- Foulab News Foulab is Montreal's Hackerspace, and this is foulab's RSS feed. Mon, 15 May 2017 06:55:33 -0400 en daily 1 Southern Quebec Retro Labs meetup strawdog Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM at Foulab!
Mon, 15 May 2017 06:55:33 -0400 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Machine Learning Wednesdays strawdog network.png
Is there anyone who doesn't love machine learning? Perhaps, but they are probably not reading this website anyway! In September 2016, a Deep Learning School was held at Stanford, and they generously posted their lectures online. Starting in 2017, once a week for 6 weeks we will get together at Foulab to watch and discuss the course presentations. All are welcome to come and simply listen to the lectures, but bringing a laptop and getting into the math after the video is highly encouraged.

The schedule is subject to adaptation, but currently we plan to watch two lectures per evening, in the order they were originally presented.

Update: Here is a useful playlist of the lectures

Vegetarian chili will be available for a small donation.
Now with a facebook event you can sign up to!

Machine learning Wednesdays will start on Jan 11, 2017. To avoid a time conflict with the excellent meetup group Papers We Love, we will take a break on the last Wednesday of each month. Thus the schedule is 19:00-22:00-Jan 11, Jan 18, Feb 1, 8, 15, March 1.]]>
Sun, 18 December 2016 15:56:31 -0500 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Crypto Anarchy - Episode 0x00 Danukeru ring_signature

Sunday December 18th 2016 @ 13:30

In this first edition of our new crypto anarchy series, we will talk about distributed online systems and homomorphic encryption. A key emphasis will be placed on online voting, and why it is not as hard a problem to implement securely with recent advances in crypto over the last 2 decades.

This will be a high level introduction to the subject with an emphasis on the engineering challenges of such a system. We will also show how a similar system is used at foulab to provide a reasonable degree of anonymized access control to the hackerspace.

A quick overview of a number of defensive crypto engineering design choices will also be looked at.]]>
Wed, 7 December 2016 14:39:33 -0500 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
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This weekend we will be holding a bike maintenance workshop! On Saturday, November 12th starting at 11am. The workshop will happen in two parts.Part one will include:- Replacing and lubricating the chain- Bottom bracket maintenance,disassembling and lubricating- Replacing the front ring gear, inspecting rear gear, and replacing if needed.- Brake maintenance, cleaning calipers, bleeding hydraulic system (calipers,hoses & levers). 
Part two will be on rear hub maintenance. Part 1 and part 2 will each take 4 hours for a total of 8 hours.Suggested donation of 25$. Bring your bike and see you Saturday!]]>
Thu, 10 November 2016 00:00:00 -0500 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Build your own Light-Theremin with Moldover on Nov 8th! foulab moldover
Come build your own Light-Theremin with Moldover on November 8th @18:30
In this basic soldering workshop, Moldover will take you through the steps to build your own Light-Theremin CD case. Even if you've never soldered before, this workshop will give you the confidence in two hours. If you do have experience you'll learn how to solder better, and walk away with a fun and unique instrument, plus a copy of Moldover's album.

No experience required
No equipment required: soldering stations & Light Theremin kits provided
This is an all ages, hands-on workshop
Cost: $40 for kit/materials
Can't afford a kit, but seriously dedicated to learning? Talk to us!Space is limited, please come early

After the workshop Moldover will give a presentation on the design of The Light-Theremin CD Case, and his other circuit-board artworks.

Approximately 2 hours for the workshop, another 45 minutes for the presentation.

About the artist
”A musician at heart, inventor born of curiosity, and innovator by necessity, I believe the world calls him the 'Godfather of Controllerism' for damned good reasons". -John Tackett, Crowd Wire

Historically there are only a handful of artists who have pushed the limits both with their music and with the instruments of its creation. What Bach was to the keyboard, what Hendrix was to the guitar, this is what Moldover is to the controller. Disillusioned with "press play DJs”, fans from all walks are drawn to Moldover shows, eager to witness electronic music’s return to virtuosity, improvisation, and emotional authenticity. Dig deeper into Moldover’s work and you’ll uncover a subversive cultural icon who has redefined physical media with his Instrument-Albums, revolutionized musical collaboration with his custom Jamboxes, and is inspiring an entire generation of forward thinking music-makers by openly sharing his methods and madness.]]>
Mon, 7 November 2016 00:00:00 -0500 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Biohack Academy Series tailor_dresden dust.jpg

