News & Updates

đź‘‹ Say hello to Code for Philly, and learn about our new organizational memberships!

News & Updates

PSA: Indy Hall ❤️ Code for Philly

In many ways, Code for Philly and Indy Hall already have a lot of history.

In fact, you can trace our relationship at least back to 2010 when I wrote about Code for America’s presence in Philly and how it helped me define my understanding of citizenship.

“I think that the CFA process helped prime the pumps for the continued development of a new style of trusting relationship between city hall and citizens. Something that Indy Hall in particular is really good at, and we’ve been recognized for. – Alex Hillman

Since those days, the organization has both grown and matured. For example, despite the name, it’s not just coders! There are on-ramps for people with a variety of skills, interests, and experience. And while “hack nights” are still a cornerstone, CFP hosts a wide range of events across the city every month.

But one thing hasn’t changed: Code for Philly and Indy Hall share a love Philly and a dedication to community building through co-creation.

“That’s the heart of civic tech: community. No project would ever be able to get off the ground if it didn’t benefit from collective support, and volunteer effort from people who care. – Code for Philly’s Leadership Team (Rich, Toni, and Charlie)

After a few months of hosting occasional Code for Philly hack nights, we’re trying out something new and launching one of our first ever “organizational memberships.”

Rather than simply offer a venue, we’re thinking of our communities as a sum greater than the parts.

This means that the CFP leadership team now has an official “headquarters.” That doesn’t mean exclusivity – in fact, during our conversations I emphasized the importance of having the community “pop up” in various places around the city.

At the same time, and we hope that this membership allows the extended Code for Philly community can feel like they have a home, rather than like they’re always borrowing someone else’s.

We’re also actively looking for ways to connect the people in our communities. Code for Philly’s extended community is now part of the Indy Hall family. That means there are more opportunities to ask for help, and get it; more opportunities to find a project you care about, and contribute.

“What makes Code for Philly thrive, and not just survive, is being able to connect like-minded people with differing skill sets together to pursue progress via civic projects. We’ve found that same desire to bring people together in the people who call Indy Hall home. Together, we know that big changes start with a series of many smaller actions.

This is an exciting new chapter for both of us, and frankly, one that we agree should have happened sooner! Especially working together, our groups’ collective expertise and love for Philly couldn’t be a more powerful force.

You can read more from their side and find out how to join Code for Philly’s next event on their website.


Finally: if your group or business is interested in an organizational membership, drop us a line! team@indyhall.org

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đź“… ✏️ Community Events & Meetups: Oct – Nov 2018

It’s October at Indy Hall! It’s October everywhere, really.

Either way, this is what the month of October (and the first week in  November) looks like for our community and all the communities that call Indy Hall home.

Remember, you can check our calendar for an alternate look at everything below.


Philly Cocoaheads (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Thursday October 11, 6:30pm-9pm / Thursday November 8, 6:30pm-9pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: PhillyCocoa is a Philadelphia area Mac and iPhone programming group, a chapter of the worldwide CocoaHeads. All skill levels are welcome. The only requirement is an interest in Apple-related technologies and moderate tolerance for geeking out.


Civic Series: North Korea (RSVP required, no membership required)

When: Wednesday October 17, 6:00pm-8:30pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: Join Civic Series as we help answer questions about North Korea. A 30 minute presentation is lead by an expert in the field, followed by moderated group discussion.


Show & Tell (no RSVP or membership required)

When: Thursday October 18, 12pm-1pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: Thursday at noon in the gallery, join in for one our longest-running regular events at Indy Hall! Meet fellow Indy Hall members you may not have met yet, or learn something new about folks you already know.


Philly Game Mechanics: Town Hall (RSVP required)

When: Thursday October 18, 7pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: Philly Game Mechanics is a charitable organization focused on supporting game development and indie game enthusiasts in Philadelphia, PA.


Night Owls (No RSVP, membership required)

When: Tuesday October 23, 6pm-9pm / Tuesday October 30, 6pm-9pm

Where: Indy Hall

What: Late-night coworking, hosted by Indy Haller Moriah Gibbs. Community members who need to come in for an evening work jam can enjoy late night hours at Indy Hall.


Girl Scouts Troop #9573 (Girl Scouts only!)

When: Tuesday, October 23, 6pm / Tuesday, November 6, 6pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: “Indy Hall’s youngest members” are a Brownie Troop led by Lansie Sylvia, Arielle Brousse and Allie Ilagan.


“Designing a Conversation: The Art of the Podcast” presented by DesignBrew (RSVP required, no membership required)

When: Wednesday October 24, 6pm -8:30pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: Want to learn how to make a podcast interesting? Ryan Starr, creator of the Hi-Res podcast recounts stories of creating his show and teaches what you need to know before starting your own show.



