DEFCON 201 Hacker Happenings — September 18th to September 24th

Lots of places to drink, meet up and party this week! Here are some hacker and STEM activities this week in the 201 New Jersey and Adjacent NYC Area:

— NYSec September Meet Up —

Date: Tuesday, September 19th

Location: Ace Bar (map) 531 E 5th St New York, NY 10009

Time: 6:00 PM to ???


A drinking meetup with an information security problem.

An informal meetup of information security professionals in New York. Many of us from DEFCON 201 will be there, join us for drinks, talking and fun! You must be 21+ with ID to enter.

— Soldering Wednesday Workshop—

Date: Wednesday, September 20th

Location: MakerBar (38 Jackson St Hoboken, NJ [Third Floor])

Time: 7:00 PM


Soldering Wednesday is the perfect open event if you don’t have a project — drop by, pick up a kit, and make something cool with our members at your side.

No obligation to buy a kit — bring your own project and hack with the MakerBar community.

— Hackaday NYC + Kickstarter: Assistive Tech, Maker Faire, and more!—

Date: Thursday, September 21st

Location: Kickstarter HQ (58 Kent Street, Brooklyn NY)

Time: 6:30 PM


Join us on Thursday, September 21st as Hackaday MakeIt NYC teams up with Kickstarter for a pre-Maker Faire Meetup! We’ll feature awesome talks and demos with a special spotlight on Assistive Technologies. Stay tuned for more details!


Anita Perr & R. Luke Dubois (The NYU Ability Project)

Anita Perr, PhD, ATP, FAOTA, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Ms. Perr uses collaborative teaching to encourage students to explore the best ways to approach clinically relevant issues. Her extensive clinical experience informs her classroom teaching. Students appreciate the problem-based, practical nature of her courses.

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He has collaborated on interactive performance, installation, and music production work with many artists and organizations including Toni Dove, Todd Reynolds, Jamie Jewett, Bora Yoon, Michael Joaquin Grey, Matthew Ritchie, Elliott Sharp, Michael Gordon, Maya Lin, Bang on a Can, Engine 27, Harvestworks, and LEMUR, and was the director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra for its 2007 season.

Andrew Chepaitis (ELIA Life Technology)

Andrew Chepaitis leads ELIA Life Technology, which develops assistive products for people who have a visual impairment. Under his leadership, the company has been awarded roughly $2.5 million in research and development grants. With this funding, the company is developing a suite of products that will enable its consumers to achieve greater levels of education, employment, literacy, and independence.

Chepaitis has worked as a grant reviewer at the National Institutes of Health since 2010. He is the author of four patents. He has also served on the national alumni boards of Lehigh University and the Hopkins School. He was formerly an equity research analyst at Credit Lyonnais USA and a lacrosse coach at Yale University. Chepaitis holds an international business degree from Lehigh University and an MBA from the University of New Haven.


WearWorks is a haptic design company that is developing products that communicate information through touch. Their product WAYBAND is a wearable device that acts as a navigation aid for blind and visually impaired persons, guiding users to an end destination solely utilizing vibration.

Elia Frames​​ Tactile Font is the world’s most intuitive tactile reading system. It is designed to be understood by touch for those who have a visual impairment, and by sight for those without. ELIA FRAMES leverages modern tactile printing technology and design principles to optimize each letter’s design and create easily identifiable characters. Each letter features an outer frame (circle, square, house) and interior elements that suggest the main characteristics of each standard alphabet letter.

— 90’s Night Party @ Liberty Science Center After Dark —

Date: Tuesday, September 21th

Location: Liberty State Park (222 Jersey City Boulevard Jersey City, NJ 07305)

Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Grab your flannel, slap on your bracelet, and set the VCR to tape Friends because LSC After Dark is teaming up with Midnight Market NJ to throw a ’90s party!

Guests 21+ can join us on Thursday, September 21 for ’90s Night, 6 to 10 pm. Tickets are $20 when purchased online, and $5 more when purchased at the door.

At this event, you’ll get to:

  • Take apart gadgets from the ’90s (think VCRs, floppy disks, etc.) and learn about the pieces that made these machines work
  • Get a ’90s makeover (frosted or grungy!) courtesy of the School of Makeup Effects
  • Participate in our Slime Lab, in true ’90s Nickelodeon style
  • Experience a “Weird Al” Yankovic Laser Show
  • Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw with a cosmo from the Martini Bar
  • Rock out on the dance floor with DJ Dancing Tony
  • Enjoy $5 food plates, courtesy of vendors from Midnight Market NJ. Cash only please!
  • Explore all the exhibits at LSC, including Touch Tunnel, Infinity Climber, and Eat and Be Eaten

LSC After Dark parties are the third Thursday of every month at Liberty Science Center. Guests 21+ can enjoy an after-hours adventure featuring cocktails, food, music, dancing, laser shows, exhibits, and more.

— Free Trial Code Class For Kids — Coditum Open House —

Date: Saturday, September 23rd

Location: Coditum Hoboken (720 Monroe St C513, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030)

Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM


> Coditum (cō-DEE-tum) comes to Hoboken with the top coding classes for kids in the country.

> 3:1 student-to-teacher ratio!

> Perfect for 4th through 12th grade.

> The top proven curriculum and pedagogy consistently taking beginners to college levels in the shortest amount of time.

> Python and Java classes offered.

> Master the AP Computer Science course before high school! Hoboken will allow Coditum students to take the AP Comp Sci test at any age!

> Grab a seat for a free coding class during our open house or just come by to visit our new lab.

> All visitors will receive a 20% discount on their first class pack purchase.

> Free trial class seats are limited so call today at 800-CODITUM (263–4886) to reserve your spot!

> Visit us at to receive an ADDITIONAL FREE CLASS!

— LOCKPICKING Picking Night / Open Craft Night —

Date: Saturday, September 23rd

Location: MakerBar (38 Jackson St Hoboken, NJ [Third Floor])

Time: 7:00 PM





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