Today we're announcing the Bio-Hacking Academy Course at Foulab. Once a week for nine weeks we'll be viewing the excellent lecture series put together by Open WetLab and trying experiments and building equipment for ourselves. Each video lasts about 2 hours and the hands on component lasts about an hour. Recommended donation to cover material costs for the equipment we'll be building is $25.
The class will be held every Friday, starting November 4rth at 6pm. See you there!]]>
Tue, 25 October 2016 00:00:00 -0400 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Foulab Annual Halloween Party tailor_dresden scary.jpgOct 28th will be our annual halloween party! As usual, a 5$ donation is encouraged to cover food and beverages. Costumes are, as always, also encouraged. We'll announce a mini-workshop day for costume making soon!
PS. if you use an rss reader and are seeing this post twice, we found a neat bug!]]>
Sun, 2 October 2016 00:00:00 -0400 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Bootleg Systems Game Demo tailor_dresden Bootleg Systems, a first person retro-sci-fi-puzzle-platformer. Do you like neon? Do you like synth pop? Do you like weaponized 3D fax machines of the future? This may be your kinda game. Come hang out, play the demo, and discuss your favourite 80's sci-fi.

Mon, 21 March 2016 22:30:04 -0400 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Stupid Hackathon tailor_dresden stupidhack.jpg
When's the last time you did a hackathon 100% purely for fun? If the answer is anything other than "the last time I was at a hackathon" then you should come to our first ever "STUPID HACKATHON!!!". The outcome of which will be judged on hilarity and uselessness.
March 12th,
PRICE: FREE! (donations encouraged)

Fri, 26 February 2016 18:06:38 -0500 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
SensorTag WorkShop tailor_dresden tisensortag.jpg
IoT is one of the catchy technologies of this year, but it's not perfect. Synchronizing with third parties and sharing very useful data with any marketing company doesn't appeal to everyone. Luckily, a parallell industry of DIY IoT devices is running smoothly, and we'd like to help you explore it. This work shop features the latest TI-SensorTag. Workshop fees include one of these impressive boards. The first project we'll be doing with this board is a weather station. Pair the weather station over BluetoothLE with your iPhone or android device and get local readouts of air pressure, humidity and temperature. Future workshops using the same device are in the works, so get a head start!

WHEN:March 26th, 10AM onwards, until you have a weather station
How to sign up:EventBrite
Fri, 26 February 2016 17:31:10 -0500 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap Screening 30-JAN-2016 14:00 strawdog codedoc.jpg

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap is a documentary directed by Robin Reynolds which looks at the reasons behind the dearth of women and minorities in programming. Thanks to the generosity of Staci Hartman, one of the producers, Foulab is able to offer a free screening of this film. We encourage you to donate to support their work, details can be found on the Code documentary website.

Admission is free but an RSVP is necessary because space is pretty tight (20 places). Snacks will be available on site for a small contribution, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Fri, 8 January 2016 07:28:03 -0500 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
19 @ 19 @ Foulab 19-DEC-2015 19:00H strawdog th119a.jpgProject Party fundraising Night - apporter vos circuits et synthés, make noise and work your project out - and help foulab get it going -]]> Thu, 17 December 2015 06:25:42 -0500 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e Halloween Brain Bash Party - 30-OCT-2015 strawdog NeurotechX and Foulab are hosting a party, friends of Foulab and of NeurotechX are of course invited! Costumes encouraged. Scary movies and high-voltage-brain fun to be had. A 5$ donation is encouraged to cover food and beverages. Registration on meetup also encouraged!

What you need to know:

  • 7:00pm onwards
  • Friday
  • At Foulab
  • Bring your brain

Sat, 24 October 2015 09:16:03 -0400 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
An evening with Moldover 24-SEP-2015 18:00h strawdog In this interactive demonstration, Moldover will present his latest music and instrument creations, including The Robocaster Guitar, the prototype MC1 Voice-Controller, and the Light-Theremin CD packaging from his debut album.

About the Artist:

"A musician at heart, inventor born of curiosity, and innovator by necessity, I believe the world calls him the 'Godfather of Controllerism' for damned good reasons".
-John Tackett, Crowd Wire

Moldover's collected work is deep, diverse, and nearly impossible to summarize, but its essence shines clearly when you see the artist on stage delivering emotional and authentic performances with hybrid instruments of his own design. Explore his creations further and you'll discover a cultural icon who invents new formats for interactive album artwork, cultivates collaboration by building elaborate jamboxes, and has inspired an entire generation of free-culture music-makers by openly sharing his methods and his madness.

