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CTRL-H

7608 N Interstate Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97217, US (map)

Our Story

A few years ago, a geek bought a building at 7600 N. Interstate Ave. in Portland with the intent of turning it into a hackerspace. However, this didn’t work out, and the building sat unused for a few years.

Well, fast forward to June 2014 when the building owner contacted an existing local hackerspace for help and here we are. We are currently in the process of renovating the building to support a hackerspace, and setting up infrastructure.

We look forward to doing some really cool things in Portland, so come by and see us if you want to be a part of it. ctrlh.org -- meetup.com/CTRL-H

Access Notes

If you arrive and have a hard time finding someone, head over to ctrlh.org/irc and ask. Someone there should be able to help.

Future events happening here

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Past events that happened here

  • Sunday
    Jul 10 2016
    DORKBOTPDX JULY 2016 WORKSHOP: FAUST!

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    Instructor: Mykle Hansen
    Sunday, July 10th, 1-5pm at
    Ctrl-H, 7608 N. Interstate, Portland, OR 97217
    All ages! Free! (Donate a bit to Ctrl-H if you can)
    Bring a laptop, headphones, and ideally a pre-installed copy of FaustLive: http://faust.grame.fr/download/
    http://dorkbotpdx.org/faust_2016
    

    Faust is a functional language for describing signal-processing networks. It has obvious applications in audio, but also has great potential for software-defined radio, subatomic physics, or any other situation where one might want to efficiently analyze streams of information.

    Website
  • Saturday
    Jun 25 2016
    Eat, drink, hack!

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    Bring an appetite and a laptop. Introductions at 6pm, and wrap-up at 9pm where you'll have a chance to share what you worked on and what challenges and accomplishments you had.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jun 16 2016
    Lock Picking Workshops

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    The local chapter of TOOOL (The Open Organization Of Lockpickers) hosts monthly gatherings for lock picking on third-Thursdays, 7-9p at Ctrl-H. Quarterly beginner introduction meetings like this one include a presentation to help people get started.

    We supply beginners lessons, advice, picks, locks and calming words to the totally new. No experience needed. We also have challenge locks and security pinned progressives for the more experienced. You don't have to bring anything (but if you do, be sure to paint, etch or otherwise mark your stuff so it doesn't get mixed up). You don't even have to be sure that learning how to pick locks is a good idea. We will talk about that too! This meeting will include an introduction presentation covering the basics of why people pick locks, what the rules are and how to pick a standard pin-tumbler lock. There will be lots of hands-on time to practice what you learn. Even if you have never done this before, you will be amazed how quickly you can advance through the progressively pinned practice locks.

    This Google calendar lists all of our local events: http://goo.gl/En8Qq

    And we post reminders to this Google Group: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/toool-pdx

    Website
  • Sunday
    Apr 24 2016
    DORKBOTPDX April 2016 Workshop: Advanced Microcontroller Audio

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    In case you missed it last year (like me!) it's happening again! This hands-on microcontroller audio workshop will show you how to use a Teensy 3.2 and codec chip to generate and playback CD quality sound, and process and analyze audio in real time.

    $45 for kit Space is limited to 15 people! RSVP Required, email to [email protected]. Limited to 15 people.

    Instructor: Paul Stoffregen

    Sunday, April 24st, 1-5pm at Ctrl-H 7608 N. Interstate, Portland, OR 97217 $45 (Donate to Ctrl-H if possible!) All ages! http://dorkbotpdx.org/micro_audio_2016/

    Website
  • Sunday
    Apr 3 2016
    DORKBOTPDX April 3rd WORKSHOP: Analog Guitar Distortion Workshop

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    Build your own Fuzzface distortion guitar pedal clone while learning about the history and theory of analog electric guitar distortion. General principles of building analog guitar effects will also be discussed. All parts will be provided for a working Fuzzface clone minus an enclosure. Please bring your own soldering tool, solder, wire cutters, and strippers. $30 fee covers cost of parts and PCB.

