Philly continues to strengthen and diversify it’s tech community with the addition of the first hackathon for women* in the area. This Friday at Saturday March 1 & 2, come out to LadyHacks hosted by WHYY where programmers, graphic designers, interface designers and project managers will collaborate intensively on software projects. See more info on the event website, including acknowledgement of the complicated nature of the word “women” and an invitation for men to join the mentor groups. If you’re familiar with The Hacktory’s Hacking the Gender Gap, one of the projects you could potentially work on will be creating a digital version of the timeline. Registration is $10, which you can do here.
Photo courtesy of Tim Bieniosek.
Last week at Open Hack, we had a good crowd of folks eager to share their interests and check out the facilities. Sharp brought some cool toys to show off: a bottle opener fresh from his brand new 3D printer, and an old GameBoy that he’s reprogrammed to play chiptunes. Several folks mentioned their own synthesizer/audio projects; maybe we should hold a synth-focused workshop or project session? Tim brought his quilt, which has a grid of LEDs wired into it plus a thermistor to change the glowing spectrum towards the red as the blanket warms up. He spent the evening adding a top layer to the quilt, to protect the wiring and create a gentle frosted effect.
At last Thursday’s Open Hack, we had an impromptu going-away for Brigid, who’s been teaching and organizing events at the Hacktory for the past year, including our fantastic Intro to Arduino classes. She’s leaving Philadelphia for a few months, but we look forward to her triumphant return. We also had some folks shooting footage for a video we’re making about our artist-in-residence grant, as we’re considering a Kickstarter campaign. (If you want to be part of the video, on either side of the camera, leave a comment!) Aaron, a friend from NTR who lives in South Jersey, brought news of a burgeoning shop/hacker space there; folks across the river who would appreciate a place to build closer to home, stay tuned!
Last Saturday we opened our doors for the latest in our series of Soft Circuit (Second) Saturdays. This was the first in our new home at 3711 Market, after a long hiatus. Fortunately, during that time, half a dozen of the Hacktory’s organizers were able to take classes on soft circuits, run by Yasmin Kafai’s group at Penn. So we’re back at it, with projects to finish and new skills to teach.
Before I talk about Open Hack, I want to note that we are having Soft Circuit Saturday tomorrow, Feb. 9 from 1-4pm at 3711 Market St. If you want to try out some wire-free ways of moving electrons around, come by and check it out!
Can you fold strips of fabric into hexaflexagons?
Last night’s Open Hack brought new and old faces to The Hacktory. Some came to chat, to see the space and the tools, and to get a sense of what’s going on here. Our friend NancyLee brought her education students over from Penn to build fast plant terrariums in the workshop. Far had ambitions to get one of the 3D printers running, but ran aground on a missing TTL cable; luckily he has extras at home, so we’ll try again next week. Steph shared her recent obsession with hexaflexagons, bringing examples in paper and fabric. They’re pretty mind-expanding! Read More
Hey everyone, we’re spiffing up our new home at 3711 Market at the Department of Making and Doing. We’re ready to start up our weekly open hack/open house again. The new time for Open Hacks will be Thursdays from 7-9 pm. Stop by and see our new space, see what we’re working on, or bring a project of your own to work on. Hope to see you soon!
Come out and celebrate the opening of NextFab’s new location at 2025 Washington Avenue this Thursday. As the invite says, “The NextFab community is barely 3 years old and already we’ve outgrown our original location. You deserve more, so NextFab is moving to a new home – 5 times larger, even more capable, and rededicated to helping you build your vision, build a business, and build a better economy! Please come and celebrate this exciting time and see this gorgeous new facility!” Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and there will be deals on memberships to those who come.
Local project Proceed raises questions about sousveillance, or “the recording of an activity by the participant in the activity, typically by way of small wearable or portable personal technologies.” Think surveillance, but you are choosing to record yourself. This project is the work of two talented multimedia artists, Kim Brickley and Sarah Zimmer, who are behind Create in Situ. Read More
Philly GiveCamp @ Microsoft, Malvern PA
Friday, Jan. 18 – Sunday, Jan. 20
Hackathon to lend IT support to local nonprofits, volunteer participants requested. Register online
Knight-Mozilla HTML/CSS facilitator training @ Drexel
Thursday, Jan. 24
Before EduCon, Mozilla is hosting a workshop on how to teach about modern web technologies. Register online
Hat tip to Christalee, who gave us a heads up on these Hacker-friendly upcoming events!
Courtesy of Le Méridien Philadelphia
Hey all, Brigid here!
Recently, local artist and friend of The Hacktory, Tim Eads, created his own artistic interpretation of the Christmas tree. Made of zigzagging white metal and blue LEDs, we here at The Hacktory think that the final product is nothing short of a Christmas miracle! (We like it and we want to put a bow on it!)
Since Tim’s schedule was tight he reached out to The Hacktory to see if any of Santa’s little hacking helpers could lend a hand with the electrical. I was lucky enough to answer the call, and since I had so much fun trimming this tree, I wanted to take a moment to spread the holiday cheer!
Keep us in mind for your future projects as we all love to help! Also, consider taking a break from your last minute shopping to go and visit Tim’s tree on display in the lobby of Le Méridien Hotel, 1421 Arch Street.
Happy holidays everyone!