Hyde Square Task Force and Boston Makers Join Forces to Offer Summer Maker Workshops

The Hyde Square Task Force ( http://www.hydesquare.org ) and Boston Makers ( http://bostonmakers.org ) will join forces to offer free summer maker workshops for children, teens, and adults. Starting on Tuesday, July 1st and running through Tuesday, August 12th, these fun, hands-on evening workshops will combine electronics with everyday crafts and require no previous experience with electronics.

The workshops are free and open to the public and will take place at the Youth Community Development Center which is behind the Blessed Sacrament Church and located at 361 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 ( https://goo.gl/maps/q7dP5 ).

Advance sign-up is recommended to ensure a seat. Register for free at http://bit.ly/SM14Makers . Eventbrite - Summer '14 Maker Workshops at Hyde Square Task ForceAll minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

The workshops offered are:

Make an Electronic Summer Hat: Impress your friends and family with a hat that lights up, sparkles, and glows in different colors! Participants will create a design for the hat in the first workshop and learn how to sew washable microcontroller into it in the second workshop. Workshop participants need to bring any kind of summer hat they would like to decorate. This workshop requires two sessions to complete the project and will be run on Tuesdays July 1st & July 8th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Electronic Greeting Cards: Surprise someone by giving them a card that you created yourself that lights up! You will brainstorm a design for a personal greeting card in the first workshop and then create it using conductive paint and an electric battery in the second. All materials will be supplied. This workshop requires two sessions to complete the project and will run on Tuesdays July 15th & July 22nd from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Experimenting with MaKey MaKey: MaKey MaKey ( http://www.makeymakey.com ) is easy to use microcontroller that can be used to replace a computer keyboard so things like bananas and twizzlers can be used to create music when you hook it up to a computer. You will experiment with different materials that can be used to create music with the Makey Makey. All materials will be supplied. This one session workshop will run on Tuesday July 29th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Drums Electric: You will create 2-3 drums of different sizes and shapes and embed LED lights into so that they light up when you play! All materials will be supplied.
This workshop requires two sessions to complete the project and will run on Tuesdays August 5th & August 12th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

@party June 13 – 15th at MIT Stata Center

The speakers for @party 2014 to be held at the MIT Stata Center on June 13 – 15th are:

  • Sean Kean, Voxon – the Voxiebox, a new volumetric display
  • Seth Riskin, MIT Museum – holography and spatial imaging
  • Sophia Brueckner, MIT Media Lab – Code That Sings Itself
  • Arlene Ducao, MIT Media Lab – MindRider, an EEG feedback display
  • Britt Snyder, Worcester Polytechnic Institute – New directions for visual art education in college game development programs
  • James Susinno, Boston VR Meetup – RiftRay, an implementation of Shader Toy on the Oculus Rift

@party is a demoparty, or collaborative computer art festival where people participate in a variety of competitions that allow them to demonstrate their technical and artistic skills. These include graphics, music, games, wild, and of course demo. Group is part of the  demoscene, a computer art subculture focused on the symbosis of art and technology.

The goal of our event is to provide an environment in which folks can meet, learn from each other, and share nifty expressive projects involving technology, particularly computers.

For more info about atparty an to register visit:  http://atparty-demoscene.net/

Boston TechJam | The Block Party & Innovation Meetup

Come on down and network in a whole new way. “Geek Out” with a drink and see what other pioneering people and companies are doing with technology that will change the world. Whether you attend by yourself or bring your team, we’ve got some cool ways that make connecting with people fun. Visit fellow developers, marketing and biz dev pros, founders, tech execs, venture capitalists and others who love to see innovation in action! Meet with Boston’s top VCs. Discover people who can help you with website design, PR, legal, and more.”

via Boston TechJam | The Block Party & Innovation Meetup.

MassDevelopment » MassDevelopment Releases First Look at Makerspaces in Massachusetts

MassDevelopment has commissioned and released a report titled “Innovation in Manufacturing: Makerspaces,” a first-ever inventory of makerspaces in the Commonwealth that defines what they are and what can be done to help them grow. The report, posted here, defines makerspaces as “evolving hotbeds of innovation” where woodworkers, sculptors, robotics engineers, machinists, and printmakers can participate as members or rent incubator space. Seven Massachusetts makerspaces are in the early stages of growth, while two have rapidly advanced to the growth stage and one – Fab Labs, developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – is in the mature stage. Andrea Foertsch of Melrose Real Estate Strategies prepared the report.

via MassDevelopment » MassDevelopment Releases First Look at Makerspaces in Massachusetts.

High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big : All Tech Considered : NPR

Around the country, there are lots of tinkerers working on what they hope will be the next brilliant idea — but who don’t have the tools in their garage to build it.

In dozens of cities, those innovators can set up shop in a “maker space” — community workshops where members have access to sophisticated tools and expertise.

via High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big : All Tech Considered : NPR.