The Gathering: Huge Success!


In case you haven’t heard, Hackaday put on a little shindig in downtown LA this past Tuesday. It was awesome.

And we had a few very awesome visitors: [Eliot], senior editor of Hackaday for the first five years made a showing, as did former co-editor [Jack Buffington]. Eminent LA-area hackers came out, including [charliex] of Null Space Labs, the guys from Deezmaker, and the long-haired hippie who can be found in a few NASA videos for the Curiosity rover.

Aside from the free drinks and the awesome people, there was some really cool tech on display. The mezzanine of the bar had a laser graffiti rig, and everyone who came received a super collectible NFC card that allowed them to vote on what Hackaday is doing for our next main event (the quadcopter option won but the vote was non-binding so we’ll keep you updated).

On a personal note, this was one of the few times I’ve interacted with Hackaday readers without the use of a keyboard. You guys are awesome. Thanks for coming out, and if you have any pics from the party, post a link to an album in the comments, or share your stories with us on Twitter via #HaDLAGoogle+, and/or Facebook.

Pics below. These were taken by [Edward de la Torre]


  1. Ren says:

    Thanks for putting this up,
    Now, I feel a bit of vicarious joy!
    (My vote would’ve been for the Rube Goldberg)

    • Mike Szczys says:

      I have final say on the event (because I’m ultimately stuck planning it). I actually edited Brian’s post to put that disclaimer in there. Here’s why I agree with you that Rube Goldberg (which came in second) is a great concept:

      One of the attendees was speaking with me about the themes and he said he liked the Rube Goldberg option because it was collaborative instead of competitive. I think that’s a very important distinction. Wouldn’t you rather have readers with elite skills giving those still honing their skills a hand rising to the top of hardware hacking? I would.

  2. charliex says:

    It was a great event, thanks for inviting us along. HAD and the SupplyFrame were super nice people too, pleasure to meet y’all.

  3. arko says:

    HaD a great time! Thanks for the event! More parties and live events!

  4. Ben says:

    Wish I was in america !

  5. Yeah you guys and SupplyFrame put on a great shindig. Thanks for getting so many SoCal hackers in one location, it was cool to meet you all!

  6. gustibus says:

    Looks like fun, would have tried to be there but the whole 5000 miles away thing put me off………….

  7. Chris says:

    The next one you throw, you should have music and more visuals. And go until dawn.

  8. echodelta says:

    The first photo makes it look like hacking is done with vacuum tubes and wax coated paper caps.
    My impression was that of a depression era bread and soup line.
    Oh! the freak that drives around on Mars. Way to go!

  9. Dudecallednick says:

    More of a hootnanny than a shindig…

  10. cc says:

    SSSHHIET, I need that HAD flag!

  11. Jeremy Cook says:

    Wow, was that all HAD people in that bar? That’s really cool.

  12. komradebob says:

    Looks like you all had a great time!

    When are you going to do this in the Real World, aka someplace outside the LA Reality Distortion Zone®? ;)

  13. The next one should be in São Paulo Brasil… My vote is for Rube Goldberg.
    Thanks for the pictures.

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