Moldover's Four Track - Documentary Video

Sun, 20 September 2015 21:22:15 -0400 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
BBS: The Documentary 27-JUN-2015 18:00h strawdog Wed, 24 June 2015 08:04:42 -0400 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e FOULAB MEETING 22-JUNE-2015 19h strawdog Fri, 12 June 2015 18:36:17 -0400 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e Canadian Civil Liberties Association: TalkRights 14-MAY-2015 17:30 strawdog Canadian Civil Liberties Associationis gearing up to launch a new online space for the public to learn about their civil liberties. As part of the launch, the CCLA is visiting community organizations, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders to build a blueprint for the project's development post-launch.

The CCLA will be visiting Foulab on Thursday May 14th from 5:30 — 7:30pm for an informal get together — bring a friend, and your ideas about civil liberties in Canada!

What content about civil liberties, rights and freedoms do you feel is currently missing or hard to access? What issues should the CCLA be focusing on in the coming year? Come have a beer and talk about it with Lex Gill and Dr. Brenda McPhail from the CCLA, this Thursday!

(This main event will be in English, but the Q&A and discussion afterwards will be bilingual.)]]> Fri, 8 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e Junk Independence Day Returns! 21-MAR-2015 14-18h strawdog PLEASE NOTE: The time has been correctedFoulab is having our second Junk Independence Day, this time in conjunction with our spring cleaning!

Here's how it works: bring any junk you want to get rid of. Or bring nothing. Then look through the junk pile and take any junk that strikes your fancy! At the end of the day all unclaimed junk WILL BE RECYCLED so don't leave anything behind that think you might want!

  • When: 21-MAR-2015 14-18h
  • Where: Foulab
Thu, 12 March 2015 18:46:41 -0400 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
DMX: Scenic communication protocol. Dive into the magic wire... 7-mar-2015 13:30 strawdog dmx2.pngWhether to move, turn, send a picture or change color, all fixtures and other gadgets receive their orders through the protocol ANSI E1.11 - 2008 USITT DMX512-A. I invite you to build your "DMX" interface with an Arduino controller, discover lighting control programs and discuss all issues around the DMX myths.

The invitation is for all the curious, potential users, artists, designers, stage technicians, designers and other techie!

Whether you have a possible project or the installation of your biggest life contract in lighting control, come live and discuss what DMX communication standard. Camaraderie and learning are the foundation of this meeting.

When: Saturday, March 7, 13 h 30
Where: at Foulab (999 du Collège, suite 33B, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H4C 2S3)
Reserve: Please reserve with dmx7mars (at) as the number of places is limited
Price: A $10 donation to the lab is suggested


  • Interface creation: Transmitter only (without programming)
    • Materials:
      • 1 x Arduino or USB serial interface,
      • 1 x 75176 or Max485,
      • 1 x 100 ohms,
      • assembly plate.
      • Computer to host the control program. (PC, Mac or Linux)

  • DMX reading (might be interesting to make a tool.)
    • Materials :
      • 1 x Arduino Uno or Pro mini,
      • 1 x 75176 or Max485,
      • 1 x 100 ohms,
      • assembly plate and some wires.

  • Software Installation:
    • Take a tour of selected software
      • Q light + (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux)
      • Martin M-PC
      • Other

  • Discussion of the protocol and test with electronic equipment (scope).
    • Cabling test
      • Type (zipcord, micro, cat5, cat6, various, recommended)
      • Length (short, long and very long)
      • Type variation on same length
      • Configuration test (to understand, should do or should not do)
      • Y, star configuration…
      • With and without terminator (100 ohms)
      • With Opto-isolater

If several people are interested, a group for Arduino (or copy) purchasing could be created. I will have some parts (75176 mainly) for sale.

A list of resources (circuit, interface and program) is available on my website]]> Wed, 25 February 2015 18:45:40 -0500 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e Zines, Comics & Crypto: Zine Release Party & Double Workshop (1-FEB-2015 13h-16h) strawdog Sunday, Feb. 1st, 1-4pm @ Foulab, 999 du Collège, Suite 33B (2nd floor), metro Place St-Henri.
Facebook event here.


After traveling from Berlin and spending a month in Montréal with the Fight Boredom Zine Residency, zinester and activist Comet Crowbar is ready to release issue #15 of her zine, Infecticitis. This 3-hour hangout session is in two parts:

1-2pm Drawing & Comics workshop (Lynda Barry style)
During this hour we’ll play some drawing games, make comics, loosen up and get silly, and try to erase the idea of “but I can’t draw!” from our minds. Everyone can draw, and that’s what we’re gonna do. Bring your favorite pens and crayons (some paper and pens will be provided).

