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New Class: Program Your Hoodie!


Have you been looking for an opportunity to level up in soft circuits? Program Your Hoodie is a class for people skilled in at least one of: sewing, circuits, or Arduino. By the end of this class, you will be reasonably competent in all of them, and have a sweet light-up hoodie to take home! […]

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‘Top Secret Rosies’ Screening 3/20

A free showing of the documentary Top Secret ‘Rosies': The Female ‘Computers’ of WWII is scheduled for March 20, 5:30pm at the Comcast Center. This film by LeAnne Erickson delves into the history of the women who programmed and debugged ENIAC and its forerunners at the University of Pennsylvania. Get your ticket today! (Thanks to […]

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Potluck/Work Party 3/16

Want to get involved at The Hacktory? Next weekend, the Department of Making + Doing is having a potluck & work party, starting at 10am on Saturday, March 16, where we plan to paint some walls, build some shelving for our stuff, organize workstations/workspaces for specific tasks, and generally make the space our own. Lunch […]

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Soft Circuit Saturday Recap

Yesterday’s Soft Circuit Saturday was a ton of fun. Tim brought some squishy circuit dough he cooked up; he and Amy are taking this activity to an event next weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences. After some trial and error and careful multimeter work, he succeeded in lighting up an RGB LED, but concluded […]

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Project Night Recap: 03/07/13

Before I recap last night’s Project Night, a couple of notes: We’ve renamed Thursday Open Hacks to Project Night, because sometimes you just get tired of the word “Hack”. Tomorrow is Soft Circuit Saturday, March 9 from 1-4pm! Next week’s Project Night is March 14, which coincides with Ignite Philly and Pi Day! Come by […]

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Open Hack Recap: 02/21/13

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 […]

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Open Hack Recap: 02/14/13

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 […]

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Soft Circuits Saturday! plus Open Hack Recap

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! Last night’s Open Hack brought new and old faces to […]

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Hackerspaces: Coming to a School or Library Near You?

An interest in education is one reason people get involved at The Hacktory. Some want to teach, some want to learn, some want to self-educate – we welcome them all. Recently I came across an article aimed at educators, talking about how hacking fits into the standard curriculum. “Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Maker […]

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