Events at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity

June 23, 2017
  • TVGS Transmissions8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we'll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded. Instructor: ()
June 24, 2017
  • TVGS Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!
June 26, 2017
  • Introduction to the Wood Lathe (Paid Class -- Members Only)7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    This class is not project based, but will provide the foundations to safely prepare wood, mount it on the lathe and turn. Both spindle and bowl turning will be introduced. Turning wet and dry will be compared. Everyone will try basic techniques. The class size is limited to 6 people to be sure everyone can try all the techniques. At this time, this class is open to Full, Super User, Family and Organization Valley Center of Gravity Members only. Non-members may contact us at info@tvcog.net for information on non-member classes. Our instructor is Steve Nordhauser. Register and pay at http://bit.ly/6-26-17TVOCGWoodLathe .
June 27, 2017
  • Social Night, Potluck and Open House TOURS6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    This is the PERFECT night to come by the Center of Gravity and get a feel for this amazing creative community. Get a tour, get social, get your questions answered and get some quality pot luck. You never know WHAT the fare might be on TVCOG Pot Luck Nights! Could be anything from"Tacos Tuesday," to "Can You Fry It?" to "Nitrogen Ice Cream" and more. Check our Facebook Group
  • Zero To Maker Series - Fiber Arts / Crafts / Glass Cutting7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    The Zero To Maker series is a sequence of classes to introduce new members to key peices of equipment and training at the Center of Gravity. Members who need a refresher on the topic are also welcome to attend!

    This week's class will be an introduction to the fiber arts / crafts / galss cutting area available at the COG. Focus will be on the sewing machines, loom and embroidery machine, as well as crafting and glass cutting, and will be taught by Irene Purificato, the SRP for that zone.

June 28, 2017
  • TVGS Community Night6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Welcome to the Tech Valley Game Space Community Night! Updates from the community are encouraged! Volunteer for events at the TVGS and around the area to be a part of making them a reality for everyone. If you want to be in the know, and get involved, then this is the meeting to attend! If you have a project that you need help with, this is also the time to request any assistance from the community! The TVGS has a goal to help create local games, and there are multiple projects ongoing. Use your skills and help make games! Each month, we hold a "shark tank" session, where anyone with a game idea was invited to present a five minute pitch. The pitches were then voted on by attendees, and a team of TVGS volunteers have been working together over the intervening month to develop the concept that received the most votes into a working prototype. Now that a full month has elapsed, the progress that was made on the winning project will be presented. The team will share their results at this meeting, and provide time for feedback and questions. Participants at this event will again have a chance to pitch a game idea, all for an opportunity to lead a group of TVGS volunteers in a team effort to develop that idea into a functional prototype over the month ahead. We do need to limit the total number of pitches for scheduling purposes. Therefore, if you wish to participate in the event, we ask that you please RSVP in advance using the registration form: goo.gl/forms/bffPovTE9jG58XLh2
June 29, 2017
  • Open Hack6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Looking for an excuse to work on that project you've been putting off? Want to build something awesome but need some help? Join your fellow hackers on Thursday nights to initiate creative collisions and concoct contrivances of every conceivable kind! If you have questions about Open Hack, contact Samson Bonfante at samson@bonfante.org.
  • Stitch & Sip Open Crafting at the Center of Gravity6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Bring your own project (sewing, knitting, needlework...or hey, anything portable) and a beverage for a fun evening stitching and sipping in good company. The CoG provides an empty table, well-lighted work space and electricity, as well as witty banter and camaraderie. No instructor, craft along with fellow Makers. Free to members, $5 cash fee at check-in for non-members. (Membership has its privileges, join the Center of Gravity to access our awesome equipment, including sewing machines!)
June 30, 2017
  • TVGS Transmissions8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we'll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded. Instructor: ()
July 1, 2017
  • STEAM-Powered Saturday -- Paint Pendulums10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Every 1st Saturday children ages 4-12 and their families are invited to join us for a fun, creative hands-on project. Brought to you through the generous support of the Albany Society of Engineers Foundations, these mind-expanding projects help children discover creative play through science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. This month's project is "Paint Pendulums."Make a painting using the force of gravity with a paint pendulum! Weather permitting, we'll take this project outside on Broadway, where traffic is blocked off near the Farmer's Market. This project is free, but donations are welcome.
  • TVGS Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!
July 4, 2017
  • Social Night, Potluck and Open House TOURS6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    This is the PERFECT night to come by the Center of Gravity and get a feel for this amazing creative community. Get a tour, get social, get your questions answered and get some quality pot luck. You never know WHAT the fare might be on TVCOG Pot Luck Nights! Could be anything from"Tacos Tuesday," to "Can You Fry It?" to "Nitrogen Ice Cream" and more. Check our Facebook Group
  • Zero To Maker Series - 3D Printers8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    The Zero To Maker series is a sequence of classes to introduce new members to key peices of equipment and training at the Center of Gravity. Members who need a refresher on the topic are also welcome to attend!

