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LayerOne is home to a number of events, including many contests to test your hacker mettle.

Lockpicking Village

The lockpicking village is a special area of the conference where attendees can learn about locks and how to open them. There will be mini-lectures and hands-on workshops throughout the weekend on various topics related to lockpicking, safecracking, and locksmithing. For more information see the Lockpicking Village page.

Hardware Hacking Village

The Hardware Hacking village is a special area where conference attendees can learn about electronics, soldering, and circuit design. Classes will be held throughout the weekend to teach you how to assemble the electronic L1 badge, get better at surface mount soldering, and how to design your own PCBs. For more information see the Hardware Hacking Village page.

Demo Party

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. More information available on the Demo Party page.

HAM Testing

Take your amateur HAM radio license tests at LayerOne! More information on the HAM Testing page.

Tamper-Evident Contest

Show off your tamper-evident hacking skills! Learn about tamper-evident physical security and integrity devices in this weekend-long contest. Full details on the Tamper-Evident Contest page.

Capture the Flag

Competitive hacking and penetration testing event that runs throughout LayerOne. No sign-ups or qualifications – play, learn, and WIN! Full details on the Capture the Flag page.

Hebocon Robot Battles

Crush your opponents. Hopefully. Build the best worst robot you can in this tour de force robot battle! Full details on the HeboCon Robot Battles page.

RaiseMe Career Village

Is there a role in security you wish you had but have no idea where to start to make that dream come true? If you want to make a career change, we want to help! Full details on the RaiseMe Career Village page.

Soldering Olympics

New for 2024! Come test your soldering skills from beginner to advanced by completing several levels of increasingly difficult and wonderful soldering challenges. This contest is graciously hosted by Pendula Labs! The Soldering Olympics is located in the Hardware Hacking Village! More details on the Soldering Olympics page.


New for 2024! Come to the AI Village Popup on Saturday, May 25, from 13:00 – 17:00 to learn about ML and AI security. There will be demos that will showcase different aspects of these systems, how they work, and when they fail. Full details on the AI CTF page.