Teardown 2018 was tremendously fun. Thanks again to everyone who attended and made it so great. There were amazing talks, workshops, demos, experiments, and installations. However, by far the most amazing part of Teardown was the people — the conversations, exchange of ideas, offers of support, questions, explanations, and off-the-cuff remarks. We can’t wait to see you in 2019!
Teardown 2018 is an event put on by Crowd Supply in association with Make+Think+Code @ PNCA. You can think of Teardown as live-action Crowd Supply, but with fewer cardboard boxes and packing peanuts. We’ll be bringing together hardware aficionados from around the world to celebrate, inspect, create, and, of course, tear down hardware. There will be long-time Crowd Supply creators and backers, as well as people we’re meeting for the first time. There will be hardware, art, food, drink, puzzles, workshops, tutorials, talks, music, field trips, and friends. Most of all, there will be ideas and projects to explore and inspire. We hope you’ll be there too!
|Who?||Anyone interested in hardware: engineers, designers, artists, students, teachers...|
|What?||A three-day line up of talks, workshops, demos, installations, and puzzles|
|When?||Friday - Sunday, May 11 - 13, 2018|
|Where?||Beautiful Portland, Oregon on the campus of the Pacific Northwest College of Art|
|Why?||Shipping great hardware to you is rewarding, but we miss seeing you in person|
|How?||With lots of help from our friends, including our partner, Make+Think+Code @ PNCA|
Teardown is about the practice of hardware: prototyping, manufacturing, testing, dissassembling, and circumventing, all while having fun. Leave the marketing glitz and talk of venture capital at the door and come prepared to learn and teach.
Teardown will have a few parallel, scheduled tracks of talks and hands-on workshops covering a range of hardware topics and experience levels. Some workshops might have material fees, but we’re trying to make Teardown as accessible as possible. We’ve already lined up some stellar talks and workshops, which we’ll announce soon. Do you have an idea for a talk or workshop? See the Teardown call for proposals!
We’re lucky enough to be holding Teardown in the expansive main building of the Pacific Northwest College of Art, a space well-suited to hosting demonstrations and installations of all kinds, art or otherwise. Want to set up something that lasts longer than a talk or workshop? A demo table or installation space may be just the thing. They can be attended or self-serve, and can range from interactive sculpture to a workbench outfitted with tools to hack on a specific project. Submit your idea through the Teardown call for proposals.
Various puzzles will be woven throughout Teardown. The first person or team to reach the finish line of the puzzle hunt will reap treasures beyond their wildest dreams and be immortalized in legends and lore for generations to come. Whether or not you burn the midnight oil solving puzzles, madness will surely ensue. Prepare for the hunt!
While scheduled events are great, we recognize that often the best part of any get together is the stuff that happens without a schedule, which is why we’re leaving room for swapping stories over drinks, comparing notes on personal projects, and catching up with friends old and new.
Registration is open and event passes are on sale now! The early bird tiers won’t last long, so get yours while you can. All passes include full access to everything Teardown has to offer, with the exception that some workshops might have space limitations or require a small additional fee to cover the cost of materials. We are trying to keep Teardown accessible to everyone. To that end, we’re bringing on sponsors and and have set up a Community Fund pledge level to help defray event pass and travel costs for people who need it. If you need financial assistance, please subscribe to updates and keep an eye out for an announcement with more details. By attending Teardown, you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.
Teardown is made possible thanks to the generous financial, material, and logistical support of our sponsors. We’re proud to work with such great partners!
Teardown runs from the afternoon of Friday, May 11, 2018 through the night of Sunday, May 13, 2018. We encourage all participants to attend the entire time — plan to arrive Friday around noon and leave Monday morning. Below is the preliminary schedule.
