HacDC Welcomes Xin Che Jian

On Monday, October 3 we had the opportunity to welcome a couple of guests from Xin Che Jian, a hackerspace in Shanghai, China. Min (left) and Ricky (right) stopped by to see our space as part of their North American East Coast Hackerspaces Tour. (That’s me, Alli, in the middle.) I asked Min and Ricky about their projects. They are doing amazing things over there including urban farming, roboracing, and of course microcontrollers. Check out their projects here.

Hacker hangouts- Boston revisited!

The interior of the Enormous Room (CC) davidesign

The interior of the Enormous Room (CC) davidesign

As promised, yet another entry on cool places for hackers to hang out in Cambridge.  This time, the incomparable “Enormous Room” in Central Square, on Massachusetts Avenue about halfway between Harvard and MIT.  Given the location, it is not surprising that a wide range of folks can be found at this cool and friendly place.  You have to be clever to find it- it is on the second floor, and reached through a door marked only by an etched glass elephant.  The low tables, and upholstered, “bleacher-style” seats make it a very comfortable place to chat with your friends, and later on, becomes home to live and DJ music.  Once again, a place where you can overhear anything from MIT Media Lab conversations to discussions about quantitative finance…

Next stop, San Francisco!

Hacker Travelogue: Miracle of Science

Since I am in Boston today, I am sharing one of my favorite places to socialize there- a major hacker hangout right on the edge of MIT.  The place is Miracle of Science, and is always filled with interesting people and equally interesting conversations.  There are very few bars where the guy on your right side is talking about number theory and the woman on your left is showing off a tiny autonomous robot that she built.  The counters are all black laboratory soapstone, and the menu is in the form of a periodic table on their blackboard.  Too cool, and not to be missed!  Given my crazy schedule, I will try to keep posting fun hacker hangouts from the cities I visit- if you have one that you particularly enjoy, drop me an email or post to the HacDC mailing list, and I will post it, too!

The menus at the Miracle of Science are in periodic table format

The menus at the Miracle of Science are in periodic table format