BSidesKC | April 26-27, 2019 | Plexpod Westport: 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

Basic Electronics and Soldering for Hackers

Friday: 8am-12pm

So you’ve mastered (or not) coding backdoors or finding vulnerabilities in software and now you want to interact in meatspace? Hardware hacking is your vector to bypass a devices physical or electrical controls but getting started can be overwhelming. Don’t know the difference between flux, a capacitor or a flux capacitor?

We will start with a primer on basic electronics and use Circuits on Tinkercad (formerly to learn basic concepts such as:

o Voltage
o Current
o Resistance
o Continuity
o How to use a multimeter
o How to build a basic circuit

We will continue with an introduction to how to solder using a provided through hole soldering kit:
o Soldering tools and supplies
o Technique
o Traditional through hole component soldering
o Overview of Surface Mount Device (SMD) soldering

Student Requirements:
o A good attitude and willingness to learn
o Hands
o A laptop
o Autodesk account (free sign up)

Additional soldering kits and projects will be available for purchase during the class and at the conference for practice and skill development.


The Badge Pirates team is a group of makers and hackers that came together in 2016 and created their first unofficial Defcon badge. Since then we have designed and made multiple projects including the official conference badges for the Bsides KC 2018 and 2019 conferences.