Huge Names Confirm Their Supercon Appearances

We’re excited to announce the next batch of speakers for the 2017 Hackaday Superconference.

We are especially pleased to welcome Michael Ossmann as a speaker. He presented an RF design workshop at the 2014 Superconference which was sold out, standing room only, and still turned away dozens of people before becoming a hit on the Internet. This year he takes the stage with colleague Dominic Spill as they focus on infrared communications and the uses and abuses of such.

Dr. Christal Gordon threw down an incredible talk on biologically inspired sensors last year and we suspect she will outdo herself this year. Her talk will cover the fanciest of cutting-edge sensors and the trade-offs of selecting the new hotness for your designs. Coming out of this you will know when to go with a suite of tried and true components and when to make the leap to new tech.

Several of this year’s Hackaday Prize Judges will be on hand and presenting talks. In addition to Christal Gordon and Danielle Applestone (announced as a speaker last week), we’re thrilled to have Anouk Wipprecht — internationally known for her work in fashion and engineering, pushing the boundaries of how technology can interface with humans — as a speaker. Nadya Peek from the Center for Bits and Atoms who spoke at Supercon in 2016 with a harrowing tale of an impromptu engineering challenge in Shenzhen has confirmed that she will speak this year.

The ever-popular Sprite_TM will be at Supercon. He has a reputation for bringing the house down with fantastic presentations, be it the Tamagochi Matrix or the Tiniest Game Boy. And we are proud to present the Art Director for Hackaday — Joe Kim will be speaking about the curious connection between art and technology and how developments in one push the other forward.

Ever wonder about the air you’re breathing in the house or at work. So does Natalia Mykhaylova whose work begins to monitor and catalog that information. She will discuss the state of our HVAC systems and what it looks like to bring them into the information age.

Below you’ll find the confirmed speakers we’re announcing today. We’ll have more, as well as a list of confirmed talks next week. Get your ticket now, they will sell out.

  • Sprite_TM // Small Fruit: Miniturizing the MacPlus

    Sprite_TM, aka Jeroen Domburg, has always been interested in anything that goes on in the place where hardware meets software. He is an incredibly skilled hardware hacker, able to reverse engineer circuits and code quickly and despite almost any level of obfuscation. He shares this incredible work on his well-known website:

  • Joe Kim // The Balance of Art and Technology

    Joe Kim is currently the art director at and has been a working illustrator for the past 12 years. He was born in South Korea and moved to the United States when he was two where he was given stacks of white paper and pencils to reinterpret everything around him. He received his BFA from Art Center College of Design and CSULB. He currently draws, paints, and lives in Los Angeles.

  • Natalia Mykhaylova // Hacking Your Home Air

    Natalia Mykhaylova has a background in arts, engineering, chemistry and design with PhD work that involved the development of novel devices and adaptable wireless networks for air pollution monitoring. Her research work has been recognized by UofT Magazine,, UofT News, Metro News, CTV News. She enjoys coming up with elegant solutions to big problems, transforming current systems and our future in the process.

  • Christal Gordon // Sensor Fusion

    Dr. Christal Gordon is an engineer and educator. She received a dual Electrical and Computer Engineering B.S. from Polytechnic University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (minor in Neuroscience) from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her specialties include designing, prototyping, and programming. She has designed bio-inspired and bio-interfacing systems, high-speed electronics, and models of complex systems.

  • Michael Ossmann and Dominic Spill // Aye, ARRR! pIRates!

    Michael Ossmann is a wireless security researcher who makes hardware
    for hackers. Best known for the open source HackRF, Ubertooth, and
    GreatFET projects, he founded Great Scott Gadgets in an effort to put
    exciting, new tools into the hands of innovative people.

    Dominic Spill is a senior security researcher at Great Scott Gadgets
    where he writes software and firmware for open source hardware. His
    primary focus is sniffing and modifying communication protocols.

  • Nadya Peek // Can the Laplace Transform Help with my Music Video?

    Nadya works in the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, a group at the intersection of the physical and the digital, and just finished teaching the MIT class MAS.865.

  • Anouk Wipprecht // Robotic Dresses and Intuitive Interfaces

    Anouk Wipprecht is a Dutch Tech-Minded Fashion Designer combining the latest in science and technology to make Fashion an experience. With garments that augment everyday interactions, using sensors, machine learning, and robotics her designs move, breath, and react to the environment around them.

Make sure to get your tickets right away!

16 thoughts on “Huge Names Confirm Their Supercon Appearances

  1. If the tickets were not so expensive I’d totally go, if an engineer with a salary and benefits feels it cost too much, I wonder how those that are less fortunate than myself feel about the cost to go.

    1. I missed out on the cheaper tickets because they were sold out almost immediately. But I put in a serious submission for a presentation and I got a discount for the trouble even though it wasn’t accepted. Last year I had bought a ticket but then I won a free ticket in a contest, so I could return it and be part of a couple of workshops (those were my favorite!).

      I agree with the sentiment though. Even with the discount, tickets are still very expensive. And I live close by so I don’t even have to worry about a plane ticket or a hotel. I think because the place is relatively small, they have to keep demand low by keeping the price high. On the other hand, if you do get to go, it’s totally worth the money.


      1. I’d be traveling from new england too so it would cost as much as a mini vacation, I wish we did more HaD stuff in the Boston Area, IDK why they dont consider it a major city like America was invented there lol

      2. Last year I got lucky and got the discount ticket, but this year I paid full price. Sure, it’s a lot, but if it’s like last year –
        you get breakfast & lunch both days and dinner/party Sat night with drinks, plus a t-shirt and a sweet badge, plus various swag. Not to mention the amazing talks, and last year, for instance, I ended chatting to a guy at lunch about what it’s like to pilot space probes at JPL – I mean, really, how do you put a price on that? ;)

  2. Looking forward to the con and speakers!

    Yes, tickets are expensive as someone else where commented, but I believe it’s a balance between size and quality–Anyone has ever put together an event knows venues aren’t cheap, and sponsorship only goes so far before it turns into a “boat show” with limited appeal.

    I’m in Boston so the cost of tickets to the con is potentially one of the _least_ expensive aspects of the trip for me. I’m fortunate that I had enough FF miles to get a nearly free airline ticket and find an inexpensive room at an airbnb nearby.

  3. Had almost convinced the wife-unit to waste a few days on this, but canceled out after looking at the speaker list. Meh, big names? These are ‘big’ names

    Paul Stoffregen
    Limor Fried
    Nathan Seidle
    Richard Nute
    Guido van Rossum
    Steve Wozniak
    Kelly Slater

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