    This week's class will be an introduction to the 3D printers available at the COG. Focus will be on the Makerfront, mBot and Makerbot printers and the software used to prepare models for printing (called slicers). This class is being taught by Jerry Huang, the SRP for the 3D Printing area.

July 5, 2017
  • The Art of 3D Modeling: Physical to Digital Prototypes (SOLD OUT)1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    In this exciting partnership with The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Downtown Troy, campers will create unique structural prototypes in the physical world and transform them into the digital realm. This three-day camp will be split into two sections. Campers will explore geometric patterns, forms and structures through a variety of hands-on building activities at the Arts Center. In the afternoon they will create 3D digital models at the COG and have access to innovative prototype technology. At the end of camp, participants will go home with a portfolio of designs, ideas, and completed models. This camp is SOLD OUT.
  • IGDA Albany Monthly Meeting6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Join the International Game Developer Association (IGDA) Albany chapter for a free professional talk about game development and/or game industry. The talk will begin at 7pm, but feel free to arrive around 6 and stay until 9 if you'd like to mingle before and after. You can also view the livestream of the talk at twitch.tv/albanyigda
July 6, 2017
  • The Art of 3D Modeling: Physical to Digital Prototypes (SOLD OUT)1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    In this exciting partnership with The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Downtown Troy, campers will create unique structural prototypes in the physical world and transform them into the digital realm. This three-day camp will be split into two sections. Campers will explore geometric patterns, forms and structures through a variety of hands-on building activities at the Arts Center. In the afternoon they will create 3D digital models at the COG and have access to innovative prototype technology. At the end of camp, participants will go home with a portfolio of designs, ideas, and completed models. This camp is SOLD OUT.
  • Open Hack6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Looking for an excuse to work on that project you've been putting off? Want to build something awesome but need some help? Join your fellow hackers on Thursday nights to initiate creative collisions and concoct contrivances of every conceivable kind! If you have questions about Open Hack, contact Samson Bonfante at samson@bonfante.org.
  • Writers' Workshop6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Writers Workshop -- a non-critical opportunity to write in good company. This group meets the first and third Thursday of every month with the following agenda: 6-6:30 schmooze and eat 6:30-8:30 write 8:30-9:00 share (optional) Please bring savory &/or sweet noshes &/or beverages for 5-9 people. Fee: $5 per person, waived for TVCOG members For more information, contact Rhonda at kitchen@tvcog.net.
July 7, 2017
  • The Art of 3D Modeling: Physical to Digital Prototypes (SOLD OUT)1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    In this exciting partnership with The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Downtown Troy, campers will create unique structural prototypes in the physical world and transform them into the digital realm. This three-day camp will be split into two sections. Campers will explore geometric patterns, forms and structures through a variety of hands-on building activities at the Arts Center. In the afternoon they will create 3D digital models at the COG and have access to innovative prototype technology. At the end of camp, participants will go home with a portfolio of designs, ideas, and completed models. This camp is SOLD OUT.
  • TVGS Transmissions8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we'll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded. Instructor: ()
July 8, 2017
  • TVGS Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!
July 11, 2017
  • Social Night, Potluck and Open House TOURS6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    This is the PERFECT night to come by the Center of Gravity and get a feel for this amazing creative community. Get a tour, get social, get your questions answered and get some quality pot luck. You never know WHAT the fare might be on TVCOG Pot Luck Nights! Could be anything from"Tacos Tuesday," to "Can You Fry It?" to "Nitrogen Ice Cream" and more. Check our Facebook Group
  • Zero To Maker Series - Laser Cutter7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    The Zero To Maker series is a sequence of classes to introduce new members to key peices of equipment and training at the Center of Gravity. Members who need a refresher on the topic are also welcome to attend!

    This week's class will be an introduction to the laser cutter (Big Red) available at the COG. An online video will be available soon that covers core laser cutting concepts so that the in-person component will be using the software and equipment itself. This class is being taught by Tom Tongue, SRP for the laser cutting zone.

