Hackerspace Happenings: The “Tons of Classes” Edition

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Hackerspace Happenings: The “Tons of Classes” Edition

Are you a hackerspace member with an event you’d like to publicize? Send it to johnb@makezine.com or tweet me at @johnbaichtal and I’ll post it. Also feel free to subscribe to my hackerspaces Twitter list. Hackerspace Happenings runs weekly(ish) Tuesday(i)s(h).

Soft Circuit Saturdays at Philadelphia’s Hacktory

We would like to announce a new monthly event aimed at people who love knitting, sewing, crafting, or working with fibers and paper. The term “soft circuits” has come to be used in the tech world to refer to a mash-up of electronics and crafts, sometimes with new age materials like conductive thread or micro-controllers that can go in the washing machine. We will be holding these events every 2nd Saturday of the month, to encourage anyone to come and share ideas, see what others are working on, and experiment with these materials. Our first event will be Saturday, February 11, from 1 – 4 pm. We will provide some of these materials for you to work with, we just ask for a $5 donation if you use any. If you want to bring your current craft project to work on, without adding electronics (or giving a donation), that’s fine too! It’s our hope that the monthly schedule will help us get to understand the community of people who are interested in this topic so that we can offer targeted classes and projects for them in the future.

Blinky POV Soldering Session at Minneapolis’ Hack Factory

Adam Wolf of Wayne and Layne, and Twin Cities Maker member will be hosting a class on how to solder one of his popular kits the Blinky POV.

If you’ve never soldered before, this is the class for you! This course teaches through-hole (90% of electronic kits) soldering and is recommended for the beginner. This is a hands-on class where the students learn techniques to help them solder through-hole components. Soldering can be daunting for the first solder joint, then the 2nd solder joint is not so bad, and by the time you’ve assembled the blinky grid, you will be quite confident and proficient in basic soldering skills.

Classes take place at The Hack Factory. We provide all the tools, irons, solder, parts, and seats for up to 8 students.

There is a minimum age requirement of 8 years old, but other than that, anyone is encouraged to sign up. We teach people all the time with no previous soldering experience! You do not need to be a member of Twin Cities Maker to attend.

The class will be held Tuesday, Feb 7th at 7:00pm, and you can sign up on EventBrite.

Learn to Mold and Cast at Cincinnati’s Hive13

Hive13 contains a variety of exciting things to create prototypes from. Learn to mold and cast these prototypes and more using hobby-grade resins and silicone. The class is $40 and includes a take-home pint of slow-cure casting resin. Due to time constraints, molding will only be demonstrate (it takes 4-6 hours for the mold to cure), but we will cast real resin things that you can take home from pre-existing molds (what things is to be determined).

The class will be held from 7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. Wednesday, February 22. Cut-off date for sign-up is February 17.

The class will cover:

An overview of modern mold-making and casting
Safety and equipment
Building a simple mold box
Preparing silicone and pouring a mold
Casting resin in a mold
Different types of resin

Sign up on EventBrite.

Events at Athens, Greece’s Hackerspace.gr

Sounds like Hackerspace.gr has some cool classes and events coming up, starting with three great offerings tonight!

Open Art Brainstorming
Wed 01 Feb 2012 17:00 till Wed 01 Feb 2012 19:00
A brainstorming session of hackers and artists to check out how we can

Hellug Meetup / anti-ACTA meeting
Wed 01 Feb 2012 19:00 till Wed 01 Feb 2012 21:00
A conversation on how ACTA may change the way we use the net and
planning of further actions.

Urban Museology
Wed 01 Feb 2012 20:00 till Wed 01 Feb 2012 22:00
Discussion on an urban event in search of museum and cultural artifacts.


Beer Brewing
Sat 11 Feb 2012 12:00 till Sat 11 Feb 2012 18:00
With assistance provided by experienced brew makers we are going to make a beerkit and when time is due an all-grain

Hackfest 8
Thu 09 Feb 2012 20:00 till Thu 09 Feb 2012 22:00
A lightning talks event open to all open source projects (no talks added when I was writing this… if you happen to be in Athens and develop an open source project or actively participate in don’t hesitate to add yours and mention it on the mailing list)

Jaaga, the Bangalore Hackerspace

Futurist and science fiction author Bruce Sterling profiled a new hackerspace in India, Jaaga. There’s a photo gallery and Q&A. Looks super cool — good luck, guys!

Metalab, Extroverted Viennese Hackerspace

While we’re profiling hackerspaces, be sure to check out this great post by Willow Brugh about Austrian hackerspace Metalab, one of the oldest and most respected spaces in the world.

CMKT 4 to Hold More Hackerspace Classes

Circuit benders CMKT 4, who visited hackerspaces to hold contact microphone classes, are back at it again with a new tour starting February 17th and extending into April.

Glen Ellyn’s Workshop88 to Hold Open Hack Every Thursday

Workshop88 is happy to announce a new meeting schedule staring February 2012. Meetings will be at 7 pm Thursday evenings every week, and the open hack night will be Monday nights. Class schedules and the meetup schedule will be updated to reflect these changes. Board meetings will be scheduled once a month.

Mini Lathe Certification Class at Mesa, AZ’s HeatSync Labs

In this workshop the participants will learn the basics of turning metal as well as safety and the specifics of the HSL mini lathe. Operations will include turning parting, facing, boring and drilling on both aluminum and steel. After class you are encouraged to stay and utilize the skills you’ve been learning.

See the class page for information on how to sign up.

Super Happy Hacker House #20 at Vancouver Hack Space

March 3rd from 7pm until the crack of late, VHS will be opening its doors for another awesome SHHH. Please join us for a night of hacking and socializing. Because it’s the 20th SHHH ever, we’ve decided to rent out more space than ever. All the fun of a normal hacking night PLUS extra space PLUS no self-imposed bed time curfew. Bring a project you’re working on, or just come down and find out what Vancouver’s hackers, crafters, and makers are working on.

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My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net

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