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Make Food Not War Hackathon Recap

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I’d like to thank everyone who came out to the LVL1 Make Food Not War Hackathon this past weekend.  Without a doubt, this was the most dangerous group activity ever attempted by LVL1!

We had 6 teams participate, with 6 very innovative ways to launch food very long distances.  Team Aaron built a device to remotely launch shot glasses into half-filled pint glasses, resulting in the most entertaining Irish Car Bomb you’re ever likely to consume.  The device worked amazingly well, and was incredibly easy to use.  Props to Aaron for one of the most polished projects!  Tuesday night, we used it to lob burning alcohol through the air, for kicks.

Team Sprinkles, consisting of three people from the local science center (and our own Ben Hibben) was probably the most well-prepared team.  They had plans to build an advanced device capable of mixing flavored ice cream on-the-fly, and freezing it with liquid nitrogen.  The ice cream would then be launched from an automatic ballista.  Unfortunately, the ice cream mixing robot didn’t quite get finished, and the automated portion of the ballista broke during the demonstration, but they still hurled ice cream over 100 feet, and tossed the shaft for their projectile on the neighbor’s roof (4 stories!)  And the ice cream was delicious!

Team Muff Cannon (the only all-woman team) built a fantastic muffin cannon.  Powered by exploding ether, their pink hello-kitty adorned cannon managed to launch a muffin over 150 feet, and it remained intact!  They also experimented with a very entertaining waffle flinger, which threw waffled onto parked cars, and the roof of a nearby building.

The Bomb Squad started the evening with a bang, burning up teflon wire and bulging a fully-charged lithium-ion battery in an attempt to bake a cupcake. Their plans changed from flying a helicopter ez-bake-oven, to integrating the cupcake into a miniature Up! house.  Unfortunately, at launch time they weren’t able to achieve neutral buoyancy without cutting off some critical components.  As soon as they did, the wind carried their (tethered!) house straight into the power lines!  A few well-placed tugs, and the cupcake came back down, but not without some worry among the crowd.

Team Pat created a powerful martini shooter.  Although it only took him 2 hours to put it together, it managed to fling food the furthest, reaching over 300 feet, at high velocity.  In fact, the aluminum bottle he used to store his libation was destroyed on impact, and very little martini was left!  He also created a smaller olive shooter, which served to atomize the olives, more than shoot them.  Still, very impressive, from both a danger and a distance perspective!

Finally, the idea that spawned the hackathon so many months ago: The taco cannon.  Long a dream of many LVL1ers, it became a reality this weekend.  A taco shell is loaded into a carrier at the muzzle, pulled back by a powerful magnet, and a screw-driven hopper dumps taco ingredients into the shell.  The ingredient-door is sealed, and the weapon is fired, propelled by the same mechanism (but bigger!) as the Muff Cannon.  Unfortunately, the blast door wasn’t as secure as it should have been, so upon ignition, vaporized taco ingredients showered the crowd!  Still, a very tasty weapon, with a lot of future potential.  Next year, guys?

We had two teams tie for first place: Team Sprinkles and Team Aaron.  Well done to both of you! They split the first and second place trophies, cutting them in half and gluing them back together!

Trailing them (but only barely!) was Team Muff Cannon, taking home the third place plaque.

Once again, thanks to everyone that participated in this second 24 hour hackathon.  We’ve seen great success with the past two hackathons, and we hope to continue the tradition.  Start thinking about next years hacks, along with ideas for future hackathons!  What could be better than combing sleep deprivation with power tools and explosives?

There are many dozens of pictures on our flickr feed, so please browse through to see more of the hard work these guys put in! http://www.flickr.com/photos/lvl1/

Make Food N̶o̶t̶ War

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Team Sign ups here: http://lvl1makefoodnotwar2012.eventbrite.com/

It’s time for another 24 hour hackathon!

This October, from Saturday the 20th to Sunday the 21st, pit your building skills against 9 other teams attempting to assemble the finest food-flinging machines in the world!

Your challenge is to build a machine in 24 hours (or less) that can fling the tastiest foodstuff the longest distance with the most style.  Teams can bring in any supplies they want (up to $150 worth– We will be asking for receipts at the door!), but you can’t put anything together until the start of the competition.  From then on out, it’s a free-for-all to build your contraption using the supplies you’ve brought in alongside the supplies at the LVL1 hackerspace.

As with last time, buy only one ticket per team!  One ticket gets your entire team in the door! Try to think of a team name before you show up!

At the end of the competition, teams will judge eachother in the following categories:

  • Taste: How delicious is it, after being flung?
  • Distance: How far did you fling it?
  • Ingenuity: How well-built was your flinger? How crazy?
  • Appearance: Is your food recognizable on the other end?
Scores in each category will be averaged, and the top three teams will receive their assorted glory.

The rules:

  • $150 budget, not counting parts from the boneyard at LVL1
  • Must be built in 24 hours (nothing preassembled!)
  • Team size is unlimited (in either direction), but 3-6 is recommended
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at BradLuyster@gmail.com

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.

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