Check This Out: Professional Classes and Seminars at Brooklyn Coworking Spaces

Posted: November 10, 2012 in Upcoming Events
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Here’s a roundup of upcoming classes for entrepreneurs and freelancers at coworking spaces throughout Brooklyn this week. Check them out:

The Yard (Williamsburg)

  1. Rent-Hacking: How to (LEGALLY) Use AIRBNB to Live Rent-Free… and Even Finance a Startup with Seth Porges (Nov. 19, 7:05PM – 8:45PM, $10).  Sure, room-rental sites such as Airbnb can turn your spare room into a cash cow (while also introducing you to a fascinating cast of characters from around the world). But are they legal? Safe? And how do you keep your extra room booked enough to make it worthwhile? I used Airbnb to completely finance my start-up and cover my housing costs. Here’s how I did it, and how you too can make the most of Airbnb, while staying safe and legal: INFO & RSVP:
  2. Photoshop 101 with Ed Burnett (Dec. 3, 7:05PM – 9:00PM, $25). During this course you will learn the fundamentals to using the design program Photoshop, including layers, tools, and editing practices.  This is the perfect entry into this vast Adobe application. INFO & RSVP:

Brooklyn Brainery (Prospect Heights)

  1. Pitching Your Original TV Series (Two Mondays, 11/19 and 11/26, 6:30-9:30pm or same time + $3 donation to the Red Hook Initiative, $88).  Sitting on a super genius idea for a new TV series? Shame on you! In Pitching Your Original TV Series…you’ll learn how to- well…pitch your original TV series. During Session One, we’ll review the components of a pitch document, with a focus on summarizing pilots, week-to-week episode structure, creating arcs for characters over the course of the first season, the transition from season one into season two, articulating theme, and creating personalized introductions and conclusions to bookend pitches. For homework, you’ll write pitch documents of your own, using the template we review. And during Session Two, we’ll workshop your pitches as a class. Taught by Ian Grody who has developed original TV series for companies including MTV/Face Productions, Strange Weather Films and Unique Features- and features for companies like Heyday Films/The Gotham Group and Luber Roklin Entertainment. INFO/RSVP:
  2. Design Gym (Friday, 11/16, 6:45-9pm, Saturday, 11/17, 9:30am-6:30pm and Sunday, 11/18, 9:30am-6:30pm or same time + $3 donation to the Red Hook Initiative, $228). Come out for a weekend workout for your creative muscles! We call it The Design Gym. It kicks off Friday night with beers and some fun warm ups and ends on Sunday with presentations of solutions to a difficult real world problem. Saturday we spend diving deep into the hows and whys of Design Thinking. What is Design Thinking? Read more here:

3rd Ward (Williamsburg)

  1. 3W Bootcamp: Reinvent Your Professional Self (November 17, 2012, 10:30AM-6:00PM, Basic/Custom Member Price: $199 / Nonmember Price: $249). This is a one-day workshop that can help kickstart or refresh your professional persona. You’ll revamp your resume, design a beautiful-yet-functional business card, learn tips and tricks to help tell the story of your unique brand identity online, and learn public speaking through improvisational techniques. Lunch is provided by our friends at Rucola. And after 3W Bootcamp wraps up, there’s happy hour! INFO & RSVP:
  2. Space Suit Technology (6 Sessions: November 14, 28, December 5, 12, 19, January 2, Basic/Custom Member Price: $330 + $110 Material Fee / Nonmember Price: $440 + $110 Material Fee). Learn how to make your own space suit! This course will cover the basic physiology surrounding space flight, and explain the basics of space suit design. Topics include weightlessness, pressure, heat, and radiation protection.  The class will teach the basics of casting and mold making in order to build your own space suit parts, including pressurizeable fingers, fingertips, and a valsalva device. Mold making skills taught include working plaster, alginate (body casting), hydrocal, urethane foam, silicone, plasticine, 1-part urethane rubber, epoxy resin, as well as basic fabric working skills. Develop your sculpting skills while learning the basics of space travel! 
    INFO & RSVP:
  3. Digital Media Workshop/SEO (Nov. 14, 3:30PM-6:30PM, Member Price: $79 / Non-Member Price: $99). In this one-day workshop, you will learn the basic Search Engine Optimization techniques necessary to see a boost in your Google rankings and organic search visits. We’ll cover the basics in the fundamental core elements of any successful SEO strategy: copywriting, the most important back end components and link building. You will walk away with a detailed understanding of various key SEO techniques and the tools necessary to implement effective SEO on your own site through demonstration, discussion and testing throughout the session. Students must have their own websites to work on.
    INFO & RSVP:

Genspace NYC (Flatbush)

  1. Intro to Bioinformatics (Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM).  Bioinformatics is the interface of computer science with biotechnology. Learn how scientists handle the massive amounts of data generated by new technologies in genomics, protein structure, and clinical studies. This is a general introduction to the field, so no math, statistics or programming skills are required. We will go over some of the commonly used (and free) software available and try it out on some real data sets (many of which are also available free online). Look at protein structures in three dimensions, determine the meaning of gene expression data, and find a DNA needle in a genomic haystack. INFO & RSVP:

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