Teardown 2020

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Our third 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 (September 18 - 20, 2020). 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?September 18-20, 2020 (call for proposals now open)
Where?PCC Cascade in beautiful Portland, Oregon
Why?Shipping great hardware to you is rewarding, but we miss seeing you in person
How?With lots of help from our friends

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.

Teardown 2019 Recap

See the full schedule of last year’s Teardown.

Teardown 2018 Recap

See the full schedule of Teardown 2018.

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. Do you have an idea for a talk or workshop? See the Teardown call for proposals.

Demos & Installations

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. The call for proposals will open soon. Have a project that would be a good fit for Teardown? See the Teardown call for proposals.

Call for Proposals

Want to present your talk, workshop, demo, or installation? Submit your Teardown 2020 proposal now!


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 2020 ticket prices as low as they were in 2019 and 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’s primary venue will be the Portland Community College (PCC) Cascade campus:

PCC Cascade
705 N. Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217

We’ll also be taking full advantage of being within easy walking distance of everything North and Northeast Portland has to offer.

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Fill in the Subscribe form near the top of this page to receive weekly updates announcing the call for proposals, early bird registration, and more.


Teardown is made possible thanks to the generous financial, material, and logistical support of our sponsors.

Want to help make Teardown a reality and rub elbows with some of the greatest minds in hardware? There are plenty of sponsorship opportunities.

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.

Harassment 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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