Monthly Archives: December 2011

Philly Sculpture Gym Picking Up Steam

The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym was just featured in this piece by the Atlantic Cities. As you’ll read in the piece, the founders Darla and Justin are just about ready to move into a 7,500 square foot space in Fishtown – very exciting! As a makerspace specifically designed for artists we are excited to see the […]

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A New Industrial Revolution

The Economist recently took note of the “maker” movement. In this recent article they describe the scene at the last Makerfaire NYC as currently in the realm of hobbyists, but that the larger movement is starting to have a notable impact. The article provides a good overview of the hardware makers are familiar with (the […]

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Saving E-Textiles from an E-waste Fate

E-waste sucks. In the US we trash about 400 million electronic devices every year. A study published this summer says that soft circuits and e-textiles are on track to become an even more intractable waste problem, unless early adopters turn it into a green technology. An article in the Journal of Industrial Ecology from August […]

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State of STEM in Technically Philly

Did you read Technically Philly’s State of STEM Report last week? It’s a comprehensive 4-part series that covers the gaps in curriculum, how those gaps jeopardize Philly’s workforce and industry, out of school opportunities to address these gaps, and citizens who are helping out. If this topic makes you want to go out and buy […]

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Hackerspaces and Libraries on NPR

Did you hear the story on hackerspaces in libraries on NPR this past Saturday? It’s a short piece, 4 minutes long, you can listen to it here. It talks about how libraries have been paying attention to the hackerspace movement, and are deciding to work together because both types of organizations are in “the business […]

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11 To-Do’s for Women In Tech

I’m at the venerable LISA (Large Installation System Administration) Conference in Boston this week. I just left a panel on Women in Tech. This rap session/problem-solving brainstorm was a great way to wrap up an exhilarating and encouraging year for women in IT. I was reminded of two of my favorite works on why the […]

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Reminder: Game Lab Meetup Tonight at Barcade 7-9 pm

As we wrote earlier, the Philly Game Lab is having their first Game Scene meetup tonight at Barcade from 7-9 pm. Go ahead and skip our open house to head up there and show support for the new kid on Philly’s tech community block. They do ask that you kindly rsvp here.

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Make your Year-end Tax-Deductible Donations to the Hacktory!

The Hacktory is about to celebrate our 4th Anniversary, and we have been re-evaluating our mission and found that we are more committed than ever to build the organization into a stable, sustainable institution that provides opportunities to learn about and understand technology, and inspire you to use it creatively in whatever ways you can […]

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We’re Keeping an Eye on ISWC 2012

ISWC 2012 is the sixteenth annual International Symposium on Wearable Computers. This is an area we are really interested in, to experiment with what’s possible, but also, let’s face it, what’s cool. Unfortunately, a lot of “wearable computers” that we’ve seen so far are blinky lights on tacky tshirts. This symposium will cover some interesting […]

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First Monthly Philadelphia Game Scene Social Next Tuesday 12/6

There’s some big stuff brewing in the game scene in Philly. The Philadelphia Game Lab envisions a new epicenter for game technology and creative development in the Philadelphia region. Obviously their first social event next Tuesday will be at Barcade, THE place for gamers/hackers and the tech-curious. We’re just going to go ahead and say […]

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