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Discounted Registration Ends Tonight

Posted on Friday, April 8th, 2011 at 7:17 pm in Uncategorized by Tyger

This your last chance to get a Premier Registration which includes a parts kit for your programmable badge and other goodies.

It is also the last opportunity to get into Notacon for less than the at the door rate of $120.

See you in a week!

PixelJam updates

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 7:34 am in Uncategorized by froggy

A number of PixelJam updates! What are you going to submit? Remember, remote entries are allowed!

Notacon Badge Sneak Peek

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 1:32 am in Uncategorized by froggy

Notacon 8 will feature, for the first time, a hardware badge. Designed by Seth Hardy, they signify

  • Arduino compatible (with FTDI cable)
  • Six PWM LEDs
  • Capacitive sensor that also double as a place to write your name
  • built-in prototyping area
  • Powered by 2 CR2032 batteries, with an option of extra 4AA of 9V battery pack
  • Optional alcohol gas sensor

That’s not all, though. Numerous other surprises await you! We encourage you to bring your own components and parts to experiment and play with.

Everyone who purchased a Premium registration will get a parts kit including the ATMEGA328P-PU processor. We will have extra parts kits available for a fee of $20. 9V and 4AA power extension kits will be available as well for a nominal fee, as well as spare FTDI cables. A portion of the profits from these kits will be given directly to Cleveland’s hackerspace, Makers’ Alliance.

Speaking of them, there will be a huge hardware and badge hacking this area sponsored by the Makers’ Alliance the will have available the soldering supplies, tools and expertise necessary to put the badge together. Thus, if you’re new to soldering and building electronics, worry not! You will be in good hands! For those that want to purchase their own starter soldering tool kits, they will be available again for a nominal, a portion of which will be kicked back to Makers’ Alliance.

Oh, you wanted to see what they look like? Sure. Here you go!

4 days left to pre-register

Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2011 at 9:22 am in Uncategorized by froggy

4 days left to pre-register. Tickets will be available at the door most likely, but if you’d like to save some cash, I’d strongly suggest that you register now! Pre-registration officially closes at 7 PM EST on April 8th.

That is all.

New Keynote Speaker (and Updated Security Policy)

Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2011 at 4:51 pm in Uncategorized by vitruvius

Notacon is thrilled to announce that U.S. President Barack Obama will be providing a keynote speech at Notacon this year. Scheduling and topic details are still being sorted out, but we are very happy to welcome such a distinguished guest of honor to this year’s event.

Also, please be aware that there will be enhanced security measures at the conference this year. All attendees will be required to submit to a thorough background screening. Details about this process will be posted soon. Additionally, all event entrances will be equipped with backscatter x-ray equipment. We will do our best to keep delays to a minimum, but please allow extra time when attending conference schedules.

More information about the updated security procedures can be found on the registration page.

Need a ride or a place to crash?

Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 4:10 am in Uncategorized by froggy

This is your yearly reminder that Notacon has a room and ride share board as well as a forum system in general.

So if you’re still on the fence on attending because you’re not sure you can get a ride or not sure you’ll have a place to get some sleep (and a shower. Please shower.) hopefully this will help you connect with people who are able to help you out. Likewise, if you are able to give someone a lift, or have some extra space in your hotel room, this is the right forum for you to fill that extra space and share those hotel costs!

Notacon hotel rate ends today, registration ends April 8th

Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 4:51 pm in Uncategorized by froggy

The Notacon room block rate officially ends today, March 28th. If you still haven’t booked your room, please do so today! After today, the few rooms we do have left will be released from the block and sold at regular rates. If it is after the 28th, we would encourage you to call our contact at the hotel directly (indicated on the page) as they may honor the discounted rate.

Also as a a reminder, pre-registration for Notacon ends on April 8th. Tickets will be $120 at the door otherwise. Plan ahead and save money!

Notacon wants to rent your land!

