The Hackaday Superconference
November 2-4 2018 // Pasadena, CA
The Hackaday Superconference is the greatest gathering of hardware hackers, builders, engineers and enthusiasts in the world. The conference begins on Friday, November 2nd at 10 am with workshops and badge hacking. Supercon attendees are also invited to celebrate with drinks and appetizers at our kick-off celebration at Supplyframe headquarters that Friday (November 2nd) evening.
Hundreds of engineers and engineering enthusiasts gather for talks and workshops along with the extemporaneous challenges, conversations, and discovery that make Supercon the ultimate hardware conference.The Supplyframe DesignLab, combined with the excellent performance hall in the adjoining LA College of Music and the private outdoor venue that connects the two, and you have the perfect scene for a hacker village to take shape.
Conference ticket also includes admission to our kick-off party at Supplyframe HQ. (Friday, November 2nd from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm) Celebrate with drinks and appetizers along with the Supplyframe and Hackaday teams, conference presenters and more. Check-in for Supercon early and get first dibs on your badge!

Speakers

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Ben Krasnow
Depositing copper circuitry and optical displays onto 3D-printed parts

Producing printed circuits on plastic mechanical parts can be accomplished with a standard laser cutter and a handful of chemicals available from online retailers.

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Ruth Grace Wong
Firmware From the Firehose

Practical tips for people who don’t know anything about firmware for deciphering the code and tracking down bugs.

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Amie Danielle Dansby
Swords and High Voltage: Creating 3D Printing Designs for Electronics Props

You can easily bring digital video game assets to the human world with 3D printing, but what about modifying files, or adding electronics?

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Sam Zeloof
Home Chip Fab: Silicon IC Fabrication in the Garage

IC and semiconductor fabrication techniques, tools, and processes that allow for mid 1970’s era device fabrication on a small budget in the home workshop.

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Zach Archer
Live Coding a 40-Foot LED Sign

This is the story of how the massive 500-watt LED Toorcamp sign was designed, developed, and constructed inside of 3 weeks.

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Leigh Johnson
Portable Deep Object Detection

The fundamentals of deep learning modules and object detection using Tensorflow and Keras on a Raspberry Pi.

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Kitty Yeung
Tech-Fashion Designs and the Wearables Industry

Driven by creative designs, the wearables industry has tremendous opportunities but also faces significant challenges in scaling and scientific research. Building programmable garments and what the future will bring.

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Erika Earl
How to Stay Grounded When You Have Zero Potential

Why “ground” is critical and important for developing electronic hardware and how to approach a grounding scheme in your designs.

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David Prutchi
DIY Ultraviolet Photography

Modifying cameras, building lenses, and selecting filters to see like the bees. Exploring ultraviolet spectrum for the artistic and technically-minded.

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Brad Luyster
Communication, Architecture, and Building Complex Systems for SPAAACE

Building the first dual-rotor modular centrifuge to fly on the ISS. Ingenuity and standing on the shoulders of giants to build complex systems.

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Estefannie
Daft Punk Is Playing In My Helmet

A whirlwind tour of tools and techniques for fabricating amazing reproductions in the home workshop; electronics, vacuum forming, 3D printing, and sooooo much sanding bring a faithful Daft Punk Helmet clone to life.

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Scott Swaaley
Lessons Learned in Designing High Power Line Voltage Circuits

Practical tips for designing with high-power line voltage circuits to make AC design and tinkering safe, effective, and just as cheap as DC.

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Alex Hornstein
Hacking the Lightfield

Taking holographic photos and video with regular cameras and panache. Custom photo rigs and the crazy problem of making a lightfield video rig.

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Ted Yapo
Dealing with a Cheap Spectrum Analyzer

A surprisingly simple circuit, some interesting math, and an article in the inaugural edition of the Hackaday Journal of What You Don’t Know..

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Jeroen Domburg
Magic Paintbrush: Everyone Can Paint with Printer Cartridges

Always wanted to paint like Bob Ross, but have the artistic skills of a wet cardboard box? Perhaps you can be helped by a printer cartridge and some electronics.

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Bryce Salmi
3D Printing An Orbital Class Rocket

Challenging traditional manufacturing techniques used to build orbital class rockets. Here’s how Relativity Space 3D prints rocket engines (104 tests already) and avionics.

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Sarah Petkus
Sensing and Indicating a Sensual State

“SHE BON” can sense and indicate the wearer’s level of arousal/excitement. It explores ways in which we can use our bio-data to communicate aspects of our being that would otherwise go unnoticed, as well as how technology can help us add another layer of texture to how we express our individuality.

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Zach Fredin
Novelty Soldering

Novel soldering techniques for building art, prototypes, and short hand-built production runs using techniques like SMT cordwood, carved FR4, and small scale free-air.

