Well, you wouldn’t believe the number of emails I've received in response to my previous blog on this topic (see ESC Boston Collectible — Wireless Mesh Networked “Hello There!” Badges). As a reminder, here's a quick video that will bring us all up to date and ensure we're all marching to the same drum.
As you may recall, this is going to be a very limited edition because we're giving away only 100 of the little rascals. In just a moment I'm going to tell you how you can lay claim to your very own badge, but first…
There are going to be three badge-related sessions at ESC Boston as follows:
- Introducing the ESC 2016 “Hello There!” Badge: This is where we will be giving out the 75 badges discussed below. Also, we'll be giving away a badge-controlled robot (the badges will vote between themselves to determine the lucky winner of this little beauty).
- ESC 2016 “Hello There!” Badge Meet-Up: This will be an informal get-together for anyone who is interested in learning more about the badges, including how to make one of your own and how to hack into them and program them. We'll also be giving away another badge-controlled robot (you don’t have to already own a badge to win this mechanoid marvel because it will be accompanied by a free-standing badge).
- Tech Trivia Quiz: This will be a fun event to close out the second day of the conference, not the least that one of the prizes will be one of our badge-controlled robots (once again, you don’t have to already possess a badge to win this cybertronic creation because it will be accompanied by a free-standing badge).
In addition to the 75 badges mentioned earlier, we will be giving out a further 10 to randomly selected lucky attendees at the Introducing the ESC 2016 “Hello There!” Badge session on the morning of April 13.
The remaining 15 badges will be given out by EDN Executive Editor Suzanne Deffree during the course of the conference. Suzanne will be rewarding those attendees she feels are most engaged in the proceedings (personally, I wanted to go for things like the tallest embedded designer, the shortest embedded designer, the most follicly challenged embedded designer, and so forth, but all my incredibly clever suggestions were shot down in flames — go figure).
I know, I know… I can hear you chomping at the bit in excitement, desperately trying to restrain yourself from screaming out loud: “Tell me how I can win one of these magnificent little beauties before I explode!”
Well, it's really very simple. All you have to do in order to lay claim to your very own “Hello There!” badge is to be one of the lucky winners who tweets the following phrase sometime between your reading this and 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 15, 2016:
Find me at #ESCbos this April in this cool #wireless mesh network #LED badge: http://ubm.io/1oDG0UO ESC: http://ubm.io/1QoW0zG @ESC_Conf
FYI, I probably shouldn’t be mentioning this, but tweeting the above multiple times will improve your chances of winning. The first thing Suzanne will do on the morning of March 16 will be to randomly select 75 of these tweets and contact the lucky winners via Twitter. Assuming you have already registered to attend ESC Boston when she contacts you, then a badge will be waiting for you at the conference.
Remember that winners have to pick their badges up at the beginning of the Introducing the ESC 2016 “Hello There!” Badge session, which is open to everyone, including Full Conference Passes and FREE Expo Passes (if you fail to appear promptly at the beginning of the session, Suzanne will give your badge to someone else). So, once again, if you haven’t already done so, as soon as you've tweeted the line above, bounce over to the ESC Boston Registration Page and sign up for the conference before Suzanne contacts you (trust me, she's a harsh taskmistress — I know whereof I speak because she's my boss (sob sob) — so if you aren't registered when she contacts you, then you'll have blown your chance because she won't hold a badge for you).
I'm really looking forward to seeing all of these badges talking to each other wirelessly. In addition to a load of other games, we had originally planned on giving the badges the ability to play Rock-Paper-Scissors — the idea being that two or more badge-holders can shake their badges to inform them a game is about to commence (via the on-badge accelerometer), and then make the “one-two-three-show” gesture, after which the badges will chat amongst themselves to determine the winner.
But then a friend who had read my earlier column emailed me to say: “Max, I'm ashamed of you! Why aren't you giving the badges the ability to play Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock ?” Eeek — my bad — I'd simply not thought about this, but fear not my braves because this has been added to our “to-do” list.
What? You're still here reading my rambling musings? Perhaps I didn’t make myself clear — there's no time to lose. Don’t dilly-dally or shilly-shally — instead, tweet the exact phrase above ASAP in order to lay claim to your very own bodaciously beautiful “Hello There!” badge.