We, as hackers and makers, are driven to explore, create, improve, learn, teach, and share. We do things that we love because we love to do them. In this talk, I celebrate my hacker heritage with some favorite projects and stories, like programming on the Atari 400, joining the L0pht, and building giant boxing robots.
Some people are born with good looks or natural athleticism. Joe Grand, on the other hand, was born as a hacker. In a time when tinkering with computers and electronics was a guarantee for ridicule and torment, Joe (formerly known as Kingpin) pushed back to forge his own path - wardialing as a 7-year-old, helping set the standard for modern vulnerability research and disclosure with the infamous hacker group L0pht Heavy Industries, bringing engineering to the masses on Discovery Channel's Prototype This, and running his own product design firm, Grand Idea Studio. Joe loves to teach and inspire all audiences through fun presentations, pictures, and stories.