Dayton Diode Open House: Feb. 5

Just as Al Gore invented the Internet- or Tony Capizzi brought baseball to Dayton- I’m going to take totally undue credit for this idea: a hackerspace instead of the tax-supported sinkhole called Tech Town. I wrote a post April 12 of 2010 “Tech Town or Tech Shop” and said we should have  “a Front Street for Geeks- a ‘hacker space’ ” and- now we do:

Dayton Diode To Host Open House

The Dayton-based community lab, or hackerspace, Dayton Diode is hosting an open house February 5, 2011, from 1 p.m. to midnight. The public is invited to tour their new space in Bldg. 100, Suite 2080 at the Front Street Complex at the corner of Dutoit and 2nd Street, located in East Dayton. You can also meet current members and find out more about the many exciting projects the group is working on.

“Dayton is finally joining the revolution of people making cool, high-tech stuff together. Members can access shared tools, pool their expertise and meet people with similar and diverse interests!” said founder Joe Mckibben.

Dayton Diode is “like a YMCA for nerds,” a place where people with common interests in science, technology, or digital or electronic art can meet, socialize and collaborate. Recent member projects include welding, circuit bending, metal casting, and Arduino robotics. Such hackerspaces, part of the DIY or “maker” culture, are community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects.

The group plans to promote hacking in a fun social environment. The hackerspace encourages collaboration, and allows sharing of knowledge and skills from members with diverse educational, technical and creative backgrounds. “This can help jump-start Dayton’s future. Hackerspaces are already happening in places like Brooklyn and the Silicon Valley, creating spinoff companies and giving people new, marketable skills and contacts,” says Mckibben.

Dayton Diode is a special interest group SIG of the Dayton Microcomputer Association DMA, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has a long and distinguished history of nerding it up all over the Miami Valley. Dayton Diode is pleased to find a home adjacent to Ohio’s Aerospace Hub of Innovation and Opportunity, and hopes to contribute to the innovative, opportunistic goodness currently blossoming in Dayton.

The open house will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 between 1 p.m. and 12 a.m. The space is located at 1001 East 2nd St, Building 100 Unit 2080. Parking is available to guests on the east side of the building. Hope to see you there!

Contact us at: [email protected]

via Open House Press Release – Dayton Diode Wiki.

All this without tax dollars- or government support. This is what real “economic development” looks like.

I’ll be there- will you?

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