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DisconnectCamp + LayerOne deal ends TODAY!

Posted on 29 April 2016 (0)

Today is the last day to get the discounted package for attending both Disconnect Camp and LayerOne 2016. Disconnect Camp is an awesome outdoors camping and hacking event conveniently following LayerOne 2016 on May 30-June 1st, 2016. Hack away at LayerOne 2016 then unwind and relax at Disconnect Camp. Sound good? We thought so! Pre-register for one or both events over on the registration page. L1+DC package deal ends on April 29, 2016 @ 23:59 Pacific. The L1-only online pre-registration ends on May 25, 2016 @ 23:59 Pacific. Register NOW to save money!

While you’re registering, we also recommend getting your discounted room rate for LayerOne 2016! Discounted room rate offer ends on May 6th!

Sincerely,
The LayerOne Staff

Spotlight: Hardware Hacking Village

Posted on 28 April 2016 (0)

The Hardware Hacking Village will be a special area of the conference where attendees can learn about hardware hacking and the basic concepts of electrical engineering, including surface-mount soldering and circuit design. Sponsored by the LA hackerspace, Null Space Labs, there will be volunteers on hand demonstrating how to assemble this year’s badge and a number of other electronics projects. This year’s badges (both attendee and speaker) will be electronic, but you have to assemble them in the hardware hacking village!

 

 

At LayerOne we want you to get down and dirty with hardware hacking. Learn how to surface mount solder and use the plethora of equipment available! The Hardware Hacking Village has top of the line Metcal soldering irons, ovens, hotplates, solder dispenser syringes with automatic solder paste feeders, thru hole, scopes, meters, power supplies, and more! The Hardware Hacking Village is also the perfect place to plan, assemble, and fix your HeboCon Robot Battle entry!

Don’t forget to book your LayerOne 2016 room at a discounted rate! Use THIS LINK to get a discounted rate. Discounted room rates are available until May 6, 2016. More information about the conference hotel is available on the Venue page.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to pre-register for the conference at the registration page. Pre-registration gets you full access to to the event and all presentations, contests, and villages. You can also register on-site during the event via cash or Square.

Sincerely,
The LayerOne Staff

Disconnect Camp package deal ends Friday!

Posted on 26 April 2016 (0)

Get the discounted package for attending both Disconnect Camp and LayerOne 2016 before it’s too late! Disconnect Camp is an awesome outdoors camping and hacking event conveniently following LayerOne 2016 on May 30-June 1st, 2016. Hack away at LayerOne 2016 then unwind and relax at Disconnect Camp. Sound good? We thought so! Pre-register for one or both events over on the registration page. L1+DC package deal ends on April 29, 2016 @ 23:59 Pacific. The L1-only online pre-registration ends on May 25, 2016 @ 23:59 Pacific. Register NOW to save money!

While you’re registering, get your discounted hotel room rate for LayerOne 2016! Discounted room rate offer ends on May 6th!

Sincerely,
The LayerOne Staff

HeboCon Robot Battles!

Posted on 23 April 2016 (0)

LayerOne is proud to announce the return of Hebocon! Hebocon is a Robotic Battle for those on an extreme budget. Originating in Japan, it pits poorly constructed robots, modified electric toys and last-minute creations against one another in a Sumo-style arena.

How do I play?

Build a robot. A really terrible robot. You can either build your robot and bring it to the conference, or build it on-site in our renowned Hardware Hacking Village. There should be plenty of electronics rework equipment in the HHV, but feel free to bring some extras to guarantee that you have tools to work with or share with others. See below for full contest rules and restrictions for robot construction and operation.

How can I help others?

You can help by bringing building materials & spare electonics to share with others working on a bot. Very useful parts include: DC Motors (under 12v), batteries and battery holders, wires, super glue, hot glue guns, and etc. Remember – parts don’t need to be brand new. Crappy, sometimes unpredictable robots is kinda the point : ) Got a bin of parts sitting around your house, workshop, or hackerspace? Bring it and put it to good use: dying in glorious combat like all electronics are destined to do.

Contest Rules

  • Arena is 50cm x 100cm
  • Robots must fit within their half of arena (50cm x 50cm) at start of match
  • Matches are 1 minute in length
  • Competition is Sumo-bot style, therefore the goal is for your robot to be moving in the arena while your opponent is not.
    • There are some restrictions on robots in size, weight, and technological candor.
    • Technological restrictions to be determined by judges on case by case basis during sign in for any “technology” used as method of robots performance in match. Robots should be as simple as possible, staying away from direct radio control or on board hardware that could be interpreted as “technologically advanced”
    • Don’t bring your 60lb pet rock
    • Don’t bring anything larger than your arena profile
    • Robots cannot have features specifically intended for causing irreversible damage to opponent robot.
  • Winning bots are awarded 10 points per match
  • Robots may be deducted points for any “technology” implemented
  • Points may be added by popular opinion at end of competition for unique or awesome robots and features
  • There will be 3 awards by points, 1 special mention awarded by judges, and an award for audience favorite.
  • Robot with the most points at the end of the competition wins

2016 Room Rate Ends May 6th

Posted on 22 April 2016 (0)

Don’t forget to book your LayerOne 2016 room at a discounted rate! Use THIS LINK to get a discounted rate. Discounted room rates are available until May 6, 2016. More information about the conference hotel is available on the Venue page.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to pre-register for the conference at the registration page. Pre-registration gets you full access to to the event and all presentations, contests, and villages. You can also register on-site during the event via cash or Square.

Sincerely,
The LayerOne Staff