Archive for the ‘Workshops’ Category


Build your own FM Radio Transmitter!

The Prometheus Radio Project, in collaboration with Hive 76, will host a hands-on electronics workshop for HOPE attendees to build their own low-power FM radio transmitter on Sunday July 18th at Noon in the Hardware Hacking Village.

This simple FM transmitter design by Tetsuo Kogawa uses only 14 components, so in just a couple of hours you can seize the public airwaves! This is a great introduction to RF circuits. Beginners welcome! Everyone can have their own radio station!

Also, on Saturday at 4pm check out the Prometheus Radio Project’s panel discussion about building LPFM community radio stations around the country and around the world.


The Lockpick Village

Are you curious about how locks work and how to open them without keys? Maybe you’re an experienced lockpicker and want to show off your skills? Stop by the Lockpick Village to learn, practice, or show off!

The Lockpick Village is a fun physical security demo and workshop area run by The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers (TOOOL) and Locksport International. Workshops and talks will be held throughout the conference covering topics for novices and experts alike. Learn about the history of mechanical locks, experiment with exotic lock designs, test your skills against your friends, and compete head to head in a multitude of exciting contests! Plus meet some very interesting people.

TOOOL, Locksport International, and other community members will be on hand with numerous trial locks, picks, shims, and other devices. By exploring the construction and flaws of mechanical locks, you can learn how to apply your hacker mindset to manipulate them open in non-destructive ways, or even how to build better locks. Fun for hackers, tinkerers, and professionals alike, The Lockpick Village is the place to gain a stronger understanding about the role locks play in our physical security today, and learn how to improve your own security.

Here is a Lockpick Village video from Hope Number 6, back in 2006:

Stop by The Lockpick Village to check out the workshop schedule and contest times!


Hack Your Badge Workshop

There will be a Badge-Hacking Workshop on Sunday at 3pm in the Hardware Hacking Village on the Expo Floor.

The Next HOPE’s electronic admission badge and the new and improved Open Attendee Meta-Data system are the result of a year’s US collaboration on top of several years of CCC work among dedicated hardware/software hackers to develop an amazing wearable RFID-based tool for you to explore the possibilities of new human tracking technology. It’s about more than just others knowing where you are—it’s about tracking your social interactivity. Powerful stuff in the hands of governments and corporations, but at HOPE it represents opportunities for learning and fun as well! At this hands-on workshop you’ll learn fundamentals of RFID technology, how it can be used and abused, and gain insights on what it means to us and privacy in our society.

Travis Goodspeed’s (no experience required) badge-hacking workshop will help you modify your HOPE badge with a USB port to connect it to your laptop for use as a wireless computer and badge network adapter. You’ll then make firmware modifications to install apps like wireless games, packet sniffers, Morse code beacons, radio jammers and more. Fifty hardware kits will be available for these workshops for a nominal fee (first come, first served) courtesy of Mitch Altman’s Cornfield Electronics. A second, advanced workshop will be offered Sunday for a limited few who want to reverse-engineer the firmware and learn cryptographic key extraction techniques. RSVP to to save your spot.

Related information:
OpenAMD Panel – Friday at 6:00pm in Lovelace
Badge-Hacking Seminar – Saturday at 10:00pm in Tesla