|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, June 21 - 23, 2019 (call for proposals open now)|
|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|
Registration is open and event passes are on sale now! Lower-cost, early bird tickets will only available for a limited time. 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 want Teardown to be accessible to everyone, so we’re partnering with sponsors like Microchip and Mouser to keep 2019 ticket prices as low as they were in 2018, while at the same time expanding what Teardown has to offer. We’ve also 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 about the practice of hardware: prototyping, manufacturing, testing, disassembling, 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.
If you want to hear more about what Teardown 2018 was like, take a look back at our retrospective or talk to your coolest hardware friend.
We had a blast last year. This year, we’re bringing back and amplifying everything that worked: great talks, workshops, demos, food, time to hangout, open mic sessions, and more. The big changes this year are:
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. 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. Have a project that would be a good fit for Teardown? See the Teardown call for proposals.
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 food and/or drink, comparing notes on personal projects, and catching up with friends old and new.
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.
Hit the “Subscribe to Updates” button near the top of this page to receive updates leading up to Teardown, from details on the call for proposals to confirmed speakers, sessions, and activities.
Have an idea for a talk, workshop, demo, or installation? We’re looking for a broad range of topics, participants, skill levels, and formats. Submit your Teardown proposal here.
We’d like to see proposals from anyone with something interesting to say about hardware. There are no other restrictions on who can submit a proposal.
Teardown is a great opportunity to spread your ideas, show off your work, solicit feedback, enrich the hardware community, and foster collaborations. As if that weren’t enough, all presenters will receive a complimentary Teardown pass.
There are four general session formats:
Teardown is made possible thanks to the generous financial, material, and logistical support of our sponsors.
Interested in sponsoring Teardown? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All attendees, speakers, sponsors, organizers, and volunteers at Teardown are required to agree with the following code of conduct. We will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everyone.
Teardown is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of anyone, in any form, for any reason, including for reasons of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion (or lack thereof), technology choices, dietary choices, subject matter expertise, educational background, economic circumstance, family status, or employment status.
Harrassment includes offensive verbal or written comments related to any of the above reasons; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, or recording; sustained disruption of communication and event activities; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.
Sexualized marketing material is not appropriate for Teardown.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of Teardown staff immediately.
Teardown staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all Teardown-related events and venues, both online and offline. Participants violating these rules will be sanctioned at the discretion of the organizers.