September 2nd, 2014

October Meeting Announcement


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		Fellow Hackers, Slackers, and Code-crackers:

	On Friday October 21st at 8pm PST we will be holding the first
	official Midnight Research Labs monthly meeting.  While we've had
	several unofficial meetings, this is the first official
	scheduled meeting.

	Anyone with project ideas, or active projects that they want
	help with are encouraged to bring them along.  This can either
	be just to show them off, or to actively propose them for an
	official MRL project.  Projects are generally either security
	or "novel computing" related, though we're always open to cool
	and new ideas (read robotics, electronics hacking, etc =).
	Don't feel pressured to come up with something or bring anything
	if you don't want -- I have a few projects worthy of attention
	(or at least I think so, =) until things get up and running.

	We will be voting on the initial project list, and will start
	some of the project definitions on Friday.  We'll try to come up
	with a quantified attainable goal for the evening, and work
	towards that in phase 1 (and 2 if relevant).

	Light refreshments, pizza and beer will be served.

	Agenda:
		Phase 0x0: Bootstrapping
		  - Greetings and welcome
		  - Who we are, and what we do
		  - Project presentation and initial selection
		  - Food
		Phase 0x1: Initialization
		  - Project outline and goals
		  - Design, brainstorming, etc
		  - Project Hacking!
		Phase 0x2: Local exploits
		  - Whatever till whenever -- This is the more social
		    part of the event.  People are invited to stay and
		    hack and have a couple drinks till whenever this
		    phase is no longer self-sustaining, =)


	This is an "invite only" event, so, don't distribute the
	location to everyone you know =).  That being said, we're still
	looking for active members, so if you know someone that would be
	interested in contributing and want to sponsor or vouch for
	them, feel free to bring them along (let me know in advance if
	possible)

	Location:
		[ edited for web.  Please contact 
		sith [{@}] midnightresearch.com for more info ]

	Notes (nfo):
	- We're about 1.5 miles from bart.
	- Bringing a Laptop is a probably good idea if you have one.
	- Please feel free to contact me by email or phone if you have
	  any questions
	- Don't mistake having an agenda for being a "dry" meeting.  I
	  only want to impose the minimal structure possible while
	  keeping a good flow.  I expect things will run rather
	  informally once we get going.  I just want to avoid the "2600"
	  effect which is everyone just sitting around with no
	  structure, and nothing getting done
	- I don't expect hordes of people to show up, probably between 4
	  and 8, but I do expect the signal to noise ratio to be very
	  good.  I hope that people learn and are challenged by
	  attending, and on the flipside, I expect great things to come
	  out of MRL.

	  Thanks! Hope to see you there!

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