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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 501(c)(3) 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: daytondiode@gmail.com

Visit our blog at: http://www.daytondiode.org/

Follow us on Twitter: @DaytonDiode


NOTE--for press, follow the inverted pyramid structure--put all essentials in first paragraph, move finer detail lower down. You don't know how much they'll use or cut out. Include 5 W's--

  • Who: Dayton Diode
  • What: hackerspace, community workshop open house
  • When: 5 Feb 2011, 1 p.m. to midnight (wow, that's a long time)
  • Where: 1001 E. 2nd St, Bldg. 100, Suite 2080
  • Why: Introduce the hackerspace to Dayton
  • How: Meet and greet well-wishers and prospective members, show off cool projects

Translate lingo into plain English--potential members may get excited if they know what you're talking about.

ALSO, I made up the two quotes from Joe as idea-starters! Good luck! Mark Martel

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