Dorkbot 28 @ SXSW 2011 – Science Fair Pesenters!

You can rest easy knowing that these fine folks will be representing the best of Dorkbot at this year’s SXSW event on 3.11.11. Still a few spots open for Dorkbot members to RSVP on Facebook & get in for free!

Pre-party entertainment from Brooklyn indie rock/freak-folk ensemble, GhostGhost.

Pre-party games from our sponsor, QRANK.

Swanky give-aways and demos from our sponsors, Make Magazine, Microsoft, and UT Austin Cockrell School of Engineering.

Intermission entertainment from ArcAttack.

On-site t-shirt printing from the Sanctuary Printshop’s Bitchin’ El Camino


Band Bio: Ghost Ghost is an indie rock / freak-folk ensemble from Brooklyn, NY led by long-time friends and singer/songwriters Kevin Peckham and Karl Ward.  Peckham hails from rural New Hampshire and is an obsessive post modernist, with a master’s degree (on Kurt Vonnegut) to prove it.  Ward is a native Texan who studied poetry and computer music at Columbia College, where he happened to attend the very first Dorkbot.  Though initially formed as a rock band in 2008, the band has fused its rock and folk music into a more ambitious/deranged performance ensemble–coincident with the addition of live video artist Tim Bartlett, live painter Charlie Kemmerer, and multi-instrumentalist Mark Christensen.  The simplest possible comparison might be “Neil Young backed by Fleet Foxes inside an Aphex Twin music video.”  Ghost Ghost first received national attention in 2010 with No Clothes on Ragged Island, a freak-folk concept album about the life of 20th century poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, a lyrical tour de force written in one day and recorded in one week.  The group strives to use and misuse technology to capture and rewrite the otherwise transient present.


Jacob Shiach: Citizen Science Quarterly & DIYbio-Houston

Bio: We are a magazine and lab dedicated to the development and sharing of open science project.

Project Description: We have a few projects ranging from a quarterly print magazine to a prototype EEG machine.


Justin Jordan: 3Xfx

Personal Bio: 3Xfx designs and manufactures cutting edge boutique effects pedals, right here in Austin, TX.

Project Description: 3Xfx will demonstrate the process of designing new effects. There will be finished pedals to tweak and try, so get ready to make some noise!


Bob Comer: Robotics at Austin Community College

Personal Bio: Bob Comer is a Professor of Computer Science at Austin Community College, and teaches programming and an occasional robotics class. He has been building robots as a hobby for years.

Project Description: We will be presenting several robots that are used for student projects at ACC. This will include a Gears SMP robot set up for surveillance.