Welcome to HV Open (previously MHVLUG). Learn more about us and our rebranding. If you like what we do please consider supporting us on Patreon.

Next Meeting

Jul 11 6pm

Every July we gather together in a special HV Open event we call the Mad Science Fair. People are encouraged to bring their hardware and software hacking projects in a show and tell forum. We’ll have tables set up with power available. We kick off the evening with a short inspirational video, and then proceed to interactive discussions with people showing what they’ve got. Everyone is welcomed to come and enjoy, even if you don’t have something to exhibit.

We ask folks to register in advance so we have a sense of space planning. We ask a few basic bits of information:

  • Contact info
  • Project Description
  • How much space you need to show your project
  • How much power / networking you need
  • Any other special needs

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Project Ideas

The following have been presented at previous Mad Science Fair events. These are just for inspiration. Anything you’ve made or done in the software or physical space, or a mashup of both is welcomed.

  • 3D Printers
  • Vacuum tube headphone amplifier
  • Home Asssistant home automation system
  • Scale model of the solar system
  • Pi Arcade
  • PVC Pipe Organ
  • Various flashy LED projects
  • DJ / Turntable Scripting


Wed, Jul 11, 2018
6pm - 8pm


Our Lady Lourdes
131 Boardman Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603



Leadership Meetup
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Schatzi's Pub


Mad Science Fair
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Lourdes High School Auditorium
HV Open Lunch
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Mole Mole


Network Bound Disk Encryption (NBDE)
Time: 6:00pm
Location: 300 Rockefeller Hall


Git 101
Time: 6:00pm
Location: 300 Rockefeller Hall


The New HV Open Website

As part of the rebranding to HV Open it was time to simplify the platform for the website at the same time. I had a few requirements going into this.

  • There had to be a way to sync to meetup. I hate double data entry.
  • It should be mobile friendly / responsive.
  • The server costs to maintain should be low. That’s both hardware resources, but also the time it takes to do regular security maintenance of the software stack.
  • All the old meeting urls had to be maintained (even if through redirects). People put these in their resumes showing that they have public speaking experience.

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MHVLUG becomes HV Open

HV Open Logo

15 years ago MHVLUG was formed around the nascent Linux operating system. Linux was just transitioning from the hobbyist and ISP realms into every day work in non technology businesses. What Linux needed was human networks where people could get together and help each other with what they were learning. MHVLUG was created to be that kind of place. We started a monthly lecture series to share our expertise. We held regular weekend install fests to help people install and configure Linux on their computers.

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