From Zero to Bender in 12 Months

Presented at LayerOne 2017, May 28, 2017, 3 p.m. (60 minutes)

In this talk Zapp will walk you through how he went from barely knowing how to solder to building 175 electronic badges for DEF CON. He will detail the steps he took including projects he used to learn just enough to design, code, and produce the badges as well as share many of the screw-ups along the way.

Additionally, Zapp and Hyr0n will walk you through the features, background, and thought behind the much anticipated AND!XOR unofficial badge for DC25. Badge creation is a lifestyle not just bling and fame.


  • Hyr0n
    Hyr0n, recent badge hacker pr0spect to AND!XOR, is a mathematician and computer scientist turning hardware. He has a BS is Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, MS in Systems Engineering, and is a currently a PhD Student of Systems Engineering with a focus in Cybersecurity. A Red Hat Certified Engineer with a CEH in the back pocket, he is no stranger to the terminal shell (VIM for Life). Starting early on by building his first 386 DX66 with the awesome power of the turbo button and additional math coprocessor, he proceeded into C++ & Assembly projects before moving on in life to Java & Coldfusion (I deserve to be judged & I can handle it). Now a part time security researcher coming full circle to working with embedded electronics and firmware programming with AND!XOR.
  • Zapp
    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.


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