    Instructor: Jim Titus Limited to 15 people RSVP required! RSVP to [email protected]

    Sunday, April 3rd 1pm - 5pm @ Ctrl-H 7608 N. Interstate $30 + donation to Ctrl-H

    Website
  • Thursday
    Mar 17 2016
    Lock Picking Workshops

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    The local chapter of TOOOL (The Open Organization Of Lockpickers) hosts monthly gatherings for lock picking on third-Thursdays, 7-9p at Ctrl-H.

    We supply beginners lessons, advice, picks, locks and calming words to the totally new. No experience needed. We also have challenge locks and security pinned progressives for the more experienced. You don't have to bring anything (but if you do, be sure to paint, etch or otherwise mark your stuff so it doesn't get mixed up). You don't even have to be sure that learning how to pick locks is a good idea. We will talk about that too! This meeting will include an introduction presentation covering the basics of why people pick locks, what the rules are and how to pick a standard pin-tumbler lock. There will be lots of hands-on time to practice what you learn. Even if you have never done this before, you will be amazed how quickly you can advance through the progressively pinned practice locks.

    This Google calendar lists all of our local events: http://goo.gl/En8Qq

    And we post reminders to this Google Group: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/toool-pdx

    Website
  • Sunday
    Feb 28 2016
    DORKBOTPDX February 2016 Workshop: HANDS ON JTAG FOR FUN AND ROOT SHELLS

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    JTAG may be almost 30 years old with little change, but that doesn't mean most people really understand what it does and how. This workshop will start with a brief introduction to what JTAG really is, then quickly dive into some hands-on practice with finding, wiring, and finally exploiting a system via JTAG.

    For this workshop, we'll target a Raspberry Pi with an ARM microprocessor. In order to interact with the system, we'll use a JTAG interface cable from FTDI. We won't do any hardware modifications, but we will hook up wires in weird and wonderful ways to make the Raspberry Pi do things it otherwise shouldn't.

    Sunday, February 28th, 2016 1pm at Control-H, 7608 N. Interstate, Portland, OR 97217

    Instructor: Joe FitzPatrick Free, (donate to Ctrl-H if you can!)

    Limited to 20 people (or groups of people) RSVP to [email protected]

    No equipment needed, everything is provided.

    Upcoming workshops! Sunday, 27MAR2016 at Control-H, Build your own FuzzFace Guitar Pedal with Jim Titus Sunday, 24APRIL2016 at Control-H, Advanced Microcontroller Audio with Paul Stoffregen Sunday, 29MAY2016 at Control-H, GLOBAL SYNCHRONIZED AUTONOMY with Rich and Friends

    Website
  • Sunday
    Jan 31 2016
    DORKBOTPDX January 2016 Workshop: OPEN LAB

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    Make things with or next to other people! Bring a project or collaborate on someone else's project. We provide space and power. You bring tools and projects. Ask fellow dorks for help and offer help to others.

    RSVP by commenting at http://dorkbotpdx.org/openlab_01_2016 telling folks what you'll be working on!

    Upcoming workshops: February 2016: Hands-on JTAG for fun and root shells with Joe FitzPatrick March 2016: Build your FuzzFace Guitar Pedal with Jim Titus

    Thanks to everyone leading workshops!

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  • Sunday
    Dec 6 2015
    Coding for Shift Calendar

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    We will be working again to improve the software behind the Shift Calendar (http://shift2bikes.org/cal/). Our code repo is here: https://github.com/ShiftGithub/shiftcal

    Possibilities:

    -refactoring the code base to separate the client-side and server-side

    -testing of the responsive beta version

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  • Sunday
    Nov 15 2015
    An Introduction to Pure Data (free DorkbotPDX workshop)

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    DorkbotPDX is happy to offer a free workshop as an introduction to Pure Data (Pd).