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Kelly Ziqi Peng
Diffractive Optics for Augmented Reality

Learn to design optical elements like diffractive waveguides (Magic Leap, Hololens, Akonia, Digilens), and electronically controlled elements that can changing depth in real-time. More importantly, learn how to make your own with accessible machine shop equipment.

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Brett Smith
Why Do It the Hard Way?

Microcontrollers have lots of built-in functionality that goes unused because long datasheets can be overwhelming. That ends now.

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Chris Gammell
Improve Your Circuit Toolbox

Simple designs will save your next product if you know which circuits to piece together. Utility circuits practical for everyday electronics.

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Arsenijs Picugins
DIY Linux Portables

From powering it efficiently, to software constraints, picking the right hardware, and connecting it all in a fail-safe way, know the pitfalls of designing a Linux-powered portable.

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Ken Shirriff
Studying Silicon: Reverse Engineering Integrated Circuits

From the outside, integrated circuits are mysterious black boxes. Here’s how to open up some famous analog and digital chips including 8008 microprocessor, 555 timer, the first FPGA chip, Intel’s first RAM, the 76477 sound effects chip, and a counterfeit RAM chip.

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Jennifer Wang
Building IMU-based Gesture Recognition

If you combine IMUs with machine learning (ML), you can detect gestures! Experimenting with these devices that sense both motion and orientation is a great way to get ML into your hacker toolkit.

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Michael Schuldt
Adventures in Manufacturing Automation

A software engineer explores manufacturing automation, featuring complex software solutions and redemption in the form of reusable hardware components.

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Adam McCombs
A Hacker’s Guide to Electron Microscopy

Working on electron microscopes means learning about everything from analog and digital circuit repairs, to how to rig and transport scopes, servicing 120KV+ high voltage tanks, and working on complex high vacuum systems.

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Justin McAllister
Simple Antennas to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

From $10 USB software defined radios to cheap imported transceivers, it’s easier than ever to have a multi-purpose radio in your lab. Low cost antennas can be built by beginners easily to send and receive radio signals from frequencies covering worldwide HF to local VHF, UHF, and microwave.

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Alex Glow
What Went Wrong with Archimedes (the Robot Owl)?

Building a wearable, AI-powered robotic owl, is both easier and harder than it looks. Explore the challenges of 3D printing, coding, and how to confront them with creativity.

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Kerry Scharfglass
The Economics of Conference Badges at Medium Scale

Discover manufacturing processes and make decisions with an eye towards economics. Buying 30,000 RGB LEDs, using big red arrows to communicate through a translator, and more!

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Jeremy Hong
Electronic Warfare: A Brief Overview of Weaponized RF Designs

Whether you are trying to avoid having a multi-million dollar fighter jet from being shot down or avoid a speeding ticket from law enforcement , the same radar and electronic warfare equations and concepts apply.

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Zapp & Hyr0n (AND!XOR)
USIN EMBEDDD SISTEM CHALLENGEZ AN PROGRAMMIN LULZ AS METHOD 2 TEACH HACKIN

AND!XOR creates electronic badges for education and fun at security conferences. These badges, however, are not just blinged out LED eye candy. They are a way for us to teach people foundational hacking skills in the form of embedded puzzles. Our last project included a text based alternate reality game and custom programming language. Challenges included side channel attacks, wireless hacking, reverse engineering, and coding in kitteh speak LULZCODE. We will show how these were made and solved.

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Brian Benchoff
Tindie Pad printing demo

15-20 minute demo of pad printing. We'll discuss the technology, how it's used, then all participants will come up and print something. We will print 300 panels of KISS Tindie badges on site!

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Jean Rintoul
Low Cost Open Source Biomedical Imaging

Biomedical Imaging has previously been expensive and impossible to hack with. Open EIT (electrical impedance tomography) uses safe non-ionising AC current to recreate images of conductive material, such as your lungs or head, using the same tomographic reconstruction technique as cat scans. This talk presents the open source project, then discusses exciting future innovations in this area.

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Samy Kamkar
Low Cost, Low Weight, Gestured-Controlled Light-Up Balloon Network

Trials and tribulations of creating a network of remotely controlled, sound-reactive, low cost floating balloons.

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Joan Horvath & Rich Cameron
Hacker Calculus

This project began as our 2017 Hackaday Prize entry, and there is a lot of background there. We feel you really need to start over and rethink how you attack teaching what is fundamentally a geometrical subject. We think our approach will make the basics of calculus accessible to communities who might not be able to get into it otherwise: machinists without the math background, blind students- and maybe much younger students.

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Katrina Nguyen
How I Automated My Job Feeding Mice

The road to building an army of automated feeders to measure and study the neuroscience of feeding behavior in rodents.

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Dominic Spill
Ridiculous Radios

RF engineers put great effort in to crafting high quality radio systems. I am not one of those engineers. I will present a selection of radios that we have designed using crude and often ridiculous methods for transmitting and receiving signals.

