Stephanie Alarcón, Director of Outreach and Education
Stephanie Alarcón is a geek by trade and a tree-hugger by training. She is passionate about demystifying technology and helping people use it to make their lives easier, work toward social justice, or just hack around and have fun. Steph has facilitated tech training for community radio programmers, independent journalists in the U.S. and abroad, and children in her own community. In 2011, she completed a Master of Environmental Studies at Penn with a capstone project about the economic and environmental justice impacts of electronic waste. Currently, she is working with the Open Technology Institute to increase access to and privacy within decentralized wireless networks.
Daniel Bergey, Teacher/Organizer
Daniel Bergey learned to program on his mother’s knee, and has been coding off and on since, usually while he should be doing something else. He began teaching by showing adults how to double-click on a Mac. In school he learned to draw straight lines and talk about art; he suspects that making art can’t be taught in school, if at all. More recently he’s been using sensors, Python, and graphs to understand the physics and energy use of buildings. He’s interested in how graphics support reasoning, and in the tools we make to scratch our own itches, but would never make it as industrial products.
Christalee Bieber, Teacher/Organizer
Christalee Bieber is a recent transplant to Philadelphia, but she’s jumped right into volunteering at The Hacktory. Her quest is to understand how people learn outside of school, with a particular focus on creative and accessible science education. In her spare time, she enjoys building things out of wood and metal, vegetarian cooking, and brewing; lately she’s been solidifying her knowledge of programming and web design.
Tim Bieniosek, Teacher/Organizer
Tim Bieniosek is grateful his parents left an edition of Janson’s History of Art on a shelf low enough where he could reach it. A computer scientist by education, his interests include geographic information systems (GIS), radio frequency propagation, and human-computer interaction. He enjoys working on physical computing and embedded computing projects with Arduino and C++, wearables and soft circuits, interactive art, and programming algorithmic visual art with Java and Processing, as well as building electronic musical instruments.
Sarah Guck, Teacher/Organizer
Sarah Guck is an artist and math enthusiast with a keen eye for abandoned electronics to smash up and repurpose. As a volunteer at The Hacktory she has taught kinetic sculpture to kids, presented workshops on the gender gap in tech, and organized several classes. These days she’s building websites with Ruby on Rails and a wristwatch that will help her have lucid dreams.
Georgia Guthrie, Executive Director
Georgia Guthrie is a designer and maker. She first got involved at The Hacktory as a volunteer interested in integrating technology and art of all kinds. Once involved, she worked to create a beginner-friendly environment where new and interesting visitors would come back and make amazing things. As Director of The Hacktory, she’s forged partnerships with numerous arts organizations in Philadelphia, has worked to promote awareness and appreciation of the hacker/maker spirit, and was named Hacker of the Year at the 2012 Philly Geek Awards, hosted by Geekadelphia . She’s interested in growing The Hacktory into a hub of creativity, a resource for educators, and a leader in addressing the gender gap in tech and science. When she’s not at The Hacktory she works as a designer at the Action Mill, a company that designs tools to improve how people work, transform complex systems, and create more meaningful connections.