Grand Opening!

The QC Co-Lab is proud to announce our Grand Opening Weekend and Open House from Friday, September 17th thru Sunday September 19th at our new facility, located at 1033 E 53rd St. in Davenport, IA, next to Hamilton Technical College. (Full Press Release)

We would like to invite you out to see the new space and experience some of what makes the QC Co-Lab unique. We have a full schedule lined up, including tours of the new space, a variety of great talks, games, prizes, and more. Throughout the days, our members will be displaying some of our favorite projects, such as high voltage Tesla coils, blacksmithing, and a makerbot 3d printer. Come be a part of the future of the Quad Cities’ arts and technology community.

If you’re interested in attending, we’d appreciate it if you would RSVP (Click Here!). If you have a small project or invention you are working on and would like to show it off, please bring it with during our Open Project Times.

Schedule of Events:

Friday

  • 12pm-4pm Open House & Tours
  • 12pm Photo Scavenger Hunt Starts
  • 4pm-8pm Mini-Maker Faire & Open Project Time
  • 8pm After party: Phill and Larry’s Saloon

Saturday

  • 8am Doors Open
  • 8am-8pm Swap Meet
  • 1pm Grand Opening Ceremonies
    • Ribbon Cutting & Address
  • 1:30pm Q&A with the QC Co-Lab Board Members
  • 2pm Lightning Talks
  • 3pm Main talks
    • Full speaker list TBA
  • 6pm Raffle Drawings
  • 6:30pm-8pm Mini-Maker Faire & Open Project Time
  • 8:00pm Meeting of the Spaces: Midwest Hackerspace Meetup & Cookout
    • Sponsored By Lakeside RV Park

Sunday

  • 10pm Doors Open
  • 11am Photo Scavenger Hunt Deadline
  • 1pm Scavenger Hunt Awards
  • 2pm Prospective Members / Open Meeting
  • 3:30p Closing Ceremonies

Lodging

Germany is a long way to travel to go camping with your fellow geeks, so we have decided to bring a little taste of the CCC to the Midwest. Lakeside RV Park (10.8 mi) has generously agreed to host our Meeting of the Spaces: Midwest Hackerspace Meetup & Cookout as well as providing us with a great place to stay.
They are offering 50% off RV & Camper spots, as well as a free tent/dry camping area for the event. For reservations and more information, please see their registration page. (Click Here!)

If “roughing it” isn’t your thing, we have also lined up deals with several local hotels. Please make sure to reference QC Co-Lab when making your reservations.

Davenport Residence Inn
120 East 55th Street Davenport, IA 52806 (1.1mi)
1 Bedroom Suites @ $139.99 & 2 Bedroom Suites at $189.99 per day
563-391-8877 Ask for Sunnie Kruse to reserve

Davenport Country Inn
140 East 55th Street, Davenport IA 52806 (1.0mi)
Available rooms @ $89.99 per day
563-388-6444 Ask for Barb Kessler to reserve

Davenport Fairfield Inn
3206 E Kimberly Road Davenport, IA 52807 (3.2mi)
Standard Rooms @ $99.99 per day
563-355-2264 Ask for Michael to reserve

Moline Fairfield Inn
2705 48th Avenue Moline, IL 61265 (11.8mi)
Available rooms @ $99.99-$109.99 per day
309-762-9083 Ask for Tammy Brewer to reserve

Meeting of the Spaces: Midwest Hackerspace Meetup & Cookout

Saturday night after the main festivities, Lakeside RV Park is hosting a Meeting of the Spaces, open to all Midwest (and further) Hackerspace members (and their guests). There will be a bonfire, cookout, and otherwise great time to be had. Food, and some beverages will be provided. If you are local and would like to bring a dish to pass please feel free to bring something. If you would like any specific food or beer please bring all you can. The bonfire will be held near the free camping area. Don’t forget to bring your hackerspace stickers/buttons/swag to give out / trade.

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