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  Go to Google Development Group (GDG) Hudson Valley at to find an amazing
selection of technical and entrepreneurial organizations.

  Poughkeepsie Chapter of the Association For Computing Machinery

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  Program:  Fostering the Maker Culture

  Speaker:  Sean Swehla,     

  About the Program:

  We live in a world with ubiquitous technology, and boundless 
creativity. Hackerspaces (and makerspaces) combine access, 
education, and a sharing spirit to foster new skills and inspire 
people of all ages. At Squidwrench we've guided people from the 
very basics of electronics, through to hand-soldering components 
that are almost too small to see. We've developed apps for 
Android devices, built furniture using a mig welder, screen 
printed shirts on a hand built jig, and laser cut parts for 
animatronic plants. We were the first makerspace in the Hudson 
Valley, and through workshops, special events, and just plain 
setting an example, we've helped hundreds of people (some from as 
far away as Germany) teach, learn, and, most importantly, create 
things. This talk will be a brief history of what Maker Culture 
means, and the journey Squidwrench has taken from squatting in 
restaurants to organizing local Maker Faires and advising 
aspiring maker groups.

  About the Speaker:

  I am the founder of Squidwrench (, the 
Hudson Valley's oldest hackerspace.  For money I currently lead a 
team of engineers at DigitalOcean (, a 
growing provider of cloud hosting.  In past lives, I've worked as 
an IT Architect for IBM's World-Wide Design Centers, as well as 
at Cisco and Nortel. 

  When:     7:30 pm, Monday, Nov 17, 2014  

  Where:    Presentation Room (2d floor, Rm 2023) 
            Hancock Center, Marist College   
            Directions:  Building 15 on the map at

  Parking:  You can park at black dot Number 27 on the map at
   or in the lot east
            of Route 9, southeast of the former Main Entrance.
  Cost:     Free and open to the public

  Dinner:   6 pm, Palace Diner, 845.473.1576
            Map and menu: 
            All are welcome to join us for dinner.

  We thank Marist College for hosting the chapter's meetings.

  Refreshments are served after the meeting.  For further
information, email or call 845.522.1971.

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