Workshop 88 is Moving!

Our lease at the space on Quincy is up at the end of June, but we’re happy to announce that we’re moving to a much larger space that actually has 3 distinct areas, and has space for tools!

We’re still finalizing everything, but we should be ready to start moving in the next week or so.

We’ll post photos and stuff once we start moving in.


05.12.10 Hackers in the Pub!

The next Hackers in the Pub event is upon us and as always, it’s open to the public. This is a great opportunity for those of you who are interested in Workshop88 or hackerspaces in general to come out, see what we’re all about and grab a couple pints with us.

We’ll be hosting our monthly pub event on Wednesday, May 12th at 8:00 at Jimmy’s Bar & Grill: 245 South Washington Street, Naperville, IL

Hope to see you there.


Class: Vim basics, tips, and tricks

When: 4/19/2010 at 6:30pm
Where: Workshop 88 (1684 Quincy, Naperville, IL)

I’ll be teaching a class on using the vim editor on the 19th, so if you’d like to learn a new text editor, c’mon out and see if vim is right for you.

This class is free to members and their guests, and we’ll be starting at 6:30 on the dot.

Here’s the plancast event of you’re into that kind of thing.


Vox Populi

We’re  in the process of having a major website overhaul, in the meantime, I’ll do my best to update the blog as much as possible so you’ll have an idea of what we’re working on.

We are considering a different design paradigm than the traditional blog for the redesign, and in order to create the website that you would want to visit, we need your help. The more diverse opinions we get, the more exciting possibilities open. What would you like to see on our home page?

Please leave on your comments the three things that you look for  first when you come to, tell us what kind of content would make you come back more often. This is your chance to be a part of the conversation to get a website you can be proud of!



Hackers in the Pub

SAVE THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS YOU GUYS!!  Tuesday, February 23rd at 8 PM marks the first “Hackers in the Pub” event for Workshop 88.  We’ll be hosting at Jimmy’s Bar & Grill:

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Pants may come off, and are optional.

ANYWAY.  Join us if you’re interested in drinking, hackerspaces, technology, or if you want to meet Dancing Guy.  Just kidding.  He won’t be there, but I may bust out in dance if the correct song plays.  It’ll be a great time!

Questions? Shoot an e-mail toward for more info.


Planning Meeting (2/15/2010)

Our next planning meeting will be this coming Monday, February 15th at 6:30pm.  This will be an important meeting for Workshop 88.  We’ll be discussing the spaces we found in the two weeks since our last meeting, and the near-space weather balloon competition progress.

If you’re interested in sharing the weather balloon competition with other hackerspaces, send them here.


Hack-A-Thon II 02/06/2010

We’ll be holding a second hackathon 2:00pm-9:00pm Saturday February 6th. A couple projects we’ll be working on are our big near space balloon event and some beer brewing and bottling. As always bring your projects, bring your Arduinos, and bring your excitement!

We’ll be holding it at Jay’s house again, if you’re interested in attending and did not come last time, please contact for the address.

Let us know if you’re coming and discuss potential projects on the forum post.


Hack-a-thon this Sunday

Despite the incorrect and misleading post from earlier this week, the Hack-a-thon is still going on this Sunday (the 17th) at my house.  Fire me an email at jmargalus[at]workshop88[dot]com if you need directions.

Amongst other things, we’ll be making tabletop power supplies out of old computer power supplies.  I’ve got some beer brewing kits that Russ and I will be working on (if anyone wants to check it out), and a few other projects I’d love to spend part of the day working on.  Feel free to bring whatever you’ve got!


Public Planning Meeting 1/18/2009

Workshop 88 will be meeting in the Boilerhouse Cafe at North Central College (29 N Loomis St, Naperville, IL 60540) again on January 18.  I know we talked about perhaps not having the meeting, being that it’s on MLK Day, but after some discussion we decided to keep the meetings as regular as possible.

This meeting will be open to the public, and we’ll be discussing, amongst other things:

  • The location search
  • How the Hack-a-thon went!
  • Recruiting more members
  • The (sort of) Secret Challenge we talked about at the last meeting

We’ll have another post up soon on the Hack-a-thon (remember, it’s this coming Saturday!), but that’s all for now.