    When: Sunday, November 15th, 2015. 1-5pm Where: Ctrl-H Hackerspace, 7608 N. Interstate, PDX, OR

    Bring: A laptop and headphones

    Instructors: Jesse Mejia, Alex Norman, Jason Plumb

    Details:

    In this 4-hour course, students will learn the basics of Pd and will have fun developing foundational Pd patching skills.

    Pure Data (Pd) is a free, open-source, community supported data flow language and coding environment with an emphasis on sound, music, and multimedia. It was originally written by Miller Puckette (also the original author of Max/Max MSP) and runs on Linux, Mac OSX, Android, and Windows.

    Pd has been used widely in the creation of art -- such as music, sound art, visual art, generative, new-media, and interactive art. Pd interfaces readily with MIDI equipment and many popular microcontrollers.

    We have curriculum posted here: http://dorkbotpdx.org/wiki/intro_to_pd_workshop_2015

    Beginners are welcome. No prior computer programming or sound programming experience is required!

    Notes: Students should attempt to install Pd prior to the workshop...but if not, no biggie. We can help with that!

    Seating is limited to 20 participants. Please RSVP to [email protected] to reserve a spot.

    Attendees will respect The DorkbotPDX code of conduct and will be asked to donate.

    Website
  • Sunday
    Nov 1 2015
    DORKBOTPDX Novemeber 2015 Workshop: Advanced Microcontroller Audio

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    This hands-on microcontroller audio workshop will show you how to use a Teensy 3.2 and codec chip to generate and playback CD quality sound, and process and analyze audio in real time.

    RSVP Required, email to [email protected]. Limited to 15 people.

    Instructor: Paul Stoffregen

    Sunday, November 1st, 1-5pm at Ctrl-H 7608 N. Interstate, Portland, OR 97217 Free (Donate to Ctrl-H if possible!) All ages! http://dorkbotpdx.org/micro_audio_2015/

    Website
  • Sunday
    Sep 27 2015
    DORKBOTPDX September 2015 Workshop: Oregon Lawnmower Massacre

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    In this workshop we will build a "kicking legs" Halloween prop. These props are normally put under lawnmowers to simulate a lawn care accident. This project is based on a project by "Scary Terry", you can see the original here: (http://www.scary-terry.com/kicklegs/kicklegs.htm). We'll play with linkages, servos, and microcontrollers.

    Here's a quick video of the mechanism (not final): https://vimeo.com/139862333

    See website for tool details!

    RSVP required! RSVP by emailing [email protected]

    Sunday, September 27, 1-5pm at Ctrl-H7608 N. Interstate, Portland, OR 97217 All ages! $35 for kit Donate to Ctrl-H if you can! http://dorkbotpdx.org/lawnmower_2015/

    Flyer by Jason Plumb

    Website
  • Sunday
    Aug 30 2015
    DORKBOTPDX August 2015 Workshop: Intro to Programmable System-on-Chip (PSoC)

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    A hands-on introduction to the Cypress PSoC device family and the (free) PSoC Creator Integrated Development Environment(IDE).

    The workshop will include a brief architecture and software/IDE overview, followed by hand's-on project labs. Requirements: Windows “compatible” Laptop Computer and USB port (Apple MacBook Pro with Bootcamp or Parallels works fine) Prerequisites: Basic electronics (the ability to read a schematic drawing). Basic "C" programming.

    Participates will walk home with a free Cypress development board! Thanks Cypress!

    Audience: Programmers who would like to learn more about hardware and debugging. Hackers who would like to learn new skills for quickly solving hardware problems. Students who want explore and learn about new hardware-based solutions. Professionals seeking new skills for the workplace.

    Instructor: Tom Moxon Sunday, August 30th, 1-5pm at Ctrl-H, 7608 N. Interstate, Portland, OR 97217 All ages! Free! (Donate a bit to Ctrl-H if you can) http://dorkbotpdx.org/psoc_2015/

    Space is limited RSVP Required! RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/CTRL-H/events/224261020/

    Website
  • Friday
    Aug 21 2015
    Camp Smalltalk Portland 2015
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    Camp Smalltalk is a gathering of Smalltalk enthusiasts.

