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Hackaday Prize Worldwide: New York City

Hackaday partners with the epic TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon to provide hardware hacking!

Saturday, May 2, 2015 12:00 pm EDT - Sunday, May 3, 2015 03:00 pm EDT New York, New York
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TechCrunch is well known for their hackathons; huge gatherings of software devs building pretty amazing things in under 24 hours.

RSVP on Eventbrite, spots are limited.

We're bringing a bunch of hardware to hack on. You may bring your own but assembly and coding all needs to be done on-site.

The hacking actually starts at 1:30pm on Saturday. Enjoy dinner at 7, food and snacks at midnight, and breakfast at 7am the next morning all included as part of the free ticket.

You NEED to Win this Thing

It's often said that Hardware is Hard, but it's also really cool. We think that could give you an edge over the software-only hacks. What a great story it would be for the Hackaday crowd to come in and take the top prize!

TWENTY HOURS OF HARDWARE

Show up at 12:30pm on Saturday, May 2nd. By 9:30am the next morning you must have a working piece of hardware having been totally built on-site. Starting at 11am on Sunday you have 60-seconds to show off your build.

We're not kidding around when we say the judging criteria for this hackathon is “Awesomeness". TC is putting up $5,000 to the winning team. Obviously someone who hangs out around Hackaday should be the winner here so go sign up!


2015 Hackaday Prize is Sponsored by:

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Daniel Sims wrote 05/02/2015 at 17:46 point

I have a team of 2 formed, anyone else want to join? We are on the upper deck.

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Katie Fortunato wrote 05/01/2015 at 18:21 point

That was a lot of fun last night, I'm really glad everyone enjoyed the Flight Data Recorder. I hope to see you all this weekend!

Sorry again for maybe worshiping Bil a little bit! ;)  An old Commodore chick can't help herself sometimes, I owe him my love of computers in some ways!

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Matt Lipschutz wrote 05/01/2015 at 05:03 point

Someone left a blazer at the bar in the back room, Rafaella size 6.  I picked it up, will have it at the hackthon this weekend.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 05/01/2015 at 13:47 point

Awesome, that's mine :) thanks! See you tomorrow.

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Rocky McCleary wrote 04/30/2015 at 01:40 point

Unfortunately, it turns out I wont be able to come. Pop a few capacitors for me.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 05/01/2015 at 13:47 point

bummer. see you next time

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Daniel Sims wrote 04/29/2015 at 20:43 point

What sort of tools should I bring? 

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/30/2015 at 01:41 point

@Daniel Sims we are bringing a lot of tools, but if you have a favorite wire cutter, bring that. Also bring power supplies for your stuff. See you soon!

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Levan Toturgul wrote 04/27/2015 at 20:30 point

If you can use the help of an iOS developer who is new to hardware, let me know. I'll be at the meetup, too. This looks like it's going to be a lot of fun!

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/27/2015 at 20:54 point

If you want to work with hardware and iOS it is likely you'll find someone in the hardware area to work with. Def come and hang with us. 

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David Nghiem wrote 04/29/2015 at 19:28 point

Dude, want to team up with someone who HATES iOS and Android programming, but totally loves programming a coke machine/car/robot? That's me. Let me know.

Now I just need to find someone who does Artificial Neural Network programming on microcontrollers...

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Levan Toturgul wrote 05/01/2015 at 20:59 point

Sounds good to me. I'll see you Saturday!

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marcino239 wrote 05/02/2015 at 02:59 point

I was actually thinking about few ideas for ANNs on embedded hardware  so happy to team up.  We can try Cortex M4F for fun or Beaglebone for more fun number crunching.   

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David Nghiem wrote 05/02/2015 at 03:57 point

Sweet! I'm good with sensors and microcontrollers, and am learning about ANN's. Obviously, learning them in 24 hours sounds like fun, but I also want to win. Either way, I've got an idea I'll float to you guys based on what I'm working on, and let's see if we can get it implemented to show those appholes what hardcore hardware peeps can do...

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Rocky McCleary wrote 04/27/2015 at 15:42 point

Unfortunatly, due to safety concerns from my parnets ( They're a bit strict) i can not make the trip.

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Rocky McCleary wrote 04/27/2015 at 15:43 point

However I am trying to dispell their concerns.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/27/2015 at 20:52 point

You will be in a room with a lot of people, computers and hardware- it should be pretty safe. Hopefully you can come!

