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This post originally appeared on the Mashery Developer Blog where our Developer Evangelists recount the best stories from Hackathons they attend around the world.
ToorCamp is a unique hacker camping event which occurs every other year in remote Neah Bay, Washington. As a developer evangelist, ToorCamp interested me because 1,000 or so hackers, makers, engineers and software types make the trip and I wanted to see what it was all about. While I was out there I dressed like a yeti and threw the world’s first “Mashquatch Survival Hack” to challenge these wilderness hackers to show me their best survival projects.
It was a unique experience.
Some very creative folks show up at ToorCamp including HackerFriendly (pictured above). Last ToorCamp, he built a massive sky-laser which required 3 months to get FAA approval. This year, he focused his energy on Tesla Coils and a highly dangerous “Tesla Cannon.”
Music is a big part of the event. Many creative music hacks and wearables were on display. In the above image, Jeff Records of OlyMega demonstrates a wearable helmet decorated with flashing lights tied to his DJ rig.
One of the annual favorite survival hacks comes in the form of “ShadyTel.” ShadyTel is a “real” cellphone and phone network which is constructed on the fly by a group of telephony junkies. By the end of the event, the entire camp is wired for land-line calls and 2G cellphone coverage (including the bathrooms).
Some of the survival hacks on display included a “Solar Death Ray” like the one above which proved useful for heating frozen chimichangas.
The above survival hack involved using a radiator, a campfire, the bed of a pick up truck and a hose leading to the ocean to produce a “hot tub.”
The pickup truck “hot tub.” Unfortunately, the tide was out so these folks had problems filling their tub.
The Mashquatch enjoying a few minutes in the foam pit between judging survival hacks.
Franklin Hu demonstrates his solar panel…made from other solar panels (very creative!).
Ultimately, Franklin won the “Golden Squatch” award for the best overall survival hack for his Solar Death Ray. The Mashquatch is partial to chimichangas in general so it was a slam dunk.
ToorCamp was a real challenge to pull off but I enjoyed myself thoroughly and met numerous influential members of the maker community.