Starter Kit

Mini Maker Faire Lyon 2016 soldering contest results

26 challengers participated to the soldering contest which took place during the Lyon Mini Maker Faire 2016.
They used 8 to 50 minutes to get a Starter Kit up and running from the PCB and parts !

The winner did it in 8 minutes and 16 seconds (35 seconds quicker than me!!!) ! Spectacular ! He won an USB-to-UART Adapter with which he will be able to easily program the micro-controller on the StarterKit, and communicate with his next Maker projects :)

We didn’t have time to take photos, but you can tweet yours @TechnoInnov (#MFLyon) :)

For the participants, you will find most information about your StarterKit on our dedicated page, including schematics, KiCad sources, and many more useful information (this is open Hardware :)

For those interrested in programming the micro-contrôleur, you can reffer to the paper from Cyprien Laplace published in Open Silicium n°17 : “Utilisation du SDK Mbed sur un tout petit micro-contrôleur LPC810″ (pages 60 to 63, in french). This will get you on tracks and you’ll be able to re-use your Starter Kit in your next Maker project !

Thanks for your participation, and well done to those who gave it a try :)

The results :

Place Participant Time
1st Samuel 8 min. 16 sec.
2nd Maxime 8 min. 30 sec.
3rd Nathaël 8 min. 50 sec.
4 Rafik 9 min. 30 sec.
5 Anthony 9 min. 57 sec.
6 Oscar 11 min. 18 sec.
7 Jean Noël 15 min. 29 sec.
8 Guilhem 15 min. 35 sec.
9 Alexandre 15 min. 54 sec.
10 Mme P. 17 min. 31 sec.
11 Eliott 17 min. 35 sec.
12 Caroline 22 min. 05 sec.
13 Kim 24 min. 14 sec.
14 Augustin 24 min. 34 sec.
15 Martin 25 min. 47 sec.
16 Florian 26 min. 21 sec.
17 Ethan 30 min. 13 sec.
18 Pierre-Gilles 30 min. 38 sec.
18 Yvain 30 min. 38 sec.
20 Mathieu 33 min. 00 sec.
21 Maxime 35 min. 26 sec.
22 Hervé 36 min. 24 sec.
23 Flore 40 min. 36 sec.
24 Olivier 42 min. 49 sec.
25 Mathias 44 min. 08 sec.
26 Elwann 50 min. 00 sec.


Solderig wokshop and contest

This WeekEnd we will conduct soldering workshops and contests: Saterday in Lyon during the “Expériences Numériques” and Sunday in Tain l’Hermitage (26) during the “Alchimie X” event.

In both cases the quickest participant to complete the assembly of a working Starter Kit (simple version) will get a reward by the end of the day. Participation the the contest will require the purchase of the Starter Kit.

Supervised soldering workshops will require an extra two euros.

We will also run CMS soldering workshops (using the GPIO Demo module Kit (to be purshased) during these two days, without extra cost, and we will provide the solder paste.

You’re welcome !


Open World Forum 2013 – Follow up


L’Open World Forum took place in Paris from October3 to October 5 2013.

Eventually, we received all the parts in time so you were able to make your own badge and try you soldering skills.

For those who were unable to attend the forum, no worry, we have many letf, for both the simple starter kit (two leds version) or the RGB leds version for advanced users.

A lot of pictures were taken during the event, you’ll be able to see the interest for our introductory workshop:

Open World Forum 2013 Pictures gallery on Google+

Open World Forum 2013 Pictures gallery on Flickr (Experiment day on Samedi)


Technical Data

The starter kit is both a soldering introduction kit and an ARM Cortex-M0 micro-controller discovery kit.

Technical Data to be updated.

Reference manual yet to be written.

Schematics sources (KiCad) and other usefull technical data (documentations and BOM).

Source code not yet available. Best choice is mbed for LPC812 target.

Uploading a new binary requires an USB-UART adapter.

Starter Kit


The “Starter Kit” has been created upon a request from Open World Forum organisation team for a soldering introduction workshop during the “Experipent” day (Saturday).

Rather than creating a limited, almost useless assembly that would blink a led, but no more, how-ever hard you try, we set a somewhat more ambitious target: creating an ARM micro-controller dev board within the budget (which would blink a few leds … of course).


No problem, NXP just released a brand new micro-controller in DIP8 package (big one, easy to solder): the LPC810. Despite it’s clumsy appearance, it’s an ARM Cortex-M0 micro-controller that runs at 30MHz and has a really big set of peripherals (UARTs, I2C, SPI, comparator, timers, …), and most can be assigned to almost any pin (except the power supply pins …). Other very good point for us : it’s price : about 50 cents (0.5 euros) (when you buy 1000).

Our “Starter Kit” is much more than a simple blinking led badge. After improving your soldering skills, you will be able to discover ARM Cortex-M0 micro-controller programming, change the led blinking scheme (or the RGB led color for the “expert” version), or do much more with some of the powerfull micro-controller peripherals.

Of course this is an “Open Hardware” design, so you’ll find all the sources on the technical data page.