David Huerta

Museum coder by day, hardware hacker by night.

Breath Life Into Your Projects by Using Dead Vapes at Open Hardware Summit

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Feb 282024
 

Hand holding what looks like a heavily modified Elfbar with electronic components protroding from its surface.

Heading north for Open Hardware Summit this year? Join NYC Resistor members Becky Stern, Kari Love, and friends for a talk on re-purposing discharged disposable vape parts. Becky will introduce the salvage process and how regulation had the unintended consequence of creating more e-waste, and Kari, David Rios, and Shuang Cai will talk about how they transformed them into rechargeable musical instruments!

Disposable vaping devices, like the ubiquitous Elfbar, are designed to become ubiquitous e-waste, but as much as the batteries are coated in sticky nicotine, they can, in fact, be repurposed for re-use. Like many contradictions in the production of electronics, this is due to a confluence of economic and political factors beyond just engineering concerns, which will be explored in this session.

The Open Hardware Summit is happening May 3rd and 4th in 2024. Tickets for Open Hardware Summit are available now. See you in Montreal!

Open Hardware Summit returns to NYC April 28th and 29th

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Apr 232023
 

Open Hardware Summit 2023

The Open Hardware Summit is happening virtually and in New York City at NYU April 28/29th. A number of NYC Resistor members will be in attendance, and we would love to see you attend too – Get your tickets here! If you’re not near NYC, you can also watch virtually via OSHWA’s YouTube channel.

You can find the schedule here, which includes hands-on workshops, unconference sessions, and 2 days full of awesome talks from presenters around the world about open source hardware, education, creative tech, engineering and more!

BONUS: NYC Resistor will also be hosting Open Hardware Summit’s afterparty on the night of the 28th. Space is limited, RSVP here.

While our doors are closed, help us keep the lights on

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Sep 142020
 
Photo of NYC Resistor's front door, featuring a steel sign with Resistor's logo.
Photo by Billie Grace Ward.

Like many community spaces, both in New York and across the world, NYC Resistor has suspended all in-person events until it’s safer for people to breathe the same air indoors. More than ever we feel the need to stay connected to our community, you! So we’ve started a Friends of Resistor program and Discord chat which you can join.

Our space is largely funded by a combination of member dues and event ticket sales, the latter of which has taken a steep dive since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve been adapting an increasing number of our classes to be available as online workshops where possible and we encourage you to check out our upcoming classes while we continue to adapt to an extremely-online near future.

In addition to enrolling in our online classes, we also offer some class discounts and access to our community Discord chat through our Friends of NYC Resistor membership*, which you can sign up for through Withfriends. Our Discord chat — the successor to the old NYC Resistor Microcontroller mailing list — allows makers from NYC and across the world to hang out online in lieu of our normal craft nights.

Friends of NYC Resistor levels start as low as $1 per month, with discounts for online classes available at higher enrollment levels.

Sign up today!

* Note: Friends of NYC Resistor Membership is its own program, and not to be confused with regular NYC Resistor membership.

February 2nd: All-Day CryptoParty

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Jan 122019
 

Photo by the Whitney Museum of American Art.

CryptoParty returns to NYC Resistor on February 2nd, 2019 for a full day of learning about your digital defense in the age of mass surveillance from Fort Meade and Madison Ave. Stop by anytime between 3PM and 9PM and enjoy snacks and skills from a variety of online security practitioners and researchers. We’re hosting a full day mix of and hands-on-help with everything from vetting a good VPN to navigating Signal and more!

If you’ve never been to Resistor before, check our Participate page for more info, including the Code of Conduct. Hope to see you there! If you’ve never been to a CryptoParty before, please check out the CryptoParty Guiding Principles.

BONUS: If you happen to already use PGP, dust off that encryption key and come down for a key-signing ceremony to add some signatures to your public key. Gotta catch them all, etc etc. Time TBA.

When:

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 3:00PM – 9:00PM.

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

“Taylor Swift” Would Like to Remind You to Vote Today

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Nov 062018
 

Although it didn’t make an appearance at our Halloween Party, The Red and Blue Tour made its debut further north in Manhattan last month. There, it serenaded the visitors of a haunted art house’s bathroom with red and blue light, offered politicized candy and played a mixtape which began with some pontifications on the impact of Taylor Swift’s recent Instagram post increasing voter registration in Tennessee, followed by a curated playlist of her best hits.

