Ok here's a list of what I've been doing for the past month since our last
Last Friday I met with Evan and Dan at NextFab/Breadboard. With NextFab2
opening in the summer they are looking to get other activities happening in
their Market Street space. We started talking about how to combine our
efforts to plan and promote events and do fundraising. My next step is to
get them a business plan with a narrative, budget, and list of equipment
we'd like to keep in the space to use (could be laser cutter, band saw,
We've been invited to lead a workshop or talk at a Women in Tech Summit at
Wharton in April: http://www.phillywomenintech.com/2012splash/
I emailed Leslie, Sarah, and Steph to discuss what we could do.
Our studio tour of draft works is up - 4 tickets sold already! It's
scheduled for April 5.
Yasmin Kafai wrote us into her grant dealing with e-crafting circles. The
grant will provide instructor fees and materials for us to hold workshops
related to soft circuits, and then we will design a project individuals can
do and then combine into a larger finished product - similar to a quilt
with squares made by individuals.
We've submitted the event with Bluecadet, it's on the website, should be
I've been invited to be on a panel at the Grassroots Game Conference for
Tech week on April 23, talking about the use of a kinect for non-game
related projects, which we did for PAFA.
PAFA - the After Dark event was a huge success, Monica was really happy,
and participants had a great time with our installations. I was invited by
a woman involved in a community dev. corp in North Philly to bring the
kinect project there for kids to play with. I emailed her, no reply yet.
A student at my program at UArts has organized an art show for
hackerspaces. Deadline is April 6. He will be showing the work somewhere
for Tech week, I'll post it on the blog but not sure I'll have time to
We're making progress on the Philly Maker Kit, met last Friday at Brad's
studio. We've had trouble meeting deliverables, so we're switching to doing
work sessions. Next one is next Wednesday at Hive76. Now aiming to have the
kits available in September (for Makerfaire).
I've started working with Mike Hogan from Hive on a class where we salvage
a common part from a computer or other appliance, and then brainstorm how
to use it in a new application.
I didn't promote our last soft circuit day as well as the first, but Tim
from the PAFA project came, and the UArts student I mentioned, Andrew came,
and a volunteer from NTR stopped in and was interested in coming back.