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Sparklecon 4 Schedule

Friday, January 27th

  • 6:00pm Doors open - socializing and drinks, help set up and meet everyone. Badge pickup and on-site registration.
  • 6:00pm - 12:00am - Open hacking time
  • Projects and activities

Last minute updates

  • The lovely Caroline Margaux is unfortunately waylaid in her far-off lands and will be unable to make it for LED Blinky workshop. In stead, we wholeheartedly welcome back HEBOCON, the crappy robot sumo contest.

  • Saturday will be HEBOCON qualifiers, Sunday will be HEBOCON finals. Bring all your spare motors, electronics, and flamethrowers to construct an awesome bot-of-doom. See Trent for details.

Saturday, January 28th

  • 10:00am Main event starts - Badge pickup and on-site registration again available
  • 10:00am - 8:00pm Open Speaking schedule (outside) and scheduled talks (inside).

  • All Day: T-Shirt making: Redeem your blue ticket for an off-the-rack Sparklecon shirt or make your own at the T-Shirt area!
  • Technical talks and demonstrations from your favorite shadetree scientists, including:

    • 11:30-12:30 Machinist - A survival guide to post-automation society
    • 12:30-1:30 Lunch break/lightning talks
    • 1:30-2:30 Shane - Crash Course in Planning, Designing and Building Your Next Project
    • 2:30-3:30 Riverside - Hacking the Corporate Ladder – From Helpdesk to CEO.Brian Markus, CEO of Aries Security (Capture The Packet, Wall of Sheep, Packet Hacking Village) shares some of the lessons he learned over the past 25 years going through corporate America as a hacker.
    • 3:30-4:30 Walter Clark - Electronic prototyping with Push Pin (Solderless) Prototype Boards

    • 4:30 Marc Russo - Welding dmeo (Unit 1 lab area)
  • 6:00pm BottleShare hosted by Canyon
    • Bring a bottle to participate. Coronas, Bud Lite, Goose Island etc are not acceptable. Final judgment made by Canyon on whether your beer qualifies
    • More info here:
    • This is a private event not affiliated with Sparklecon. See event organizers for details.

  • 7:00pm Dinner served
    • Standard and Vegetarian options
    • Meal ticket (included with VIP) required
    • Mystery vendor: Naugles Tacos (SoCal fast food icon from the 1990s) has returned! Check it out!

7:00-8:00pm: Tesla Coil demos! (Our theater neighbors are between shows, so we can have loud things.)

  • 8:00 - 10:00pm
    • Matt Davis - The Anatomy of a Modular Synthesizer. Matt Davis (aka Craque) presents the fundamentals of analog synthesis using Eurorack Modular gear. Come follow the evolution of sound-via-electrons as he guides you through the basic building blocks of additive synthesis and analog circuitry. Afterwards, try your hand at patching together various VCOs, VCFs, VCAs, waveshapers, sequencers and samplers! A must-hear for the raw sonic explorer and synth fanatic alike.

8:00-10:00pm - Quiet(ish) time due to theater show next door

  • 10:00pm Main entertainment
    • Human / robot art show
    • LIVE CHIPTUNE MUSIC courtesy of Jiffypop 23, Viami, and Timon Marmex!

Sunday, January 29th

10:00am - 4:00pm - Open hack time, outside area for working on your fighting robots

  • Check the whiteboard up front
  • Pick up your T-shirt if you haven't already. We have extras!

12:00 noon - Robot combat megabattle.

  • 150 gram, 1 lb, and 3 lb robots battle each other under a bulletproof cover.
  • (Sponsored by mag Labs

2:00pm Hebocon (<$25 class) robot battles on the Mag Labs arena.

2:00:00pm BBQ outside unit #3 3:30pm By request, another session of Walter Clark's Electronics Prototyping lab talk 5:00pm Belt sander race (Sponsored by mag Labs 6:00pm Last chance to pick up a badge or T-Shirt 7:00pm-10:00pm Help with clean-up, stay and hang out.