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AFKFest - August Mid-Atlantic MP3car Meetup

Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

AFKFest - August Mid-Atlantic MP3car Meetup

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Type End Quantity
General Admission Ended Free  
General Admission & Request Mp3car Office Tour Ended Free  
Morning Speaker Series   more info Ended Free  

Event Details

Rain Plan In Effect: See Plan B Details at the Bottom

mp3Car Mid-Atlantic Car Computer AFK Fest

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August 22nd, 2009


mp3Car is hosting a one-of-a-kind show and BBQ, Saturday August 22, in Baltimore, Maryland. Join computer hackers, car enthusiasts, techies, and audiophiles in a day of informative talks, car computer install presentations, socializing and innovating. Enjoy a free interactive speaker series on mobile computing at the m3pCar offices followed by an informal, outdoor BBQ and Car Computer Show by the Baltimore Harbor.

Schedule for August 22nd Event:

This Event is Rain or Shine - Please check back here at 10am on Saturday to see if the BBQ has moved to our Rain Location, listed at the botom of this page. Thanks and we look forward to seeing everyone.

  • 8am-11am (11:30am BBQ starts about 2 miles west)
  • Bring your ticket. We are almost "sold out" of the free tickets.
  • 5 Speakers, 36 minutes allocated to each speaker including setup time.
  • 20-30 minutes of presentation, remaining time will be used for Q&A
  • Coffee, Fruit and pastries will be available..


8am - 8:36am

Vitaliy Maksimov – What is "OBD", anyway?


  • What is OBD
  • OBD Applications
  • Getting at the data
  • Future of OBD
  • Other Resources & Links to check out


8:36am - 9:12am

Cabe Sipes - Experiences in car audio – Installing for an audience


  • Mp3car Founder Robert Wray interviews Cabe Sipes about his days at MTV and Rock the Boat
  • Audience Q&A


9:12am - 9:48am

Eric Brier - Underserved Computing Markets


  • The white-space between mobile handsets and laptop/desktop.
  • Designing for environments where a traditional mouse & keyboard are not desirable.
  • Alternate Inputs: Touch, Voice, Hardware Button, Remote
  • Market Trends: Broadband Connectivity, Convergence, Moore's Law
  • New Computing Markets: Auto, Air, Hotels, Boating, Kitchen, Restaurant/Bar, etc…


9:48am - 10:24am

Mark Miller


  • Capacitors, power systems.
  • How to get the best car computer sound quality with a budget.
  • Things to think about before starting your project or contacting an installer


10:24am - 11:00am

Silvio Fiorito– Windows Embedded in the mobile environment. What is it (101), tips, tricks, best practices, DIY.


  • What is windows embedded, the history, background, architecture
  • How to develop a windows embedded image
  • Strengths and Weaknesses of Windows embedded
  • Other tools and DIY windows embedded
  • Performance and reliability optimizations
  • Gui Customizations for the OEM look
  • XP embed with Solid State disks and USB
  • Audience Q/A


11:30am - 4pm

mp3Car BBQ and Car Computer Show at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD with Centrafuse, Scantool and many other companies from the mp3Car Community. Get a Free Ticket See map below.

Confirmed Attendees


Car judging for the best of show contest and prizes awarded. Best car of the show contest - Thousands of dollars in prizes. There will be a first, second and third place prize. Prizes have been donated by mp3Car, Centrafuse, Scantool, Mo-Co-So, and Lilliput.

Contest rules

  • Technical Best in Show – chosen by anonymous technologist

    • This award will go to the car that has the most impressive use of technology, that has met the following qualifications:
    • Must bring your car to the event
    • Must have your car listed in the "show off your project section"

    People’s Choice Award for first, second and third prize

    • These awards will go to the best cars in terms of technology, appearance and installation.
    • Attendees will be able to submit one ballot for their favorite car. Cars will be numbered and the ballot box will be centrally located.
    • Must bring your car to the event
    • Must have your car listed in the "show off your project section"
    Prizes have been donated by Centrafuse, Scantool, Mo-Co-So, Mp3car and Lilliput. Exact prizes for each winner will be announced later.

    Contest rules and prizes will be announced here and are subject to change prior to the event start date of August 22nd. Talk about this contest on our forums


mp3Car lab & Office Tour, and get a Free Ticket (required as seating is limited).

Lodging & Site seeing:


Check this website for some interesting ideas or post questions in our forums events thread.

What to bring:

  • Your car to enter the contest
  • Beach towel or chair
  • Your ticket (digital copy is fine)
  • Frisbee
  • A camera
  • A friend


Getting There and Parking:


  • Fort McHenry National Park Navigate to 2400 East Fort Avenue, 21230 (see map below)
  • mp3Car office - Navigate to 2400 Boston Street, 21224 (see map below)



If you have any questions about the events while you are in town, please call Heather at (410) 526-2852 ext. 317. This extension is for AFKFest event related questions only not covered on the events page. Please e-mail for sales or customer service related questions.

Plan B


In the event of rain, the BBQ will be held in our office building parking lot. Please check back here at 10am on Saturday to see if the BBQ has moved

Plan B Details:
BBQ location: 
Floor two of the Mp3car parking garage.
2400 Boston Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
Entrance to garage is a few feet north of the Red * on the right-hand satellite photo above. Once you get to the front of our office there is a "Parking" sign you will see suspended from the bridge between the two buildings. Once inside the garage make the first right and go up the ramp to the second floor.


After Party location
Austin Grill
2400 Boston Street
Baltimore, MD 2124

Talk about this on our forums

Have questions about AFKFest - August Mid-Atlantic MP3car Meetup? Contact the organizer

When & Where

2400 East Fort Avenue
Grassy area near taxi dock
Baltimore, 21230

Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

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