Hackerspace Weekend Festival

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Hax is a weekend festival at Skullspace. It is our annual opportunity to celebrate and promote our broad hackerspace community, which includes technologists, musicians, DJs, gamers, crafters, artists and other tinkers. The festival condenses the hackerspace experience into an entire weekend.

We regret that our location, the 2nd floor of 374 Donald is not mobility accessible. There are three flights of stairs up 1.5 stories.

Hax 4.0: March 31 - April 2, 2023

Friday March 31, 2023

Movie night hosted by Thor. (lounge)

Saturday April 1, 2023

Saturday daytime:
(free event)

9amDoors open
10am-5pmExhibits and gaming (workshop/lounge)
9:30am-3pmTalks of general interest to a hackerspace community (classroom)
3pm-6pmSkullspace Security C-sides -- Information security talks (classroom) (CFP)

Saturday night:
(ticketed event)

6pm-10pm Saturday night party -- Hang with hackers. Gaming. Conversation. Chill music. Light drinking. All with a reasonable bedtime. (ticketed event)

Sunday April 2, 2023

(free event)

11am-5pmExhibits and gaming (workshop/lounge)
11am-3pmHacker music and poetry jam (classroom)
3:30pm-5pmElectronics market (classroom)
4:30pmElectronics auction (classroom)


We welcome volunteers for the smooth running of gaming, exhibits, our open mic, operations, and several other roles.

See our volunteer form for a complete list and to apply.


Saturday Talks

We are still looking to add a few information security speakers for our Skullspace Security CSides.

All talks will be available in the Skullspace classroom. A select few will also be available to remote participants.

Talks of interest to a broad hackerspace community 9:30am-3pm

9:30am Brad Taylor -- A hand-built HDMI LED display running SNES @ 60 fps
10am James Paskaruk -- Zynthian: Open Synth Platform -- (Google Meet video conference. Attendees admitted between 9:50 and 10am)
11am Bill Shymanski -- Unidentified Flying Hackers -- Tracking High Altitude Balloons with Amateur Radio
11:45am Zorian -- Free software RuneScape Classic server
12:30pm Edwin Amsler -- How people made PC games in 1993 (pre-recorded with YouTube live premiere and chat)
1pm Cole -- N E 1 CAN DO IT (circuit bending)
1:30pm Red -- How I Made a Glow In The Dark Toque
2:15pm Shibashis Bal -- AI Against Wildlife Trafficking: Innovative Solutions for Combatting Illegal Trade

Skullspace Security CSides -- information security talks 3pm-6pm

Free tickets to our 6pm reception will be raffled throughout.

3pm William Franzin -- Using a security hole to re-purpose and reverse engineer smart bulbs and plugs
3:45pm Shibashis Bal -- Exploring SAQ C -PCI DSS Control 12.3.1
4:30pm Mark Jenkins -- PGP smart cards deliver practical strong cryptography
5pm Open speaking slot. Your talk could be here. Alternatively, we will showcase classic infosec recordings and have round-table discussions on their implications.

Mark Jenkins introduced the festival (*) and the talk line-up on March 3rd. (audio 256kbit/s mp3) (slides)

The late night mentioned has been replaced with a 6pm-10pm party.

The original call for presentations is archived.

Hacker music and poetry open mic and jam

Sunday April 2nd starting at 11am

An opportunity for community members to showcase their musicianship, poetry, or combined.

The session will start open mic style with each performer offering the typical format of 1-2 songs/poems or approximately 3-8 minutes.

We'll welcome any performance showcasing the talents in our community, but if you're able to prepare something, consider the following themes relevant to a hackerspace community:

Following the open-mic session we'll have a music jam session on top of various chord progressions and styles.

Reach out to Mark Jenkins for any suggestions of backing or chord progressions you'd like to hear in the jam portion.

Confirmed performers Not looking for

Two rules for what we're not looking for in this Sunday session:

We love and respects both of these things, but they're not in the spirit of a traditional open mic or music jam.

Regarding DJing, we will have a great showcase on the Saturday evening and certainly at other evening events going forward. There may also be some room for some light DJing between Saturday talks and during the later part of Sunday when we're holding an electronics market. Reach out if that's of interest.

Regarding karaoke, we want to encourage a level of musicianship at this session that's not reliant on on-screen timing cues. Performing with a backing track is fine. Using a sequencer or a looping pedal is not only awesome but actually on-theme. Using a chart, music book or lyrics is totally cool. And relying on on-screen timing is acceptable if you have an accessibility reason.


Reach out to Mark Jenkins mark@parit.ca if you have something to exhibit.


Table-top gaming sessions with hosts Video game consoles and setups that will be present

Saturday Night

Saturday night features a party 6pm-10pm. Tickets are required. DJs are:


There is a lot of commercial and free street parking in the neighbourhood.

Our block of Donald and nearby Hargrave steet are metred on Saturdays daytimes with two hours free.
(pay for two, get four free, or just enjoy your free two, pay after for two more or move to another block).

Notre Dame west of Hargrave has no metres or Saturday/Sunday time limits.

All street parking is free on Sunday.

Organizing committee schedule

All organizer committee meetings have wrapped up. If you'd like to help next time, come say hello at the festival.

Remote participation

Our festival is largely in-person, but we have two planned talks that will be available remotely.

We regularly hang out in two places online


About | Schedule | Volunteer | Sponsors | Talks | Open mic and music jam | Exhibits | Gaming | "Anti"-social | Parking | Organizer meetings | Remote participation | Archives