Talks

An Introduction to College

My first year as a Comp. Sci. student at SDSU

Amongst the tech community, especially those in High School, the big question is: “Is College Worth It?” While I can’t say if college is worth it, I can share my experiences from my first year as a Computer Science Student at San Diego State, a large public state university. From why I chose San Diego State, to the horrors that are graduation requirements, to the awesome opportunity I had to travel to Finland, and study at the University of Jyväskylä this past summer. College is both just like I thought it would be, but also very different.


Head First: Diving Into Drones

Commonly referred to as Drones, these craft provide the pilot the ability to capture images from a new perspective. In this talk we will briefly discuss the basic principles and technology that enable this gravity defying craft to fly, then dive deeper into advanced customizations, like First Person View (FPV).

I have flown these magical devices for a few hundred hours over the last three year, and have bought and built too many multi-copters (unfortunately also known as drones).
But be warned! You will leave the session, with the strong desire to acquire parts (you before didn’t know existed) and build a multi-copter of your own.


Intro to MultiCopters

Commonly referred to as Drones, these craft provide the pilot the ability to capture images from a new perspective. In this talk we will discuss the basic principles and technology that enable this gravity defying craft to fly.

We have flown these magical devices for a few hundred hours over the last two years. We have bought and built too many multi-copters (unfortunately also known as drones). Anyways, we would really love to share some of our most exciting and memorable experiences with you.

But be warned! You will leave the session, with the strong desire to acquire parts (you before didn’t know existed) and build a mulit-copter of your own.


Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a small credit-card sized linux computer. Developers and hobbyists around the world are creating miraculous applications and projects, and now you can join them. This year’s presentation covers the first steps to using your Pi. From the basics, like burning your SD Card to creating a Weather Reporter, you will learn GPIO Basics and simple Python tools. Communication between other components using SPI or I2C will also be covered. It is recommended, but not required that you have a Raspberry Pi, some knowledge of Python and simple electronics.

Code: https://github.com/tpaulus/SCC-USC2013