Community Lunch
(No RSVP, membership required)

When: Thursday October 25, 12pm-1pm

Where: Indy Hall Kitchen

What: Bring your lunch into the kitchen and meet other Indy Hallers! Whether you’re a brand new Indy Haller, or you’ve been here for a long time and want to meet new friends, introduce yourself to someone new over Community Lunch.


Philly Graph DB Meetup – Open Data Journalism Workshop (RSVP required)

When: Thursday October 25, 6pm – 8pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: An in-depth account of how to find open civic data sources, clean your data, and formatting tips for importing. We’ll also briefly go over how to upload CSV data into a Neo4j’s desktop app so you can begin to query and visually represent your data.


Ignite Philly 21 (Tickets required)

When: Thursday October 25, 6pm – 10pm

Where: Johnny Brenda’s

What: Rapid five-minute presentations, accompanied by 20 slides ticking down at 15-second intervals, inspire the crowd with ingenuity, humor, and imagination—ideas that are a call to action, that turn the past upside down, that point the way by which you help make a better future.


GDG Cloud Philly (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Tuesday October 30, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Indy Hall

What: October’s meetup will be presented by Dodd Pfeffer who is a Sr. Platform Architect at Pivotal Software. This month we’ll be learning all about Functions as a Service.


Philly Game Mechanics: Game Jam Kick-Off (RSVP required)

When: Thursday November 1, 7pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: A game jam is a chance to make a game in a small time window with a given theme. Our monthly jams are what you might call a slow jam, two weeks to make a game. It is a great chance to try game development out or partner up with a more experienced dev and learn the ropes.


Open Hall: Free Coworking (no RSVP or membership required)

When: Friday November 2, 9am – 6pm

Where: Indy Hall

What: Every First Friday at Indy Hall is a free coworking day! It’s a great day to visit Indy for the first time, and existing members don’t have to use a Day Pass for the day.

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Finish that thing you’ve been putting off, and have fun doing it

Every single creative person I know has something we know we want to do. In some cases, something we know we really should do – but is forever stuck on your todo list.

The reason it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t matter, you just haven’t gotten to it.

And if I’ve learned anything from Indy Hall it’s the value of being surrounded by people, for two reasons:

  • the shared momentum of people getting shit done is infectious.
  • when you’re stuck – for nearly any reason – you can get a few minutes of help in an instant.

So when Nicole Forrester shared an idea she had for a weekend-long event dedicated to finishing the projects that we’ve been procrastinating I was hooked.

So we’re doing it! Say “hello” to Finish Up Weekend.

The weekend of September 28-30th, we’re inviting 30 people to join in an event dedicated to setting a deadline and making sure we actually finish it. An event focused on working along side each other to finally cross that thing off our to-do lists.

The first 10 seats are already sold, so make sure you get yours before the rest are gone!

Just 5 mins of an expert’s time can save you hours of frustration and wasted energy.

In addition to a weekend of structured and focused coworking time, we’ve invited a bunch talented mentors to both inspire and support you while you work. We’ll have range of expertise in the room, including business strategy, design, development, copywriting and marketing.

So if you find yourself writing and rewriting the same sentence over and over, or are stuck with a technical bug, or anything else you’re hung up on, you can just raise your hand and help is on the way.

Our 5 minute application form is to help you to think about what you want to finish and helps us make sure our experts are prepared. Applications to join the event are open now!

👉👉 https://www.indyhall.org/finish/

The price of the ticket includes:

  • two full days of high-quality coworking + our friday evening social event
  • your own copy of Just F#!@ing Ship by Amy Hoy (recommended reading before the weekend)
  • four inspirational, action-oriented lightning talks across two days to get you moving in the right direction
  • expert mentorship and support throughout the weekend
  • the feeling of marking that thing as DONE

We decided to make this a ticketed event to make sure everyone who participates is truly committed to finishing. The ticket price also allows us to pay our mentors an honorarium for sharing their time and expertise.

We’re also exploring a couple of scholarship seats to open up this event to people in specific situations…more on that soon!

With just 20 seats left, make sure you grab your spot now 🙂 And, if you have a friend or colleague who you think would really be into this, it’s cool to share the link with them too!

Nicole and I and ALL of the mentors are super excited about this and can’t wait to see everyone in action.

If you have questions (or ideas we might be able to work into future versions), you can contact Nicole and I via finishupweekend@indyhall.org

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đź“… ✏️ Community Events & Meetups: Aug – Sept 2018

Every month, the Indy Hall team gets together plot out the next 30 days of Indy Hall stuff. We get asked all the time what’s coming up soon that folks can join.

