Monthly Archives: November 2012

Help Out some Girl Scouts on Saturday

We have an upcoming opportunity this Saturday December 1 from 9-2 pm, to help with an activity for Girl Scouts wanting to earn badges. Our activity is a variation on our Recycled Electronic Jewelry class, which we’ve done for about 15 people, but this time we’re offering it to about 100 Girl Scouts. The badges will […]

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Tiny Computer Playground

Need some inspiration before our Intro to Arduino class starts this Wednesday? Check out the Arduino Playground, a “publicly-editable wiki about Arduino.” It’s packed with tips and tutorials, a list of Arduino-related books, project ideas, and my favorite feature: links to people all over the world who are playing with Arduinos. Browse this site until […]

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Help out the National Center for Women & Information Tech

The National Center for Women & Information Technology has a nation-wide award for high-school age girls called the Award for Aspirations in Computing, and they need help reviewing the applications. You don’t need technical knowledge to review them, there are detailed instructions provided, and most reviewers spend only 2-5 hours at their own pace. More […]

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Call for Abstracts: Media Art Histories 2013

Here’s a great reason to finally plan that trip to Latvia you’ve been putting off. The group RIXC, The Centre for New Media Culture will hold their Media Art Histories 2013: RENEW conference in conjunction with the “Art+Communication” festival in Riga, Latvia October 8-11, 2013. RIXC is new media artists collective, events producer and publisher that puts out the […]

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Paid Internships to get women into Open Source

This is an awesome opportunity to get more women working in open source. The graphic above gives the basic outline, but there are many more details on the info page here. It’s an opportunity to get more women working on Free and Open Source Software. Numerous companies working in this field recognize the talent and […]

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Arduino Project Preview

Curious what you’ll be building during this month’s Intro to Arduino class? Your instructor Brigid demonstrates the circuit you’ll learn to wire up to your microcontroller — an array of 6 LEDs, controlled by a potentiometer, with a buzzer that you can program to play any little ditty you like! In case you need some […]

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Introductory Raspberry Pi Bootstrap Procedures


The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games, but it also plays high-definition video. At a low price of $35, it’s a real […]

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Photo Costume Contest Winners

Thanks again to everyone who made it out to our Ghost in the Machine Halloween. We have a few winners from our photo costume contest, with the first place going to the Ravin’ Raven hand-made by Kathryn Sclavi! Congrats! Kathryn will get to choose from our prizes of

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Soldering class for $10??

That’s right! Bring your own project to solder tomorrow night and you’ll get $20 off the $30 ticket price. Yow!! Email to get your discounted ticket!

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This Wednesday: Make One of These!

At The Hacktory’s soldering class this Wednesday, November 14, you won’t just be learning a valuable skill that can save you time and money when your old electronics need a connection re-soldered. You’ll also be building your own neat-o gadget to take home, all materials included in the $30 price tag! We’ll have three projects […]

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