Registration opens at 11:30 AM.
|12:30-10PM||Attendee Led Event||You||Event||Hammer Board Room|
|12:30-2:30PM||Klaxberger Gearheads E-recycling||Shawn Price||Workshop||Atrium|
|12:30-2:30PM||Modular Hardware for 3D Printing (part 1)||Jesse Jenkins||Talk||MTC Shop|
|12:30-2:30PM||Transfer Secret Messages Through Light with OpticSpy and Tomu||Joe Grand and Sean Cross||Workshop||MTC Classroom|
|2:30-3PM||Welcome and Kickoff||Josh Lifton||Talk||Mediatheque|
|3-4PM||Do-it-Yourself Artificial Intelligence||Alasdair Allan||Talk||Mediatheque|
|4-6PM||Breadboard to PCB||Monica Houston||Workshop||Room 511|
|4-6PM||Hacking with RISC-V||Drew Barbier and Meadhbh Hamrick||Workshop||Room 514|
|4-4:30PM||Santa Cruz to Seattle with 2.5 Tons of Electron Microscope: A How To||Adam McCombs||Talk||Room 510|
|4:30-5PM||PLM: Hardware's Source Control Management||Jake Janovetz||Talk||Room 510|
|5-6PM||Beginner Circuit Board Design with KiCad||Ken Olsen||Talk||Room 510|
|6-7PM||Dinner (on your own)||Event|
|7-8PM||Hebocon Robot Sumo||Adrian Choy||Event||Mediatheque|
|8-10PM||Construction DJ Set||Nadya Peek||Event||Mediatheque|
|9-10AM||Open Source Space: what's happening, including OreSat, Oregon's first CubeSat||Andrew Greenberg||Talk||Mediatheque|
|10-noon||Rapid Prototyping and Linux Kernel Development with the PocketBeagle® Platform||Robert Nelson||Workshop||MTC Classroom|
|10-11AM||Applications of the Software Defined Radio||Danny Webster||Talk||Room 511|
|10-11AM||Proto-pasta Filament: How Hardware Access Fuels Material Innovation||Alexander Dick||Talk||Room 514|
|11-11:30AM||Embedded Hardware Development with Rust||Jacob Creedon||Talk||Room 511|
|11-11:30AM||Hexabitz: Modularity from Nature to Electronics||Asaad Kaadan||Talk||Room 514|
|11:30-noon||Bits to Atoms, the Making of ‘Be Still, My Low Poly Heart’||Ben Purdy||Talk||Room 511|
|11:30-noon||Open Pitch Sessions||Josh Lifton||Event||Room 514|
|1-2PM||Bunnie's Keynote||Andrew "bunnie" Huang||Talk||Mediatheque|
|2-10PM||Attendee Led Event||You||Event||Room 513|
|2-4PM||WTFPGA (part 1)||Joe FitzPatrick||Workshop||MTC Classroom|
|2-2:30PM||Creating Conference Badges||Jay Margalus||Talk||Room 511|
|2-2:30PM||Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Open Source Electronics||Andrew Greenberg||Talk||Room 514|
|2:30-3PM||Futel: A Technology So Advanced We Leave It Out On The Street All Night||Karl Anderson||Talk||Room 511|
|2:30-3PM||Transforming New Product Development with Open Hardware||Stephano Cetola||Talk||Room 514|
|3-3:30PM||DFM with your CM: How to save time and money||Andy LaFrazia||Talk||Room 511|
|3-3:30PM||Signet: An Implementation Walkthrough, Hacking Possibilities, and Future Development||Neils Nesse||Talk||Room 514|
|3:30-4PM||Hacking Appliances and Prototyping Next-Generation Technology with Netduino and Xamarin||Bryan Costanich||Talk||Room 511|
|3:30-4PM||Making Open Source Schematics Not Suck||Andrew Greenberg||Talk||Room 514|
|4:15-6:15PM||WTFPGA (part 2)||Joe FitzPatrick||Workshop||MTC Classroom|
|4:15-5:15PM||Programming for the Eye: Understanding Graphics and Light||Zach Archer||Talk||Room 511|
|4:15-5:15PM||Quick Enclosure Design with Fusion 360||Kevin Schneider||Talk||Room 514|
|5:15-6:15PM||Eating Rabbits: A Guide to Using Python to Conquer FPGA Video Systems||Tim 'mithro' Ansell||Talk||Room 511|