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Benchoff wrote 05/01/2015 at 18:23 point

Tell them you're more likely to have an arm cut off by a chainsaw than being shot....

I think someone's bringing a chainsaw, btw...

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David Nghiem wrote 04/26/2015 at 20:38 point

Anyone down with doing mesh with me? Just got my 10 NRF24L01+ 2.4GHz Wireless RF Transceiver Modules! 

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Kenji Larsen wrote 04/28/2015 at 19:22 point

I'm going to be meshin' it up, but using RFM69HW...  bridge?  I have a few Nordics lying around too...

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David Nghiem wrote 04/29/2015 at 19:26 point

Bring it! Got a mesh idea I want to hack out there. Also junctions with wifi. Kinda anxious cause I got some sensors coming in to my parent's house on Friday before I head up Saturday, but I don't know if they'll arrive on time!

Hey Sophi, I know we never met, but uh, if you guys got any heat/temperature sensors, would ya mind bringin them? Let me know.

DaveN

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Ken Pierre wrote 05/01/2015 at 04:41 point

Drop me a note about the sensors you might be in need of.  I have a wide varieties and suspect I have a few duplicate.  new to hardware but looking for folks tinkers w/an idea.  Happy to share what I got ;)

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Matt Lipschutz wrote 05/01/2015 at 15:46 point

If you are in need, there *is* a shop in the city on 5th and 2nd called Tinkersphere which carries lots of fun to play with sensors ('duino-esque).  They're open noon to 7 on Saturday, closed Sunday.

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Chris Hoey wrote 04/24/2015 at 13:53 point

Any chance someone could bring a 3d printer? What is a hardware hackathon without one? 

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Kenji Larsen wrote 04/26/2015 at 04:14 point

I can bring a small one, but it's the filament that is the larger mass.  PLA, ABS, NinjaFlex? Too much to bring every combo, if you have an idea for an application, let's narrow it down...

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Chris Hoey wrote 04/27/2015 at 13:30 point

Thanks! That would be a huge help if you can.  I am going to try and create a shaft adapter for capacitive modular absolute encoder. Specifically this one http://www.cui.com/product/resource/amt20-v.pdf  The other parts would be sensor mounts for the bike frame and/or suspension. The impacts that this bike are subject to is quite intense so brittle would be the enemy. I guess ABS would be best for that but at this point whatever is easiest to bring/print for a rough prototype would be helpful.

If you need a hand with logistics of getting it there let me know how I can help. I was planning on taking my bike on the LIRR but I can drive in if that helps transport things. 

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Kenji Larsen wrote 04/27/2015 at 19:33 point

Getting it there is no problem.  It's small, and without heated bed, but we can cobble up an enclosure that will help if you really want to print ABS. I can't help but think, however, that maybe other methods are more suited to this application...

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Chris Hoey wrote 04/24/2015 at 01:06 point

Is there a size or weight limit to what we can bring? I have a project in mind that involves a mountain bike. Will I be allowed to bring the bike inside without causing too much of a hassle? 

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/24/2015 at 06:50 point

You can always try it, and if they won't let you, we can try to smuggle it in a wheel and a seat at a time. Bring a padlock for outside just in case though. 

 It will really depend on your social engineering skills :D

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Chris Hoey wrote 04/24/2015 at 13:51 point

Fair enough. Game on! ;) 

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KickSucker wrote 04/23/2015 at 22:41 point

Got my ticket, stoked!

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/24/2015 at 01:12 point

w00t!

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/23/2015 at 16:56 point

Hi @Matt Lipschutz and everyone else, we are also doing a meetup Thursday night 4/30 if you're around. RSVP here: http://hackadaymeetupnyc.splashthat.com/ HInt: bringing a project is a good idea!

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Matt Lipschutz wrote 04/23/2015 at 15:09 point

I'm local to NYC (living out of HackManhattan basically).  I will bring my DSO and PS, a small box of dev boards, and some odds and ends (buspirate ftw!)- and request to bring stuff from our communal stuff.  Is there any hardware or tooling which is specifically needed?  There are a half dozen (or more) hackerspaces in the city, so tools and equipment should not be lacking, if requested beforehand.  There is NOT a reliable supply of electronic hardware in the city, however- Tinkersphere sells hobby stuff, and there area  few junk shops on Canal, but that's it.  If you need it, BRING IT.