The installation, built into a refurbished voting booth, was set up with a laptop running Ubuntu and Firefox as a kiosk which allowed partygoers to register to vote on the spot* using TurboVote, a website you can still use to register to vote—it’s never too early for 2020! If you’re already registered to vote in New York City but would like to figure out where your poll site is though, check out the NYC Board of Elections’s Poll Site Locator.

tl;dr:

* Until we lost our Wi-Fi connection anyway.

APRIL 4TH: Hacks/Hackers Digital Security Installfest

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Mar 222018
 

Photo by Huck Magazine

Now that Brooklyn is no longer buried under snow, Hacks/Hackers will be bringing a digital security installfest to NYC Resistor on April 4th, 6:30PM. Hacks/Hackers brings journalists (hacks) and technologists (hackers) together to explore how to use technology to find and tell new stories and how to filter and visualize all the information around us everyday.

Our Hacks/Hackers hosts will introduce the special security challenges facing journalists, then we’ll break up into workshop tables with volunteers to cover specific tools and topics such as:

  • How to prevent doxing via social media best practices and data removal
  • Password managers
  • Different kinds of two-factor authentication and how to choose the right one for you
  • Signal, WhatsApp and other alternatives to phone calls and regular text messaging
  • Plus other topics based on the interest of attendees

NOTE: Although this even is open to the public, you must RSVP ($12.24) to attend. Light dinner included.

If you’ve never been to Resistor before, check our Participate page for more info, including the Code of Conduct. If you’ve never been a CryptoParty-like event before, you can find out more on the CryptoParty Guiding Principles page.

Price:

$12.24 RSVP here.

When:

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 6:30PM – 9:00PM

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

April 22nd: All-Day CryptoParty

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Apr 142017
 

Photo by Huck Magazine.

Photo by Huck Magazine.

CryptoParty returns to NYC Resistor on April 22nd, 2017 for a night of learning about your digital defense in the age of mass surveillance from Fort Meade and Madison Ave. Stop by anytime between 3PM and 9PM and enjoy snacks and skills from a variety of online security practitioners and researchers. We’re hosting a full day mix of and hands-on-help with everything from vetting a good VPN to navigating Tor and Signal.

If you’ve never been to Resistor before, check our Participate page for more info, including the Code of Conduct. Hope to see you there! If you’ve never been to a CryptoParty before, please check out the CryptoParty Guiding Principles.

When:

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 3:00PM – 9:00PM.

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Get Your Tickets for the 2017 Interactive Show!

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Apr 112017
 

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We’re just about a month away from the 2017 NYC Resistor Interactive Show on May 13th! This year’s theme is The Running Man. The 80s dystopian future sci-fi takes place in 2017 and has so many great campy elements. Who can resist lo-fi graphics, spandex costumes, hexagonal decode systems, and a villain in LED studded armor? The projects practically create themselves! Got a project you want in the show? Elements from similar 80s flicks like Barb Wire, Cherry 2000 and Max Headroom are also a great idea. Submit your project by May 1st!

Don’t have a project but want to relive the futures of the past in the present! Get your tickets to the show today before they sell out!

When:

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 8:00PM – Late.

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Jan 28th: First Resistor CryptoParty of 2017!

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Dec 302016
 

Photo courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

CryptoParty returns to NYC Resistor on January 28th, 2017 for a night of learning about your digital defense in the age of mass surveillance from Fort Meade and Madison Ave. Stop by anytime between 3PM and 9PM and enjoy snacks and skills from a variety of online security practitioners and researchers. We’re hosting a full day mix of talks and hands-on-help.

If you’ve never been to Resistor before, check our Participate page for more info, including the Code of Conduct. Hope to see you there! If you’ve never been a CryptoParty before, please check out the CryptoParty Guiding Principles.

When:

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 3:00PM – 9:00PM.

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Nov 102016
 

Photo courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Photo courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

CryptoParty returns to NYC Resistor on November 19th, 2016 for a night of learning about your digital defense in the age of mass surveillance from Fort Meade and Madison Ave. Stop by anytime between 3PM and 9:30PM and enjoy snacks and skills from a variety of online security practitioners and researchers. We’re hosting a full day mix of talks and hands-on-help.

If you’ve never been to Resistor before, check our Participate page for more info, including the Code of Conduct. Hope to see you there! If you’ve never been a CryptoParty before, please check out the CryptoParty Guiding Principles.

When:

November 19th, 2016 3:00PM – 9:30PM.

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217