Come and join us at VHS on and bring your sewing machine if you’d like to oil it or troubleshoot a repair problem. Lots of machine oil, compressed air, and tools will be on hand. If you need a part we may even be able to 3D-print it.
This is free of course, although donations to VHS are always appreciated! This is not a workshop, but it is an informal drop-in where you can get help if you need it. Join us!
Open House (Noon – 5pm)
Never been to a hack space before? Dying to see the VHS space? This is the perfect time to visit! VHS members will give you a tour around the space, show off some cool projects, and answer any questions you have. Many of our members share an interest in 3D printers, laser cutting, machining, crafting, electronics, robotics, programming, electronic music, and art. We welcome enthusiastic amateurs, or anyone with something interesting to share! A BBQ will available on VHS’ roof patio, so you can bring your own grillables.
Show and Tell (All day)
Have you made something amazing? Are you in the process of building something that will become amazing? Are you just starting out and want to talk to people about your amazing idea? Come down to VHS and tell us about it. Bring your projects!
Super Happy Hacker House (7:30pm – Late)
Super Happy Hacker House (SHHH) is a social night where members, friends and guests gather for a social night of conversation, adult beverages, lightning talks, and super happy hacker games.
Lightning talks – (11PM).
A lightning talk is VHS’ version of an un-conference, where people do short presentation on any subject that they want. Unlike other presentations at conferences, lightning talks last only a few minutes (2 min or less) and friendly heckling is encouraged.
Our sponsor has donated beer for the event, which will be available after 7:30pm.
Remember to BRING YOUR OWN CUP if you want to drink beverages at the space.
Read a great Georgia Straight article about one of our previous open houses/SHHH!
1715 Cook Street, Buzzer #104
Limited street parking is available just outside the space. Bikes can be parked in our loading bay for the night or locked up on the bike racks outside the front door.
This map shows all the parking and amenities around the new space.
August 20th, 2016 (Saturday) from 12:00 Noon till late (2-3 am)
Everyone! Hackers, Makers, Crafters, Kids, Guests, Members, Friends of VHS, Anyone and Everyone.
If you are under the age of majority (19) then you should bring your parent or guardian with you as well. For those of legal drinking age (19), VHS will have donated beer for the adult-only event that will be available after 7:30pm.
The tea towel itself is made by cutting a giant rectangle out of fabric to the dimensions you wish the final tea towel to be, and then adding a 2 cm seam allowance. The seam is then pressed under with an iron, first 1 cm, and then again 1 cm. Sew around the edge and voila, a tea towel to impress your friends. If you actually ever did the dishes you could also use it to dry stuff. :P
We taught lots of people how to solder today at Maker Faire 2016, including kids as young as 4 years old! Here’s the how to solder comic we use as well as the guide to our VHS Blinky Badge kit. There are usually a few kits at VHS in the vending machine if you’d like to give this project a try.
Not a member or keyholder? Feel free to swing by on any of our open nights. You can use our soldering stations and teach yourself how to solder. We’ll give you a hand if you need one. See you at the space!
Here’s a sample of the fun stuff you’ll see at the VHS info booth, when you’re not soldering yourself something blinky at the VHS soldering booth. Or, you know, enjoying all the other creative exhibits on display at the sixth annual Faire. Don’t miss out!
Grip Graphique’s Kickstarter campaign is live today! They’re producing amazing custom designed, laser cut griptape for longboards and skateboards. Why settle for plain, flat black griptape when you can make the top of your deck look as artistic as the bottom?
Grip Graphique have their own laser cutter now, but they did their initial prototyping here at VHS. Do you have plans for things you’d like to make, but you need access to tools and some like-minded people to bounce ideas off of? Maybe you should drop by VHS on one of our open nights and get inspired!
… after, of course, you’ve updated your board with some Grip Graphique.
This is a shout out to our friends at The Hackery. Recently they picked up a large quantity of ewaste from us. This helps VHS make sure our old electronics get recycled as much as as possible. This is a free service for large pickups. For small amounts of ewaste like a laptop you can drop off your recycling for free at The Hackery. Here’s more info about the recycling program.
What happens to the old computer equipment?
Recycled items are first checked for useful components. Donations of older equipment allow them to help customers with low income, modest requirements, or custom-made industrial machinery after the big companies have stopped providing support. Equipment which is too old or broken for re-use is then sorted by material and sent on to the appropriate facility for final processing.
What happens to scrap?
Scrap stays as close to its source as possible. They work with local recyclers first, and do not ship e-waste overseas or to the third world. Whole computers, circuit boards, plastics and related e-waste materials are exclusively sent to downstream recyclers who are either certified E-Stewards, or who are part of the provincial recycling program. Wires and clean metals go to North Star Recycling. Cell phones and loose batteries are smelted via the Call2Recycle Program.