Hackaday Prize Worldwide: Los Angeles

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Saturday, May 9, 2015 10:00 am PDT - Sunday, May 10, 2015 05:00 pm PDT Local time zone:
The Hackaday Design Lab in Pasadena, CA
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We had a great turnout and really happy that people from all over LA were able to attend, including groups from Girls in Tech, DIY Girls, SGVHAK, NullSpace, DIY Arduino & Robotics, and our own Hackaday Pasadena Meetup.

If you missed the event you can read @Benchoff's round up on the Hackaday Blog, check out the livestream of the workshop and the lightning talks by @Sophi Kravitz, @elecia, @samy kamkar, and Sagar Jethani.

Matt (@technolomaniac) has put up a project for the #ESP8266-01 Breakout board which was used in the workshop, and you can now get the ESP8266 adapter and breakout board kit in the Hackaday Store.

A big thanks to @Michael Proctor-Smith and Lan Dang for doing the livestream, plus the SGVHAK crew for generally being great and helping out over the weekend.

We were also very pleased that @Deezmaker were able to bring the 3D scanner and printers, and that Gavin from Two Bit Circus brought the interactive Kings game. We had lots of different projects & hacks at the party on Saturday night (we'll get better at collecting info on those), and big thanks to Chris & Arclight from 23b Shop who risked life and limb to bring us the Angry Pickle.


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Come join us and bring your friends.


Saturday day - PCB Design Workshop

This Zero to Product workshop takes you thru Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design, to some basic manufacturing techniques. If you have little-to-no knowledge of schematic capture, PCB layout, Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), soldering, testing, etc; this will be great for you.

Using Eagle you will build a schematic, layout a board, generate CAM files, mill PCBs using an Othermill and more! Also have some fun with dangerous toys like soldering irons and CNCs and such, actually assembling a PCB. Should be interesting.

Saturday night - Talks & Mingle

There will be a party with a few short talks starting at 7 PM. You're strongly encouraged to bring projects to show and discuss. Carry them with you or if you need a table, power, or more space let @Jasmine know.

Sunday daytime - Open Hack Day

Unleash your inner creative, bring your ideas and projects. Come hack on real hardware / software. Planned, unplanned...doesn't matter. This micro-Hack event will provide hardware development boards and other gear like soldering and test equipment, as well as plenty of people who know what they're doing to help you build stuff.

Also - we're looking for mentors with pcb design and electronic hacking experience. If you'd be up for volunteering for a couple of hours or so, get in touch with @Jasmine.


  • Custom Hacks

    Minh Tsai06/10/2015 at 21:48 0 comments

    This is a custom-build radar that calculates distance to obstacles and displays them on the LCD screen.

    Everything fits neatly in a shoebox.
    Camera head swivels about 180 degrees.Obstacles are shown in red and blue dots. The bright blue dots at the bottom of the screen is the radar source.

    Rover with a carbon fiber shell

    Sneak peek of the internals...

  • Hands-on Session

    Minh Tsai06/10/2015 at 21:40 0 comments

  • Hackaday Prize Worldwide LA Photos

    Richard Hogben05/11/2015 at 20:42 0 comments

  • Hackaday Design Lab: Parking, transport & accommodation

    Jasmine Brackett05/06/2015 at 00:11 0 comments


    There is a little on-street parking nearby, but your best bet is to park in one of the parking structures that serves the Metro Station or Old Town Pasadena.

    View a Google map showing the Hackaday Design Lab location and parking.

    All locations are open 24/7, and the rates are:
    First 90 minutes free, $2/hour, $6 daily max, $5 flat rate after 10pm

    Del Mar Station Parking Structure (2 min walk)

    198 South Raymond Avenue. 626.817.0827

    Schoolhouse Park & Walk Structure (7 min walk)

    33 East Green Street. 626.577.8963

    De Lacey Park & Walk Structure
    (10 min walk)

    45 South De Lacey Avenue. 626.577.8963

    Public Transport & Taxis

    The Hackaday Design Lab has great public transportation links nearby, so if you don't want to drive you should look into these options.

    Metro Light Rail & Buses

    Using the Metro Goldline trains is quick and easy. It takes about 20 mins from Union Station in downtown LA to Del Mar Station, which is less than 2 minutes walk from our front door. Trains run about every 10 mins during the day, and 20 mins at night from 11-2am.

    There are also buses that serve Old Town Pasadena. The nearest intersection is FAIR OAKS/DEL MAR BLVD, PASADENA, CA 91105.

    You can find timetables or use the Metro Trip Planner at

    Get a ride home

    If your journey is not too far you can sign up for Uber or Lyft ahead of time, or catch a cab on the night.Here are a few local taxi numbers:

    • CityCab 626.796.3111
    • United Taxis 888.414.8294
    • ABC Yellow Cab 626.318.9242
    • 24/7 Yellow Cab 626.274.4804

    Places to Stay

    Coming to the party, but don't want to drive home? Very smart. You can find out about public transport & taxis or stay nearby. The nearest hotels are:

    Old Pasadena Inn
    400 South Arroyo Parkway
    626.795.8401 (reservations)

    Hilton Pasadena
    168 S. Los Robles Ave.

    Courtyard by Marriott Old Pasadena
    180 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

    Other hotels/motels in the Pasadena area which may better suit your preferences can be found at, expedia or orbitz.

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frankstripod wrote 06/02/2015 at 21:22 point

Watching the The 2015 Hackaday Prize Worldwide: LA 7hr Zero to Product video made me feel like I was there! :) (sappy thank you here)

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eddie.lira7 wrote 04/20/2015 at 17:24 point

Nice! I just RSVP for this.

I have a couple drones I can bring, I wonder if we can fly them there? hehe

If not I can still take them just for people to check out.

They are something like this one, Matrix by Turbo Ace

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Jasmine Brackett wrote 04/23/2015 at 19:27 point

We are right next to central park. There are trees, but I'm sure you could find a spot to fly them. 

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