Saturday, November 15th – (Class) Learn to Solder: Arduino

October 16, 2014

Photo credit: Tyler Cooper

This class will teach you to solder or help you practice your skills if they are a little rusty.  We will guide you through the process of building an Arduino from a kit. Kits will be provided and in the end you will go home with your brand new DIY Arduino ready to make your project dreams come true.

This class is the first in a series of four upcoming monthly classes at HackPittsburgh:

- Learn to Solder: (this class)
- Physical Pixel: learn how to program your Arduino to do things!
- Sensors: learn how to make your Arduino sense and react to the world!
- Intro to Motor Control: use your Arduino to drive basic motors!
- Advanced Motor Control: use your Arduino to drive more complex motors!

While attendance at one class isn’t required to attend any of the others, with this series of classes you can build your own arduino microcontroller and learn how to do cool things with it. As an added bonus, we will be providing discount codes at each class for the following classes. So, the more you learn, the more you save!

Visit EventBright for all the details and to sign up for this class.

Photo credit: Tyler Cooper


Friday Oct 10th: Analog Game Night

October 9, 2014

gamesJoin us Friday, Oct 10th at HackPittsburgh for an evening of old-school fun with classic board and card games, as well as a few of our personal favorites. We will have several games available, but feel free to bring your own to share with the group. We will also be giving tours of our shop and answering any questions you may have about the organization.

Pizza and soda will be provided by HackPittsburgh and you are welcome to bring your own frosty beverages to enjoy.

Free and open to the public! Doors open at 7pm. We’re located at 1936 5th Avenue, in the garage around back on Watson. Look for our flag above the door.


Saturday Oct 18th: HackPGH 5 Year Anniversary Extravaganza!

October 8, 2014

Hack CakeI’m not sure if you heard, but HackPGH is 5 Years old!

I can’t believe it’s been this long! It seems like just yesterday we opened our doors!

We’d like you to come and celebrate our 5 year anniversary with us at our shop on the 18th of October at 9 PM!

We plan on having some amazing DJs, activities, and a few other surprises!

Four Seasons Brewing Co. will be providing us with some awesome beer!

Clique will be providing some awesome Vodka for mixed drinks!


DJ Lineup:

10 -11 — Keeb$
11 – 12 — ChadIsRad
12 – 1 — Get Nasty
1 – 2 — Chico


RSVP on Facebook

Stay posted. We’ll update this as we go!


Sunday OCT 12th: Pittsburgh Pod Races (A Live Podcasting Event)

October 6, 2014

Oct 12th! Live Podcasting Event

Join your Host and Moderator Sean McGrath (The GeekERIE) as we present the first of a series of LIVE podcasted debates on Nerd Culture.

Marvel vs. DC! And what they mean to the ascendency of genre culture. The GREAT debate of our time!

Q&A to follow.

With The Nerd Exchange Podcast and The boys from Mc$oss!

A FREE event brought to you by Nerd Exchange of Western Pennsylvania and HackPGH

Everything starts at 6!

Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!


Friday, Sept 12th: Digital Game Night – Artemis – Starship Bridge Simulator

September 11, 2014


Anyone who has watched Star Trek has probably imagined stepping onto the bridge and channeling their inner Kirk. Well here’s your chance! This Friday at HackPittsburgh, we will be playing Artemis, the Spaceship Bridge Simulator. A description of the game based on the website (

Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game for Windows computers that simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the “main screen”, while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communication, Engineering, Sensors, and Weapons. A sixth player serves as the captain, and with no direct control of the ship must coordinate the actions of all five stations to control the ship and defend the sector.

Artemis will run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (Probably Windows 8, but we haven’t tested this). It’s also available as an app for iOS, and Android devices ($2.99), which are cross-compatible with the PC version (i.e., you can use a tablet to serve as one of the stations). If you have a laptop or tablet that you can use to run the game, please bring it (however it is not required!). The best way to tell if you can run the game is to download the demo from the website and run it. If it works, great! If not, then don’t worry, we will try to have extra workstations available.

Free and open to the public! The doors open at 7pm. We’re located at 1936 5th Avenue, in the garage around back on Watson. Look for our flag above the door.

PS: Don’t forget to bring a computer or tablet!


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