    There is no set schedule, but of course we all have strong interests. Some of the areas that will surely be covered include:

    • Smalltalk on small devices, such as Scratch on Raspberry PI
    • Web frameworks such as Seaside
    • Virtual machine implementations
    • Data processing applications
    • Language design, Smalltalk and beyond

    If you are curious about Smalltalk, feel free to drop by and give Smalltalk a try.

    Registration

    https://www.picatic.com/event14352674835773927

    Website
  • Sunday
    Jul 26 2015
    DORKBOTPDX July 2015 Workshop: Open Source Drone Workshop

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    Rich Burton of HooperFly gives an overview of open source drone/uav projects and flight demonstrations. We'll take a group dronie!

    Sunday, July 26th, 1-5pm at Ctrl-H, 7608 N. Interstate, Portland, OR 97217 Everyone welcome! All ages! Free! (Donate a bit to Ctrl-H if you can) http://dorkbotpdx.org/drones_2015/

    Flyer by: Zach Archer

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Jul 22 2015
    IPFS Portland OSCON Meetup: The Permanent, Distributed Web

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    Join us at CtrlH for food, drinks, discussion and a talk by Juan Benet on IPFS during OSCON week!

    What is IPFS?

    IPFS is a distributed file system that seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system of files. In some ways, this is similar to the original aims of the Web, but brings in the latest ideas from P2P and cryptography to form a distributed, permanent web.

    IPFS could become a new major subsystem of the internet. If built right, it could complement or replace HTTP. It could complement or replace even more. It sounds crazy. It is crazy! We also think it's the future of the web. Come see it in action, and meet the team of developers working on it.

    Afterwards hang out, talk tech, hack, recharge your batteries, use our fast WiFi and get a tour of CtrlH, Portland’s newest and largest hackerspace.

    See you there!

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  • Sunday
    Jun 28 2015
    DORKBOTPDX June 2015 Workshop: Solar Power Charger Workshop

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    Solar Power Charger Workshop

    Experiment with solar panels and the other bits needed to charge Lithium Ion batteries via USB!

    Sunday, June 28th, 1-5pm at Ctrl-H, 7608 N. Interstate, Portland, OR 97217 Free! (Donate a bit to Ctrl-H if you can) http://dorkbotpdx.org/solar_power_2015/

    Website
  • Saturday
    May 23 2015
    NodeSchool International Day and Hebocon (crappy robot contest) extravaganza!

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    There will be an afternoon of learning how to code AND/OR building a Hebocon bot.

    No need to RSVP but you can ask questions here: https://github.com/nodeschool/pdx/issues/1 or on the meetup page linked above.

    Heard of Hebocon? It is a sumo style battle competition for crappy robots! Rules are here http://portal.nifty.com/hebocon/files/HEBOCON_simple_rule_book_v1.pdf Come hang out, build a crappy robot that battles against other crappy robots. Bring an old RC car or other electronics to assemble a robot for the competition.

    May 23rd is NodeSchool International Day, so in addition to the Hebocon you can also show up with a laptop and learn some JavaScript. There will be JavaScript mentors available. If there is enough interest we can do the NodeSchool NodeBots workshop: https://github.com/tableflip/nodebot-workshop

    Family friendly! Kids encouraged. There will be a separate kids sumo bracket for kid-made bots.

    Schedule

    • 12pm - Show up!
    • 12pm - 4pm build bots and/or do nodeschooling
    • 4pm - 5pm - Hebocon battle!
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  • Monday
    May 18 2015
    Dorkbot

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    PEOPLE DOING STRANGE THINGS WITH ELECTRICITY

    All meetings are open to the public. Please feel free to drop by to say hello, ask questions, or show off something interesting! We currently have casual, bi-weekly meetings every other Monday. We also have less-frequent "formal" meetings featuring presentations, performances and other interesting activities like OpenDork (where anyone can have a few minutes to discuss their latest project, ideas or whatever). Watch this space for announcements.

