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We can use presentations for upcoming meetings, please see a list of ideas if you're willing but lacking a topic.


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Technical Meeting: Thursday April 11th

Jim Walts, retired IBMer is about to launch a new web based business called QPonCompass.com This business includes a website, database, an iphone and Win/7 based app (in fact he's looking for help porting his app to Android and wondered if anyone on this email list is interested in taking that on?) The meeting will be this Thursday:

What: April K-lug/PCIG meeting QPonCompass.com - Jim Walts

When: Thursday April 11th - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Where: RCTC Heintz Center Room HA107


More details about QPonCompass.com: We are technology lovers who saw a better way to share/deliver/distribute coupons. We recognized the dependence and love people have with their mobile devices, and how integrated into their lives these devices have become. Qpon Compass was created to provide shoppers with deals in the new venue they live in. The speed and movement of information makes paper coupons obsolete and bothersome. We created a program that makes it easy to publish, learn about, purchase, and redeem deals for both the shopper and the business owner. After spending time working for "mammoth technology companies", Jim and Kevin applied their skills and experience to the challenges of small business owners. Jim is passionate about making new technologies fun and practical; Kevin is a penny-pincher who strives to simplify daily tasks. Qpon Compass was born! Always forward-thinking, we are already looking at how we can make Qpon Compass better!


Social: Friday April 12th

2-5 pm: Rocket show, as part of the 67th Annual Convention of the North Central Region of the Astronomical League . More details to come.


Show off and Networking event: Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14th

K-Lug will have a booth at the Minne-Maker Faire, partially to demo our Deconstruction 2013 projects but mostly to network, see other team projects and have some fun. Open to the public, Cost is $8, online, and $10 at the door. Children under 15 free ...stop by and say hi!

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM - 5pm Sunday, April 14, 2013 11am - 5:00 PM (CDT)


The Hack Factory (http://www.tcmaker.org/blog/hack-factory/)

3119 E 26th St Minneapolis, MN 55406

More details and pre-order tix http://minnefaire.org/

Talk to Tim or to Matt Bruzek if you want to try to arrange anything as a group (carpooling, dinner, after-hours activities, etc). We plan to bike the greenway and visit axe-man

Lunch: Thursday April 18th

11:30 am, Apache Mall food court, near B&N.


Non-workday social: Wednesday April 24th

Civic responsibility opportunity, participate in the Litter Bit Better campaign, geocache, and hang out with some K-LUGgers and geocachers.

5:30 pm, Quarry Hill

http://coord.info/GC3D7D5



Planned Technical Meeting: Thursday, May 9th - FIRST Robotics Competition Demo at Byron High School

The Byron High School FIRST Robotics Competition team, just back from the Minnesota 10000 Lakes Regional, will fill us in on their experience in this exciting celebration of science, engineering and technology.

We will meet in the Byron High School Commons / Dining Hall at 6:30PM

Agenda: 5 min Overview of FRC and Byron Robotics 5 min Technical stuff on Bot 5 min Lessons Learned 5 min Mentor-ship Opportunities 20-40 min Ultimate Ascent game

There will be a "driver station" and arena mock up setup. That will allow a few of us to try our luck at scoring within the standard 2 minute period. The team only has two batteries so will probably run on last about 20 minutes or so.

Address: 1887 2nd Ave NW, Byron, MN 55920 Enter through doors by the flagpole. Note there is a choir concert at 7pm in the Auditorium

Lunch: Thursday May 16th

11:30 am, Apache Mall food court, near B&N.



Planned Social: May TBD

Ideas can be found here or invent your own. What would you like to do? Tell Tim or Tina.


Planned Technical Meeting: June TBD

Speaker needed, please let Tim or Tina know if you're willing to volunteer. Willing to present but want to know what people have expressed interest in? Check out our requested topics page.


Lunch: Thursday June 20th

11:30 am, Apache Mall food court, near B&N.


Planned Social: June TBD

Ideas can be found here or invent your own. What would you like to do? Tell Tim or Tina.



Planned Technical Meeting: July TBD

Speaker needed, please let Tim or Tina know if you're willing to volunteer. Willing to present but want to know what people have expressed interest in? Check out our requested topics page.



Planned Technical Meeting: March or later, 2013

Oculus Rift, "the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games"

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1523379957/oculus-rift-step-into-the-game

Peter Shabino


Upcoming Meeting Crisis!

Well, not really a crisis, but we do need some meeting topics (& speakers) for 2013. We'd like to know what you want to see and hear about. Please email Tina or Tim with suggestions for topics. Should we run some previous sessions again (maybe something you really wanted to see but missed out on)? What type of topics are good, what type are bad? Also see this page for a list of suggested topics http://www.k-lug.org/Meetings


Old News Items

See the OldNews page.