2013年10月7日月曜日

Silicon Chef Hardware Hackathon for Women #sichefhack

I joined Silicon Chef - Hardware Hackathon for women. Beginners were welcomed, so it was a great opportunity for women to get into hardware hacking! Each team received a box filled with tools such as Arduino, breadboard, LEDs, cables, servo, motor, wind sensor, etc and a booklet to learn about Arduino. They also could borrow Leap Motion devices.

You can see the list of the projects here:
http://www.hackathon.io/silicon3/projects

It was really awesome seeing the room filled with women eager to hack hardwares!
360 degree photo of the room can be seen here:

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Welcome from Shannon Spanhake, Deputy Innovation Officer, City of San Francisco in the Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee

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"From Makers to China" Welcome from Brady Forrest, Vice President, Highway1 

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Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Shenzhen is the Silicon Valley of hardware!

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Suggested reading from Brady: “From concept to consumer” by Phil Baker and Bunnie's blog.

"Software Girl in a Hardware World" by Julia Grace, Head of Engineering, Tindie

Julia did a live demo of sending SMS via Arduino button. You can read the process and code here:
Learn how to send an SMS text message in Python by pushing a button on your Arduino!

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"Launch - How to get your idea to market" by Katherine Hague, CEO & Co-Founder, Shoplocket

She shared examples of various successful hardware startups such as Lockitron, LittleBits, Roominate, OtherMill, etc. You can read them here:
http://shoplocketblueprint.com/

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

"Beyond Hard Electronics: Empowering Soft Tech with Soft Circuits" by Kanjun Qiu

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She talked about how LilyPad Arduino changed the way women perceives and got involved in hardware hacking movement.

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Arduino developer community: 86% male vs LilyPad is 65% female!

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

They are running awesome workshops.

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Wow. Pre-workshop "I feel comfortable programming computers on my own" 27% > 82% after workshop. It makes you feel "I can do it!"

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

People will run into issues- so they made this troubleshooting flowchart. Awesome!

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What's in the box?

Announcement of what the teams are getting in the box ;)

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Red Sparkfun Arduino, red breadboard, red display, red micro-USB cable, red LED, red pen... so many red stuff :D

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Unboxing, and many women starting hacking Arduino.... for many of them, for the first time!

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

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Skittles Team

The "Skittles team" kindly welcomed me in for the day - thank you everyone!! (Since I cannot come on Sunday, I could not really join the teams...) We were using Leap Motion for one of the inputs, to wave and light the LEDs, and using wind sensor as the other input so that we can blow our breath towards it and operate the LEDs, like blowing on the birthday cake candle.

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It was the first time trying Arduino for most women, so they were seriously reading the book together, and learning. Several male members who had Arduino experience helped out, and walked us through the code for us.

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Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Making the Arduino visible to everyone... yes, kitchen paper works!
As always, "Blinking LED is Hello World in hardware" so we let the LED blink as step one :)

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Next, input. Making Leap Motion work....

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Making the wind sensor work...

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This is wind sensor.

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Blowing into the wind sensor... we're getting data. Yay!

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Other teams are making progress too!

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Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

Many teams were huddling and hacking on the floor ;)
I think this is unique for hardware hacking.
And people looked really relaxed and enjoying!

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Silicon Chef Women's Hardware hackathon

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 Lilypads!

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Outdoor hacking! Indeed it was a lovely day...

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One of the mentors showing her hacks. We had many mentors to help around.

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Some people were soldering.

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"Evolution of Arduino" poster on the wall.

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/dev/food

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Since I needed to go to yet another hackathon on Sunday, I couldn't join... but here are some tweets by +Pamela Fox about the demos!












Thanks to organizers at Hackbright Academy, all of the staffs, volunteers, sponsors and mentors for making this awesome event happen. Talking with the attendees, I felt it really opened the doors for many women.

Loved the T-shirts too :D

Front:

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Back:

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By the way, we were not allowed to stay overnight, and had to leave the venue at 8PM. However we were given this "diplomatic passport" of HackerSpaces.

HackerSpace Passport

HackerSpace Passport

I need to visit many hackerspaces to fill in the visa stamps!

HackerSpace Passport

I always love this wonderful slogan "Be Excellent to Each Other" :D

This passport is CC licensed! Created by +mitch altman and Matthew Borgatti

HackerSpace Passport

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer. -Fumi Yamazaki