Brendan J. Schrader, 33, of Philadelphia, who created an inventors' clubhouse for Digital Age do-it-yourselfers, died Wednesday, July 30, of a congenital heart defect at Roxborough Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Schrader founded his company, Hive76, in the summer of 2009. It was a "hacker space" - a studio where modern-day inventors and hobbyists could gather at Ninth and Spring Garden Streets.
"We . . . tear things apart and put them together in new ways," Mr. Schrader said on his website. "We enable our members to invent, build, collaborate, and share skills."
Inquirer reporter Tom Avril, writing in 2012, described the clubhouse as a place "where castoff 21st-century junk and random parts are fused together in a collaborative cauldron of ideas." Avril wrote that members - who paid a fee to join - would drop "by at any hour of the day, to turn what-ifs into why-nots."