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.

NYC Resistor at BSidesNYC – 4/22/2023

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Apr 222023
If you’re coming to @BSidesNYC , be sure to stop by the village and say hello! We have examples of projects made in our space, you can get a discount code for classes, and we’ll give away five tokens for free Club Mate you can grab from our fridge in Brooklyn.

Making Better Decisions with Metrics – Find Magic In The Data 5/31/2023

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Apr 212023

Making Better Decisions with Metrics - Find Magic In The Data

Tickets on EventBrite for this Wednesday, May 31 · 7 – 8:30pm EDT class

Good metrics are hard to find. Even harder – making metrics that people use to make decisions. ?Sure, we’ve heard about it before – but how do we go about it to make better decisions that don’t:

  • ?Take forever – people want us to make decisions within a time frame.
  • ?Use the wrong data – the data has to be the right kind of the right circumstance from places you trust
  • ?Engage with logical fallacies – We must avoid bias to be more confident in the future.

The biggest problem with most numbers is two fold – one they seem abstract to people leveraging them, even if they are researched, and two they simply don’t know what to do with them. Making better decisions with metrics is a talk that helps someone transform the numbers they have into something useable for the people who need them.

The instructor:

Adam Thomas – Technologist, product expert, consultant, speaker, writer, strategist

What can we learn by following our curiosity, embracing the unknown, and creating amidst chaos?

This is the question that propels Adam Thomas’s career as a technologist, product expert, and all-around thinker and creator. His answer so far? We can learn that our potential is limitless and we have an amazing array of options for living, working, and playing better.

Seizing every opportunity to dive deep into these topics and more, Adam regularly holds his signature workshop on product strategy, management, and leadership, publishes his newsletter on all things tech- and product-related, and is frequently booked as a speaker on podcasts, conferences, and other forums dedicated to bright ideas and big possibilities.

Situating the world of products within the contexts of culture and behavioral psychology, Adam breaks down technical subject matter into easy-to-grasp concepts, illuminating the insights that tech leaders, product developers, and brands can use to do more and do better when it comes to their product decisions.

Learn to Use a Laser Cutter to Cut and Etch Your Own Designs – 4/29/2023

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Apr 192023

Learn to Use a Laser Cutter to Cut and Etch Your Own Designs

Tickets on Eventbrite for this Saturday, April 29 · 3 – 6pm EDT class

Harness the power of an Epilog 60 Watt Laser! In this class you’ll learn everything you need to know to make the ideas in your head become a reality with a laser.

In this three hour class, you will learn:

  • How to set up a file for cutting on the laser cutter in Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator.
  • Laser cutter safety including materials testing.
  • Laser cutter operation including configuration, cuts and raster etching in common materials like wood, acrylic, cardboard and others.

At the end of class, you will go home with:

  • One laser cut project, either the class default or a simple one of your own design (see below for details)
  • Resistor Laser Certification, enabling you to use our laser on Craft Nights.

Please bring the following to class:

A laptop with either Inkscape (free: download here: or Adobe Illustrator installed.

A USB jump drive

The following items are optional if you’d like to try cutting a simple custom design. If your file ends up being too complicated, we may have you do the class default project first, just to learn the laser in the time allotted – but we’ll definitely help you with your more complex cut at a free Craft Night in future!

  • An SVG vector file of a simple shape you’d like to cut for your first cut.
  • A piece of 1/8 inch or thinner wood, acrylic or cardboard you’d like to cut. If you can’t bring your own material, small pieces will be made available, or larger pieces for purchase on site.

Please be on time for the start of class! If you’re late you will miss your slot.

Glass Bottle Cutting: Make-Along – 4/29/2023

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Apr 172023

Glass Bottle Cutting: Make-Along

Tickets are on Eventbrite for this Saturday, April 29 · 12 – 3pm EDT class

Learn how to cut glass bottles! No experience necessary. In this make-a-long, we will learn how to score glass and then heat and cool the glass to break it! We will have a limited number of empty bottles at the workshop, but you are encouraged to bring your own, too! Circular wine and liquor bottles work best, but we’ve also had some success with square and odd shaped bottles!

You can use the cut bottles for an array of crafts and hobbies! Planters, candles, lamps, drinking glasses, and more!

This class will be taught be NYC Resistor member Ben K. In a past life, Ben cut wine bottles and turned them into candles professionally.

Arduino: Sensors and Input/Output – 5/20/2023

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Apr 152023

(In-Person) Arduino: Sensors and Input/Output

Tickets on Eventbrite for this Saturday, May 20 · 1 – 4pm EDT class

Want to get started with physical computing?

Learn to program with Arduino and interact with the physical world! In this class, we’ll cover an introduction to Arduino and learn how to manipulate outputs based on sensor inputs. No prior programming or electronics knowledge is required. This is the in-person version of this class– you may also be interested in the online version.

Topics covered

  • What is Arduino?
  • Software setup (IDE, how to program it, the Serial monitor)
  • Reading schematics and wiring diagrams
  • Basics of breadboarding
  • Controlling output (blinking/fading an LED)
  • Reading sensor input (with a pushbutton, potentiometer and light sensor)
  • Combining input and output


At this in-person class, you will receive a basic electronics starter kit, which contains a starter pack of electronics components and sensors, including a breadboard, wires, light sensor, temperature sensor, LEDs, switches, buzzer and more. You will also receive an Adafruit Metro (Arduino UNO equivalent).

Students should bring their own laptop and install some free software ahead of time:

Who should take this class?

Basic computer knowledge is assumed, and we’ll refresh a few concepts from high school physics and math. No previous experience with coding or circuits is required. Class size is extremely limited to allow physical distancing and provide the most opportunities for conversation and individual troubleshooting.

