Category Archives: Events

Project Night Recaps, August 22 & 29

We’ve fallen a bit behind on reporting on Project Night! Here’s a couple of notes from last month, from Kim B. August 22, Technically Philly Meetup AND Project Night Panel discussion: State of Collaborative Spaces in Philly   There are a lot of collaborative spaces in Philly, how do we get them to be more […]

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Firefly Swarm Postponed to Tonight

We had a great day assembling more fireflies and holding our workshop as part of Camp Crescent yesterday at the Grays Ferry Crescent. Unfortunately the weather shifted later in the evening and was no longer friendly for the fireflies. We’ve rescheduled our swarm for tonight at 7 pm though, so be sure to come out […]

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Firefly Prototyping

Firefly Prototyping from The Hacktory on Vimeo. We did a whole lot of soldering this past weekend, in preparation for our series of events where we will Light Up the Grays Ferry Crescent. There’s quite a bit more to do, but we’re pretty excited about our fireflies. We put together this quick video to show […]

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Light Up the Crescent this September

Have you been to Grays Ferry Crescent yet? The Crescent is one of Schuylkill River Development Corporation’s most recent projects to extend Schuylkill Banks to as many Philadelphia neighborhoods as possible. Many Philadelphians have yet to discover this public beauty, which is nestled along the river in the Forgotten Bottom neighborhood, on the east side […]

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Cider Press Workshop – September 17 (6pm to 9pm)

Join us at The Hacktory to help press apples into sweet cider on our home-made cider press. Christalee and I will be on hand to discuss how they designed & built the press, and some of the priorities and tradeoffs involved. A few years back, we visited a friend who has a 100-year old cider […]

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Project Night Recap – August 15

The Hacktory window will soon be illuminated! Daniel, Christalee, and Sharp are constructing a 30″ x 48″ LED grid. The board will use a series of individual color-changing LEDs, a microcontroller, and some Python. The Hacktory will display the names of those who contribute to its upcoming Kickstarter campaign – illuminating your support for the […]

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Project Night Recap – August 8

Last week, we had some folks in from the FIRST Robotics team at the Science Leadership Academy working on getting a couple of students up and running with Arduino. Bergey was working on laser cutting Raspberry Pi enclosure prototypes for our Kickstarter campaign rewards. If you haven’t seen it already, here is the teaser video for our Kickstarter […]

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Join us for Mentorhacks July 20th

We’re very excited to be hosting MentorHacks, a one day community codefest and skillshare framed around creating a space for experienced and inexperienced technologists. This event is being organized by the Urban Technology Project which is also the entity behind the Digital Service Fellows. UTP is organizing Mentorhacks because “The learning curve and bar to […]

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New Event: Max Project Session

Have you started messing around with Max (previously known as Max/MSP/Jitter), only to find yourself frustrated and confused? Feel like you’ve exhausted what you can learn from the tutorials, or that you’ve just hit a wall? This class is for those who are familiar with the Max environment, and have a specific project they need […]

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July Events Preview

School’s out and hot muggy weather stretches endlessly ahead… what better time to join us at the Hacktory for some tinker-time (and central AC)? Here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks: First: there’s no Project Night on July 4, as it’s Independence Day. But we’ll be back in […]

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