1. Explore a maker community Meetup. One of my best buddies from grad school was willing to check out Hacker Dojo Robotics Meetup in Mountain View with me today. Unfortunately, despite the RSVP and address confirmation we waited for 20 minutes and no one from the group showed. Maybe there was a mix-up for Memorial Day Weekend. It’s okay. We found other cool stuff to do.
What might you expect from a maker community gathering? It can range from DIY crafts to pyrotechnic animatronic dragons.
Keep your expectations neutral as opposed to an anticipation rating of 9/10 that you might have for the San Mateo Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 last weekend. Why? Because those at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 were the showmen and show-women; they were selected to represent companies and nonprofits because they are amiable and natural salespeople. In smaller groups, you are likely to interact with more introverted personalities who may be more task-focused than people-oriented. An illustration can be the difference you’d expect from a Golden Retriever dog (Extrovert) and a Chartreaux cat (Introvert).
It’s an unknown how niche mini-maker clubs might react. I’m interested in immersing myself in the maker community because I write for Heavy.com as a tech news freelancer and although I am not on assignment, as a journalist, I never miss an opportunity to learn.
How might Hacker Dojo organizers and other maker community Meetups treat me and my friend? We’ll see.
SmartyGirlLeadership (SGL) has a positive view of life and does not believe in pre-judging Silicon Valley or its 87% male-led maker community club. As a former reader for an UC Computer Science and Engineering Department, I have some cred. Give Hacker Dojo and other makers a chance to show how learner-friendly they can be. Afterall, the maker perspective includes open source hardware and software. So shouldn’t it follow that they are boss at sharing and playing nice?
|Photo Credit: Alice in Wonderland-inspired Eat Me cheeky cake via Pinterest|
2. Celebrate a friend’s birthday. Not everyone is lucky enough to get an audience with Kai. Why do I say that? If you were a rock star Montessori teacher, accomplished musician, graphic novel reviewer and all ’round badass, how busy would you be? Right. So when Kai agreed to visit robotics on her birthday with me, you know I geeked out. No one have a birthday in your Google+ circle? Is that possible? Then, celebrate an un-birthday with someone.
3. Have fun. Be difficult. Haters are everywhere. Haters’ m.o.? Hatin’.
So what if your landlord/landlady is more vicious than Pearl the Landlord from Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die. Don’t let him/her buzzkill. Some people won’t approve of how you choose to spend your free time. Others will go out of their way to say discouraging things.
Did discouragement keep women engineers in Silicon Valley from graduating top of their class? Hell, no. So as long as you are not sauteeing a freshly butchered pair of human lungs like Hannibal (as Associate Editor Erica might say) then live and let live. Did Novelist Jack Cheng of These Days stop until he raised all the funds he needed on Kickstarter? Heck to the no!
|Photo Credit: Kickstarter Novelist Jack Cheng of These Days|
Be ready to build a breakfast fortress if need be.
|Photo Credit: SGL BMW Oracle Racing Ship in Redwood City marina|
4. Hydrate and meditate. Did you know that corporate parking lots are usually beautifully landscaped? Did you know that the grounds are oftentimes part public recreation area? This is the case with Oracle’s HQ in Redwood City where their BMW Oracle Racing ship is docked. Why not sit by the marina, under the birch trees and think of Bob Marley? Weekends can dehydrate, especially this fun one with coolers full of cold ones. Right? So I drank 16 oz. of water before I chugged my Peets Vanilla Soy Latte, pre-dojo.
|Photo Credit: SGL at Peets in Palo Alto. Plug for Howard Schultz’s Pour Your Heart Into it business reading. Did you know that Peets and Starbucks were once one?|
5. Encourage others who are Awesome-face. What is awesome-face? Ask who is awesome-face and you’ll get an answer from me. Awesome-face is my sister’s catch-phrase. I share it with other women as an empowering encouragement. Why did I luck out and get an awesome-face sis? Dunno. Having her is like having a secret weapon or access to a super hero. I love her! So why not check out Twitter, Kickstarter, and word-of-mouth live for people busy being awesome globally, nationally, and regionally. Maybe you disagree with Top 40 under 40 lists of women entrepreneurs. Make your own list! That’s cool, you know. Then when you get a chance offer a SmartyGirl an authentic high five or a fist-bump with a reply, favorite or re-tweet.
Rock on and honor our brave men and women who gave their lives serving our country this Memorial Day Weekend 2013. Comment below on your latest mischief!
|Photo Credit: SGL Editor-in-Chief Listening to SGL SmartyFella and SmartyGirl mischief|