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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!



Arduino 101 Workshop – June 25th, 12PM – 4PM


Learn the basics of Arduino and how to leverage this embedded platform for your next electronics project. We’ll cover how to control LEDs, motors, and communicate with a variety of sensors using the Arduino IDE. We’ll also cover general electronics topics including voltage and current and basic components like resistors and capacitors. We’ll provide the Arduino and other electrical components, but you cannot take them home with you. If you want a set, I’ll make recommendations at the workshop.

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arduino-101-workshop-tickets-25950453505

What you need to do before the workshop:

1. Load your laptop with the latest Arduino IDE installed (https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software) and bring it with you\

2. Brush up on C or other programming languages, just enough to be familiar with the big ideas (e.g. variables, loops, if-statements).

3. Get excited, you’re about to learn some really awesome stuff 🙂

Solder Your Own Arduino Workshop – June 18th, 1PM – 4PM


RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solder-your-own-arduino-workshop-tickets-25950449493

What better way is there to start your journey into electronics than to solder your own Arduino?

This workshop will teach you how to identify and solder through-hole components, a very helpful skill, especially when working with Arduino shields.

You do not need to bring anything other than yourself! Solder, soldering irons, components, etc. are all provided by LVL1. Plus, you get to keep the Arduino you soldered together!

Not sure what to do with your Arduino after the workshop? Check out our Arduino 101 Workshop the following weekend! 

2016 H-ACME CTF Challenge – May 28 – Workshop at 10AM, Competition at 12PM

hacme challenge
The 2016 H-ACME CTF Challenge (May 28) involves a setup of virtual computers that are running off a scoring system. Each computer is vulnerable to an attack of some kind; some computers may have passwords visible, others may contain vulnerabilities in their code… it’s up to you to identify and exploit them! Each time you successfully hack a system, you will find a flag file with a code in it. This code is what you submit to the scoreboard to get your points.
Concerned that you may not have the skillz to pay the billz? No problem! We will be teaching a class earlier in the morning for those who want a primer on the tools and techniques. Additionally, we’ll also be available during the CTF competition to answer questions you have, give tips and advice on the best approach, and assist in everything short of outright telling the answer.
The workshop starts at 10AM and the competition starts at 12PM. We will provide a USB flash drive with a build of Kali Linux to boot from. All you need to do is bring your laptop! Food will be provided and prizes for the teams with the most flags will be awarded.