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NextFab2 Opening Party Tomorrow!

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 […]

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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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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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Paid Internships to get women into Open Source

This is an awesome opportunity to get more women working in open source. The graphic above gives the basic outline, but there are many more details on the info page here. It’s an opportunity to get more women working on Free and Open Source Software. Numerous companies working in this field recognize the talent and […]

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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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130-in-one Electronic Project Lab

A friend of mine recently picked up this little treasure: I’ve always had a thing for vintage educational kits, and this one is a real delight. Back in the days when RadioShack still cared about electronics that weren’t cell phones, it actually sold some pretty cool stuff. (Note the striking visual similarity between the Earth […]

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Moving to 3711 Market Street

Tomorrow, Monday 6 August, the Hacktory will be moving out of our 15th & Brandywine home. We’re grateful to Nonprofit Technology Resources for providing us space and support for the last 5 years. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to put on the great events and offer the exciting classes that we have. We’re […]

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Hack Manhattan’s MANIC display

A couple of weeks ago while in New York, I stopped by Hack Manhattan to see what everyone was working on. The crew had recently returned from FIGMENT on Governor’s Island, where they had set up a giant game of mind vs. machine LED pong. The last time I visited the hackerspace, I got to […]

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A New Industrial Revolution

The Economist recently took note of the “maker” movement. In this recent article they describe the scene at the last Makerfaire NYC as currently in the realm of hobbyists, but that the larger movement is starting to have a notable impact. The article provides a good overview of the hardware makers are familiar with (the […]

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State of STEM in Technically Philly

Did you read Technically Philly’s State of STEM Report last week? It’s a comprehensive 4-part series that covers the gaps in curriculum, how those gaps jeopardize Philly’s workforce and industry, out of school opportunities to address these gaps, and citizens who are helping out. If this topic makes you want to go out and buy […]

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