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HeatSync Labs hackerspace hosts ‘#hackPHX Arduino’ hackathon

Posted by on February 28, 2013 – 11:00 am


Fifty people – 10 teams – 12 hours – and a race to save humanity! Well, maybe nothing that serious, but it could happen this Saturday, March 2, as local hackerspace HeatSync Labs hosts a “hackathon” competition event called #hackPHX Arduino.

So what the heck is a hacked Arduino? No, it’s not a little armored mammal that has been dissected (as in armadillo – my first thought); an Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform consisting of hardware & software that is used by artists, designers and hobbyists to create interactive toys, robots, wearable electronics … and maybe even a time-machine. (Fingers crossed.)

hackphxThe teams will be armed with only an Arduino toolkit, a secret ingredient (to be unvieled the evening before the competition – I’m guessing it’s plutonium), the hackerspace’s resources & tools, a small budget for additional stuff, their wits and 12 hours to impress the judges and win over $4000 in prizes and giveaways provided by the event sponsors and HeatSync Labs.

Tickets are already sold out for the event, but you can watch the proceedings all day & night on Saturday at www.hackphx.com with streaming video provided by New Mutiny Media Productions and hosted by the amazing AlisaEx.

team2-smallTentative Live Broadcast Schedule:

  • 10:00 am – Team Interview – Begin Hacking
  • 1:00pm    – Progress Check with AlisaEx
  • 5:00 pm   – Progress Check with AlisaEx
  • 8:00 pm   – Final submission
  • 8:30 pm   – Demos
  • 9:45 pm   – Judges and Jury Deliberation
  • 10:00 pm – Closing Ceremonies and Prizes
  • 10:15 pm – Final interviews with AlisaEx

You can also follow the event at the #hackPHX Facebook and Twitter feeds, and you can check out some of the hackerspace tools that will be available to the contestants on Flicker. See photos from the last HeatSync Labs hacker event, an HTML5 Games hackathon, HERE.

HeatSync Labs is a 501c3 nonprofit and won the Phoenix New Times 2012 award for “Best Geek Hangout.” But don’t just “hang out,” they’d rather you make things, with access to their tools, like laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC mills – and support from some of the most creative people in the valley. Upcoming events will include costume & prop and lock-picking & security hackathons.