Hack613 Space Program!

People in our group are starting to talk about a space program!

We talked about an ambitious plan of going very high (18km) and also a series of lower height launches.

We were discussing some balloon launches with photography.

What do you think?

I suppose the first steps are to start to imagine the payload? How do we get the data back? Can we recover the payload?


Hack613 Logo

The Hack613 project has now reached a critical mass where a logo might be fun to have.

Is anybody interested in a logo design contest?

I just put together this logo for fun. Is it good enough or do we need a contest or some other process?

Here it is shown on a business card, tent card, name tag and t-shirt stamp…

I’ve got some printouts of them so we can discuss this at tomorrow’s meetup (who ever is interested in that topic that is)..



I would like to thank Doug for his ongoing contribution to the community! He’s been with us through many years through thick and thin!

He has supported the community through membership, volunteerism, mentorship and much more.

He’s a center of expertise for electronic circuit design and construction, Arduino, soldering, CNC fabrication and other areas.

He has lead workshops, supported other peoples’ workshops and supported others’ workshops through participation.

He is the safety officer of our community. He always speaks out when there is room for improvement and safety.

He also has many interesting projects.

  • CNC machine construction
  • Robotics
  • Education
  • SMT Soldering
  • Volunteering to fix brail machines
  • Volunteering in Schools
  • Lapidary club
  • Printmaking
  • Most notably he converted the hack613 “H” balloon into the Starship Enterprise (please see pictures for reference).


I would like to introduce Lakota who has been a very instrumental community member!

So far at hack613 she has learned to use CNC machines, laser, arduino and other skills. She has even fixed one of the CNC machines! She’s a great example of a person who contributes to the community!

She has helped facilitate meetups including managing the door and phone and general facility management.   She’s also helped with workshops with promotion and logistics. She also made a donation jar which helped raise money for supplies! She’s participated in not just the meetups that she facilitated but has a presence at our other pop-ups including field trips to Green Drinks Ottawa, ImagineSpace, Ottawa Impact Hub and Drawing at Atomic!

She’s got some cool projects including a rollybot, four servo robot, computer art, block printing and much more!


Meetups 2018

We’re starting to talk about if, when and where we want a meetup during the weekday evenings.  The discussion is in our online chat forum. I’m very curious to see what people want.

Here are pictures from Friday and Sunday. I forgot to take pictures so there’s not much.