  • TVCOG General Membership Meeting7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

July 12, 2017
  • TVGS Social Night6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Let’s celebrate the moment at the Tech Valley Game Space with a fun-filled social night! We'll relax and have a good time talking about games, development, and other topics. Got a new project to show off? Let’s play it! Have a cool game to play? Bring it in! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget are welcome!
  • TVCOG Board of Directors Meeting6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    This is the regular bi-monthly meeting of the board of directors of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity. Regular attendees are the board and officers of the corporation. Members are welcome to observe meetings, but must notify the executive director at info@tvcog.net at least 24 hours in advance if they wish to address the board.
July 13, 2017
  • Watervliet Schools Summer Program Visit9:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Open Hack6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Looking for an excuse to work on that project you've been putting off? Want to build something awesome but need some help? Join your fellow hackers on Thursday nights to initiate creative collisions and concoct contrivances of every conceivable kind! If you have questions about Open Hack, contact Samson Bonfante at samson@bonfante.org.
  • Stitch & Sip Open Crafting at the Center of Gravity6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Bring your own project (sewing, knitting, needlework...or hey, anything portable) and a beverage for a fun evening stitching and sipping in good company. The CoG provides an empty table, well-lighted work space and electricity, as well as witty banter and camaraderie. No instructor, craft along with fellow Makers. Free to members, $5 cash fee at check-in for non-members. (Membership has its privileges, join the Center of Gravity to access our awesome equipment, including sewing machines!)
  • TVGS Unity Orbit Mentorship7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Ever wanted to make a 3D game cheaply on a low-to-medium end computer? Or a 2D game that utilizes the tools more commonly used in 3D engines, such as rigging? Unity may be just the game engine for you! Our TVGS Unity Orbit mentorship group can help provide you answers and resources to any questions you may have on this popular and free software. Instructor: ()
  • July 14, 2017
    • TVGS Transmissions8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

      Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we'll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded. Instructor: ()
    July 15, 2017
    • TVGS Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

      Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!
    July 18, 2017
    • Social Night, Potluck and Open House TOURS6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

      This is the PERFECT night to come by the Center of Gravity and get a feel for this amazing creative community. Get a tour, get social, get your questions answered and get some quality pot luck. You never know WHAT the fare might be on TVCOG Pot Luck Nights! Could be anything from"Tacos Tuesday," to "Can You Fry It?" to "Nitrogen Ice Cream" and more. Check our Facebook Group
    • TVCOG Zone Coordinators Meeting6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Zero to Maker Series - Wood Shop7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    The Zero To Maker series is a sequence of classes to introduce new members to key peices of equipment and training at the Center of Gravity. Members who need a refresher on the topic are also welcome to attend!

    This week's class will be an introduction to the most commonly used wood shop tools available at the COG. The class is taught by Doug "Elvis" Williams, and will have some basic hands on experience to insure you're comfortable with the basics. A Red Tools safety training video will be available ahead of this class so that the in-person component can focus on using the tools themselves.

  • July 19, 2017
    • TVGS Lesson Night6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

      The Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) Lesson Night is a free monthly lesson on skills useful for game development. These lessons are appropriate for participants of all ages and backgrounds. There is no prior experience required, and no need to feel daunted! Every month, we release a poll at http://www.techvalleygamespace.com/learn/ to determine what the next lesson is going to be. Keep an eye on that space for more details about upcoming topics! You can also view the livestream of the lesson at twitch.tv/techvalleygamespace
    July 20, 2017
    • 3D Printing Syndicate6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

      Contribute to the Monthly Printing Challenge, show off, tell stories- hang out with other 3D Printing enthusiasts!

    • Open Hack6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

      Looking for an excuse to work on that project you've been putting off? Want to build something awesome but need some help? Join your fellow hackers on Thursday nights to initiate creative collisions and concoct contrivances of every conceivable kind! If you have questions about Open Hack, contact Samson Bonfante at samson@bonfante.org.
    • Writers' Workshop6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

      Writers Workshop -- a non-critical opportunity to write in good company. This group meets the first and third Thursday of every month with the following agenda: 6-6:30 schmooze and eat 6:30-8:30 write 8:30-9:00 share (optional) Please bring savory &/or sweet noshes &/or beverages for 5-9 people. Fee: $5 per person, waived for TVCOG members For more information, contact Rhonda at kitchen@tvcog.net.
    • TVGS Game Club7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

      If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club! Every month, participants Game Club meeting pick a game to play, then get together and talk about their experiences! Think of this group as being a traditional book club, but with video games instead of your usual hard-covers and paperbacks. Participants discuss various aspects of the game that they liked, disliked, or simply found notable; everything from music, character design, and storytelling, to the in-game physics, level creation, or graphics quality. Anything and everything about the game can be talked about, and no matter one's viewpoint, their input will welcomed and listened to. Anyone can attend - no memberships necessary. So long as you've got the right equipment at home, and enough time and interest to play at least a little of the game, then you're welcome to join in! We will meet in the Community Room and begin the discussion after 7:30 pm.
    July 21, 2017
    • TVGS Transmissions8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

      Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we'll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded. Instructor: ()
    July 22, 2017
    • TVGS Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

      Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!