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Hardware Hacking Area


A Place To Make Things
(And Learn To Make Things)

Happy hardware hackers

Mitch and Jimmie and Fabienne and Wim and John will be setting up the Hardware Hacking Area in the same room in the basement of BCC as we used last year. The Hardware Hacking Area will be open continuously during all days while Congress is in progress.

Come by and learn to solder. Lots of cool kits available. Lots of cool workshops going on. All welcome.


The Hardware Hacking Area will be open throughout 27C3 for you to come and make things, and learn to make things. Open to one and all. All ages. All skill levels. Workshops will be given 24 hours a day, led be several experienced teachers. Learn to solder. Make cool things with electronics. Make 3D models with a MakerBot. Play with RFID. Give your own workshop. All this and much more.

In short

  • What: Hardware Hacking Area to make (and learn to make) cool things
  • When: All day and all night throughout 27C3
  • Where: Hardware Hacking Area, in the basement
  • Who: Anyone and everyone can have fun learning to make cool things. Ages 8 to 100
  • Cost: Instruction is free, parts costs (if you use kits to take home with you): between €5 to €30

More details

You are welcome to come by the Hardware Hacking Area to learn to make things, or to use our tools to make (or fix) your own projects. You are also welcome to use the Hardware Hacking Area to teach your own workshops. The Hardware Hacking Area is located in the basement of BCC -- follow the signs.

The Hardware Hacking Area will always be open, 24 hours a day, from start to finish of 27C3.

Workshops will be going on continually, all day, all night led by several experienced teachers that can teach anyone to solder and make cool things. Please add your workshops on the Schedule wiki page under WORKSHOPS.

Stop by the tables full of solder irons and make something cool! Everything is designed for total beginners, so even if you've never even sewn a button, you Mitch Altman and Jimmie Rodgers can teach you to solder and to make cool things with microcontrollers. Join the fun, as hundreds have at at CCC events since 24C3. Plenty of parts and kits are available, including:
      Brain Machines -- hallucinate and trip out to your brainwaves!
      TV-B-Gones -- turn off TVs in public places!
      Trippy RGB Waves -- make waves of colors with your hands!
      Mignonette Games -- play games!
      LEDcubes -- cool 3D displays!
      LOL shields -- Lots Of LEDs!
      Atari Punk Consoles -- make noise!
and many other fun projects you can make and take home with you.

See the Cornfield Electronics website ("maker faire" tab), Jimmie's website, and the Ladyada website for info on most of the kits that will be available to make.

Mitch, Jimmie, and others will be there day and night showing you everything you need to know. Learn to solder, Turn off TVs in public places, trip out to your brain waves, move objects, play games, make art, blink lots of lights, make noise -- you can make microcontrollers do it all. It's easy, it's fun, and you can do it!

Fabienne, creator of HardHack, will be there with lots of soldering irons and tools.

MakerBot will be there for you to make just about any 3D object you desire (and to show off their ultra cool 3D printer kit).

HackableDevices will be there with lots of tools and cool kits that you can make.

We will also have lots of power tools available to make and fix all sorts of your projects.

Feel free to come by and teach your own workshop in the Hardware Hacking Area. (Last year there was a Cantenna workshop, a Mikrocopter workshop, a GSM workshop, and others.) Please add your workshops for this year on the Schedule wiki page under WORKSHOPS.


Mitch will be leading an Arduino For Total Newbies Workshop on both Day 2 and Day 3, from 14:00h to 17:00h (the workshop is the same both days).

Jimmie will be holding Atari Punk Console workshops from 15:00 to 17:00 on both Day 2 and 3. Any APC kits bought at this time will get a free mint tin to house your kit in.

For the fellow RFID enthusiast especially interested in high frequency (13.56 MHz) a nice Proxmark3 antenna crafting workshop will take place on day 3 from 19:15 to 19:45.

LoL Shield Contest

This year there is also a programming contest for the LoL Shield. The idea is to create a fun program that is designed to be worn as a belt buckle. You can check out the official rules here. The contest deadline is 23:00 on Day 3.

The prizes: 1st - LoL Shield of your choice, Diavolino, and FTDI cable - That way you can wear your own program after the contest is over. 2nd - LoL Shield of your choice 3rd - Diavolino


Mitch Altman is the inventor of TV-B-Gone remote controls, co-founder of Noisebridge (San Francisco hackerspace), contributor to MAKE Magazine, co-founder of 3ware (SillyValley RAID controller startup), helped pioneer VR in mid-1980s, gives soldering workshops worldwide. Mitch is President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics and is currently writing a book on How To Make Cool Things With Microcontrollers (For People Who Know Nothing).


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