February 24, 2017: Hacking Food and Drink

February 23, 2017
Time of event: 7:30 – 9:00 pm with discussion and Q&A.
It’s easy in this culture to get in a routine of eating prepackaged food, fast food, and restaurant meals.  Fewer people today know how to cook than generations before. But like any craft or art form, cooking is a matter of practice and inspiration. And the same approach can apply to mixing drinks, whether with alcohol or not.

This talk features a different perspective on cooking from HackPittsburgh member Scott, an amateur scratch cook and experimental mixologist. He’ll talk about his experience with vegetarian and low gluten cooking, applying principles of kitchen chemistry learned from the book On Food and Cooking, and his journey through the spice rack and the herb garden approaching flavors in different ways.If you can follow the directions on a box of macaroni and cheese, you can probably appreciate what this talk has to offer.


February 18, 2017: Arduino Programming 101 (Intro to Microcontrollers and C)

February 6, 2017

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Important: Bring your own Arduino! If you don’t have one, we may potentially sell one to you, but let us know ASAP

If you have an Arduino from the soldering class, please bring it!


Class Description

This is a class for absolute beginners to the Arduino, microcontrollers, embedded systems, computer architecture, and C programming language.

However we try to make it interesting and challenging enough for people who are already somewhat familiar with the above topics.

Topics you will learn in this class

• What is binary? What is hexadecimal?

• What is a CPU,RAM,ROM,Computer Architecture

• What does computer (microcontroller) hardware do under the hood?

• Quick and dirty intro to Assembly Language (Going between C and Assembly)

• Detailed Introduction to C

• Detailed intro to the Arduino and the Arduino IDE

• Quick introduction to electronic sensors (More detailed in class 4)

• How to use a breadboard

What you will do during the class

• Install and configure the Arduino IDE

• Program an Arduino to control a small toy traffic light

• Detect toy cars at an intersection using sensors and control the traffic light

• See live demonstrations of cool projects some of our members have done using Arduino. Robots, musical tesla coil, 3d printers, etc.

Materials you will receive

• Custom toy traffic light with LED’s (3d printed by HackPGH) See image above.

• Toy car

• Small breadboard

• Resistors, photoresistors, capacitors, jumper wires, etc

Required Materials

• Arduino (Uno, Mega, Due, anything you can attach an Uno shield to)

• Laptop

Lunch at noon

Bring $5 a person for Pizza or whatever else you like. We decide as a group.

This is class 3 of the HackPittsburgh Electronics/Microcontrollers Learning Tracks

Class 1: Intro to Basic Electricity

Class 2: Learn to Solder

Class 3: Arduino 101

Class 4: Sensors

Class 5: Motor Control

Class 6: Basic Electronics 2 (Semiconductors)

Class 7: Advanced Arduino Programming


January 14,2017: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream/Miracle Berries Flavor Tripping

January 6, 2017
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Who doesn’t like home made Ice Cream? The only part that sucks is waiting for it to freeze. Well, we have came up with a solution… LIQUID NITROGEN of course!!! Come down on Saturday and take in the festivities! We will be doing a demo on Liquid Nitrogen as well as making some cool treats! Bring a recipe for your favorite ice cream and a project to work on if you’d like!


In addition we will be hacking our taste buds with a Miracle Fruit tasting party. The Synsepalum Dulcificum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synsepalum_dulcificum) produces a berry that temporarily alters your taste buds into making sour and acidic things taste sweet. We will be providing tablets that contain concentrated miracle berry powder (easier to ship than fresh fruit) and a few things to sample. We encourage you to bring along things to try and share with the group also. Possible suggestions include:

– citrus fruits (especially lemons)
– unsweetened coffee or espresso
– dark beers (Guinness is supposed to taste like a chocolate shake.)
– Brussels sprouts
– any other cabbage-based veg or lettuce
– hot sauce
– mustard
– vinegars
– goat cheese
– salt and vinegar potato chips
– pickles

Doors open at 7pm, the event starts shortly there after. We’re located at 1936 5th Avenue, in the garage around back on Watson Street


January 7,2017: Learn to Solder Class (Make your own Arduino)

December 21, 2016
Photo credit: Tyler Cooper

Photo credit: Tyler Cooper

This class will teach you to solder or help you practice your skills if they are a little rusty. We will guide you through the process of building an Arduino from a kit. Kits will be provided and in the end you will go home with your brand new DIY Arduino ready to make your project dreams come true.


January 7, 2017 10AM-2PM

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HackPGH Members get 10% off! Thats $36 for an Arduino + soldering skills

Email info@hackpittsburgh.org for Discount Code

Recommended Age Group: 8-99 (kids must be accompanied by adults)

This class is in a series of  upcoming monthly classes at HackPittsburgh:

• Basic Electricity and Electronics (if you missed it, will be repeated eventually)

• Learn to Solder (This class)

• Basic Arduino Programming (Sometime in February)

• Advanced Arduino Programming (TBD)

• Sensors Sensors Sensors! (TBD)

• Motor Control (TBD)

• Basic Electronics Part 2: Semiconductors and op-amps (TBD)


November 16, 2016: Holistic Brain – Startup Funding 101

November 16, 2016


Pittsburgh is a terrific place to start a new company or try to grow one already started. Even bootstrap operations require some kind of funding, and Wednesday we’ll discuss where these funds come from and how much do they really cost a business going forward. We’ll cover from out of pocket, friends and family all the way to exit to public funding including recent innovations in crowd sourced capital.

Holistic Brain is a think tank project for economic development in the greater Pittsburgh region. Starting with its strengths in Eds & Meds, Holistic Brain wants to take it a step farther with focus on natural and artificial brain sciences. In collaboration with HackPittsburgh, we’re also looking for opportunities for makers to become the critically skilled labor force in 21st century manufacturing.

Event starts November 16, 2016 at 7:30pm at HackPittsburgh