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Chris Monaghan - maker turned entrepreneur - and succeeding
« on: January 22, 2013, 09:32:04 PM »
Good evening! I'm excited to be attending the upcoming Raspberry Pi class February 9. I was excited to learn about FamiLAB quite some time ago before you were in your new space. I've just not brought myself to showing up for anything. I saw the front page FamiLAB article in the Orlando Sentinel this past weekend and found that you were offering a class I was interested in.

I'm a Media/Communications Director. I oversee all things audio/video/lighting and information technology, and am a graphic designer. I also have background in programming, web design, network architecture, and more.

I started "making" in the early 90s with High School science fair. I designed and built a succession of three different electronic medical devices. The first was an electromechanical nightmare with analog timing relays. The second upgraded the whole system to a 555 timer-based system. The third used a Motorola HC11 MCU. Needless to say I learned a lot. That third design took me the the International Science Fair where I tool first place in Engineering.

Twenty years later I found myself stuck in the rat race and knew I had to get back to my joy if I was ever going to live my dreams. Last year I developed a PIC-based USB remote for a piece of software called QLab, developed by Figure53. The remote was a hit and it has since been developed into a commercial product - I'm very excited about its success. You can see it at

I have more products to develop - so on to the next one. The RasPi does look interesting. My wheels are spinning. Can't wait to see the shop and meet some new people.


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Re: Chris Monaghan - maker turned entrepreneur - and succeeding
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2013, 09:35:53 PM »

Awesome looking product, and a great story. I look forward to meeting you!