For three days, 400 people created projects, attended presentations, and made cool things at Codebits, the annual hacker conference in Lisbon. It is put on by SAPO, the Portuguese phone company. They flew me out here to set up a Hardware Hacking Area. And they asked me to give a presentation. I asked if I should do a talk on hacker spaces or on making a living doing what you love. They asked if I could do both. I did.
They were both very well received. Many people told me they were inspired by one or the other, which is about the best compliment. The videos are at the above links.
I also set up and ran a Hardware Hacking Area throughout the three days of the conference. 49 people out of the 400 attendees made one of my kits — about half of them TV-B-Gone kits. So, there are currently more TVs being turned Off in Portugal.
Now I get to hang out in Lisbon for a few days, before heading to Singapore on Wednesday, where I’ll talk about hackerspaces again.