Events at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity

December 14, 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-lit 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!)
  • Tech Valley Game Space 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: ()
December 15, 2017
  • Tech Valley Game Space 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: ()
December 16, 2017
  • Tech Valley Game Space 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!
December 17, 2017
  • Family E-Textiles Workshop2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    In this project based workshop Youth-Adult pairs will learn together about electronic textiles (e-textiles) working with conductive thread, sewable batteries, LEDs, and microcontrollers to make a plush monster with a glowing heart to take home. Adult participants will also gain info on where to buy parts for future projects, and get links to lessons for other e-textiles projects. No previous sewing experience is necessary. The workshop is geared to kids 8 and above, but younger ages are welcome if the accompanying adult feels the child will be able to handle this level of activity. The workshop registration fee of $55 per team includes some light refreshments and all materials. Register at bit.ly/FamilyETextiles12-17
December 19, 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 - Wood Shop7:00 pm - 8:30 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.Before coming to the class, please review this Red Tools Safety Video online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1KgaohH9Ec&feature=youtu.be This video will go over the basic safety procedures for the woodshop specifically, allowing you to focus on finer details during the Zero To Maker class.

December 20, 2017
  • Tech Valley Game Space 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
December 21, 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.
  • Tech Valley Game Space 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.
December 22, 2017
  • Tech Valley Game Space 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: ()
December 23, 2017
  • Tech Valley Game Space 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!
December 26, 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.

December 28, 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-lit 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!)
  • Tech Valley Game Space 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: ()
December 29, 2017
  • Tech Valley Game Space 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: ()
December 30, 2017
  • Tech Valley Game Space 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!
January 2, 2018
  • 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 General Membership Meeting7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  • Zero To Maker Series - 3D Printers7:00 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 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).

  • January 3, 2018
    • 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
    January 4, 2018
    • 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.
    January 5, 2018
    • Tech Valley Game Space 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: ()
    January 6, 2018
    • STEAM-Powered Saturday -- Build an Articulated Hand10:00 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 "Build an Articulated Hand." Make a low tech robot hand with movable fingers. This project is free, but donations are welcome.
    • Tech Valley Game Space 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!
    January 7, 2018
    • Woodshop 1011:00 pm - 5:00 pm

      Woodshop 101: Firewood to Trinket Box This class is for individuals new to woodshop equipment This class will introduce students to the basics of the woodshop, including use of the bandsaw, jointer, planer and table saw. Participants will start with a piece of firewood and walk away with a small keepsake box made by their own hand! Instructor: Doug “Elvis” Williams To reserve a spot, please email admin@tvcog.net. You will be sent a confirmation email with a link for payment after you have reserved a spot. Payment must be made via that link or in-person by January 2 to hold your spot. Registration Fee: $35 CoG members $50 Non-members
    January 9, 2018
    • 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.

    January 10, 2018
    • 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.
    • Tech Valley Game Space 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!
    January 11, 2018
    • 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-lit 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!)
    • Tech Valley Game Space 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: ()
    January 12, 2018
    • Tech Valley Game Space 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: ()
    January 13, 2018
    • CoC Volunteer Ambassador Orientation10:00 am - 12:00 pm

      TVCOG Full and Super User members may earn credit toward payment of their next month's dues by serving as an Ambassador during open hours evenings and weekends. New Ambassadors must participate in a two-hour orientation program and work two shifts with an experienced Ambassador before being eligible to earn volunteer credit toward their membership dues as a solo Ambassador. To reserve a spot in our first volunteer orientation of the year, call 518-244-3544 or email admin@tvcog.net.
    • Intro To Microcontrollers1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

      Learn the basics of programming microcontrollers and make an electronically programmable nametag! Microcontrollers are a part of our everyday life; they’re everywhere from your phone to the LED display on your microwave. This class will introduce beginners to the basics of programming microcontrollers.We will walk you through making an electronically programmable nametag, and talk about programming microcontrollers, the differences between microcontrollers and computers, what kinds of real-world projects use microcontrollers, and more! Instructor: Sam Bonfante To reserve a spot, please email admin@tvcog.net. You will be sent a confirmation email with a link for payment after you have reserved a spot. Payment must be made via that link or in-person by January 10 to hold your spot. 8 person limit. Registration Fee: $35 CoG members $50 Non-members
    • Tech Valley Game Space 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!