Category: Social Nights

Ok, maybe that’s a good description for life in the second week of December as a general principle, but it is definitely true that we have a fantastic assortment of opportunities this week, from making & coding to 3D design and marketing… there is something for everyone here at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity! In addition to our usual Social Night (Tuesday, Dec 8th starting at 6:30pm), here is a quick summary of the awesome on-deck:

  • Homeschool littleBits Workshop – Wednesday, Dec 9th, 1:30 – 3:30pm: A great opportunity for homeschooled kids to learn how to create and design with littleBits, a small library of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets. Registration is required through Eventbrite at and there are a limited number of seats (only two left as of this writing).
  • Tech Valley Solidworks Users Group – Wednesday, Dec 9th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm: Presentations and networking on Solidworks, a leading 3D CAD and Simulation tool. Hosted in the SEFCU Community Room at the TVCOG. Please RSVP to so they have enough food and prizes!
  • Tech Valley Game Space Social Night – Wednesday, Dec 9th, 6pm – 9pm: Fun time talking about games, development and cool projects. Hosted in the TVCOG main hall. 
  • Photoshop 1 – Out of the Gate – Wednesday, Dec 9th, 6:30pm – 8pm. Learn the basics of photoshop that will form the foundation for enthusiasts and pro-users going forward. Hosted in the Board Room at the TVCOG, requires registration through Eventbrite at
  • Entrepreneur REBOOT Session – BRAND – Friday, Dec 11th, 12pm – 2pm. Part of the monthly Entrepreneur REBOOT series offered by the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce. This session is on BRAND with a real group of power players in the industry…Kelly McMurray from 2Communique, Jake Dumesnil and Tom Nardacci from Gramercy, and Duncan Crary of Duncan Crary Communications. This workshop is free to boot camp graduates and members of TVCOG. Please RSVP by emailing Janet at
  • Tech Valley Game Space: Ludum Dare 34 – Friday, Dec 11th – 7:30pm – Monday, Dec 14th, 10:30pm: The largest online game jam where participants race against time to create a game in 72 hours or less! TVGS will be working through the weekend, offering team building exercises and motivation, camaraderie and inspiration for newcomers and experienced alike to participate. Check out the calendar listing for full details!
  • THINQubator: Kids Night Out – Saturday, Dec 12th 5:30pm – 9:30pm: This event is Holiday themed. Make decorations on the laser cutter, 3D printer, with LEDs, or wood. Registration is required, and you can register through:
  • Holiday Gift Workshop: Snowman! – Saturday, Dec 12th, 6pm – 10pm: How to make a 3D printed snowman ornament. This event requires registration at
  • Holiday Gift Workshop Series – Jewelry Making – Sunday, Dec 13th, 6pm -10pm: This event is taught by Irene Purificato and will feature making jewelry as a holiday gift. Registration is required for this event through

WHEW! As usual, to learn more about the above events and ones further in the future, please consult our calendar at

Please note that our next General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 15th from 6pm – 8pm!

Yesterday we set up the main floor of the new space at the Quackenbush building!! Thank you to every who came to help lift, carry, setup and test equipment in the new space! Thanks to all your hard work, we are now partially online in the new space, and definitely making progress on the rest! Want to see some photos of the results? Erica Iannotti took some snaps at the end of the day, and they are now posted to our Flickr pool at:

With the new space now ready for members, we have the volunteer shifts operating out of the Quackenbush building now. So if you are scheduled for a volunteer shift, please contact Tom Tongue ( to find out how access to the building is currently arranged. We are still working with the landlord and the security equipment contractor to get maglocks and RFID readers installed so that we can switch over to our new and improved access control system. Until then, we have KEYS.
Speaking of volunteering, Tom Yanuklis has put out the call for September volunteers!
We encourage there to be at least 2 volunteers on duty a a time, so don’t get discouraged from an ideal time if you see a name there. EMAIL: to be added, we’ll send a google calendar invite to confirm. Remember: 8 hours of volunteer duty gets you $20 off your membership renewal the following month!
This week we have a bunch of events! All of them will be at the Quackenbush building! Here is the list:
  • Shapecrete Instructables Build Night – with Jayme Wood! Monday, August 31st @ 6pm. We received quite a bit of Shapecrete to support this build night, so please come out and see what this stuff can do! More info:
  • Social Night! Come hang out on Tuesday night (Sept 1st) from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, check out the new space and think about the next project you want to make! Also… in the interests of full disclosure, there will probably be more setup and such to do. 🙂 More info:
  • COG Reads – hosted by Jayme Wood. Wednesday, Sept 2nd! Our first book club / reading group meeting! More info:
  • Arduino 101 – Friday, Sept 4th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm in the SEFCU Community Room. This class is taught by Tom Tongue and is part of the “Microcontrollers for Makers” series, and is limited to 10 students. You must register to attend through Universe, and the class is $30 per student. If you don’t already have an Arduino Uno, please contact Tom (email: and there are kits available for $35 that include an Uno clone, LEDS, switches, breadboards and other neat stuff. More info and registration at:
Please help us fill our calendar with the exciting variety that will attract a diverse membership to the TVCOG. We’ve got a shiny new community room that is perfect for classes and workshops (available NOW)! If you’ve taught a class in the past, or would like to now, please contact Kathy Ceceri ( or fill out an event submission at
Just a quick reminder to consider these other modes of getting your TVCOG fix:
Thanks again for being a part of the growing Maker community in the Capital District. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, let me know!
All the best,

Only 9 days to go before the ribbon cutting! So much to do! Tomorrows Social Night, Tues, Aug 11th starting at 6:30pm, will be dedicated to chair assembly at the Quackenbush building and boxing things up for the move. If you can help, please come because there are ALOT of chairs to put together! We’ll meet at the TVCOG between 6:30pm and 7pm to have a quick update on the move, and then we’ll split into groups for assembly and boxing purposes. Because the Q is currently restricted access, if you’re not at the COG by 7pm, we have to leave without you (but the boxes still need to be packed, so please come!)


Area leaders for the move are strongly encouraged to attend the social night, please let Jordan Munn ( know if you cannot make it!