Also, meetup- most definitely.  Come check out HackManhattan on 14th st if you have nothing to do, we're open as long as a member is around (most of the time).

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Rocky McCleary wrote 04/23/2015 at 02:25 point

Hi, aside from the main event, are there any plans to meet up before? Unfortunately, due to timing and my location, I wont be in NYC until Friday. Would I be missing anything?
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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/23/2015 at 16:54 point

You'll have plenty of fun hanging out on the weekend, don't worry!

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Kenji Larsen wrote 04/22/2015 at 19:45 point

I can bring serious equipment... but a lot of what I have is power hungry or too loud for the environment (and that's just the portable stuff).  But if someone has a specific idea, I can probably scare up the right items.  But hey - how much smoke can we make before we get kicked out?  This is a serious question for hardware hackers!  Electroplating?  High voltage?  Vacuum?  Fire?  (Or maybe contained plasma...)  We have to make it amazing, whatever it is!

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David Nghiem wrote 04/22/2015 at 20:57 point

Dude, bring a digital oscilloscope if you got one.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/22/2015 at 21:09 point

Yes please bring an oscilloscope. I am bringing one too.

Fire! (shrugs). Probably not, sorry.

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Kenji Larsen wrote 04/23/2015 at 01:45 point

I will bring one!

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Kenji Larsen wrote 04/23/2015 at 03:57 point

By "fire" I didn't mean anything uncontrolled (except maybe for the occasional transistor).  Just wanted to be clear on that point.  The amazing stuff happens by virtue of control.  You know, how candles are simply pleasant.  I was thinking about something along the lines of some sort of sustained incandescence inside a clear jar, with a simplistic control system to allow different gas mixtures/pressure/voltage (or some subset) through there to do RGB controlled "fire".  Ambient audio level meter with color-controlled fire? Something like that, but really just thinking aloud about what might be achievable in the time and in the particular space.  Still hunting for that idea.  I think a winning entry is not only about breadboarding circuits with sensors ( = input).  I like it when the circuits do something ( = output) in the physical world. But that is just one avenue, of course. I am fully prepared to be amazed by everyone who is bringing the awesome, no matter how they do it! And please, use my o-scope!

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David Nghiem wrote 04/23/2015 at 14:51 point

I follow a philosophy of exchange. Cooked a lot of meals for families across South America when I rode my bicycle across it. So, if I use your o-scope, dude, I'm gettin pizza.

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Kenji Larsen wrote 04/23/2015 at 16:39 point

Now that sounds like a strategic alliance to me!

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David Nghiem wrote 04/22/2015 at 19:12 point

I'll bring my biosensor pods too. But seriously, how does this work? Do they give us a theme to hack towards, or is this a total free for all? Cuz if it's a free for all, Hot damn...

 And are we all gonna get together to meet up in a corner with the other hardware peeps before things get started? That'd be nice. Should I send y'all my number to text me with where to meet?

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/22/2015 at 21:22 point

This is a free for all. Come in and find the Hackaday Table Of Goodies. We'll have the hardware and you can plonk down next to us. NO theme, just hack. Also we can convert software-heads :D

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Rocky McCleary wrote 04/22/2015 at 14:41 point

Just got my ticket. Defiantly going.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/22/2015 at 15:45 point

woohoo!

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chalupien wrote 04/22/2015 at 13:32 point

Id like to see if I can make this TechCrunch!

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/22/2015 at 15:45 point

Please come, we'd love to have you.

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Kenji Larsen wrote 04/22/2015 at 03:33 point

Hardware hacking a hackathon! Impossible to resist.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/22/2015 at 15:45 point

I know, right? 

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Rollyn01 wrote 04/22/2015 at 02:35 point

I'm just coming to watch to be honest. Hell, I might learn a thing or two while I'm there.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/22/2015 at 15:46 point

You can grab a development board from us and a quick start and you can spend the time learning some stuff. We'll be there to help, or struggle alongside :)

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Rollyn01 wrote 04/23/2015 at 23:33 point

Sweet, bringing my laptop and  maybe a textbook or two. Let the struggling begin. :D

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