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Hebocon: Robot Battles!

Posted on 09 March 2015 (0)

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. Sound awesome? It is. Watch this video for a quick introduction to this sport of kings:

LayerOne 2015 is proud to announce our very own Hebocon Battle Royale graciously hosted by Trent of Mag Laboratory. We hope to see the best of your worst robo-sumo submissions! Contest will be held on Sunday, May 24th in the pool area (exact time to be announced soon). Full details are available on the contest page.

Don’t forget, the Hardware-Hacking Village will be fully stocked for all your last-minute robot needs.

The LayerOne Staff

2014 Archives Now Available!

Posted on 19 February 2015 (0)

Didn’t make it last year’s LayerOne conference? Not to worry, all the videos from last year are now available online! Check out the ones you missed over on the 2014 Archives page! For videos from previous years, visit the Archives page.

Make sure you don’t miss LayerOne 2015! Head over to Pre-Registration to secure your spot at this year’s event. Pre-registration is closing on May 20th — register now! If you haven’t booked a hotel room yet, do so now! The hotel room discount ends on May 9th.

The LayerOne Staff

Call for Art!

Posted on 17 February 2015 (0)

We need your help! Each year we get tons of attendee artwork posted on our Facebook page, so we decided to open it up to everyone as a contest for 2015. Why enter? The winner of each category gets free entry to LayerOne 2015! Without further ado, we’re accepting artwork for the following categories:

* Inner conference program page
* Capture the Flag contest logo (theme is “Crime pays.”)
* Event Villages logo(s) (Hardware Hacking, Lockpicking, and Hacking (CTF) Villages)

Art Contest Rules:

* Please submit all entries to and include “LayerOne Art Contest” in the subject line.
* Please indicate which category your artwork is for!
* You can submit up to two entries per category.
* All entries must be submitted by March 31st, 2015!
* Tasteful entries only, please!

The LayerOne Staff

Pre-registration and hotel discounts now live!

Posted on 03 February 2015 (0)

Pre-registration for LayerOne 2015 is now live! Head over to the registration page to get your tickets for this year’s event. In related news, the hotel discount link for this year’s event is also available on the venue page or by calling the hotel directly and letting them know you’re booking for LayerOne 2015.

Don’t forget to submit your presentation to the Call for Papers! Call for Papers closes on March 31st, 2015.

Stay tuned for more conference information, contest announcements, and our initial speaker selections!

The LayerOne Staff

LayerOne 2015 Demo Party!

Posted on 26 January 2015 (0)

The LayerOne 2015 Demo Board!

LayerOne is proud to announce a new contest for 2015: The LayerOne Demo Party! For those of you who don’t know, demos are a combination of programming challenge, artwork, and music. You’re given specific hardware with any number of restrictions – code size, available memory, processor speed. Your goal is to output audio and video that pushes the limits of what is considered possible with such limited hardware. Here’s some examples of award-winning demos on the Commodore 64, Atari XL/XE, and an 8-bit Atmega88 microcontroller. Not enough? What about a full, three and a half minute 1080p HD demo written in just 4kb of code? Check out elevated by Rgba & TBC.

Get your official L1 2015 demo board now at the Hackaday Store!

For full information on the Demo Party categories, rules, and getting started, visit If you’re interested in the technical specs for the demo board, you can also check out the Hackaday IO L1 Demoscene Board Project Page!

An example of different effects and 3D rendering on the LayerOne Demo Board:

The LayerOne Staff