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 10:07 pm in Uncategorized by froggy

Tyger and I (well, mostly I) have been scheming for a number of years now on a new project. However, this project would require us to obtain use of a fairly substantial piece of rural property (20 acres or more) for a week or so. Some of you may see where this is going.

The problem is, we’re city folk, and our .09 acre postage stamp lot just won’t fit the bill for what we have in mind. Thus, we are interested in hearing from individuals who would be willing to let us temporarily use/rent their land for a week or so. Preferably it would have the following attributes:

  • 20+ acres
  • Be in such a location that lots of noise wouldn’t cause a problem with the neighbors or Johnny Law.
  • Semi-wooded
  • Accessible via public roads w/o requiring using of a 4×4
  • Have access to potable water

As an added bonus, these features would be nice but not necessary:

  • Access to 100A of electricity
  • On-site bathrooms and shower facilities
  • Lake or other water feature
  • FREE!!! (or damn cheap)

We are looking to pull this project off late in the summer or early in the fall of 2011. If you think you might be able to help us, or know someone who does, please contact either me or reply to this entry.

Kids at Notacon! Also, hotel problems fixed!

Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 3:13 am in Uncategorized by froggy

Before I get onto the “kids at Notacon” bit, I wanted to let everyone know that the hotel has fixed the bug in their system that prevented people from booking non-smoking rooms in the Notacon room block. If you are still having problems, or want to make sure that your reservation is correct, please contact Jeffrey Glover at the Hilton Garden in at jeffrey.glover@hilton.com or via phone 216.373.3805. Thanks for your patience everyone, it looks like we have this one fixed! Also, book soon if you haven’t already since I think we’re pretty close to being sold out!

OK, now onto the big question of the day. Will you be bringing children to Notacon? Would you, perhaps, be interested in a childcare co-op to help look after your little ones while you attend a presentation? Perhaps you’re interested in spending some time volunteering to look after a few children yourself?

I ask because it seems that many of us who have grown up with Notacon have children nowadays. Thus, it might make sense to explore the idea of looking after each others’ children for a few hours so that we can attend that absolutely-must-attend presentation!

If you fall into this boat, or are interested in participating in our childcare survey, please click on

*** OUR SURVEY***

Hackable badge as well as hotel and ticket information

Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 4:50 pm in Uncategorized by froggy

For the first time, Notacon will feature a hackable hardware badge this year! Designed by Seth Hardy, the badge will allow Notacon participants to build, modify and create their own badge. We provide the circuit board (and, for premium registrants, a component kit) and the hardware hacking area and you provide the creativity! Speaking of which, this years hardware hacking area will be adjacent to the newly expanded PixelJam demoparty lounge and organized by Cleveland’s hackerspace, the Makers’ Alliance. Anyways, I’ve taken a look at the badge design and I admit I’m super excited. More details will be released once Notacon 8 gets closer!

We’ve still had sporadic reports regarding difficulty booking rooms at the hotel. We still have rooms left in the block, and the hotel wants to make sure everyone who wants to is able to get a room. While the general hotel space is sold out, WE STILL HAVE ROOMS SET ASIDE ONLY FOR NOTACON PARTICIPANTS. They are, of course, going fast. The hotel has graciously extended the expiration of the room block from March 23rd to March 28th. Likewise, they want me to remind everyone that if problems arise, to contact them. As a reminder, contact information is available on the Notacon hotel and travel information page in big, bold print.

Remember, when booking your room, you MUST either use the Notacon booking code or tell them you are booking a room for Notacon. If you don’t, they will tell you they are sold out.

If you haven’t booked your room now, please do so very soon. Likewise, if you have not registered, please do so as quickly as possible. Pre-registration closes on April 8th. You still have time to save money before buying your ticket at the door! For those still on the fence and broke, we also still have some starving hacker tickets left for $50. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! This is well under what it costs us to run the event per person, but we want to make sure everyone who wants to attend Notacon has the opportunity.

More announcements coming soon, so stay tuned!