The QC Co-Lab is in the Halloween parade!

The QC Co-Lab is in the Halloween parade!
We will be participating in this year’s Halloween Parade in Davenport Thursday night! Line up starts at 5:45p with the parade kicking off at 7:00p. Our lineup spot is on 3rd St. by the Brady St. intersection (spot 36, denoted with the gearhead logo on the map below). So, if you have a chance, please ...

Amateur Radio Field Day

Amateur Radio Field Day
This year the QC Co-Lab will be participating in Amateur Radio Field Day from Saturday, June 22nd at 12:00 PM through Sunday, June 23rd at 12:00 PM. Ham Shacks were some of the original hackerspaces, so it only seems fitting to have one here. Field Day for us kicks off at noon and hopefully runs ...

QC Co-Lab Going to the Putnam Museum’s Mad Scientists Ball!

QC Co-Lab Going to the Putnam Museum's Mad Scientists Ball!
  The Putnam Museum is throwing a Mad Scientist Ball to help fund their new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Learning Center on Saturday, May 18th at 7:30 PM.  The Putnam is helping to energize the Quad Cities and build more awareness about the STEM community, and are hoping to put together a fantastic ...

Upcoming Class: Arduino Robotics with David Hinkle and Friends Starting May 25th

Upcoming Class: Arduino Robotics with David Hinkle and Friends Starting May 25th
David Hinkle, QC Co-Lab President and self-proclaimed “pretty good programmer” is hosting an Arduino programming class with a focus on robotics automation. This class will start on Saturday, May 25th, 2013, and span 4 sessions held weekly from 2 to 4pm. Each session has a suggested donation of $10, payable either online at our donations ...

QC Co-Lab @ the Cedar Rapids Mini-Maker Faire

QC Co-Lab @ the Cedar Rapids Mini-Maker Faire
We came, we saw, we rocked it! The QC Co-Lab attended the 2nd Annual Cedar Rapids Mini-Maker Faire on Saturday, April 27. Hosted by the Cedar Rapids Science Center located in the Lindale Mall, fellow makers and tinkers alike attended the event to show off interesting contraptions, gizmos, projects and wares. We were very well represented ...

We’re headed to the Cedar Rapids Mini-MakerFaire!

We're headed to the Cedar Rapids Mini-MakerFaire!
This Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 4 pm, join the QC Co-Lab as we head up to the Lindale Mall for the Cedar Rapids Mini Maker Faire!  We’ll be showcasing a myriad of projects that embrace the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) and/or maker philosophies, such as quad copters, a ...

Presenting at Security B-Sides Iowa 2013

Presenting at Security B-Sides Iowa 2013
This year, one of our members is presenting at Security B-Sides Iowa 2013 in Dubuque, IA. Chris Cooper will be presenting his talk on building “Dynamic Linux Firewalls using IPSet”. If you would like to check it out, his slides are available as well as some example scripts referenced in the presentation. If you weren’t able to attend, the ...

Same Great Taste, New Look

Long overdue for an overhaul, and in desperate need of  more accessible content publishing capabilities, the new QC Co-Lab site should be a refreshed, and revitalized site for publishing the goings on here at the Quad Cities’s First Makerspace.  Feel free to check out the new site, and send feedback to contact@qccolab.com. First up was ...

QC Co-Lab LightWall Powered by GE Color Effects 2

For some time now, the QC Co-Lab has been working on transforming the North wall of our space into a programmable display awesome enough to put our hackerspace on the map. For those that want to just cut to the chase, you can jump straight to our code and videos of the wall in action, ...

Home Built Solsylva CNC Machine w/ Help from the QC Co-Lab

Dave Langkamp has been hard at work on this home built Solsylva CNC Machine. He used his expert design and fabrication skills to assemble it, with a little help from members of the Co-Lab on the electronics. Check out his blog to see what he’s been fabricating and how he’s improved the design.