Category Archives: Announcement

Halloween Hacking Oct 22

If you’re feeling stuck on how to construct this year’s Halloween costume — be it a 10-foot cheese grater or Genesis-era Peter Gabriel — it’s time to bring in the ultimate hack: duct tape. For minimum cost and maximum fun, join us on Monday, October 22 between 6pm and 9pm to learn how to use […]

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Intro to Circuits class on Oct. 13

Have you been tantalized by neat projects using LEDs, Arduinos, or EL-wire? Ever wondered what’s going on inside your computer, television, or vacuum cleaner? Electricity permeates our modern existence, and learning your way around circuits is the first step in demystifying it. In this class, we’ll start with the very basics, teaching you how to […]

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Hacking the Gender Gap in DC today

We’re heading down to DC today to present our Hacking the Gender Gap activity with HacDC. We’ll be giving a short presentation and then collecting more stories of people’s experiences with technology – the good and the bad – to see what we can learn from the group about where the gender gap arises. Read […]

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Nerd it Up

Do you believe that nerdy skills are superpowers? The folks over at Nerdkicks podcast sure do (and of course we do at The Hacktory, duh). Former volunteer at The Hacktory Mindy Holahan kindly invited me on her podcast this week to talk about The Hacktory, hackerspaces, making things, soft circuits, and lots more! Check out […]

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Announcing Science Per Forms this October

We’re very excited to announce the dates for an amazing collaboration we’ve been working on all summer. The Hacktory has been working with Carbon Dance Theatre, and students and faculty from UPenn’s Immersive Kinematics program on a dance performance that explores humans, robots and cyborgs. Yep, cyborgs, as in Donna Haraway’s manifesto about how all of us are […]

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Got a Makerbot? Submit a Photo for this Coffee Table Book

Here’s a quick call for photo submissions from David Neff, who’s been making a coffee table book featuring photos of people with their Makerbots. (Makerbots are a brand of 3-D printers). David did a tour of hackerspaces and people’s workshops this spring to collect photos, but would still like more photos of individuals: I would […]

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Mark your calendars for Nerd Nite

Hey folks, just so you know, I (Georgia, Director of The Hacktory) have been invited to present at Nerd Nite Philly in October. In case you aren’t familiar with Nerd Nite, it’s a monthly event happening at Frankford Hall where a few speakers talk about a range of nerdy topics each time. If you’ve never […]

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Sparkly New Arduino Class!

Have you ever been interested in programming but didn’t know where to start? Do you love robots like Wall-E, Johnny5 and Curiosity and wish you could make your own? Do you have an idea for a cool new tech tool but aren’t sure how to begin prototyping? If you are drooling at your computer and […]

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New Class: Intro to Audio, September 8

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 avoid blowing out my roommate’s speakers?? Come learn the basic science […]

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Thanks Geeks!

I’m writing this post as Georgia, not the usual anonymous, generic blogger for The Hacktory. I want to personally say thanks for the recognition I received last Friday when I was named “Hacker of the Year” at the Philly Geek Awards, for my work at The Hacktory. The Geek Awards is like the Oscar’s for […]

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