Tech Learning Collective

Technology education for radical organizers and revolutionary communities.

  • July 8, 2023 7:30 PM July 9, 2023 4:00 AM
  • 1186 Broadway Brooklyn NY 11221 United States
  • Status: CONFIRMED

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Event description

Queer hackers of the world, unite! Tech Learning Collective is excited to invite you to a very special Hex90 party. Our series of queer hacker salons in New York City, Hex90, continues this Summer with Hex90: Birthday Attack, so named because we are simultaneously celebrating the birthdays/tranniversaries of several prominent community members. Join us at our favorite indie arcade venue, Wonderville, for a celebration of trans and non-binary joy, gender affirmation, and the zest for life! Get ready for nostalgic favorites, retro tech, psychedelic, euphoric optimism, and of course prepare to hack the planet!

HEX90 — a queer hacker salon in NYC

Welcome, witches, wizards, and techno-sorceresses, to our next genesis! The process of becoming is both a moment and a series of discoveries. How much can one change before our new signature no longer matches the old? What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life.

The 1980s was a decade of great technological change. The development of the modern Internet began with the ARPANET. Arcade games became a major industry. Personal computers experienced exponential growth. Boomboxes and the Walkman transformed music culture. Drum machines and electronic instruments dominated the music production landscape. And, let's not forget, epic synthesizers.

The 1990s brought major social upheaval. Many Detroit-based artists propelled techno and house music onto the global stage. Tactics of "digital civil disobedience" pioneered by the Electronic Disturbance Theater captured the imagination of young hacktivists. The Matrix and Transgender Day of Remembrance began in the same year, sewing the seeds of revolutions still to come.

You have to let it all go: fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind! Everything, everything, everything! I'm invisible. How deep does the rabbit hole go? Collide, and find your looking-glass self!


July 8, 2023 @ Wonderville
1186 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221
7:30pm — 4:00am

~ this venue is accessible
~ this venue has gender-neutral restrooms
~ this venue has outdoor space
~ this venue permits entry only to those aged 21+

# dressing up is encouraged but not required


~ music performances by
~~ Janus Rose
~~ heaven ender
~~ Niyah West
~~ DJ Softserve
~~ stuttersprite
~~ dis_aster_ous
~~ David Lunch
~ visuals and livecoding by
~~ alsoknownasrox
~ indie games by Death By Audio Arcade
~ hacking demos & education by Tech Learning Collective
~ text adventure cybersecurity game by Shift-CTRL Space


In addition to music and visuals, the most unique addition of the Hex90 parties is a hyperlocal cybersecurity (hacking) themed text-adventure game that gave the party its name: Hex90. This game is played on your own laptop, not on a console or arcade cabinet at the venue, but is still only accessible when you are physically at the party venue itself. (Aside from a short "trailer," the game is not available on the public Internet.)

After you connect to the party's Wi-Fi network, you can then connect to the Hex90 game server using your Web browser. But to solve the challenges, you must download and install real hacker tools and learn how to employ real hacking techniques to progress through game levels ranging from network reconnaissance, applied cryptography, and Web exploitation. You've never seen so many queers open so many terminals in one place while being so close to a dance floor, and there's no high quite like it.

We continuously add levels to the game, so expect new challenges at most parties. Moreover, we sometimes incorporate physical-world features of the venue, like padlocks you need to pick that are safeguarding access to secret passwords, QR codes stashed in unexpected places, unassuming but exposed Ethernet cabling that turns out not to be a mistake at all, and so on. At Hex90, the game controller is your computer and the game mechanic is the real world.

All of the tools, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used to progress in the game levels are skills taught by and equipment used by Tech Learning Collective instructors in our online workshops. Visit for more information and to enroll.



$30 - pay if you can

$15.00 - str8 cismen
$10.00 - queers/transes/enbies and femmes

$20.00 - str8 cismen
$15.00 - queers/transes/enbies and femmes

* Hex90 is an inclusive event.
* Door staff is instructed to respect your self-identification.


