The 2022 Hackaday Supercon Is On! And The Call For Proposals Is Open

After two years in remote mode, we’re very excited to announce that this year’s Hackaday Supercon will be coming back, live! Join us Nov. 4th, 5th, and 6th in sunny Pasadena, CA for three days of hacks, talks, and socializing with the Hackaday community. And we’d love to see and hear in person what you’ve been up to for the last two years – so start brainstorming what you’re going to talk about now and fill out the call for proposals.

Supercon is On!

We’ll be starting off on Friday Nov. 4th with early-bird registration, a mellow afternoon of badge-hacking and workshops, and a party to kick off the con. Saturday and Sunday will be the full enchilada: two tracks of talks, hacking stations and food set up in the alley, and workshops aplenty. (Just thinking about hacking in the alley and sharing tacos afterward again brings a tear of joy to my eye.) We’ll close up Sunday night with the 2022 Hackaday Prize Awards and a chance to demo the weekend’s badge hacking on stage.

If you haven’t ever been to a Supercon before, it’s Hackaday in real life. People bring hacks to show and share, projects to work on, and their ideas that are too big to fit in the overhead compartment anyway. The crowd is awesome. There are seasoned pros, famous YouTubers, and brand-new hackers to boot. But yet it’s not overwhelming – Supercon is too big to fit in your living room, but it’s nonetheless cozy. The folks in attendance are all fantastic and you’ll stumble into the most awesome conversations.

It’s a weekend you don’t want to miss, so start figuring out how you’re going to get to Pasadena now.

We’ll be putting tickets on sale soon, and while we can’t see into the future, they have sold out every year, so keep your eyes on Hackaday to get yours. And of course, speakers don’t need no stinking tickets.

Call for Proposals

Supercon has two stages and two tracks of talks: one for shorter 20-minute presentations in the smaller Design Lab and one for long-form 45 minute talks on the much bigger Center Stage. We really loved that the “smaller” format brought out a bunch of speakers in 2019 who would maybe not have committed to the full presentation, but who nonetheless gave some of the most interesting talks of the whole Supercon. It’s ideal for first-timers, or just getting your feet back into the waters of real-life presentations after a two-year hiatus – and it helps us squeeze more talks into the limited time we’ve got over the weekend. And if you’ve got more to say or show, of course there’s the main stage.

Standing room only during a 2017 Hackaday Supercon talk

If you want to get a feel for what makes a good Supercon talk, check out the video playlist for the 2019 presentations. We don’t want to see what’s been shown before, though – we want you to bring whatever turns you on, so don’t limit yourself. The tremendous diversity of experience and interest in our community is half of what makes Supercon tick. We want to hear your story!

We’ll also be running as many workshops as we have time and space for, so if you’ve got something you’d like to teach people in a smaller, hands-on format, let us know! Workshops tend to run an hour or two and allow for from ten to forty participants. Get the proposal in, and we’ll talk details.

Good to Be Back

We’ll be dropping more tidbits about how you can get your tickets and the badge design over the next few weeks. While November seems like a long way off, it’s never too early to start thinking Supercon. And after two years away, it’s about time!

42 thoughts on “The 2022 Hackaday Supercon Is On! And The Call For Proposals Is Open

    1. Nvidia 4k series gfx chips.

      Nvidia tried to cancel their order with tsmc and tsmc flat out told them no. So they will be sitting on a boatload of fab time they dont really want. ;-D

  1. Weekly Covid rate / hacker conference response
    July 1, 2020, 44k / NOPE too risky
    July 1, 2021, 16k / NO WAY! Waaaay to risky!
    July 1, 2022, 117k / CONS ARE BACK ON, BABY!!!

    1. You overlook the full situation.

      In 2020:

      – 0% of the world was vaccinated
      – there were no effective treatments for COVID-19
      – little to nothing was known about it

      – vaccines were in the early stages but weren’t widely rolled out, we really didn’t know how they’d go “in the real world”

      – we have several vaccines with varying effectiveness, some of them very good
      – we now have antivirals that will target COVID-19
      – we don’t know everything, but we now know a lot more about how it spreads, importance of ventilation… etc.

      1. 2020 I agree with you. 2021 to 2022 I do not agree. By April 2021 we were over a billion doses in. Headlines of the summer are all about how great the vaccines were working, removal of mask mandates, and opening up of travel, etc etc.

        The 7 day rolling average for deaths in the USA is more than double now what it was a year ago. As I’ve already pointed out, the reported 7 day average for infections is almost 10x. This is even after the reduction in testing due to vaccines reducing many infection’s severity and many people not bothering with an ‘official’ test after getting sick.

        If one was anti-return-to-normal in summer 2021, it makes no logical sense that one could be pro-return-to-normal in summer 2022.

        1. “”” it makes no logical sense that one could be pro-return-to-normal in summer 2022.”””

          Of course there is logic. It’s called “acceptance”.

