September 06, 2013 - by Angie

Hardware Hackathon for Women: Silicon Chef (October 5-6, 2013)

Silicon Chef is a hardware hackathon this October 5-6 in San Francisco for humans who identify as female. Your team will be given a box of parts and a microcontroller. It's up to your team to come up with an innovative solution to a problem in the world using hardware hacks, blinky lights, legos and sensors. This hardware hackathon is organized by Hackbright Academy.

Details and sign up for free to hack here:

Do you supply the hardware? What exactly?

Yes, we will be supplying the hardware. Each box is guaranteed to have an Arduino. It is recommended that you bring a laptop and your enthusiasm.

Keeping in the spirit of a certain popular Japanese cooking show from the 2000's we will still have a SECRET INGREDIENT! =cue fog machine= Your team must use the secret ingredient in your project!

Here are the sensors and parts that each box will contain so that you all have an easier time planning:

• Arduino and Breadboard Holder
• Guidebook
• Bread Board
• Carrying Case
• 16x2 White on Black LCD (with headers)
• 74HC595 Shift Register
• 2N2222 Transistors
• 1N4148 Diodes
• SPDT 5V Relay
• TMP36 Temp Sensor
• Flex sensor
• Softpot
• 6' USB Cable
• Jumper Wires
• Photocell
• Tri-color LED
• LEDs of many colors
• 10K Trimpot
• Piezo Buzzer
• Big 12mm Buttons
• 330 and 10K Resistors

Who are the mentors? What are their core competencies?

Our mentors include people with varied backgrounds with hardware. We have in the mix roboticists, mechanical engineers and self-taught hardware hackers.

Got Questions?

Leave a comment below and we'll answer your questions here, or email

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