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HacDC was featured on tonight’s All Things Considered newscast. NPR reporter Jacob Fenston spent some time at HacDC and found a few of our members making nifty Halloween gadgets, gizmos, doodads, and other spooky things.

For those of you who heard the story and are wondering about what HacDC is — We’re a Hackerspace in the nation’s capital. According to the definition on Hackerspaces.org, we’re a community-operated physical place, where people can meet and work on their projects.

What kind of projects? Well, all sorts of things! We play with electronics and microcontrollers, 3D-printers and metalworking tools, lasers and artificial intelligence, teaching others how to use them all. We recently sent a couple balloons (equipped with radio tracking devices and cameras) into space and recovered them. We hold workshops, classes, kit builds, and book talks. Sometimes we show movies and just hang out. All of our events are open to the public and free.

Sign up for our mailing list, check out our calendar, and if it sounds like something you’d like to be involved with, sign up to become a member.

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Hackers for Sanity and/or Fear

Thanks to Comedy Central, many of you may be headed to DC next weekend for the Rally to Restory Sanity/Keep Fear Alive. If you’ve been thinking about the trip, but worried you might not have a place to stay, HacDC — the capital Hackerspace — is offering some basic sleeping accommodations (breakfast provided) and a hackerriffic halloween party, along with other activities for visiting hackers. We’d be happy to host you and your hacker-friendly group.

Crash space is in a separate part of the building so those wanting to sleep early won’t be kept up by the party. The suggested donation for people crashing at the space is $20/night and includes breakfast both mornings. Sleeping Space is limited so sign up soon.

Reserve Your Sleeping Space Now.

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EL Wire Workshop Postponed

The EL Wire Workshop scheduled for Tuesday October 27 from 7-10 has been postponed. Stay tuned for more information on when it will be rescheduled. Sorry for the late notice.

The space will still be open, and we’ll be hosting an open lab at the same time. Stop by and say hi.

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Would you like to play a game?


The quintessential hacker movie, War Games, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a special 1-night only showing on the big screen. (Wired ran a feature article about the movie today, as well.)

There is a Planypus event page where you can sign up (to let me know to look for you/save you a seat in our section), with a link to buy tickets online.

If we get a big enough crowd, we can do a happy hour/dinner before or after the movie. Perhaps a WOPR at Burger King.

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