Events at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity

November 19, 2018
  • Zone Coordinators Meeting6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    This is the regular monthly meeting of Tech Valley Center of Gravity's Zone Coordinators.

November 20, 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, get a feel for this amazing creative community, and tour our makerspace, coworking facilities and prototyping center. Come learn how you can get access to our 3D printers, laser cutters, fiber arts and electronics equipment, woodshop, welding area and metal shop, in addition to our children's makerspace and STEAM lab, The THINQubator.

  • Wood Shop Zone Orientation7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Zone Orientations are designed to introduce new members to the equipment and safety rules of each technology zone at the Center of Gravity. Before using equipment in a zone, you must attend that zone's orientation. Members who want a refresher are also welcome to attend!

    This orientation must be attended before using the equipment in the Woodshop zone. 

November 21, 2018
  • 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

    For more information, please contact info@techvalleygamespace.com

  • Dungeons & Dragons Group Play6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    This group is open to new players and non-CoG-members. Come any Wednesday evening! For more information, contact Steven Nordhauser at themightydragon08@hotmail.com. CoG members participate free; non-members pay a $5 weekly fee.

November 22, 2018
  • Thanksgiving Day -- Offices Closed9:00 am - 6:00 pm

    As always, the members may access the Center of Gravity and its equipment during all hours allowed by their access level. So that our staff may enjoy and extended holiday, our the CoG offices will be closed November 22 and 23.

  • 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.

  • 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: ()

November 23, 2018
  • Staff Holiday -- Offices Closed9:00 am - 6:00 pm

    As always, the members may access the Center of Gravity and its equipment during all hours allowed by their access level. So that our staff may enjoy and extended holiday, our the CoG offices will be closed November 22 and 23.

  • 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: ()

November 24, 2018
  • 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!

November 27, 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, get a feel for this amazing creative community, and tour our makerspace, coworking facilities and prototyping center. Come learn how you can get access to our 3D printers, laser cutters, fiber arts and electronics equipment, woodshop, welding area and metal shop, in addition to our children's makerspace and STEAM lab, The THINQubator.

  • Fiber Arts / Crafts / Glass Cutting Zone Orientation7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Zone Orientations are designed to introduce new members to the equipment and safety rules of each technology zone at the Center of Gravity. Before using equipment in a zone, you must attend that zone's orientation. Members who want a refresher are also welcome to attend!

    This orientation must be attended before using the equipment in the Fiber Arts / Crafts / Glass zone. It covers the safety rules and operational restrictions for the sewing machines, irons, loom, crafting equipment and glass cutting equipment. 

November 28, 2018
  • Dungeons & Dragons Group Play6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    This group is open to new players and non-CoG-members. Come any Wednesday evening! For more information, contact Steven Nordhauser at themightydragon08@hotmail.com. CoG members participate free; non-members pay a $5 weekly fee.

November 29, 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!)

November 30, 2018
  • Ludum Dare 438:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    The time has come…to make games for the 43rd tri-annual online game jam, Ludum Dare! No experience in making games necessary! This is just a fun challenge for all of us, and often serves as an educational moment to learn how to work with deadlines. We will be going through game idea brainstorming and team building exercises to help you jump start your way to making games! Join in as you make a game in 72 hours with a team, or if you want to go hard-mode, 48 hours solo! Meet up with other rapid game developers! Eat a lot of junk food! And most important of all, have fun! RSVP at the links below! Instructor: ()

December 2, 2018
  • STEAM-Powered SUNDAY10:00 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 has been rescheduled to the first Sunday of the month, to coincide with Troy's annual Victorian Stroll. Drop by the Center of Gravity during the Stroll and use conductive tape to make a light up snowflake, or holiday card of your own design!

    This project is FREE, but donations are welcome. This is a drop-in program with no pre-registration required.

December 4, 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, get a feel for this amazing creative community, and tour our makerspace, coworking facilities and prototyping center. Come learn how you can get access to our 3D printers, laser cutters, fiber arts and electronics equipment, woodshop, welding area and metal shop, in addition to our children's makerspace and STEAM lab, The THINQubator.

