Author Archives: Steph

Apply to Hacker School!

Here’s an invitation to apply to Hacker School, a three-month program in NYC to become a better programmer. I’ve heard only good things about it from participants and mentors.  The program itself is free to participants, and funded by startups who recruit from it.  Hacker School aims for gender parity, and to that end they provide […]

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Intro To Audio Dec. 8th

We’re repeating our new Intro To Audio class!  What are all these audio plugs and how do they work? How does my voice get from a microphone to speakers? How can I keep feedback from ruining my day, and why can I use headphones as a mic in a pinch? Most importantly, how do I […]

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Soldering Class Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that if you’re looking for a fun and friendly introduction to the art of soldering, tomorrow we have a great opportunity to dig in.  Inventor and teacher Mitch Altman will lead an intro to soldering class tomorrow at our space at 1524 Brandywine Street, just off the Spring Garden stop on the […]

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Urban Manufacturing at the Sustainability Forum

What: Urban Sustainability Forum: The Next Generation of Urban Manufacturing in Philadelphia When: Thursday, May 17 6 pm-8:30 pm Where: Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 How to go: Register Here Back in the day, Philadelphia was an international leader in custom manufacturing. From train parts to hosiery, Philly was […]

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Coworking is child’s play in Manayunk

Here’s an idea that’s a long time coming:  Coworking for Parents, a Philly coworking space with childcare. Hot on the heels of the Mothership HackerMoms hackerspace in Berkeley, Philadelphian Aliza Schlaback is starting up a coworking space that’s open to everyone but “caters to the needs of entrepreneurial parents and other work-from-home web designers, developers, […]

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Hacking the Gender Gap Reportback

Pictures Resource List Hacking The Gender Gap slidedeck On April 21, The Hacktory facilitated a workshop called Hacking The Gender Gap at the Women in Tech Summit.  The summit itself was a blast and people seemed to get a lot out of the workshop.  I’ve attended some good sessions about gender and tech, but I […]

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Hacking the Gender Gap with the Women in Tech Summit

Tomorrow, The Hacktory is excited to present a workshop at the Women In Tech Summit called Hacking the Gender Gap: A Hands-On Workshop for Boosting Gender Diversity in Tech. Georgia, Sarah, and Steph will facilitate activities to pull from people’s positive and negative experiences in tech as well as some of the research on 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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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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Cory Doctorow speaks at Penn and Sci Fi convention this weekend

Cory Doctorow is totally Internet famous. He is a co-editor of Boing Boing, that ever-joyous and eye-popping geek news source.  He’s an accomplished sci-fi author:  his novel Little Brother was a NYTimes bestseller, and Makers is a classic with, well, makers.  He’s also a put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is kind of fellow when it comes to copyleft and information […]

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