Bounce house

A Bounce house is on it’s way to Sparklecon. This could go very well…or not.

Schedule for Saturday- Sparklecon, it’ here!

Here is a quick update on this Saturday’s Sparklecon festivities (Saturday, 1/25/2014) at 23b shop in Fullerton, CA

10:00am – 12:00 – General shop cleaning and setup. If you show up before noon, we will hand you a mop or send you to the store or something.
12:00 noon – Things officially get started.

12:00-6:00pm – Open Mic for talks and workshops

I’ll be doing a DIY tear-down and repair workshop where we try to fix a 50″ flat-panel TV. Feel free to bring other dead electronics if you are so inclined.
We have some malware and defense talks also scheduled to appear, and more hardware stuff as well. If you have a topic, we have a projector and table space to present it.

3:00pm – I will start the BBQ. A limited amount of burgers and veggie options will be provided. Feel free to bring your favorite meat to throw on.

6:00pm – 8:00pm – The “Hacker’s Cup” home-brew contest is happening. Bring your favorite home-brew and try to win the cup. Bring enough to share.

8:00pm – LATE: Entertainment featuring special Chip Tunes live performance. Bask in all that 8-bit, square-wave glory
Also, just announced: We’ll be having a SOLDERING CONTEST to raise money for Nullspace Labs. In case you haven’t been to NSL, they are our sister hacker space in downtown L.A. Their landlord just told everyone in their building they have 30 days to move, so they need to raise some funds. Shit is more difficult and expensive around L.A. than it was 5 years ago, when grimy, run-down buildings in the hacker district were plentiful and inexpensive.
Here is a link to their IndiGoGo campaign:

I’m suggesting a minimum $10 donation to enter the soldering contest. We will provide materials. Bring your favorite iron or solder if you like, but not necessary. You can get in on this any time on Saturday, until midnight. There will be a special prize for the WINNAH.
Finally, I want to emphasize that this is a free event. If you can help out with plastic cups/plates, food, etc that would be lovely but no requirements on y’all.
(stolen from Arclight)

ALSO- Machinist’s Sparklecon coins (redeemable for 3d print time) is the reward for presenters. Give an interesting hacker related interest talk and earn one!


Now with music

A quick update: Evening entertainment will be provided. Tim Trzepacz is working on chip-tuney goodness on our behalf. Also, Matt (aka Craque) may be bringing by an electro-acoustic rig with some DIY modular synth stuff and homebuilt instruments, to play and speak about.

Edit* Cyclops Rock and VA Tim Abad confirmed for this event


sparklecon and hackers cup prize

It’s official- the Hacker’s Cup really IS a klein bottle beerstein. Ordered today- get brewing!

Food! updates!

Word on the street is that Vyrus is doing a barbecue for us at sparklecon. We are very lucky! It’s kinda’ a big deal as I see it.   *Edit Vyrus can’t be in California during Sparklecon. :(

We will still bring out the grill. I have purchased hamburgers and some sausage, as well as some snacks and sides. If you want something else- bring it and share.

In other news, it has been decided that we are going to do sparklecon un-conference style. This means if you want to talk, bring a talk. We will have time slots on site that you can sign up for. 23b’s expansion means we should have plenty of room for people to talk AND beer.

“Dear DEF CON f…

“Dear DEF CON forums, I never thought it would happen to me…”

This is the prompt for sparklecon’s writing contest. It’s open format, but to qualify you have to start with the quote. Arclight is one of the judges if you want to pander to judges. Trix is also a judge, and she’s pro. books and everything. Between the two, who knows what they will like? If there is a prize it will be silly and small, but we will post the winners writing and read it, and you will know that you touched some brains. permanently.

Submissions should be sent to

So we actually have a chance to read it and give your work the attention it deserves, please submit before January 1, 2014.

What is sparklecon?

Unadulterated awesome. That’s what you are going to make it when you show up to sparklecon.

Sparklecon is a one day party at 23bshop in Fullerton, California.

We will have beer (and a brewing contest), a few talks, and whatever funny mischief you bring. 

It’s free to come listen to talks, and we are asking for donations if you choose to drink. 

So gird your loins and mark your calendars for January 25th, 2014.


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