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LVL1 2012 Boneyard Hackathon Recap

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A big personal thanks to everyone who came out to the 2012 LVL1 Boneyard Hackathon.  We had 9 teams consisting of 54 hackers compete for 24 hours straight, putting to the test their technical capabilities, endurance, and creativity.  We had 9 great projects, and everyone had a lot of fun!  Our youngest competitors were only 11 years old! Everyone here already looks forward to the next event.

Thanks to Jon for recording a summary of the projects at the hackathon.  I’ll upload a full video of the project showcase soon!

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Team Bloominglabs made an incredible 3 musical instruments, a mixer for them all, and a bunch of LED blinky stuff! They brought 9 hackers to bring this all together, and were a flurry of activity throughout the hackathon.

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The Raging Narwhals, a team from the Triangle Fraternity at LVL1, made a floppy drive keyboard. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite working by the end, but it was an impressive effort, and they plan to come back to finish it up. They brought a huge team, and almost all of them stayed through the night!

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The LVL1 Stonecutters managed to make a 3-D Scanner and Animated Gif Maker using the parts in the boneyard!

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Team Rainbow Unicorn built a first place trophy, so even if they failed, they would win.

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The Dirty Cheaters put together an incredibly impressive Rock ‘em, Sock ‘em robots kit, which included rack and pinion steering, and no microcontrollers.

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Destined for Failure built a looping synthesizer controlled by a PS2 mouse. Very impressive, especially consdiering this was the group’s first foray into Arduino progrmaming!

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Team Polar Bear build a laser pong game, complete with scorekeeping, 8 bit sound effects, and varying difficulty levels. Superb engineering, guys!

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The Noobs were our youngest team, and they put together a custom computer using parts from the basement, including custom LED signs.

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Finally, Bob the Bodybuilder built a very loud keypad controlled synthesizer. They even devised a means to convert sheet music to keypad tablature.

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I owe a huge thanks to everyone involved. Thanks to FoodCalc Inc. (http://www.foodcalc.com) for supplying libation for the event. Thanks to Joe L. for helping out throughout the event. Thanks to Gary F. for being a trooper, staying way later than he meant to, and helping out almost every team here. Thanks to Jose C. for taking way more crap than he deserved. Thanks to Lauren, Jynn, and Steph for acting as team breakfast, and keeping us all from starving.

Plenty more photos on the flickr stream. Peruse through, and if this interest you, come to our space! Links above and to the right will help you find us.

CMKT Circuitbending Workshop

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CMKT Circuitbending Workshop, Friday March 11th, starting at 7pm.

We start by building a simple tool, a Bending Buddy, that will help everyone learn how to solder, drill plastic and mount components. This device will aide in their exploration of circuits. After that, we would have a broad overview of topics that would including basic pitch bends and types of potentiometers, several ways to wire an audio output, other types of bends (distortions, glitches), types of bendable toys, reading schematics, and working with ICs, breadboarding, and prototyping. People are encouraged to bring projects in-progress or any problem-projects to share/brainstorm. Students would come away with a circuit-bending tool, a basic understanding of circuit bending, and some ideas about how to further control their toys with external circuitry.

$20 for the class. The $20 covers the materials for the bending buddy, helpful circuit bending reference sheets, and the materials used in the instruction of the class. We will also have other kits and components for sale “a la carte”.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=130027143736128

Circuitbending Workshop 11/15

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Louisville Soundbuilders will be hosting a circuitbending workshop Monday 11/15 8pm at LVL1. It is FREE, but please bring something to circuit bend.

Circuitbending is the art of short-circuiting electronic devices to unleash their hidden potential as new instruments.

This is a hands-on circuitbending workshop hosted by Louisville Soundbuilders. Bring in a cheap audio toy and we will guide you through the art and practice of circuitbending. It is highly recommended that you bring something to circuitbend, as there is no substitute for actually doing it! But all are welcome regardless.

Bring:
-Cheap *battery powered* electronic toy(s)
-Phillips head screwdriver
-Extra batteries

Optional:
-Audio jacks (1/4″ or 1/8″)

We will provide all the rest: solder, soldering irons, wire, potentiometers, switches, tools, etc.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=160299714006314

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