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Teardown 2023

A conference for hacking, discovering, and sharing hardware
June 23 - 25, 2023 · Portland, OR, USA
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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, and installations - see schedule
When?Friday - Sunday, June 23 - 25, 2023
Where?Beautiful Portland, Oregon on the campus of Portland State University
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, CETI


Check out the schedule of talks, workshops, demos, and installations lined up for Teardown 2023.

Attending & Presenting

Tickets are currently available for sale. Subsidized tickets for low-income attendees are available. If you would like to attend and feel you qualify, please email teardown@crowdsupply.com for more information.

Free tickets are also available for a limited number of volunteers who work at least two 4-hour shifts. Please email teardown@crowdsupply.com if you would like to volunteer, and include any schedule constraints.

If you are unable to buy a ticket in advance, full-price tickets will be available for sale at the door. Payment must be via credit card: cash is not accepted.

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!

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. See the full schedule of the previous Teardown held in 2019 or watch the recap video:

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

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 Portland State University (PSU). We’ll also be taking full advantage of being within easy walking distance of everything downtown Portland has to offer.


Teardown is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors. Find out more information about becoming a sponsor.

Code of Conduct

All attendees, participants, and organizers are required to abide by the CETI code of conduct and sign the CETI waiver and release of liability. Please sign these documents through Google Forms here before arriving at the conference.