First OpenFest hardware hackathon results


Open Fest is the biggest even for Open Technologies, Open Software and Open Hardware in Bulgaria.

This year Open Fest was last weekend 3rd and 4th of November and had 10 years Jubilee!

The program and the presentation slides you can see at

The wireless router on the event logged 820 unique MAC addresses so I guess at least so many people visited it 🙂 (do you imagine IT guy will stay whole day on such event without checking his e-mails?)

Olimex was invited to talk for the OLinuXino and together with the organizеrs we made the first Hardware Hackathon.

There was table with Olimex boards – iMX233, A13 OLinuXinos and different UEXT modules and everyone was invited to implement something interesting during the even, the most interesting projects had as prize the boards which were used to implement.

Not many people were hear for the Hackathon on the first day the interest was weak but many were preparing during the Saturday evening as in Sunday the table was always full:


The recap of the completed projects is:

1. 3D graphics on Android application – flying plane which you control with the MOD-WII-NUNCHUCK connected to A13-OLinuXino-WIFI UEXT connector. Programming language: Java. Boards used: A13-OLinuXino-WIFI + MOD-WII-NUNCHUK

2. RFID data logger and entry system: RFID cards are learned then different relays get closed when corresponding card is approached to the reader. Programming language: C. Boards used: iMX233-OLinuXino-MAXI +  MOD-RFID125 + MOD-IO + RFID125-ISO tags.

3. Web temperature logger. Programming language: Python, PHP. Boards used: iMX233-OLinuXino-MAXI, MOD-TC-MK2-31855, TC-K-TYPE

4. Fire alarm: when temperature passes threshold plays MP3 with someone yieling: Fire! Alarm! 🙂 Program language: C, Linux shell. Boards used: iMX233-OLinuXino-MAXI, MOD-TC-MK2-31855, TC-K-TYPE

there were several other attempts but the projects were not complete, overall I’m impressed with the complexity of the first two projects which were completed at so short time.

The Hardware Hackathon will continue on the next OpenFest events.

It was cool to see these people who came form the pure software world, how they discover how easy is to interface real world objects with OLinuXino and in the same time to stay in the comfortable Linux environment they know.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Boyan Peychev
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 16:38:21

    This is great, but why the projects are not shared (open source)? 🙂


  2. noname
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 09:06:48

    Will there be videos of the conference talks online? Cause I see there were a few talks with english titles.


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