Until Next Time
Figure 6. When placed side by side, the seven badges form a beautiful landscape
image. (LCDs removed to show unobstructed artwork).
Figure 7. The seven different soldermask colors shown on unpopulated badges.
Joe Grand is an electrical engineer, hardware hacker, and president of Grand Idea
Studio, Inc. ( www.grandideastudio.com), where he specializes in the design and
licensing of consumer products and modules for electronics hobbyists. He can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A lot has happened since I
designed DEFCON’s first electronic
badge five years ago.
Within the hacker community,
conferences and parties using
electronic badges has become the
norm. What used to be a unique
exception is now the rule. While
this is a fantastic trend as it shows
the strength and popularity of
hobbyist electronics, I’m one who
likes to buck trends and do things
that people haven’t done before.
You never know what next year
will bring, but as a hacker, you
should always expect the
All engineering documentation
and resources for the DEFCON 18
badge are available on my website