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

  • 3D Printing Zone Orientation7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Zone Orientations are designed to introduce new members to the equipment and safety rules of each technology zone at the Center of Gravity. Before using equipment in a zone, you must attend that zone's orientation. Members who want a refresher are also welcome to attend!

    This orientation must be attended before using the equipment in the 3D Printing zone. It covers the safety rules, operational restrictions, and basic software operation for the 3D printers available at the COG. 

December 5, 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

  • Dungeons & Dragons Group Play6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    This group is open to new players and non-CoG-members. Come any Wednesday evening! For more information, contact Steven Nordhauser at themightydragon08@hotmail.com. CoG members participate free; non-members pay a $5 weekly fee.

December 6, 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.

December 7, 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: ()

December 8, 2018
  • 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 9, 2018
  • Laser Cutter 103: Engraved Acrylic Ornaments1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    This class is geared towards beginning laser cutter makers or those looking for a refresher. Participants will learn safe laser cutter operation and the basics of designing for the laser cutter and will go home an acrylic ornament of their own design. 

    This course also qualifies as the required Laser Cutter Safety Orientation.
    $50 CoG Members | $65 Non-Members


    To register, email admin@tvcog.net.
    To keep our classes affordable, we book our instructors and purchase materials in advance. We depend on advanced registration. Classes without sufficient advanced enrollment may be canceled. So, please register by the deadline of November 26. 

    Refund Policy: Cancellations must be made a week before the class in order to be eligible for a refund. 

December 11, 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, get a feel for this amazing creative community, and tour our makerspace, coworking facilities and prototyping center. Come learn how you can get access to our 3D printers, laser cutters, fiber arts and electronics equipment, woodshop, welding area and metal shop, in addition to our children's makerspace and STEAM lab, The THINQubator.

  • Laser Cutter Zone Orientation7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Zone Orientations are designed to introduce new members to the equipment and safety rules of each technology zone at the Center of Gravity. Before using equipment in a zone, you must attend that zone's orientation. Members who want a refresher are also welcome to attend! This orientation must be attended before using the equipment in the Laser Cutter zone. It covers the safety rules and operational restrictions for the 60W laser cutter.

  • Electronics Zone Open Hours8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Free for CoG Members | $5 for Non-Members

    If you need any help with your Arduino project, next circuit layout, or any electrical project, bring it by to get some help from fellow CoG Members. Hosted by Konstantin Avdashchenko. If you are planning on attending, please email admin@tvcog.net; registration is not required, but we would like to get a rough estimate of attendees. The $5 drop in fee is for use of TVCOG equipment; if you are planning on just coming in to discuss problems and are not using the equipment, the drop in fee is not required.


    This is a regularly occurring event, on the second Tuesday of each month. 

December 12, 2018
  • 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!

  • Introduction to Enameling6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Learn the fundamentals of enamels in this two and a half hour beginner class. The class will cover how to choose enamels and metals, prepare the metal, sift enamel, and fire. At the end of class, you’ll have a one of a kind ornament to take home. Materials and use of tools included in the event fee. Taught by Kari Wood.

    $35 for CoG Members| $50 for Non-Members


    Email admin@tvcog.net to register. Online payment links will be provided by email to those who registered. Cash or check payments can be sent to Tech Valley Center of Gravity. Registration closes December 10 at 2 pm.



    Cancellations must be made a week before the class in order to be eligible for a refund. Any cancellation requests made after December 5 will not result in a refund.

  • Dungeons & Dragons Group Play6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    This group is open to new players and non-CoG-members. Come any Wednesday evening! For more information, contact Steven Nordhauser at themightydragon08@hotmail.com. CoG members participate free; non-members pay a $5 weekly fee.

December 13, 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: ()

December 14, 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: ()

December 15, 2018
  • 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, 2018
  • Zone Coordinators Meeting6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    This is the regular monthly meeting of Tech Valley Center of Gravity's Zone Coordinators.