Celebrate Hackaday’s 10th Anniversary: October 4th In Pasadena

We’ve had a bit of fun today with a post about our 10th Anniversary, now here’s the real deal.

If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area on Saturday, October 4th you should join us to help commemorate 10 years of happy hacking. The day-long event comes in many pieces. We’ve put together workshops, a mini-conference, a day-long build, and we’ll cap it all off with a party.

Hackaday is a global community though. If you can’t be there in person you should set the day aside to do some hacking in your lair, or maybe even get the Hackaday readers in your area together and see what comes of it!

Without further ado, here’s what we have planned:

Will this be awesome?

This is Hackaday, of course it’s going to be awesome.


  • 7am: A small, select group of hand-picked hackers led by [James Hobson] will begin the build-off of alternative gaming controllers to be unveiled for use at the party that night.

Workshops 9am-Noon

  • 9am: Free-forming Robots. [Adam Fabio] leads the workshop which challenges your soldering skills. We’re building [shlonkin’s] line-following robot from the Tiny Robot Family. After much debate we’ve decided to source through-hole parts instead of surface mount. Duration: up to 3 hours
  • 10am: Lockpicking. [datagram] leads the workshop which will cover the basics of lock picking. Duration: up to 1 hour
  • 11am: Universal Lithium Cell Chargers: [Todd Black] leads the workshop which covers the basics of Lithium cell charging. Attendees will assemble their own charger using a PCB which [Todd] laid out. Duration: up to 2 hours

Mini Conference 1:30-5pm

The afternoon will consist of a handful of speakers, intertwined with 7-minute hardware lightning talks. We’ll be announcing a few more speakers in the days to come but here are a three to spark your interest:

bio-scollins1-med[Steve Collins] is an Attitude Control Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He’ll tell you he’s: “been hacking various hardware and software stuff pretty much my whole life”. [Steve’s] talk will cover some hacks from his youth and how those skills directly translated into an epic, interplanetary career.

ogol[Quinn Dunki] presents Veronica, the 6502 computer she built from the processor on up. This fascinating project started with a breadboard and a lot of wire and has led to multiple home-etched PCBs to host everything from RAM to VGA.  [Hackaday Coverage] [Veronica Project Site]

jon_serious[Jon McPhalen]: “The Parallax Propeller: Embedded Multi-core Made Easy!”. When not writing, shooting, or directing for film or television, [Jon] is busy publishing articles in Nuts and Volts magazine and being an all-around Parallax Propeller guru. His talk will cover the virtues of multi-core embedded design when compared to interrupt-based approaches.

Party 7:30-11pm

What’s a birthday without a party? Ooooh… makes me wonder if we should be getting a cake?

When the solder fumes have cleared and the speakers have all said their peace there’s nothing left to do but enjoy some good music and the company of your fellow hackers while hanging onto a red plastic Solo cup filled with something delicious. This part of the day is open to hackers 21 years of age and older.

Free but tickets are mandatory!

We are limited by how many bodies can be packed into the building. Because of this you’ll need a ticket to get in the door. Head on over to our Eventbrite page to register.

Each part of the day has its own ticket so that you can pick and choose what you’d like to attend.

Why Pasadena?

The Supplyframe headquarters (Hackaday’s parent company) is in Pasadena so this is an obvious nexus for us. Also, last time I was in town I snagged the keys to the building that is slated for the HackASpace project. They haven’t moved anything in yet so we’re taking it over for the Hackaday 10th Anniversary.

11 thoughts on “Celebrate Hackaday’s 10th Anniversary: October 4th In Pasadena

      1. That wasn’t a misplaced apostrophe on “kids” — my kids came in a set of three. All girls, too. But, yes, I’m sure at least one of them will be a HaD fan.

        Can I get a shout out from ladyada or Kristina for that?

  1. I keep seeing things like this here every so often, as if there is no record of it (probably isn’t). Hackaday as a site and a name is much older than ten years. I have brought this up before that the first time I came here was because it was the first with a thorough writeup of how to get root on a (then new) remote OS X machine via wifi. At the beginning this site really was a hack a day as in breaking into other people’s stuff.

    I think it was roundabout late 2001 or early 2002 when I discovered this site.

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