|5:15 - 6:15||KiCad: Designing With Complex Shapes||Andrew Sowa||Talk||Room 514|
|6:15 - 7:15||Dinner (on your own)||Event|
|7:15-10PM||Roof with a View||Event||Autodesk - 221 SE Ankeny St|
|9-10PM||Glow Up Your LEGO with Open Source Electronics||Rachel Hellenga||Workshop||Autodesk - 221 SE Ankeny St|
|9AM-10PM||Attendee Led Event||You||Event||Hammer Board Room|
|9-9:30AM||How to Think About Security for Your Hardware Project||Joe FitzPatrick||Talk||Mediatheque|
|9:30-10AM||Dr. Frankendrive or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Recover Data||Nik Lyons||Talk||Mediatheque|
|10-11AM||PCB Portrait Workshop||Andrew Sowa||Workshop||MTC Classroom|
|10-10:30AM||Firmware: Hardware's Sneaky Passenger||Chau Doan||Talk||Room 510|
|10-10:30AM||Searching for the Light: Using OpticSpy to Receive Optical Transmissions||Joe Grand||Talk||Room 511|
|10:30-11AM||How to Build a BOM: Sourcing and Open Source||Nadya Peek||Talk||Room 510|
|10:30-11AM||How to Make Your Own Designs Hackable||Greg Peek||Talk||Room 511|
|11-11:30AM||Learning Electronics and Software: The Cheesy Way||Alvaro Prieto||Talk||Room 511|
|11:30-noon||Hacking Health: Open Source Hardware and Medical Devices||Ashwin K Whitchurch||Talk||Room 511|
|1-3PM||A Definitive Guide to Building Production Hardware in EAGLE||Matt Berggren||Workshop||MTC Classroom|
|1-3PM||MicroPython on the ESP8266||Thomas Hudson||Workshop||Room 513|
|1-3PM||Signet Development Workshop||Neils Nesse||Workshop||Room 514|
|2:30-3PM||Design and Reverse Engineering: Playing on Both Sides of the Field||Jeremy Hong||Talk||Room 511|
|3-4PM||State of the Crowd||Josh Lifton||Talk||Mediatheque|
|4:15-6:15PM||HeartyPatch Workshop||Ashwin K Whitchurch||Workshop||MTC Classroom|
|4:15-6:15PM||Modular Hardware for 3D Printing (part 2)||Jesse Jenkins||Workshop||MTC Shop|
|4:15-6:15PM||Open Pitch Session/Lightning Talks||Josh Lifton||Event||Mediatheque|
|6:15-7:15PM||Dinner (on your own)||Event|
|7:15-10:00PM||Closing Party||Event||Ground Kontrol - 115 NW 5TH Ave|
|Monolith Synth with LED Visualization||Paul Stoffregen||Atrium|
|The Little Purple Painting with the Little OLED Screen||Daniel Block||Atrium|
|Just Intonation Keyboard||Jim Snow||Atrium|
|Mustache Mayhem||Joe Grand||Atrium|
|Futel Public Telephone||Karl Anderson||Atrium|
|You’re Awesome||Kat Miller||Atrium|
|Be Still, My Low Poly Heart||Ben Purdy||Atrium|
Teardown’s primary venue will be the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), which recently moved into the old post office in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District. We’ll also be taking full advantage of being within easy walking distance of everything downtown Portland has to offer.
Teardown's main venue is the Pacific Northwest College or Art building.
A discounted block of rooms has been reserved at The Society Hotel just a few minutes’ walk from the main PNCA venue.
|Bunk in communal dorm||$43/night + tax|
|Private room, shared bath||$117/night + tax|
|Private suite, private bath||$135/night + tax|
|Premium suite, private bath||$145/night + tax|
|Address||The Society Hotel, 203 NW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR, 97209, USA|
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