Teardown 2019

by Crowd Supply and Make+Think+Code @ PNCA

Our second annual party for hacking, discovering, and sharing hardware

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Teardown Pass (Early Bird)

Your ticket to adventure at Teardown! Valid for general admission for one person on all three days (June 21 - 23, 2019). Includes a bundle of goodies, food and drink, access to talks, workshops, demos, installations, and other Teardown activities. Some activities may require additional material fees, which will be available for purchase separately. This early bird price is only available for a limited time and in limited quantity.


Teardown Community Fund

Help someone else attend Teardown! All donations to the community fund will be used to defray the cost of event passes and travel for those in need of financial assistance.


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Just the Facts

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.

What to Expect

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.

Recap of Last Year’s Teardown

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.

What’s New?

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:

  • More space and more contiguous space - it will be easier to get from one talk the next.
  • Puzzle hunt! It’s a secret. Details coming soon.
  • Hardware hacking workbenches. Let’s see what we can make!

Talks & Workshops

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.

Demos & Installations

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.

Stay in the Loop

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.

Call for Proposals

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.

Who should apply?

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.

Why should I apply?

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.

Session Formats

There are four general session formats:

  • Talk: 25 or 50 minutes
  • Workshop: 1 to 3 hours, hands on
  • Demo: step people through your project in one of the common areas (tables and chairs available)
  • Installation: show off your creation in one of the common areas, unattended


Submit your Teardown proposal here.


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 teardown@crowdsupply.com.

Code of Conduct

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.

This code of conduct was adapted from confcodeofconduct.com and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.


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