Sure, we have a calendar, and it’s great! But…that’s not always the easiest way to see what’s going on. So here’s a list of events, workshops, meetups and other group gatherings for you to join from August 2018 to mid-September 2018!

Yadi vs Cancer Fundraiser (no RSVP or membership required)

When: Thursday August 23rd, 6pm-10pm

Where: National Mechanics

What: Yadira Torres has been pouring us drinks and helping us get through it since the Dawn of Time. It’s time for us to return the favor. Join us at National Mechanics, Indy Hall’s birthplace, for an auction of Yadi’s artwork, raffles, entertainment, and loads of other fun – all in the name of raising money to help Yadi beat her cancer.


Philly.rb (RSVP Required)

When: Saturday August 25th, 9:30am-5pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: In this workshop, we’ll introduce you to Elixir and Phoenix by building a tool to view and share preferred conference sessions during multi-track events. Indy Haller Brian McElaney hosts!


Code for Philly: CityGeo Presentation (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Tuesday August 28, 6pm-9pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: Get to know CityGeo! CityGeo helps Philly Gov departments share data used for mapping, analysis, and city services.


Community Lunch (Membership required)

When: Wednesday August 29, 12-1pm

Where: Indy Hall Kitchen

What:  Whether you’re new to our community and want to introduce yourself, or you’re a long-time member who wants an excuse to meet new folks, Community Lunch is designed to help you make new friends and contacts. Bring your lunch, grab a name tag, strike up a conversation!


GDG Cloud Philly (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Thursday August 30, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Indy Hall

What: At this event, we’ll do a deep dive into the Firebase platform, the Cloud Firestore database, and build an application using all of the build in features that Firebase has to offer. Food & Drinks will be provided.


Labor Day – Indy Hall is CLOSED

When: Monday September 3rd. Have a great holiday, see you Tuesday! 🎉


Open Hall: Free Coworking (no RSVP or membership required)

When: Friday, September 7, 9am – 6pm

Where: Indy Hall

What: Every First Friday at Indy Hall is a free coworking day! It’s a great day to visit Indy for the first time, and existing members don’t have to use a Day Pass for the day.


First Friday Art Show: GAUDLIKE  (no RSVP or membership required)

When: Friday, September 7, 5pm – 8pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: Kicking off the return of Indy Hall’s First Friday art shows is an intersectional collaboration of 14 local, queer artists, forming an intentional collective of radical joy! Indy Hall Arts and Hawkmoth Events present an exhibition featuring photography, fashion, performance art and more.


City Council 101 w/ Lauren Vidas (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Monday, September 10, 6:30pm – 8pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: Want to learn more about Philadelphia City Council? This primer on the basics of city inner-workings is for you. Topics of conversation include: the mayor + city council: who are they and what do they do? What is the “Ward System”, and why should I care? Why don’t we have more bike lanes? Councilmanic prerogative and how a bill becomes a law


SELF Philly (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Tuesday, September 11, 6:30pm – 8pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: Join us for our monthly community meetup of SELF Philly! A place where self-employed individuals (whether solopreneur or small business owners) provide support, perspective, and expertise — helping one another grow our businesses.


Girl Scouts Troop #9573 (Girl Scouts only!)

When: Tuesday, September 11, 6pm

Where: Indy Hall Lounge

What:“Indy Hall’s youngest members” are a Brownie Troop led by Lansie Sylvia, Arielle Brousse and Allie Ilagan. The scouts are back for a new year, beginning Tuesday, September 11th.


Community Lunch (Membership Required)

When: Wednesday, September 12, 12pm – 1pm

Where: Indy Hall Kitchen

What:  Whether you’re new to our community and want to introduce yourself, or you’re a long-time member who wants an excuse to meet new folks, Community Lunch is designed to help you make new friends and contacts. Bring your lunch, grab a name tag, strike up a conversation!


Civic Series: Russia & The U.S. (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Wednesday, September 12, 6pm – 8pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: Join Civic Series as we help you wrap your head around the complex relationship between the U.S. and Russia, as well as Russia’s current role and influence around the world.


Philly Cocoaheads (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Thursday, September 13, 6:30pm – 9pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: PhillyCocoa is a Philadelphia area Mac and iPhone programming group, a chapter of the worldwide CocoaHeads. All skill levels are welcome. The only requirement is an interest in Apple-related technologies and moderate tolerance for geeking out.

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Member Profile:
Emma Sindelar & Petey Greene on WURD Radio

“Emma Sindelar, Director of Philadelphia operations for the Petey Greene Program, describes how incarcerated and returning citizens benefit from volunteer academic tutoring to prepare them for life outside of prison walls, in the spirit of a beloved media legend.”

Emma and her teammates have made Indy Hall their home for the last couple of years, and we are proud to hear her tell their story!

Give it a listen below:


 

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