    Website
  • Thursday
    May 7 2015
    DorkbotPDX May 2015 Workshop: OPEN LAB!

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    DorkbotPDX May 2015 Workshop: OPEN LAB! at Control-H, 7608 N. Interstate, Portland, OR 97217 Sunday, May 31, 2014 1-5pm

    While having a single teacher and many students helps get ideas and skills out to the community, sometimes it is more fun to have some chaos. So instead of one to many, we'll have many to many. Bring a project or collaborate on someone else's project.

    We provide space and power. You bring tools and projects. Ask fellow dorks for help and offer help to others.

    RSVP by replying at http://dorkbotpdx.org/openlab_05_2015/ with what you'll be hacking on!

    Website
  • Sunday
    Apr 26 2015
    DorkbotPDX April Workshop: Federated Wiki

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    FEDERATED WIKI WORKSHOP LEARN ABOUT FEDERATED WIKI: A decentralized approach to collaboration and publication. It differs from a standard wiki in that you can run your own server and share your changes with others running their own servers.

    With Ward Cunningham At Ctrl-H, 7608 N. Interstate, Portland, OR 97217 FREE!/Donation Bring a laptop with NodeJS pre-installed RSVP to [email protected]

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Apr 7 2015
    Portland Bitcoin Group

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    This group is for people who are interested in Bitcoin, the open source, peer-to-peer payment network and currency.

    Come along to: * Learn why Bitcoin is different from other currencies and precious metals * Learn how to use Bitcoin to increase your online privacy and security * Discuss politics and economics as they relate to Bitcoin and the $. Barter, trade, and network for a more resilient local economy. * Buy and sell products and services for Bitcoin. If you have a business, how you can be one of the first to start transacting with Bitcoin.

    These are exciting times for Bitcoin. Come be a part of the new way to think about money!

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Mar 3 2015
    Portland Bitcoin Group

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    This group is for people who are interested in Bitcoin, the open source, peer-to-peer payment network and currency.

    Come along to: * Learn why Bitcoin is different from other currencies and precious metals * Learn how to use Bitcoin to increase your online privacy and security * Discuss politics and economics as they relate to Bitcoin and the $. Barter, trade, and network for a more resilient local economy. * Buy and sell products and services for Bitcoin. If you have a business, how you can be one of the first to start transacting with Bitcoin.

    These are exciting times for Bitcoin. Come be a part of the new way to think about money!

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Feb 3 2015
    Portland Bitcoin Group

    CTRL-H

    This group is for people who are interested in Bitcoin, the open source, peer-to-peer payment network and currency.

    Come along to: * Learn why Bitcoin is different from other currencies and precious metals * Learn how to use Bitcoin to increase your online privacy and security * Discuss politics and economics as they relate to Bitcoin and the $. Barter, trade, and network for a more resilient local economy. * Buy and sell products and services for Bitcoin. If you have a business, how you can be one of the first to start transacting with Bitcoin.

    These are exciting times for Bitcoin. Come be a part of the new way to think about money!

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jan 29 2015
    CTRL-H Open House

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    Thursdays are open house night here at CTRL-H. This is when members gather and can open the door for you. We know we can be there by 7:00PM, but most of the time we are hours early. We don't have an opening ceremony or any formal meeting. This is a time for you to eavesdrop on other peoples projects and get support on a project that you may need help with. Bring your inventions, your technical toys and your broken microwave to CTRL-H and Hack with friends.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jan 22 2015
    CTRL-H Open House

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    Thursdays are open house night here at CTRL-H. This is when members gather and can open the door for you. We know we can be there by 7:00PM, but most of the time we are hours early. We don't have an opening ceremony or any formal meeting. This is a time for you to eavesdrop on other peoples projects and get support on a project that you may need help with. Bring your inventions, your technical toys and your broken microwave to CTRL-H and Hack with friends.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jan 15 2015
    CTRL-H Open House

    CTRL-H

    Thursdays are open house night here at CTRL-H. This is when members gather and can open the door for you. We know we can be there by 7:00PM, but most of the time we are hours early. We don't have an opening ceremony or any formal meeting. This is a time for you to eavesdrop on other peoples projects and get support on a project that you may need help with. Bring your inventions, your technical toys and your broken microwave to CTRL-H and Hack with friends.

