Pasadena Hackaday Superconference Announces Uniquely Qualified Judges

Published : Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | 4:42 AM

To say that the four judges coming to Pasadena for next month’s Hackaday Superconference 2018 are unique is an understatement.

The Hackaday Superconference is the annual gathering of hardware hackers, engineers and industry experts, who come together to collaborate on the next “big” invention. This year the four judges, who will pick the winner of the $50,000 Hackaday prize, are the top names in the field.

Sherry Huss, who oversees Make Magazine publishing and the global Make Faire event, is a pioneer in DIY projects. Under Huss’s direction, the event even featured in Bangkok, is anticipated by hundreds of thousands annually.

“I made the decision to stay with Maker Faire as I loved the energy and the opportunity to build and grow it into a global brand and really liked the concept of open source,” Huss told “The rest is history.”

Danielle Applestone, founder of Bantam Tools, was a guest speaker at last year’s conference. After informing attendants she is “always thinking” of how to better society, Applestone talked at length about how to better improve the 2030 workforce.

“There’s a pressure of ‘I have this job and I have been working at it for 10 years and it is going to go away sometime soon,’” Applestone said at the conference.

Anool Mahidharia, Hackaday author and creator of ClockTHREE –an open source hardware clock—believes in making a difference in the world by creating products that influence society.

“By leveraging the power of open source hardware and software, we are able to bring our ideas to life and share them with the community,” Mahidharia said in a Developer’s Interview. “The revenue generated from our projects is used to support the Maker community.”

Kwabena Agyeman, proficient in Chip design and creator of the Hackaday prize OpenMV—a single board that runs computer vision algorithms—is a modest genius.

“I wouldn’t say I’m an expert,” Agyeman said in a interview. I’m learning computer vision like everyone else. Developing the OpenMV Cam has actually been a great way to learn how algorithms work.”

The four judges will be at the 4th Annual Pasadena Hackaday Superconference Nov. 2-4. For more information on the event, click here.


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