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Burning Benjamin – July 9, 2016



  • Date: Saturday July 9, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Moment of Truth: 2:30 PM
  • Prize: $100.00
  • Max Participants: 15 individuals or Teams
  • Fires not permitted inside space, that is what the outdoors is for.

All you have to do to compete is start a fire. How hard can that be?

Any Fire will do. It can be brief and small or larger and long.  However, large and long burning fires are more theatrical, something I’ve come to understand is important to hackerspaces.

The challenge is to create a fire or ignition source that can ignite the sample or another combustible material by mechanically damaging any part of the sample using 24 volts DC max.

Sample furnished at no cost, 1 per Competitor/Team

Combustible materials can only include things found in no particular order:

First aid kit,

Standard Tools common to a mechanic’s tool box

Other combustible materials that can reasonably be found at a manufacturing facility when under construction or during maintenance including things that could be brought in but normally not i.e. under espionage or with malicious intent.Personnel Protective Equipment common for working in a confined spaces

Hard hat, safety glasses, face shield, respirator, Purified Air Personal Respirator, SCBA Respirator, Escape Respirator, misc. under clothing, pens, pencils, gloves, rescue harnesses, footwear, non-fire retardant coveralls (Tyvek), steel toed shoes, shoe covers, socks, name patches and similarCombustible materials may not include: flammable liquids or gasses, fireworks, matches or anything disallowed by LVL1

Sample: an ~12″ length of functional IP 68 LED rope light

Results to be judged based on creativity, simplicity and of course awesomeness. While the judge is not perfect their decision is and that decision is final. Winner take all.


Now let’s get this fire thing started and Win a Benjamin!



May 13, 2016 Dollar Store MacGyver Hackathon


I’d Hack That For a Dollar


Once again LVL1 will host a Dollar Store hackathon honoring MacGyver.  The rules are simple.  Several members will go to dollar stores to collect supplies.  These supplies will be chosen at random and independent of one another.  The high quality offerings will then be piled on a table.  Individuals and teams will then hack together what they want in the hopes of showing off their skills or preventing Armageddon in the nick of time.  No entrance fee.  Various food parts will be available for assembly.  And the Coca Cola will flow.

Last time the event was held, this was the result : 1st Dollar Store MacGyver Hackathon

Irregular movie night will be running in parallel.  There will likely be episodes of MacGyver and MacGruber playing.

So now is your chance to mullet your way into a LVL1 hackathon.  Hackathon begins at 7:00 pm and ends about midnight.


Holy Smokes! Hackathon for a Connected Smoke Detector



RSVP today!


Starting Tuesday, November 17, 2015 until Tuesday, November 24, you (and your friends if you want to build a team) will have an opportunity to build a wifi enabled smoke detector that will alert someone or something that smoke has been detected.

Kickoff: 8PM Tuesday, Nov 17 at LVL1

Event Wrap-up & judging: 7PM Tuesday, November 24 at LVL1

RSVP today!

Challenge Overview:

Design a working prototype of a fire/smoke detector that sends a notification of the detected smoke or fire to someone over wifi.

About the placement of the units:

No electricity is available in the final location that the prototype will reside.  Please use battery packs, solar panels, etc. to provide power to the units.  It may also be a good idea to communicate that the battery pack or power source needs to be replaced.



Best overall prototype: $500

Longest lasting: $250

Best aesthetic prototype: $200

Lowest cost per unit (estimated): $200



Three representatives from the fire safety and emergency management industry will judge the best prototypes.

RSVP today!


Q: Does my prototype have to work during the final presentations/demonstrations?

A: No, but your prototype must be demonstrated to work prior to the event by a Holy Smokes! representative


Q: I need supplies that aren’t available at LVL1, how do I get them?

A: Please fill out this form to request items; please allow enough lead time to order & deliver the items.  Locally sourced items can be reimbursed.


Q: Do I get to keep the prototype?

A: Metro Louisville Government would like to test the prototypes


Q: Can I commercialize the prototype?

A: Yes, but Louisville Metro Government will be given a perpetual license of the prototype to use only in Jefferson County, KY.

Q: What do you mean by notification?

A: You can send an email, text, change something on a website as notification — whatever is easier.

Q: What are the Wifi requirements?

A: Use whatever wifi you want, Linksys router, just make sure it connects.  LVL1 will have a wifi network available to you for testing.

Q: Do I have to be present to win?

A: No, but at some time during the week long challenge you must show your working prototype to a Holy Smokes! representative of its working condition.  The judging will happen on Tuesday, November 24 at 7PM and we encourage every entrant to attend to interact with the judges.

Q: Will you provide food?

A: Yes, we will have food delivered to LVL1 throughout the week to keep you energized!


LVL1 will make various supplies like Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, sensors, wires, battery packs, solar panels, and other items available to use.  We request that you these items are returned to LVL1 so we can host additional challenges!

If you need additional supplies, please fill this out request and allow additional time for delivery.

RSVP today!

LVL1 / GE Hackathon Recap



This past weekend a big group from the LVL1 community and GE Appliances engineers teamed up for an appliance hackathon at WaterStep.

Everyone had a great time tearing up appliances and bending them to our will. LVL1 team LineCook brought home the gold for “Best User Experience” for our UPC / QR-code reading, auto-temperature profiling Knight Riderish oven. FOR THE GLORY OF LVL1! Best of all, we got to keep the oven! Hopefully we’ll get some 240V run soon at the space to hook it up. The next step will be adding a KITT soundboard :-).

Thanks to GE and Waterstep for hosting this event! Insider Louisville provided a great write-up of the event if you want more details.

LVL1 Hackerspace
1205 E. Washington St.
Louisville, KY 40206