Monthly Archives: June 2009

Providence Geeks Video Podcast: Shawn Wallace of AS220 Labs

Shawn Wallace, Director of AS220 Labs, presented at the June geek dinner, and talked about AS220 Labs’ programs, open source hardware, and more. I caught up with him after the geek dinner to ask him a few questions. [Video link]


June Geek Dinner – Wed. the 17th 5:30-8:30pm @ AS220 featuring AS220 Labs

Providence Geeks June Dinner

Rendering of Providence’s first shipping container-constructed building; The Box Office

We’ve got a special Geek Dinner in store for June. AS220 Labs – the new “tech arm” of our gracious host AS220 – will be showing off what they’ve wrought in their first year.

AS220 LabsAS220 Labs is a teaching space, shared workspace and community junk pile for supporting open hardware and software projects. The Lab helps to build technically literate audiences and communities of artists by hosting workshops and providing access to tools and techniques such as those of the Providence Fab Lab (in partnership with MIT).

FluxamabobFresh back from Maker Faire, where he garnered the Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbon for Drawbot, AS220 Labs Director Shawn Wallace will give an overview of the Lab’s unique programs (including the Make and Break series and June 12-14’s 3D Printing Summit) and fascinating projects (over a dozen including Fluxamabob). Shawn will also explain how community members (that’s you!) can get plugged in.

Please RSVP at Facebook (In the interest of making it more “viral”, this month we’re experimenting with doing our RSVPs on Facebook – and while you’re there please join our Facebook group. And if you want to join our very-low-volume email announcement send an email to Jack Templin, jtemplin over at Gmail with your name and affiliation.)

Update: Shawn has written a blog post on “folk technology” at

Update: Shawn was recently interviewed by PBN – Five Questions With: Shawn Wallace

As always, for first-timers here are the details on the Geek Dinners:

  • The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at the adjoining bar and Taqueria Pacifica (delicious and cheap)
  • It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great)
  • Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about AJAX, mash-ups, start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, etc. etc. etc.
  • There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.