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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Eco Life party at Tokyo HackerSpace

Eco Life party @ Tokyo HackerSpace

10 October 2010 - 10:00am - 9:00pm

On 10/10/10, TokyoHackerSpace will be hosting a DIY party!
Our site is
Go there for all the latest info.

If you would like to register to come to our event, please go to the Tokyo HackerSpace event page to reserve:

Here is a brief outline of our schedule:

DIY schedule
Window Farms
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
2000 yen / limit 6 students
In the morning, we will be offering a class on window farming. Take a look at
A window farm allows you to grow small vegetables in a window. It's perfect for small Tokyo apartments! You can grow lettuce, herbs and spices (such as basil and mint), and even cherry tomatoes!

The class fee is not set, but will include all materials to build your first tower. I will update this site soon with final costs, but I imagine it to be about 4000 yen.

Garden Solar Lanterns
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
1000 yen / limit 6 students
Akiba from Tokyo HackerSpace has been hard at work designing a cool circuit board. It fits inside the lid of a Mason Jar! On top sits a solar cell. Inside the lid sits the circuit, with battery storage, and a multicolor LED.
When assembled, you have a very attractive garden or table lantern!During the day, it charges up the battery via the solar panel. Once it is dark, the LED automatically turns on, and illuminates the jar with beatuful transitions of red, blue and green. Fill the jar with gel or rock salts for a stunningly attractive light.

He will teach a one hour DIY kit building class from 2pm to 3pm.
(additional classes may be added later)

Presentation schedule
Solar Car Racing
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
John Helwig is chemist and hacker. Before moving to Japan, he took part in the college solar car racing league. He will give us the inside scoop on how it all got started, how a team works, and the nuts and bolts of a competitive solar racer! This media rich presentation will appeal to and inspire enviromentalists and hackers alike.

Facts about Global Warming: All the things you never knew
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
John returns with back to back presentations. This time around, his chemist side shines through, as he reveals a lot of interesting points that most have never stopped to consider. John will take you on a guided tour of thought experiments, which explore the hidden contributions to global warming. Many of them can easily be controlled or stopped outright, once we become aware of them.

Keeping an Energy Journal: How to monitor your usage
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Emery and Akiba will present several tools available on the market for monitoring electrical energy usage. Using such tools, we can develope a strategy of monitoring, predicting, and ultimately REDUCING our electrical energy usage. If everyone in the world were to reduce energy usage by 10 percent, we could all litterally SAVE THE WORLD.

For those of you willing to get to work, today, we will provide energy monitors for purchase.

ECO Bar-Camp
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
A Bar-Camp is a sort of "un-conference." Essentially it works like this:
1:) The time will be divided into blocks of 15 minutes, on the white-board. (8 slots)
2:) Anyone who wishes to talk, present, or lead a group discussion may write their name and topic in the block/s
3:) When it is your time slot, you have the floor for 15 minutes!
4:) You may yield the remainder of your time to allow for additional topics on the side bar.

Our only rule is that we keep with the overall theme of 10/10 (Environment, aid, education and community organization). It is not just about the environment (although that is a primary topic).
* Environment
* Grass-roots organization methods
* The future of
* Ways to help local community organizations
* Disaster relief
* cool projects that somehow relate
* A presentation on your group and what you are about

Event Website:

How to Get Involved Planning the Event: We have weekly meetings at the HackerSpace, which are open and free to all. Come to THS on Tuesday nights, from 7 pm to 10 pm.

Event Host: Tokyo HackerSpace is a multinational technology and art collective focusing on creating projects that help communities and people. We focus on education, green technology, and social art. We encourage multinational membership, seeking to bridge social gaps between MAKE cultures.