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MIT Hexacon 2013 (World's First Hexapod Conference and Convention)

MITERS, MIT Electronics Research Society

Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

MIT Hexacon 2013 (World's First Hexapod Conference and...

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$5 suggested donation to cover food and hexapod-making materials. Pay at door preferred to avoid paypal fees, thanks!
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$15 suggested donation to cover food and hexapod-making materials
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The world's first Hexapod Conference and Convention will be held on May 4th, 2013, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and we are accepting proposals for talks, workshops, and demonstrations.

The aim of this conference is to foster relationships between academics and non-academics working on hexapod (six-legged robot)-related topics. Additionally, a major aim of this convention is to have a lot of fun, especially since this conference is made possible by the DeFlorez Humor Fund.

Hexacon will take place at the MIT International Design Center on the third floor of building N52, right next to the MIT Museum.

Scholarships to cover travel and lodging of up to $100 will be awarded on a needs-based basis. To apply, please fill out this formhttp://hexacon2013.mit.edu/?page_id=8. Additionally, if you seek lodging and are willing to couch-surf, we may be able to match you with an MIT student host for the duration of the event. Please fill out: http://hexacon2013.mit.edu/?page_id=29

There will be a prize for the most humorous hexapod demonstration as well as the best presenter.

The conference website may be found at http://hexacon2013.mit.edu. If you have any questions, please email hexacon2013@gmail.com .

Finally, this event is organized and staffed entirely by volunteer MIT students and affiliates (mostly students). This conference wouldn't've happened without support from the deFlorez Humor Fund, and as we are running on a very tight budget we are requesting donations to help cover food and material costs. In return, show us your ticket and you'll get your very own foldable hexapod materials at lunchtime.

(based on UC Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems lab's research)

Schedule (updated 5/4/13)


Breakfast and Registration



Keynote Speaker, Professor Sangbae Kim

MIT Biomimetic Robotics Lab


Lightning Talks

·         Professor Aaron Hoover (Olin Robotics and Bioinspiration Lab, ORB)

·         Joe Schlesinger (Hexy)

·         Dane Kouttron (Solenoid Hexapod)

·         Professor Sangbae Kim (MIT Biomimetic Robotics Lab)

·         Adam Bercu (Project Stompy)

·         Nancy Ouyang (Hexapod Gallery)




Make foldable hexapods, Look at hexapod demos


Eat lunch, Prepare for dance-off




Conference Talks

13:30 – 14:15   (A) Olin ORB Lab (Prof. Hoover)      (B) Hobbyist Hexapods (Nancy)

14:15 – 15:00   (A) Project Stompy  (Adam)           (B) Hexy and Kickstarter (Joe)


Prizes and Concluding Remarks


* Ranging for humorous (e.g. giant homemade hexapods) to serious (e.g. travel over rough terrain)
** Tables set up county-fair booth-style for demonstrations and mingling
*** These will partly be organized on the fly, barcamp-style; to guarantee a spot, submit a proposal (see website) and we will let you know by April 29th.

For more details, email hexacon2013@gmail.com or visit the website at hexacon2013.mit.edu. Looking forward to seeing you and your hexapods there!

For inspiration for the dance-off:


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When & Where

N52 3rd floor (MIT International Design Center)
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02142

Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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