Zapp has been hacking on computers of various forms since he was very young, a self-taught coder, he has learned valuable lessons and caused plenty of data loss, mostly his own. He has a BS in Computer Science and Masters in Systems Engineering. Most of his professional career has been spent coding in Java, don’t judge him, and systems administration until recent promotion into management where he is limited to Outlook and Powerpoint. Inspired by electronic badges he’s recently balanced his MS Office worklife with embedded electronics and PCB design designing and producing the AND!XOR Bender Badge at DEF CON 24.
Ben Hibben / Blenster:
One half of Mr. Blinky Bling and a former Vice President of the LVL1 Hackerspace, Ben comes from a family of makers that include master knife-makers Daryl and Gil Hibben. He enjoys teaching people to Make Things and especially soldering.
Charles Lehman / The Hat:
One half of Mr. Blinky Bling and a former Board Member of the LVL1 Hackerspace, Charles enjoys designing electronics and blowing stuff up.
The Tymkrs (Toymakers) are Addie and Whisker who run The Rabbit Hole hackerspace in Rochester, MN and are the badgemakers for Cyphercon! (The Toymakers made the CypherCon 1.0 and 2.0 Badges!)
Addie is a nurse researcher by day and a solder monkey at night.
Whixr would rather be interacting with a bandsaw, but Korgo might have more root beer.
Hacker Conference Electronic Badge Panelists