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Hunter Scott
Why phased arrays are cool and how to build one

This talk will explain what phased arrays are, their basic architecture, their benefits, and how to make one yourself. We'll also talk about how we can take advantage of new chips for the coming 5G standard to reduce hardware cost and complexity.

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Rob Ryan-Silva
Making it Matter for Developing Countries

Every year, Hackaday encourages you to build something that matters, and many Hackaday Prize entries are aimed at making life better in developing countries. As Director of the DAI Maker Lab, Rob Ryan-Silva builds hardware and capacities around building hardware in support of foreign aid projects. With more than 20 years of experience in international development, Rob will talk about what considerations really matter when designing for developing country contexts.

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Michael Rigsby
Connect the Dots, Choices Make a Life

How does life unfold if you create things? College projects, a "magic" doorbell and electric car provided a basis for the "remote control footstool and automatic fireplace" in my bachelor pad. A “hack the toy” article in Byte magazine led to a book offer. Inspired, I quit my engineering job and moved the family to a beach home on Sanibel Island. Creating things also creates a life.

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Tim 'mithro' Ansell
A ARM MicroProcessor or FPGA in your USB port!

The Tomu project aims to put awesome computing power literally **inside** your USB port. The boards are fully open source and useful for doing U2F style devices, status indicators or whatever you can think of!

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Charles Alexanian
Small scale vacuum tube construction

Showing the process of the construction of vacuum tubes.

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Carl Bugeja
PCB Motors

Carl will discuss designing actuators made from PCBs.

Schedule

Friday
HQ

Badge Hacking

Everyone

Friday all day / HQ
9AM - 5PM

Badge Hacking Tricks

Jaromir Sukuba & Voja Antonic

12:00PM / HQ
45 min

USIN EMBEDDD SISTEM CHALLENGEZ AN PROGRAMMIN LULZ AS METHOD 2 TEACH HACKIN

Zapp & Hyr0n (AND!XOR):

3:30PM / HQ
40 min

Friday Workshops

Friday all day / HQ
*Check the workshop schedule

2018 Hackaday Superconference Launch Party

Rich Hogben live modular set + DJ

Friday evening
Original Hackaday Supercon music + more
Saturday
LACM

Session 1

10AM - 1PM

Welcome and conference info

Sophi Kravitz & Mike Szczys

15 min

How to turn your idea into a successful business - Top 7 things I wish someone had told me 20 years ago

Bill Gross

40 min

DIY Ultraviolet Photography – Modifying cameras, building lenses, and selecting filters to see like the bees

David Prutchi

30 min

How to Stay Grounded When You Have Zero Potential

Erika Earl

35 min

Diffractive Optics for Augmented Reality - No Black Magic, DIY, Manufacture and Optimizations

Kelly Ziqi Peng

35 min

Session 2

2PM - 4PM

All about the Supercon badge hardware

Voja Antonic

20 min

Presenting the badge development process, problems we encountered and how we solved it

Jaromir Sakuba

20 min

Cyborg Ring

Zach Fredin

10 min

Portable Deep Object Detection - Tensorflow & Keras on a Raspberry Pi

Leigh Johnson

10 min

Daft Punk Helmet

Estefannie

10 min

Reverse Engineering Integrated Circuits

Ken Shirriff

30 min

Low Cost Open Source Biomedical Imaging

Jean Rintoul

30 min

Session 3

5PM - 7PM

Tech-Fashion Designs and the Wearables Industry

Kitty Yeung

25 min

Home Chip Fab: Silicon IC Fabrication in the Garage

Sam Zeloof

35 min

Magic Paintbrush: Everyone can Paint with Printer Cartridges

Jeroen Domburg

45 min

Hackaday Prize Celebration

7PM - 1AM

Hackaday Prize Ceremony

Mike Szczys, Majenta Strongheart, and Stephen Tranovich

45 min

Hackaday Prize Party

DJ Jackalope + more

until 1AM
DesignLab

Adventures in Manufacturing Automation

Michael Schuldt

30 min

Electronic Warfare: A brief overview of weaponized RF design

Jeremy Hong

35 min

Why everything the internet says is wrong. Lessons learned in designing high power line voltage circuits

Scott Swaaley

35 min

DesignLab Residencies and more

Dan Hienzsch

15 min

Build Your Own Cellphone: hardware, magic, and Linux on Portable Devices

Arsenijs Picugins

30 min

Accelerometers + machine learning FTW! Building IMU-based gesture recognition

Jennifer Wang

30 min

Tindie Pad printing demo

Brian Benchoff

45 min

Yes We CAN: Building Complex Systems for SPAAACE

Brad Luyster

30 min

Hacking the Lightfield: Taking holographic photos and video with regular cameras and panache.