OK, awesome, I want to join!

Please be ready to start at 1pm!  We find that you will need this time to get through the whole class. Our classes tend to sell out about a week in advance so if you’re interested, you may want to sign up early.

This class will be taught by NYC Resistor members Bill Mills and Becky Stern.  As with all NYC Resistor events, this class is 18+ and governed by our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct, as well as accessibility information, can be found at

ITP’s 2023 thesis class is showing at Resistor!

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Apr 122023

It takes a meteor strike for Resistor to cancel a Thursday Craft Night – or a call from our pals at ITP to host their thesis show! Craft Night is cancelled 4/20, but you’re invited to join us at Resistor from 6-9 PM that night for an art show from some tremendous creators, hosted at NYCR. This event is free, 21+ and with masks required for all attendees.

The Thursday 4/20 Craft Night is the only exception to our regular schedule; all other Monday and Thursday Craft Nights will proceed in perpetuity – see you there!

Intro to Free Motion Embroidery: From Darning to Sculptures 4/22/2023

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Apr 012023

Intro to Free Motion Embroidery: From Darning to Sculptures

Ticket for this  Saturday, April 22 · 1 – 4pm EDT class are on EventBrite

Come try Free Motion Embroidery in this exploratory workshop!

Free motion embroidery, also known as free hand sewing, free machine embroidery and free machine stitching, is a technique in which you use the sewing machine needle as a ‘pen’ and move the fabric around in any direction under the needle.

During this 3 hour session, beyond sewn images you will be introduced to the various uses for Free Motion Embroidery from mending holes, to crafting sculptures out of thread.

The workshop will start with an overview with samples demonstrating various uses of free motion embroidery. Next we will configure the machine then get into mending a hole in fabric (darning). Once we have a handle on working with fabrics, we will learn how to sew on water soluble material to create sculpture.

All materials and tools will be provided for use during the workshop. You will also receive a resource guide for exploring this technique further on your own.

This workshop is for those with at least a beginners level experience with machine sewing. You must know how to thread a standard domestic sewing machine and sew a straight stitch.

The instructor:

Daniel Ryan Johnston – Brooklyn based queer textile artist, researcher, and creative technologist. I have been creating for the body since 2007. Mixing my love of creepy puppets, wearables and machine embroidery sculpture, my work explores personal experiences with managing mental health, body image and psoriatic arthritis. I am a graduate of Columbia College Chicago (BA), the Fashion Institute of Technology (AAS) and the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU (MPS).

N95 masks are required.

There is 1 need-based ticket available for 50% off, please use this ticket if the full price is a barrier to being able to participate in our community classes and workshops.

SMT For You And You And Me: Surface Mount Soldering Double-Header on 4/8/2023

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Mar 302023

Surface mount components! They’re hip, they’re tiny, and you’ve probably swallowed a couple accidentally by now. If you’re still using those clunky, chunky through-hole components that you found in your grandparents’ butter cookie tin, well, it’s time to get with the times and learn how to solder the teeny-weeny components of the future!

During this class we’ll go over not one, not two, but three different soldering techniques for surface mount components. We’ll try our hand at traditional hand-soldering, move on to the fast-paced world of drag soldering, and finally learn how to apply solder paste and do SMT reflow in an upcycled toaster oven we found on the curb– just like the pros! You’ll leave with a beautiful, colorful semicircular LED board that you’ve built yourself. It can be used as a fun colorful display, a volt meter, a VU meter, or whatever else you can think of!

Due to demand, we’ll be hosting not one but two classes this upcoming April 8th. The first will run from 11am-1:30pm, and the second will start at 2pm and run until 4:30pm. Your choice! Learn new skills without disrupting your brunch plans!

No prior soldering experience is required for this class. You can do it!

Your Instructor: Adam Mayer is a longtime NYCR member who burnt his finger on a soldering iron when he was ten and has never forgiven it. He has done questionable things with PCBs and hot plates.

As with all NYC Resistor events, this class is 18+ and governed by our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct, as well as accessibility information, can be found at Please note that refunds must be requested 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

A semicircular LED board that you, yes you, can learn to solder!

It’s pretty!

Intro to Machine Sewing: Turn t-shirts into 1 backpack and 1 laptop case 4/19/2023

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Mar 302023

Intro to Machine Sewing: Turn t-shirts into 1 backpack and 1 laptop case

Tickets available on EventBrite for this Wednesday, April 19 · 7 – 10pm EDT class

Curious about sewing? This introductory class covers all the essentials you’ll need to start making your own projects. Bring at least 1 t-shirt, and we’ll make it into a backpack. If you bring a second t-shirt (the larger the better! 2xl is ideal!) and we’ll turn it into a laptop case – if you don’t have a second, larger, t-shirt, we’ll find some fabric scraps in the space for you to work on.

In this class, we’ll cover:

  • Getting set up for sewing: how to thread your machine, change a needle, and wind a bobbin
  • Basic stitches: straight stitch, back stitch and zig zag.
  • The inside out logic of planning your sewing.
  • All the sewing tools available to the public for free during Open Nights at the Resistor hackerspace

Want to do more sewing? After taking this class, you’re welcome to join us for Craft Nights on Monday and Thursday evenings, when you can use our sewing machines free of charge.

No previous experience or supplies necessary except 1 or 2 t-shirts.

Sewing machines for use during class will be provided. All other materials are included in the class fee and are yours to keep. If you have your own sewing machine, feel free to bring it.

Would you like to attend this class, but the cost is too high for you? Send us an email and we’ll see what we can do!

This class will be taught by NYC Resistor member Susanne Vejdemo.