    Website
  • Monday
    Jan 12 2015
    Dorkbot

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    All meetings are open to the public. Please feel free to drop by to say hello, ask questions, or show off something interesting! We currently have casual, bi-weekly meetings every other Monday. We also have less-frequent "formal" meetings featuring presentations, performances and other interesting activities like OpenDork (where anyone can have a few minutes to discuss their latest project, ideas or whatever). Watch this space for announcements.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jan 8 2015
    CTRL-H Open House

    CTRL-H

    Thursdays are open house night here at CTRL-H. This is when members gather and can open the door for you. We know we can be there by 7:00PM, but most of the time we are hours early. We don't have an opening ceremony or any formal meeting. This is a time for you to eavesdrop on other peoples projects and get support on a project that you may need help with. Bring your inventions, your technical toys and your broken microwave to CTRL-H and Hack with friends.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Jan 6 2015
    Portland Bitcoin Group

    CTRL-H

    This group is for people who are interested in Bitcoin, the open source, peer-to-peer payment network and currency.

    Come along to: * Learn why Bitcoin is different from other currencies and precious metals * Learn how to use Bitcoin to increase your online privacy and security * Discuss politics and economics as they relate to Bitcoin and the $. Barter, trade, and network for a more resilient local economy. * Buy and sell products and services for Bitcoin. If you have a business, how you can be one of the first to start transacting with Bitcoin.

    These are exciting times for Bitcoin. Come be a part of the new way to think about money!

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Dec 31 2014
    CTRL-H New Years Eve Party
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    A New Years Eve Party, See link: http://www.meetup.com/CTRL-H/events/219203121/ for more details.

    Website
  • Saturday
    Dec 20 2014
  • Thursday
    Dec 18 2014
    CTRL-H Open House

    CTRL-H

    Thursdays are open house night here at CTRL-H. This is when members gather and can open the door for you. We know we can be there by 7:00PM, but most of the time we are hours early. We don't have an opening ceremony or any formal meeting. This is a time for you to eavesdrop on other peoples projects and get support on a project that you may need help with. Bring your inventions, your technical toys and your broken microwave to CTRL-H and Hack with friends.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Dec 11 2014
    CTRL-H Open House

    CTRL-H

    Thursdays are open house night here at CTRL-H. This is when members gather and can open the door for you. We know we can be there by 7:00PM, but most of the time we are hours early. We don't have an opening ceremony or any formal meeting. This is a time for you to eavesdrop on other peoples projects and get support on a project that you may need help with. Bring your inventions, your technical toys and your broken microwave to CTRL-H and Hack with friends.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Dec 4 2014
    CTRL-H Open House

    CTRL-H

    Thursdays are open house night here at CTRL-H. This is when members gather and can open the door for you. We know we can be there by 7:00PM, but most of the time we are hours early. We don't have an opening ceremony or any formal meeting. This is a time for you to eavesdrop on other peoples projects and get support on a project that you may need help with. Bring your inventions, your technical toys and your broken microwave to CTRL-H and Hack with friends.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Dec 3 2014
    PDX Exploit Workshop

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    Hey everybody. Got a bug you just can't land? Is there a recent CVE you've been eyeballing seductively? Just want to brush up on your appsec?

    PDX Exploit Workshop

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Nov 19 2014
    PDX Exploit Workshop

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    Hey everybody. Got a bug you just can't land? Is there a recent CVE you've been eyeballing seductively? Just want to brush up on your appsec?

    PDX Exploit Workshop

    Website