2022 Hackaday Supercon Speakers Will Inspire You

The return of Supercon is taking place in just a month. We’ve got 45 fantastic talks and workshops planned for the three-day weekend, and they are as varied and inspiring as the Hackaday community itself. From molecules to military connectors, here’s an even dozen talks to whet your appetite.

Supercon is the Ultimate Hardware Conference and you need to be there! We’ll continue to announce speakers and workshops over the next couple weeks. Supercon will sell out so get your tickets now before it’s too late. And stay tuned for the next round of talk reveals next week!

Ben Krasnow
Counting molecules: chemical identification at parts-per-trillion levels

An overview of laboratory techniques that can measure ultra-low concentrations. This talk will also cover important applications such as lead in drinking water (or wine!) and how to build your own detector.

Michael Whiteley
There’s No Rev 2: When Badgelife Goes Wrong

What happens when you make thousands of badges and then you find a problem? There’s no time or budget to remake them so what do you do? Come hear tales from the #badgelife trenches and learn from my mistakes.

Liz McFarland
Fandom and Fabrication: How I Made Electronically Actuated Cosplay Wings

In this talk, I’ll explain how I designed and fabricated electronically-articulated wings for my Golden Eagle Wonder Woman cosplay. I’ll cover the restraints I faced: budget, weight, and battery consumption. I’ll also talk about the challenge of creating real-life versions of fictional costumes and props.

Nick Poole
DIY Vacuum Tubes: How Hard Could It Be?

We’ve all dealt with the pandemic differently. Nick got really… really into vacuum tubes. So far, in fact, that he’s now assembling the tools to make his own. Ever wonder what it takes to revive a century-old technology in your home lab? Hopefully, this talk will give you some idea.

Dr. Irak V. Mayer
Building Self-Sustainable Outdoor IoT Devices

Operational outdoor IOT devices are limited by battery life. We present a self-power-sustained irrigation monitor system that charges the LiPo battery through wind, water, or solar power. Result shows the potential of using natural resources as source of power.

Stephen Hawes
It Takes a Village: Lessons Learned Starting an Open Source Hardware Company

In this talk, I’ll share some of the inherent challenges I’ve faced starting an Open Source hardware company, and why they are absolutely worth solving. Keeping your source open is not only overwhelmingly beneficial, but it also enables users to better accomplish their goal. And that’s really the whole point, isn’t it?

Jac Goudsmit and Ralf “Dr. DCC” Porankiewicz
Reverse-Engineering the Digital Compact Cassette

DCC was a short-lived digital audio tape format with many features that never made it into the world. The presentation reveals the secrets of DCC, and will show that DCC was and is more than just a better-sounding but less user-friendly competitor of MiniDisc.

Sherry Chen
To (un)muddy the water: how we built S.S.MAPR, an autonomous boat for water quality monitoring

Building an autonomous hardware system is hard, and it’s even harder if it’s designed for muddy waters. We built an autonomous boat from the ground up in 5 months to help water departments collect multi-depth water quality data and won the Cornell Cup Grand Prize. Here’s what we learned.

Sam Mulvey
Trash on the Radio: Post-Consumer Broadcast Engineering

At KTQA we’ve built a functioning radio station from free software, actual garbage, donated equipment, spit, sweat, and good will. I will discuss the process of building and operating the radio station as an invitation into community radio — a place more lively than you might expect.

Mooneer Salem
Miniaturizing HF Digital Voice Using the ESP32 Microcontroller

FreeDV is an up and coming digital voice mode designed for amateur radio use which has traditionally needed a computer. This talk will describe how I designed a board using the ESP32 microcontroller that modulates and demodulates that mode and learned some hardware design in the process.

Joshua Wright
Going Battery Free – Applications Guide For Indoor Photovoltaics

What would you do with a microwatt?
We are in a time of high power density photovoltaics, efficient energy harvesting and extremely low power electronics. This talk will cover typical residential illumination, indoor PV, energy harvesting, energy storage and serve as a guide to making your application battery free.

Joseph Marlin
Let’s Connect – A Maker’s Introduction to the Wide Overwhelming World of Military and Industrial Connectors

Beyond the USB and electrical plugs we all use daily is an expansive world of connectors with every shape and size imaginable. Here, we’ll see how these humble devices have been the downfall of some of the world’s most complex systems, discuss available options, and talk considerations when selecting connectors for your project.

[If you read this far, you probably want tickets. Just sayin’.]

10 thoughts on “2022 Hackaday Supercon Speakers Will Inspire You

    1. Ditto. Might as well be on the moon for me, sadly. There’s such a great line-up of speakers, and I would especially like to hear the one on connectors. Getting old mil/avionics Winchester MRAC connectors together for some PDP-11 peripherals has been a real challenge for me.

    1. Also yes. We’ll be streaming at least one stage live, and recording the other.
      We’re also exploring crazy online options, but we’ll at least have a Discord back-channel.

      Still, if you’re anyway able to make it in person, you probably want to. The real action is hanging out with the amazing Hackaday community in the alley.

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