This is an intentionally queer space. Consent and respect are not optional! Anyone behaving unkindly will be removed immediately without a refund. No amount of racism, queerphobia, transphobia, or sexism will be tolerated. This event is a celebration of queer hacking for queer hackers, not for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, brogrammers, or BitCoin bros. Don't piss off the hackers. ;)



Start playing immediately and buy your ticket at the invitation site.

As with all Tech Learning Collective events, racism, queerphobia, transphobia, sexism, “brogrammer,” “manarchist,” or any kind of similarly awful behavior will result in immediate removal from the event without a refund. Please refer to our lightweight social rules for details on our strictly enforced no-tolerance policy against bigotry of any kind.

About Death By Audio

The Death By Audio Arcade is a series of lovingly crafted local multiplayer arcade cabinets produced by local indie game developers. We are also a progressive, open community of like-minded artists, artisans, and enthusiasts. We host events at least once a month, in NYC and at events across the country, from SXSW to the Smithsonian.

About heaven ender

heaven ender is an immortal entity inhabiting the mortal plane of existence seeking to make the world a more beautiful place. Rising from the dark corners of the rave scene they will be presenting one of their unrelenting, genre blurring sets and condemning you to dance for eternity.

About Niyah West

Niyah West (she/they) is a DJ, music curator and digital artist based in New York City. From the living rooms of dear friends to the night clubs, Niyah made her professional debut just this year during pride month. Thus, making her a bright newcomer in the queer DJ scene. She has amplified parties and dancefloors all over the boroughs, some recently including MEOW NYC, Gayjoy & a residency at Kind Regards in the Lower East Side. She’s also a resident of Brooklyn based queer DJ collective XOXA NYC.

About stuttersprite

Inspired by a lifelong interest in games, stuttersprite’s psychedelic and emotional high-energy sound explores the crossover between techno, trance, electro, and vgm.

About is a creative technologist, artist, and livecoder. She makes live visuals from videos, pictures, emoji, text, and more, then composites them using live code techniques. She enjoys finding arcane ways to put pixels on screens. Past sets have included touch designer patching, Lua DSLs, command line video editors, and more.

About alsoknownasrox

alsoknownasrox is a New York-based audiovisual artist approaching programming as a medium for creative expression. She specializes in programming as performance, modifying real-time processes to create dynamic audiovisual experiences. She spends her time finding new ways to engage with the world, destructing and reconstructing existing structures as she goes.

About David Lunch

David Lunch (Ben Breier) is a genre-crossing DJ that leans into breakbeat, two-step, Jersey Club, UKG & techno. He is the current host of Zero Chill on Newtown Radio, and the resident DJ at Jade’s Exactly. He has opened for acts that include Crystal Castles, !!! & The Hood Internet. Under the moniker Mister Disco, he was the resident DJ at Happy House (The Bell House) as well as Endmax at Trophy Bar.

About DJ Softserve

Softserve began DJing in South Korea in 2017 where he became a local hip hop resident. After a few years he moved on to headlining at Korean EDM festivals and playing Busan’s premiere house and techno clubs. After moving to Brooklyn, he continues to play high energy eclectic bass mixes flexing genre boundaries from latin and afro beats to wonky UK tech, half-time flips and basshouse. He focusing on moving the crowd to “get their tongues hanging out” and is the CEO of saying “damn- I probably should have recorded that set.

About Tech Learning Collective

Tech Learning Collective is an apprenticeship-based technology school that trains politically self-motivated individuals in the arts of hypermedia, Information Technology, and radical political practice. We offer unparalleled free, by-donation, and low-cost computer classes on topics ranging from fundamental computer literacy to the same offensive computer hacking techniques used by national intelligence agencies and military powers (cyber armies). For more information and to enroll, visit

Performances by

  • Shift-CTRL Space
  • New York NY United States
  • Death By Audio Arcade
  • stuttersprite
  • heaven ender
  • Niyah West
  • DJ Softserve
  • dis_aster_ous
  • alsoknownasrox
  • David Lunch
  • Janus Rose

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