          At some point, once you have made great efforts, it can come a point where the only viable way forward is to just accept the risk.

          A lot of the illnesses could be stopped if everyone stopped all close contacts and wore hazmat suits all the time. But it’s not an acceptable way to live … so we always accept some risk to reach a point where life is worth living. It’s all about balance.

          Also, looking at the CDC covid tracker, the 7 day average of death is at the same level as a year ago (actually even a bit lower). And it’s almost at the lowest level since the beginning of COVID.
          It also doesn’t take into account that some people dying _with_ COVID, don’t die _of_ COVID. And this is better seen looking at over-mortality number (i.e. compare total death per day this year, vs average pre-covid years). I don’t have those numbers for the US but for BE where I am, you can’t really see any over-mortaity anymore (vs 2020-2021 where it was _clearly_ visible). So yeah, some people still die with COVID and it might even have hastied their death a bit, but they were not long for this world in any case.

          (I’d post link to sources but I know from experience posting links in HaD comment is a sure way to have the comment held … But a quick google for “COVID Data Tracker CDC” should get you there. And “sciensano excess mortality” for BE data )

          1. July 18th, 2021, CDC’s 7 day death average is 286. July 18th, 2022 CDC’s 7 day average is 352. Not sure how that qualifies as “at the same level as a year ago (actually even a bit lower)”. Now, I’m not the best at maths, but I’m fairly certain 286 is not lower than 352.

            Our World In Data (Johns Hopkins University source) (which is the source I use because many regard the data as better than CDC) at the time of my last comment showed the latest of July 11th of 474 vs 237 a year prior. Again, not the best at maths, so I apologize for saying “more than double” when it was infact exactly double.

            All the other non-sequitur stuff you threw in there was known in summer 2021.

            I stand by my statement that if one was anti-return-to-normal in summer 2021, it makes no logical sense that one could be pro-return-to-normal in summer 2022. Rejection of facts in the name of ‘acceptance’ is not logical. All the data I see shows that this isn’t over. As more and more people ‘return to normal’ and vaccine/boosters efficacy keeps dropping, you are going to see the death to case ratio continue to climb. I’ve got a dollar on Cons in the late fall/winter getting canceled and the media whipping us back into a frenzy when the new variant hits. viva el miedo!

          2. COVID concerns are real, and we don’t want to downplay them.

            Indeed, we’re taking longer than usual with tickets because we have to make sure that we have enough space / precautions to do this safely. We can’t just carbon-copy previous years, obviously.

          3. I vaxed, I boosted, I re-boosted, I mask in public indoor spaces. I spent my summer risk buffer flying to gd Tanzania and back. Granted, you’re only as good as your continuing low viral exposure, but I’m willing to give this somewhat risky behavior a go.

    1. There’s precedent!

      We’re already a few steps ahead of the first Supercon ever, for which the badge was a collection f holes — a protoboard. But we, and the audience, brought a lot of parts. Epic hacks ensued.

      And/or Thomas Flummer’s unofficial (but awesome!) Remoticon badge last year:
      where you can add your own chip if you can get one! :)
      (And Sprite’s hack on that badge:

      But nope. We’ve got a solid design, some prototypes made (even a few months ago!) and I think we’re good for chips.

      The logo / banner are actually spoilers for the badge, but now I’ve said too much!

      1. “The logo / banner are actually spoilers for the badge, but now I’ve said too much!”

        I’ve squinted a while at the logo / banner, but all I see are the face of a clown or a ducky.
        Am I close?

  2. I’ve been looking forward to this. It is such a fun place to meet up and learn something new, or a different way of looking at things.
    Gathering soldering iron, proto boards, parts, microcontrollers, pinking shears.

  3. Such a shame I can’t make it… but we both have a newborn as well as a move to a different country planned later that month; there’s no chance of squeezing both the trip and the quarantine China imposes on you into that…

  4. Just FYI in case no one has whinged about it: the email notice I received included the text “announce the 2022 Hackaday Superconference and open the door for proposals”, with a link to the graphic for the 2011/05/14 article Bluetooth media remote in an n64 controller.

    1. Don’t bid adieu too soon! We’re going to try to have a plausible remote component this year too. I mean, who can go back to in-the-flesh-only cons after being able to share all over the world simultaneously?

      We’ve got the Discord still running, and we’ll stream live anyway. That’s halfway there. What else would you like to see?

    1. I, too, have been patiently waiting for the email about the workshops, or a text message, or a phone call. Telepathic? Workshops are one of my favorite things about SuperCon, especially the ones where you get some hardware to solder or breadboard together and program. The presenters put together a nice package and impart some of their knowledge on the subject. I also love being able to meet new hackers and reconnect with others.

      1. I completely agree! Some years, I have missed the announcement about workshop tickets for a day or two and was too late to get tickets to some, so I’m trying to keep an eye out this year.

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