Keeping it together with Trello

At our December monthly meeting, Joe Hale demonstrated Trello, a web-based productivity system based on the supply-chain management concept of kanban.  A Trello board is made of “lists” of self-contained “cards.” Each card should have all of the information needed to take action, such as to-do checklists, photos, links to documentation, etc.  The state of the card is indicated by the name of its list (“Ideas”, “Active”, “Need Help”, etc).  The “goal” is for the cards to move from left to right as ideas progress from vague concepts to completed projects.

Trello at a glance: here's some of our ideas and active projects.

Trello at a glance: here’s some of our ideas and active projects.

It’s important for all of us to know what projects are underway at Interlock.  Many of us have particular skills or equipment that could help a project move along, or we might simply be interested in learning more by collaborating.  While it’s great to get together and talk about plans in person each month, it’s impossible to get all of us together at the same time with any regularity, and sometimes inspiration hits at weird times.  Having an easy mechanism to jot down ideas, track the progress of projects, and collaborate with others is helping us be more effective and creative already, and the detailed records of a project evolving should help us blog with more regularly!

Please feel free to browse our public projects board to see what we’re up to between our monthly meetings.  If you’re an Interlock member and would like access, create a Trello account and then let Joe or another board member know your username.

from on December 15th, 2014Comments0 Comments

Announcing Our New Board of Directors

Every year, we have an annual meeting to hang out, throw a party, and elect a new board of directors based on our company bylaws. We are happy to announce a lot of new faces ready to bring some ideas to the space.

Our new president, Scott Lawrence brings his background in electronics, software development, antique computer hardware, electronic reverse engineering, and Legos to the position. Carl Schmidtmann will complete a second term as Vice President providing his knowledge of numerous subjects including super computers, Linux, electronics and all kinds of subjects. A relatively new member, Joe Hale is welcomed in as our Secretary.  Bill Horst-Kotter will be representing the “Member at Large” position.

We are especially excited about our new treasurer, Ryan Tucker, as he has been investing time into  improving our financial situation, helping to make it easier to take in donations as a newly 501c3, and making sure that money is being spent wisely. As a member, Ryan will continue to leak out his knowledge related to RF, software-defined radios, software development, electronics, networking, and all kinds of interesting subjects we have yet to discover.

We look forward to the next generation of Interlock Rochester’s board of directors.

from on December 8th, 2014Comments0 Comments

See you at Mini Maker Faire Rochester

Interlock was invited to attend the Rochester’s Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, November 22nd. We’ll have a small table to hang out during the event. Some of the members will also be working at the Lego booth and teaching lock picking through TOOOL.

You can check out the map of where we’ll be here:

from on November 17th, 2014Comments0 Comments