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SoOnCon 2013: Epilogue

BYE6jR-IUAAlkURHey folks, SoOnCon 2013 has now come and gone! The conference was a huge success and saw 94(!) attendees between the Kwartzlab BBQ and the main event. Nothing had caught fire (aside from what was intended to be alight), and even the resulting surprise police appearance at the BBQ was smooth sailing. Lots of great talks and workshops happened both days, and badge hacking ran strong throughout.


  • 94 tickets sold
  • 23 talks & workshops
  • 68 burgers and frankfurters consumed
  • 62 bottles of beer drained
  • 66 wireless AP associations
  • 90 combined hours of badge assembly
  • 1 police visit

I want to thank all the speakers, workshop organizers, volunteers and badge assembly crew for your awesome contributions, without you SoOnCon 2013 would not exist. Huge thanks goes to Marcel O’Gorman from the Critical Media Lab for sponsoring our venue at THEMUSEUM this year.

Last but not least, a big thank you goes to everyone who attended the 5th year of the Southern Ontario Makers & Hackerspaces Conference, the largest one yet!

Conference Badges

We’ll be doing a small run of conference badges to make up for the shortage on Saturday. If you did not get an electronic event badge (or you gave yours to another attendee), please contact us and we’ll make sure you receive one. We’ll continue updating the Badge Hacking Workshop page with relevant information as it comes in. The code for the badge is available on github here:


We’ll add more links as we get them:

Well, that’s it for another SoOnCon! I hope you see you at the next one, coming to a hackerspace near you. Cheers!

Sneak Preview of the SoOnCon 2013 Badge

sooncon-badgeThe design for the SoOnCon 2013 event badge has been finalized!

UPDATE: Now not so sneaky! Here is the Final Schematic as well as the PCB Layout for the Badge!


  • ATmega32U4 (Arduino Leonardo compatible)
  • Includes header pins for standard Arduino shields
  • 8x individually-controlled Superbright RGB LEDs (WorldSemi WS2812)!
  • Reset & two extra buttons

While the badge itself will be pre-assembled, There’s an optional sound circuit that you can add-on to use a microphone to control your project! The sound circuit kit is available to all attendees and will be covered during a special badge hacking workshop at the event.

There are only a limited number of badges, so get your SoOnCon tickets today:

Get Involved! Call for talks & workshops!

Get Involved!

SoOnCon 2013 planning is moving right along, so far we’ve got a number of talk submissions ranging from robotics to 3D printing to podcasting to camera hacking. If you want to do a talk on anything related to making or hackerspaces in general, please fill out the Get Involved form and we’ll schedule you in! Submission deadline is October 20th.

Lightning talks at SoOnCon!

We’re also announcing a lighting-talk round for the main event! If you don’t want to do a long talk at SoOnCon itself, consider a 5-minute one! We’ve added it as an option to the Get Involved form and will do the round of lightning talks as a scheduled event.

Spread the Word!

If you know someone who would be interested in attending SoOnCon, let them know! We will have an official poster to download and print shortly. Tickets will also be going on sale soon!

For event updates, follow us on Twitter at @SoOnCon or on Facebook. Hope to see you there!

Announcing SoOnCon 2013

Hey folks, it’s that time of the year again for yet another edition of the Southern Ontario Makers & Hackerspace Conference. This year, Kwartzlab Makerspace is taking the reins for the event so it will be happening in Kitchener, Ontario.

The day before the conference, Kwartzlab will be having a BBQ/Meet & Greet at their space on Friday November 1st from 7:30pm to 2:00am. Lightning Talks will accompany the fine foodstuffs and drink.

The main conference is scheduled for November 2nd, 2013 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. We’re still working on a location, we’ll keep you posted.

Finally, in grand SoOnCon tradition, we scheduled the event to coincide with an all-night arts festival that’s also happening in town on the same day. NIGHT\SHIFT is a free downtown arts exhibition that will run from 9:00pm to 3:00am the next day.

Tickets will be on sale shortly, and we’re looking for people who’d love to do a SoOnCon talk, run a workshop or even just do a short lightning talk during the Kwartzlab BBQ. If you are interested, please check out this page on Getting Involved.

Hope to see you there, it’ll be good times indeed. Cheers!