steampunk creations. Bring your Steampunk costuming, jewelry, and/or toy-weapon supplies to work on, or trade for what you need.  We will provide an array of adhesives/tapes, spray paints, clays, friendly plastic strips, metal/cloth scraps, beads, cogs, batteries and LED’s to give your project some spark!  5-10pm Saturday, August 20th.  $10 for non-members, kids under 12 are free.

Event: Crowdfund This! 1

Quelab is partnering up with the New Mexico Tech Council NMTC to do a little workshop/presentation on Crowdfunding. Proceeds go towards funding Quelab for future community events/talks/classes

Crowdfund This!
A Community Fundraiser for Quelab

Crowdfunding or micro funding, has become a popular – and useful – way of raising funds for projects of all sorts, from movies to games, hardware, organizations and more. But while thousands have joined sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo to help take their project to the next level, the majority of projects are still not funded.

This workshop will help run the numbers and share what it takes to develop your solid project idea into a good candidate for funding from the wider community. Bringing together experienced pros from several community organizations, you’ll learn:

· Advantages and Disadvantages of different crowdfunding platforms
· Structuring the incentives your provide to your funders
· Budgeting to account for incentives, processing and other fees
· Honing your message
· Promoting your project
· …and more

Saturday August 6th
1:30 – 4:00 PM

Seating is limited reserve yours today Cash or Credit card Accepted $20
Reserve today (its pretty painless, if you want to save the fee, click on other payment options, you can pay cash or card at the door!)

Edit: The session will be at the Harwood Arts Center So we can accommodate more people!
Harwood center is at,
1114 7th Street NW (7th and Mountain), In Albuquerque NM
Basement access is on the Mountain Side

Event: Air, Space, and Beyond! July 30th

spaceman Thats right, we are prepping to launch our next big event.

This one is all about the bits of science that go woosh, boom and whee! Its going to be really are exciting.

We are going to have some folks showing off some amateur rocketry(the big stuff), We will be bringing back the human powered water/air rockets(ahh so refreshing!)

We are going to be having some paper plane building/testing contests.

If weather is good we are going to try and launch a large tethered balloon with a teeny video camera on it for some aerial photography.

After dusk, we are going to try and have a few astronomy related demos, Including a member from TAAS with his 17.5″ telescope! and still more ideas yet to be worked in!

We also have numerous guests invited to show and tell. Including the Challenger Learning center of NM

$10 Adults, (all proceeds go directly to keeping the space open and towards funding our future events), kids under 12 free with adult. As always Quelab Members always get in free!

Thats at 1112 2nd street NW
Starting: 5:00pm-going until 10pm
Saturday July 30th

BTW we are now less than 10 days from the end of our IndiGoGo micro funding fundraiser. we are still less than half of our goal, if you can spare any change please donate it, if you have already then please spread the word! We need your help! http://www.indiegogo.com/Keep-Quelab-Open

7/12 – Learn about Linux Night @ 7:00 pm FREE 1

Tux, the open-source penguin

Interested in Linux but not sure where to start? Installed Ubuntu but not sure what to do next? Having trouble with your Linux install and need help from an expert? Well, we can help. Bring your computer down on Tuesday July 12 at 7:00pm for our first Learn about Linux Night!  We can help you install Linux, troubleshoot, and learn how to love the terminal.  This is a FREE event, bring your friends!