Seattle Mechanical Keyboard Meetup

July 28th, 2018 • Seattle Pacific University

Get ready for the 5th semi-annual #smkmeetup

Presentations, workshops, contests, giveaways, great community, and more. Expect keyboards in all shapes and sizes. All kinds of keyboards. A lot of keyboards. So many keyboards! This will be an all day event. Expect talks and workshops in the morning and traditional meetup time (keyboards and giveaways) in the afternoon/evening.

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We are asking for a minimum donation for your RSVP ticket. In exchange, you will receive a t-shirt as a door prize (must check in at welcome desk in order to receive your prize). Any remaining proceeds will go directly towards scholarships/subsidizing costs of cKeys' youth and adult workshops.

This is the t-shirt from our winter meetup for reference. However, we will be doing a completely new design for this summer meetup.

Winter meetup t-shirt design

When you're ready to signup, click the RSVP button below.

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Speakers

Keyboard and keyboard related talks will begin in the morning. More speakers will revealed over the coming weeks.

Cassidy Williams with keyboard

Cassidy Williams

Cassidy is the Head of Developer Voice Programs at Amazon. She comes from startup land, previously working at L4 Digital, Clarifai, and Venmo, and graduated with a computer science degree from Iowa State University in 2014. She's had the honor of working with various organizations, including Hacker Fund as their Director of Outreach. She's active in the developer community and one of Glamour Magazine's 35 Women Under 35 Changing the Tech Industry and LinkedIn's Top Professionals 35 & Under. As an avid speaker, Cassidy has participated in meetups and events including the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, SXSW, the National Center for Women & IT Summit, TEDx, the United Nations, and the U.S.A. Science and Engineering Festival. She loves mechanical keyboards, with her daily drivers in rotation between a Clueboard with Kailh Browns and DSA Royal Navy, a Varmilo VA68Mg with MX Browns and SA Abyss, a WhiteFox with 65g tactile Zealios, and a Welfare96 with BOX Browns and GMK Oblivion.

Tiny with keyboard

Tiny

Tinymakesthings started making keycaps in 2016. She specializes in sculpting custom clay caps but has recently started to venture into the resin casting space. She loves to share her passion for mechanical keyboards and often livestreams her creative process on Twitch.

Joe Wasson

Joe Wasson

I am a software engineer and team lead. I started my career at Microsoft in the mid 90’s and have worked for a variety of companies large and small, most recently as the Director of Product for payments at Xero, Inc. As part of finding “a better way”, I have built and programmed a more than 2-dozen mechanical keyboards in various layouts and have contributed to the QMK Firmware project. I’m currently learning stenography in attempt to further decrease friction in the human/machine interface.

Atari

Atari

I originally moved to the PNW in 2010 from Ohio. I became interested in the hobby in 2016, but didn't buy any mechanical boards until 2017 when I decided I was going to start with a custom board. I then branched into ortholinear board and resin casting keycaps. Now I stream a build or resin casting about once a week.


Workshop

Workshop details coming soon. Once the workshops are announced, they are likely to fill up fast. Sign up for email notifications on the RSVP page.

Here are images from our previous meetup workshops. Learn more about our workshops. Space will be limited!


Photobooth

Yes, there will be a photo booth again this time!

Seattle Mechanical Keyboard Photo Booth July 2017
Seattle Mechanical Keyboard Photo Booth July 2017
Seattle Mechanical Keyboard Photo Booth July 2017

Location

Seattle Pacific University
Upper Gwinn Commons
3310 Sixth Avenue West,
Seattle, WA 98119

There will also be inexpensive dorm rooms available to book on Friday and Saturday. If you RSVP, you will be asked if you are interested in a dorm room. We will then contact via email once we finalize the details. Not ready to RSVP? You can still go to the RSVP page and register your email address for future dorm updates.


Parking

There will be plenty of on site parking.


Public Transportation

Details coming soon...


Food and Beverages

Lunch will not be provided. Lunch suggestions coming soon!

There will be a break after the morning presentations for lunch. SPU has requested that no outside food be brought into the venue.


Giveaways

Your RSVP counts as your entry in the giveaways. Must be present to win. No purchase possible.

Follow us @smkmeetup or #SMKmeetup for giveaway teases.


Raffle

Now that we are officially a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we can run charity raffles. On top of our giveaways, we will also have a cash raffle that will go directly towards benefiting future workshop attendees that could otherwise not afford our keyboard workshops.


Sponsors

Plugable
Primecaps
Massdrop
OLKB
Clueboard
Keeb.io
Pimp My Keyboard

Interested in sponsoring the event? Find out more on our sponsorship page.


cKeys?

We are a volunteer run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our purpose is to address, educate, and coordinate the dispersal of soldering and electrical hardware skills and knowledge across age and socioeconomic divides while inspiring enthusiasm for mechanical keyboards and other input devices.

We teach hardware and programming workshops in the Greater Seattle Area.

Want to get involved? Join us!

Seattle Mechanical Keyboards → Seattle Keyboards → SeaKeys → cKeys


Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our meetup are required to agree with the following code of conduct.

Our meetup is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices (rubber domes included). We do not tolerate harassment of meetup participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate anywhere at our meetup, including talks, Twitter, and other online media. Meetup participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the meetup at the discretion of the meetup organizers.


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Not ready to commit? You can also sign up for email updates on event details from the RSVP page.

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