HackRVA at InLight Artshow

Since InLight was at Scott’s Addition this year, we decided to participate even though we were a couple blocks away from the main event. The sculpture above (made from hacker lights,  pex tubing, and wood) was led by Charli, Shellie, and Andy. We love it so much we’re considering making it a permanent installation in the HackRVA building.

Another team (led by myself, Laura, and Eli) built an inflatable hashtag which we put in the street as well. This one lit-up based on tweets mentioning InLight or HackRVA.

A cool and unexpected twist of the night was that Uber drivers kept dropping people in front of our sculptures. We became the InLight entry point. After enjoying our displays the confused visitors were asking for directions. Of course we gave them. This went on most the night. It was hilarious and fun, plus we got a lot of eyes! I think this could be a strategy for other things – become the Uber stop.

For pics go to our photostream here.

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Saturday Hackathons – A HackRVA Habit

For many years now we’ve been meeting every Saturday to hack to our heart’s content. It is known as the weekly “Saturday Hackathon”. This usually starts at 1pm and goes until 7pm, but often starts earlier, and even more often goes much later.

The above is a quick panorama taken from last Saturday. Much a’ making and hacking going on.

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“Current Elements” Art Show at HackRVA


These VCU Art Students rock. Hard. They put a moving truck in front of the space to do their own art show. That’s DIY as heck. All thumbs up.

For more info, link here.

For more of our pics, here.


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HackRVA at MakerFest 2016

Conductive Playdo Fun

MakerFest 2016 – WOOT!!!

We taught soldering with our friends at William & Mary Small Hall makerspace,  built modular paper roller coaster, and demonstrated basic electronics with squishy circuits.

A glorious fun day. Thanks science museum and all the people who visited our tables and participated in this great event.

more pics here.

Paper Coaster Mania

Soldering Tables Ready to Go

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