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JunkBox Wars

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 JunkBox Wars


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It’s time to dig into our box of junk and create your masterpiece!  For the inaugural Junk Box Wars competition we’ll be providing new TI G2 Value line LaunchPads (using the MSP430G2553 microcontroller), and a giant box of random components... now what will you do with that?  Show us something amazing, creative, and clever, and do it in 5 hours using no outside components.

This year we will be accepting up to 5 teams of 4 people per team.  The schedule is below:




9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Junk Box Wars Registration

Hardware Hacking Village

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Hardware Hacking Village Open Soldering Stations

Hardware Hacking Village

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Junk Box Wars

Hardware Hacking Village

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Team Presentations (5 minutes each)

Hardware Hacking Village

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM


Hardware Hacking Village

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Closing Ceremony (Winning Team Announced, Prizes Awarded)

Track 1 Room

5:30 PM - Forever



Anyone wishing to join in should download and install Texas Instruments Code Composer Studio (http://www.ti.com/tool/CCSTUDIO) before arriving.  If you want to brush up on your coding be sure to check out the samples available here: http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Open_Source_Projects_-_MSP430

Please note that all code must be developed DURING the competition.  No outside code will be allowed.  All code and hardware designs from the competition will be released under the Create Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) at the end of the event.  The Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license makes no restrictions on reuse but does require that any reuse gives appropriate credit to the originator.

We may have some tools and gear available for you in a pinch, but you are highly encouraged to bring your own lighting, helping hands, soldering irons, solder, and other non-component items.

Junk Box Wars is a joint project between TheLab.MS and Dallas Makerspace.

Some materials supplied by Tanner Electronics



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