Hacktorial: Arduino Uno Workshop

On February 24th, 2016, a small group of hackers braved the rain and gathered in Collider to learn about the Arduino Uno, a do-it-yourself processor than can be used in conjunction with sensors and lights to create awesome hardware projects. Fortunately for those who didn’t want to get swept away by the storm, a repeat hacktorial was put on the next night, and with the help of Ibrahim Hashme, attendees were able to use the Arduino IDE to communicate with their Arduino boards working through the basic sensors.

Arduino is a great tool for hackers, combining hardware and software in a very tangible way. When paired with sensors, actuators, and LED’s, they allow for a seemingly infinite range of projects, and Ibrahim got the hackers started, showing them how easy it is to get started with your own project, making lights turn on and off, communicating with and controlling the Arduino with a few simple lines of code.

By the end of the hacktorial, hackers knew how to read basic sensors, print according information, and control the Arduino all from the IDE! If you want to try out an Arduino or play with any other hardware, come stop by our hackerspace, Collider, we have tons! We also have a microwave.

A snippet of Ibrahim’s code on the Arduino IDE

For hacktorials, usually we have videos that you can find here. However, because this was such a hands on and interactive workshop, it didn’t make sense to stream it, it wouldn’t have been beneficial. However, to see what’s possible with an Arduino, check out some of these cool projects: http://www.instructables.com/id/20-Unbelievable-Arduino-Projects/

Terrapin Hackers holds many talks and hacktorials like this, introducing CS majors (and non-CS majors) to concepts and fields that may seem daunting. If you’re interested in attending, they are open to all and most are made for beginners so like us on Facebook!