What is Workshop Weekend?
Workshop Weekend is a community-based two-day event that brings together dozens of short, hands-on workshops across a variety of disciplines, from crafting to engineering to gardening, all taught by local, passionate instructors with years of experience in their craft.
Why Workshop Weekend?
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.Steve Jobs
For my brother and I, our experiences growing up inspired us to create Workshop Weekend. We were lucky to discover a few of our own passions early on in life, and we explored these passions throughout our high school and college years and, later, through our professional lives.
There's no magic to discovering what you're passionate about; if you haven't found it yet, keep exploring. We think everyone, young and old, should have the opportunity to discover that passion, and that belief has driven us to put together Workshop Weekend: It's a way to encourage that exploration of passions.
— Gil & J.D.
About the Organizers
J.D. Zamfirescu co-founded Appjet, the creators of EtherPad, a web-based text editor for real-time collaboration. AppJet was acquired by Google in 2009. He also sits on the board of Learning Unlimited, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the Splash educational program to universities across the United States. J.D. holds S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in computer science from MIT.
Gil Zamfirescu played a leading role in founding FertilGas, a 2008 initiative dedicated to disseminating sustainable energy technology and education to rural communities in Honduras. Prior to that, in 2007, he was a lecturer at two universities in China, where he taught principles of business organization to university students at Zhejiang University and Tianjin University of Technology. Gil holds an S.B. degree in economics from MIT.