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Hackster Live Ambassador Update - January 20, 2017
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Welcome to 2017

This year marks the second year for Hackster Live, and we have some exciting changes to share with you.
    
I would like to start by introducing myself. My name is Katie and I am excited to be working alongside Monica on the Hackster Live team this year! I am a former high school science teacher with a strong interest in DIY projects and Arduino. I will be a co-organizer for the Seattle Hackster Hardware Meetup and will be available to help answer any questions or concerns you may have about the ambassador program in the future. I am eager to begin working with all of you and to see more of the awesome  projects that you are posting on Hackster. 
2016 Year in Review
2016 was a year of immense growth for Hackster
  • Hackster Live was introduced at the beginning of the year and has been gaining a lot of momentum. Check out the numbers and the map of chapter locations below. 
  • In addition, Hackster joined Avnet in October, and we are really excited about our new partnership!
Hackster Live Numbers

Sponsors

A big thanks to our sponsors this year for providing hardware and swag for workshops! Check out the sponsors and some projects created using their hardware below.
   Particle + Azure




 


Sparkfun Blynk Board
Getting started with the sparkfun blynk board
 
          Check out this Blog Post from Amazon on Alexa and Hackster

 


Intel Edison


Intel Arduino 101
 
Noteworthy additions to Hackster Live this year
Updates
February Meetup

Due to recent changes, we will not be sending out hardware until the end of February. Although it's not a requirement for February, we encourage you to host a 'Hacks & Snacks' meetup and work on a project of your choosing. There are no requirements for this one, so be creative and don't forget to take pictures and post projects!

New Changes to Ambassador Tiers

In 2017, we're making Hackster Live more inclusive and Hackster Ambassadorship more exclusive. 
  • New chapters will be added as unsponsored 'Hacks & Snacks' meetups. Anybody can start a Hackster Hacks & Snacks chapter and get an event page on Hackster to schedule meetups and share their projects. We'll occasionally ship swag and other products to 'Hacks & Snacks' meetups.
  • Outstanding chapter leaders who match the criteria for Silicon Tier will be named 'Hackster Ambassadors' and receive sponsorship from Hackster. 
What does this mean if you joined in 2016?
  • If you're a Silicon Tier ambassador, you'll keep getting the benefits of Silicon Tier.
  • If you're Quartz Tier, you can either choose to upgrade your meetup to Silicon Tier or become an unsponsored Quartz Tier meetup. 
BLE Bot 9000 Replacement Parts

Drew spearheaded getting replacements for the missing pieces from the Multi-Chassis tank kit used to make the BLE Bot 9000. Sparkfun donated the missing pieces (extra batteries and battery holders) for the tank kit and they were shipped out last week. 
Kudos
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Ron DagDag
Created this awesome Rocky Rover project using Intel Arduino 101 and PixyCam!
 
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Hemalatha Nayudu
Hacksters from Hemalatha's meetup in Hyderabad, India created 60 Projects in December. Way to go!
Your next steps
 
 is required   +1 is bonus points!
Check the requirements for Silicon Tier
Create the BLE Bot 9000
+1 Host a 'Hacks & Snacks' meetup for February
+1 Build an Arduino101 project!   
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