8static is celebrating 5 years of amazing live chip music shows and, having outgrown their most recent venue at PhilaMoca, they are moving on to bigger and better things, including their own label. Their upcoming festival, which showcases around 30 artists over three days, is the perfect way to celebrate!
It all starts on Thursday, October 17th at 6:00 pm at the First Unitarian Church. You can view the incredible lineup and schedule here. Tickets
Keep track of updates on their site, where you can subscribe to their newsletter. Find them on Facebook and Twitter. And check out the latest release on their new label by Corset Lore, who is also performing on Thursday.
See you at the festival!
We’re excited to announce that Adafruit Industries has donated some excellent wearable electronics prizes for the raffle at our annual Masquerade Party on November 2! Tickets here.
Adafruit has tons of DIY electronics kits and components for sale, as well as a dedicated learning hub where you can find tutorials on everything from the Firewalker LED Sneakers you see here, to a DeLorean Time Circuit!
Subscribe to their YouTube channel and keep up-to-date on new products and projects.
Don’t forget about our wearable electronics workshop series leading up to the party. Not only will you learn a great deal, but you’ll also have the coolest Halloween costume ever. Search for ideas on Adafruit’s Electronic Halloween blog and we’ll help you make it happen!
October 6: LED Masks, 1:00–4:00 pm
October 12: Basic EL Wire costuming, 1:00–4:00 pm
October 22: Crafting in the 21st Century: Lasercut Fabric, 6:00–8:00 pm
October 26: Program a Blink-tastic Costume, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
We hope to see you there. Thanks again, Adafruit!
Abby and I wanted to take a moment to write about our plan for next Sunday’s Sewing with Circuits workshop, which kicks off October’s series of costuming events here at The Hacktory! Here’s our plan to help folks get fabulous for our Galactic Gatsby Masquerade:
Light-up fashion has been spreading over the past several years, working its way up from the hobbyist world to the runway, and now disseminating back into the community. Our class is designed to give beginners a crash course in circuits and sewing and a practical guide to working with e-textiles, including the LilyTiny, a pre-programmed sewable microcontroller. We’ll provide materials for attendees to make an LED mask or fascinator, or you can bring your own fabric and work on your own project. Whether you’re just dipping your toes into the world of soft circuits, or ready to add a professional polish to your skills, we hope you’ll join us for an afternoon of creativity and design!
About the Instructors
Abigail Seligsohn has 13 years of design experience in the graphic and fashion fields. Her jewelry company AbiGrl has had international press recognition (Elle, British Elle, Teen Vogue, Nylon, and more) and celebrities such as Brandy and Jessica Alba have worn her work. Since finishing a program researching e-crafting at Penn, she’s been teaching workshops at The Hacktory and 3rd Ward, and currently does graphic design for Back on My Feet. She’s excited to teach people how to conceptualize their aesthetic and use technology to create it.
Christalee Bieber has been teaching electronics in various form factors (squishy, sewable, sensing) since joining The Hacktory last spring. She currently runs the fabrication shop and afterschool activities at the Workshop School in West Philadelphia. She’s looking forward to finally learning enough to make the fiber-optic RGB fascinator of her dreams.
We have our last event for our Light Up the Crescent series tonight. In case you haven’t heard, all through September we’ve been working with Second Muse and the Schuylkill River Development Corporation to create a series to promote the Gray’s Ferry Crescent Park. Tonight is our last Bike Parade, leaving the SW corner of Rittenhouse around 7 pm, and heading to the Crescent to check out our swarm of robotic fireflies there. We’ve posted a map of the route before, but here’s a little more detail if you want to come, or know how to get to the crescent in the future. There are several entrances to the park, but we like the one off of Wharton street. Wharton becomes two-way west of 33rdd street (indicated with the arrow on this map), so we will take that route to the park. You can also turn onto Wharton from 34th street as well. Hope you can make it tonight!
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 merged but still distinct? How do we make the public aware of these spaces?
Georgia Guthrie, director of The Hacktory
Alex Hillman, co-founder of Indy Hall
Nic Esposito, founder of The Head & Head Press
Chris Wink, co-founder and editor of Technical.ly
The discussion centered around the collaborative/experimental spaces in our fair city of Philadelphia. The turnout was great, about 50 people, and so was the beer, which had coffee in it! There definitely seems to be a strong case for Philadelphia existing as an up-and-coming (and in many ways, already there) metropolis for co-working, entrepreneurship, and start-ups. There were various interesting business models discussed, and on the whole the panel had a lot to share, as well as the people who attended. Read More
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 and see them. This gives you one more chance before our last swarm this coming Friday after our bike parade.
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 how our electronic fireflies are built and how they look right now. There’s only 5 finished ones at the end – but we have many, many more, and will have a more complete housing for them as well. Hope you can make it out to see them!
Thanks to all of our awesome volunteers who came out to help solder!
A few weeks ago, Daniel and I were fortunate enough to attend the 3rd annual Philly Geek Awards. Last year, Geekadelphia named Hacktory director Georgia Guthrie Hacker of the Year; this year, the online visualization of our workshop Hacking the Gender Gap was nominated for Web Project of the Year. The award ended up going to AxisPhilly – congratulations to them!
We’re looking for people to help expand and improve the Timeline. We need volunteers to:
- transcribe & tag stories from our workshops, currently in our Flickr stream
- design & implement a responsive, attractive story visualization1
- create a database and webform for people to add their own stories2
- compile a guide for facilitators based on our notes, so people can Hack the Gender Gap on their own!
We’re also looking for partner organizations to adapt the workshop for other underrepresented groups in STEM. If you’d like to join us, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Amy Guthrie or comment on this post!
I also want to publicly thank everyone who’s contributed to our project. Read More
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 of the Schuylkill between 34th and Wharton Streets, near Grays Ferry Avenue. To promote this wonderful asset, SRDC, in partnership with SecondMuse, Public Workshop, and The Hacktory, is inviting you to get to know the Grays Ferry Crescent throughout the month of September.
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 press. We bought a few bushels of apples, spent the afternoon grinding and pressing them, and came home with 5 gallons of cider. It tasted good enough that we decided to do it again the next year, but with a press of our own.
Unlike our friend, we didn’t have a barn to keep the press in when not in use. So we read some blog posts, and set out to design a cider press which could be built at our local hackerspace, be moved by one person, and (mostly) fold flat when not in use. Every year since, we’ve pressed more cider and refined the initial design.
$5 suggested donation; no RSVP required.