Alex Hornstein

35 min
Sunday
LACM

Session 1

10AM - 1PM

State of the Hackaday

Mike Szczys

30 min

Problem to Publication: Dealing with a Cheap Spectrum Analyzer

Ted Yapo

20 min

3D Printing An Orbital Class Rocket

Bryce Salmi

35 min

How I automated my job feeding mice

Katrina Nguyen

30 min

Swords and High Voltage: Creating 3D Printing designs for electronics props

Amie Danielle Dansby

30 min

Firmware from the Firehose

Ruth Grace Wong

15 min

Session 2

2PM - 4PM

Improve your circuit toolbox: Simple designs that will save your next product

Chris Gammell

35 min

Low Cost, Low Weight, Gestured-Controlled Light-Up Balloon Network

Samy Kamkar

30 min

Live Coding a 40-Foot LED Sign

Zach Archer

30 min

Session 3

5PM - 6:30PM

Sensing and Indicating a Sensual State

Sarah Petkus

35 min

Depositing copper circuitry and optical displays onto 3D-printed parts

Ben Krasnow

25 min

Badge Hacking

6PM - 7PM

Badge Hacking ceremony

Mike Szczys & Elliot Williams

45 min

Closing ceremony

Sophi Kravitz & Mike Szczys

15 min
DesignLab

Hacker Calculus

Joan Horvath & Rich Cameron

20 min

Why Do It the Hard Way?

Brett Smith

30 min

Simple antennas to survive the zombie apocalypse

Justin McAllister

25 min

Ridiculous Radios

Dominic Spill

35 min

Small scale vacuum tube construction

Charles Alexanian

50 min

A Hackers Guide to Electron Microscopy

Adam McCombs

10 min

What Went Wrong with Archimedes (the Robot Owl)

Alex Glow

10 min

Tomu - A ARM MicroProcessor or FPGA in your USB port!

Tim 'mithro' Ansell

10 min

Why phased arrays are cool and how to build one

Hunter Scott

35 min

The Economics of Conferences Badges at Medium Scale

Kerry Scharfglass

35 min

Making it Matter for Developing Countries

Rob Ryan-Silva

30 min

Connect the Dots, Choices Make a Life

Michael Rigsby

25 min

Workshops

Friday

An Introduction to Animatronics Featuring Tentacle Mechanisms

Joshua Vasquez

Friday morning / HQ
240 min

Introduction to LoRa Sensor networking

Reinier van der Lee

Friday morning / HQ
120 min

Logic Noise: Breadboard Your Own Primitive Synthesizer

Elliot Williams

Friday afternoon / HQ
90 min

Designing Expressive Modular Wearable Hardware

Angela Sheehan & Mary West

Friday afternoon / HQ
180 min

Saturday

Wireless Based IoT ESP32 Sensor Design with New IoT Design Tools

Robert Nelson (Sponsored by Digi-Key)

Saturday morning / Alley
120 min

Full Stack Product Development with Autodesk Eagle and Fusion 360

Matt Berggren (Sponsored by Autodesk)

Saturday morning / HQ
180 min

WTFpga, Introduction to FPGA

Piotr Esden-Tempski

Saturday afternoon / Alley
120 min

The coolest workshop!

Will Caruana

Saturday night / Party
120 min

Sunday

Small Scale CNC/Robotics Workshop (Build a CNC Badge!)

Barton Dring

Sunday morning / Alley
120 min

Weird Synth Making

Erin Demastes

Sunday morning / HQ
180 min

Environmental Robotics BioBlitz!

Erin Kennedy

Sunday morning / DesignLab outdoors
90 min

Environmental Robotics BioBlitz Data Analysis Portion

Erin Kennedy

Sunday late-morning / HQ
90 min

Building Wi-Fi Connected Devices with Arduino

Don Coleman

Sunday afternoon / Alley
150 min

Rapidly Prototype a Sensor Node

Ricky Johnson (Sponsored by Microchip)

Sunday afternoon / HQ
120 min

Sponsors

Locations

LACM

Los Angeles College of Music
370 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105

DesignLab

Supplyframe DesignLab
30 E Del Mar Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105

HQ

Supplyframe
61 S Fair Oaks Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91105

Local

Using the Metro Goldline trains is quick and easy. It takes about 20 minutes 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 11pm-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 metro.net.

Flights

Burbank Airport (BUR) is the closest to Pasadena (check Southwest Airlines for flights). LAX is the next option with flights inbound from around the globe. Other nearby options include Long Beach (LGB; 32 mi), Ontario (ONT; 38.8 mi), and John Wayne (SNA; 49.3 mi).

Lodging

Airbnb and HomeAway are very popular options in the Pasadena area. Nearby hotels include the Green Tree Inn, Sheraton, Courtyard, Residence Inn, and Hilton.