2:30-3:30 Introduction to PGP Email Encryption
First we will discuss why surveillance is harmful and affects everyone, and try to dismantle the apathetic idea of “but I have nothing to hide” as an excuse. Then we’ll explain the difference between symmetrical vs. asymmetrical cryptography, what a “keypair” is, how to verify your key, and what programs are needed to get it running on your computer. This workshop is coming from the understanding that it can be quite intimidating to learn all this “computer stuff” if you’re not that tech-savvy. We will smash that idea by making this a safer-space to ask questions, share knowledge, and use accessible language that everyone can understand. I am not an expert but I am happy to share what I know. Crypto is your friend! (P.S. One week later, FemHack will be delving into some more email encryption stuff!

You will also find: Snacks, tea, nooks for reading/chatting and lots of zines! Come pick up a hot-off-the-press copy of Infecticitis #15 and Comet’s recent book, Tumble the Boulder – The Surveillance State and the American Empire. There will be a table of zines by queers, feminists, and anarchists from Fight Boredom Distro and a selection of zines on digital security from Comet’s Raumschiff Distro.

About the facilitator: Comet Crowbar is a white cis queer lady and is a co-founder and organizer of the Zine Fest Berlin. She’s passionate about self-publishing, cryptography, plants and weaving. Come say hi.

This event is a safer-space. A “safer space” means that we don’t tolerate any form of oppression or harassment, such as sexism, racism, transphobia, homophobia and other such BS! Please be respectful to each other and ask consent before you touch someone. Children are welcome, but as Foulab contains power tools and other hazards, they must be closely supervised by an adult for safety reasons.

Unfortunately the space is not wheelchair accessible.]]>
Tue, 27 January 2015 07:15:09 -0500 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Building Synthetic Voices workshop (24-JAN 2015, 15:00) strawdog Having the computer speak is key to human-like communication. However, the set of voices available for text-to-speech system (TTS) is limited. In this workshop we will be building a voice for the open source FestVox/Festival TTS that you record. The computer talks like you! (Or whomever you convince to record the prompts for you -- your dog?).

The workshop is also a hands-on introduction to the free book "Building Synthetic Voices" that comes with Festival TTS (

You don't need programming knowledge but you need some Unix knowledge. If you want to extend the recipes we will see in the workshop you will need to learn Scheme which is the programming language for extending Festival.

The workshop presentations will be in English, but we are more than happy to provide support and answer questions in French. Moreover, we will only cover generating English voices, as we are following the default tooling provided by FestVox. We hope to cover French synthesis in a later workshop.

We will cover:

  • How to install and set-up Festival/FestVox/Edinburgh Speech Tools
  • Overview of the full Festival TTS stack
  • How to design prompts for limited domain TTS (reduced vocabulary)
  • A full example in the bicycle safety domain that you'll record during the workshop. (Hear it synthesized with Pablo's voice at ).
  • Introduction to diphone (large vocabulary) recording and synthesis (no diphone recording will take place during the workshop, though)

This workshop is just the beginning, potential follow-ups include French synthesis, differentiated intonation recordings or any other topic that interests the group. If you have a project that uses speech synthesis (or might benefit from it) bring a demo and we can hear it at the end of the workshop.


  • A computer with a unix-like environment (GNU/Linux, Mac OS X or cygwin) capable of doing sound recording.
  • RSVP to pablo.duboue (at) required. Space is limited.
  • Cost: $10 (all proceedings from this workshop will be donated to Foulab)


  • Saturday, January 24th at 15h (about 3 hours in length)
Where? ]]>
Wed, 14 January 2015 08:07:38 -0500 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
What are we making in 2015? (12-JAN-2015) strawdog

Every good hacker sooner or later will require a pulse wave modulated power source. To simplify the project, we will focus on the controller and modulator (MOSFET). The module can then be connected to a power supply of your choice. We are aiming to construct a controller that can handle from 3 to 80 V at frequencies from 10Hz to 50kHz and currents of 20A or more.

When: 12 jan 2015 19h-22h
Where: Foulab

Everyone who is interested by this project is welcome.

Sat, 3 January 2015 18:03:36 -0500 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
SDR Interest Group: Bring your own dongle (29-Nov-2014 13h-16h) strawdog

Anyone with an interest in software defined radio is welcome. No particular background is required.

Time: 13h-16h 29-Nov-2014 at Foulab

Sat, 22 November 2014 15:29:18 -0500 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Round Table: The Internet after Snowden (September 23, 2014) strawdog

Wed, 10 September 2014 18:31:43 -0400 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Meeting of Réseau libre (3 avril 2014) strawdog
For more information:]]>
Sat, 29 March 2014 00:00:00 -0400 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e