Note: We are no longer taking reservations online. If you still want to come, you can show up and we can fit you in.
Are you a soldering superstar? A rework revolutionary? Do you feel prepared to wield the hot-iron and prove your skills on the field of battle? Well prepare thine self because this year we're organizing the very first SparkFun Soldering Competition! The competition will be held at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, a down-home beer and Southern-inspired BBQ joint that's been nice enough to host us. Doors open and check-in begins at 11:00 AM, so come join us for some lunch and a serious soldering showdown.
Competition starts at high-noon and will unfold in several rounds. The preliminaries will consist of 4 heats of 25 competitors. Out of those 4 heats our judges will take the best 16 times and those chosen few will advance to the sweet 16 round. The sweet 16 will take place in 1 round with all 16 competitors going head-to-head and only 8 will move on to the final round. The final 8 round will determine our gold, silver, and bronze medal winners.
Kids are, of course, welcome and a special Kids' Heat will be held as well! The first 25 kids (under 12) to sign up the day of the event will compete, at no charge, in a single round soldering race putting together one of our simple kits (Assuming they have proper parental/guardian supervision). There will the bronze, silver and gold medals awarded to the kids' heat winners but the kids' heat isn't considered part of the larger competition. If they had previously signed up for the larger competition they may compete in both, if they choose.
You're welcome to bring your own tools if you like, but we request that everything be lead-free! There will be food nearby and lead-free is a must. If you don't want to bring your own gear, we will provide you with everything you need.
Tweezers will be provided for advanced rounds
There will also be a few general rework stations set up for competitors who wish to fix a mistake on the spot.
Prizes Have Been Determined!
Main Competition Prizes:
Kid's Heat Prizes:
Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalists will all receive awesome SparkFun medals that they can show off to their friends and they get to take home whatever they build!
If you just want to come bask in the warmth of soldering mayhem, but don't think you can take the heat of competition (or if you're coming to cheer on a friend or family member) please sign up at our EventBrite page so we can get an idea of how many people are coming.
See you there, hotshot.
Date: April 28th, 2012
Time: Doors Open at 11am, Competition starts at High-Noon! Final announcements should be made just after 5:00pm
Location:Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids
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