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Kids Read Comics and Skatepark opening this weekend!

Crazy weekend on-tap in Ann Arbor. 

The 6th annual Kids Read Comics celebration returns to the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library Saturday and Sunday, with satellite locations at 826 Michigan’s Robot Supply and Repair and the Ann Arbor Art Center.

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If you haven’t been to this event, you should definitely check it out. It’s not just about reading comics, it’s about creating comics, about the power of art, and about the craft of creating a narrative with strong characters, humor, and charm. There are author signings as well as workshops. It’s just a wonderful, positive event.

Also check out this interview about how it got started, and Jerzy Drozd’s Ignite talk Why Comics are Great.

Also on Saturday, at long last the Ann Arbor Skatepark is holding it’s grand opening, 10-6 Veteran’s Memorial Park - featuring demos, DJs, beginner skate lessons, and TONY HAWK. WUT!

Its a great story of the community coming together to build something awesome.

Nerd Nite Tonite

Check out A2 Nerd Nite, tonight at LIVE, 6:30 doors.

  • Trek Ethics
  • Weird Buildings
  • Parasitic Puppetmasters.

Nerd Nite is now free, thanks to the Ann Arbor District Library.

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Girl Develop It A2 chapter launch June 4th

There’s a new chapter of Girl Develop It launching in Ann Arbor on June 4th. The Launch Party is at The Forge, at 6:30pm on June 4th. RSVP here.

Girl Develop It has meetups in many cities, devoted to:

Empowering women of diverse backgrounds from around the world to learn how to develop software

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A2 Data Dive Hack for Change May 31

Do you like ? Do you like cities? Ck out A2 Data Drive’s Hack for Change! Sat., May 31, 10a-5p, North Quad 2185.

Self.Conference running today & tomorrow

May 30-31, Cobo Center, Detroit

Self.conference combines killer tech presentations with insightful soft talks to give you a Detroit-based conference worth your while. We’re packing two days at the end of May with mobile, web, hardware, software, process, and team talks to help you expand your knowledge, meet other technically-minded folk, and immerse yourself in Detroit’s tech renaissance.

Check out http://selfconference.org/ to register and attend

Hands On Museum Tech Twilight this Friday

Hands On Museum is having their Tech Twilight event this Friday. 

TechTwilight, now in its 6th year, provides companies and student groups with the opportunity to celebrate and share their innovations in a festive environment of discovery.

Proceeds and event sponsorships support the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s mission of inspiring young people to embrace science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Tickets are available for purchase online. Food and musical entertainment are included with the price of admission. 

Details at http://techtwilight.org/

Ann Arbor, MI – The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan will host the Rob|Arch 2014 conference, May 14-18, 2014. Focusing on the theme of intellectual collaboration, the conference will bring together an international cohort of artists, designers, fabricators, and industry leaders for the purpose of advancing the discourse surrounding experimental robotic fabrication in their respective fields.

Visit http://www.robarch2014.org/ for complete details and to register.

Rob|Arch 2014

A2Geeks Annual Meeting at Mini Maker Faire - Saturday 2:30pm

You’re coming to the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, right? We’ve got robotics, soldering, artist, students, hands on stuff, a speaker series and more!

Washtenaw Community College

Morris Lawrence Building

Saturday May 10th, 10am-5pm

Also, the A2Geeks Annual Meeting will be at 2:30pm at Mini Maker Faire.

FREE

Hope to see you there!

Sixth Annual Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

The deadline for submitting to be a Maker at the Sixth Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire is this Friday, April 25. We accept makers of all ages and many different types of projects (from DIY crafts to paper arts to carpentry to robotics to clothing design to sustainable energy and beyond). 

Join us and showcase your passion for making! 

https://a2makerfaire.wordpress.com/call-for-makers/

The Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire is a FREE and family fun event, organized by dedicated volunteers from across the southeast Michigan area. 

Please feel free to join us by registering at: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ann-arbor-mini-maker-faire-2014-registration-11079724755

A2 Drinkup TODAY

From A2Newtech:

Although this is somewhat last second, I’ve rented out the Tap Room at Arbor Brewing Company this Thursday (3/6) so that way people can get together, have some beers, and talk about technology. If you want to talk with your fellow technologists, stop on by and say hello and chat for a while!

http://www.meetup.com/a2newtech/events/169291902/?a=md1_grp&rv=md1