I manage the calendar and coordinate events for the lab. If you email firstname.lastname@example.org
, you'll reach a small group of us who typically teach, manage, or are otherwise regularly involved with classes. The process thus far is outlined on the wiki (if you need an account, just ask Chorca or f00bard) here: http://familab.org/wiki/index.php?title=How_to:_Classes,_Workshops_and_Events
The short version is that you just need to fill out the form here and I'll set up the calendar and manage the EventBrite event, if you want/need one: http://familab.org/wiki/index.php?title=How_to:_Classes,_Workshops_and_Events
That or just talk to me.
As far as hardware, we have a few discounts through Dave's Gadget Emporium (Sparkfun) and Adafruit (also managed by Dave) but both have a minimum order ($300 and $250 respectively). Typically we build hardware costs into the ticket prices and close those tickets a week or two before the event to make sure we can order what we need for the class and have it there in time. We have asked folks to bring their laptops before, and provided loaners as needed. For ICSP with a PIC, you might be able to use the economical Bus Pirate from Dangerous Prototypes along with the PIC programming adapter they sell. I think f00bard was planning on doing a class on those shortly anyways.
If you have any other questions, just let us know!