What is Haxpo?

What is Haxpo?

An exhibition on the latest in innovative, adaptive technologies.
Haxpo is an annual expo for everyone interested in hacking, making, breaking and building. This 3-day event showcases innovative adaptations for the latest technology in gadgetry, toys and tools. Think energy floors, sonic walls, 3D printing, DIY robotics, upcycled technologies.

If you enjoy…

  • Taking things apart to find out how they work
  • Discovering creative ways to adapt new technologies
  • Playing with retro gaming, robotics and gadgets
  • Exploring emerging innovations and gadgets

…then Haxpo is where you discover what’s new and what’s hot.

The aim is that you will leave Haxpo inspired with new ideas and creations.

See you there!

Who should attend?

Hackers / Makers / Breakers / Builders
Startups / entrepreneurs
Tech enthusiasts

What can you find at the Haxpo?

Over 30 exhibits showcasing the latest tech innovations and hacker/maker goodies
Projects and innovations by hackerspaces and communities
Briefing sessions by futurists, technologists and next-generation innovators
Hands-on workshops for soldering, hacking, 3D printing, retro gaming
A hackathon where developer-ninjas will be showcasing their codef00
Team-based hacking competition for attack and defense bragging rights


Why attend?

Hands: The hands-on exhibits and workshops will keep you busy tinkering and soldering with gadgets and toys.

Wits: Or try your hand at social engineering and discover how street-savvy some – and yourself – can be.

Ears: There are also 3-days’ worth of short briefings covering technology, security and emerging innovations.

Eyes: Want to just check out the scene? Then come cheer the players battling it out at the hackathons and Capture the Flag competition arena.

What some past exhibitors and attendees have to say…

“A 10 year old after a day at HITB Haxpo: ‘One of the best days of my life!’ < thanks @l33tdawg and crew!” – Wim Remes, IOActive

“Haxpo was fantastic – was really impressed with the way it was run. Was very worthwhile attending, lots of new people interested in Firefox OS, and even a candidate who we will be interviewing next week”  – Mozilla Corporation


Upcoming events


HITB Haxpo 2015 – Amsterdam

May 27th, 28th & 29th — De Beurs van Berlage




Events within Haxpo

CommSec Village

Every year, Haxpo hosts community projects and hackerspaces showcases. These make up a key highlight at the Haxpo space. Over the years we’ve battled with Lego Mindstorm robots, learnt with Mitch Altman at the soldering station, picked hundreds of locks, replayed retro games, sparked a Van der Graaf generator, and enjoyed chocolate 3D printing. Check out this year’s showcases, and feel inspired by community-driven innovation and ideas.


Every year great companies and organisations come together to make this event happen in the first place. And this year they come brimming with ideas to pack their area with everything from hands-on demos to product launches.This year’s line up is geared towards giving you a sneak peek or a first hand try at the latest gadgets, apps and tools due for public release.

Haxpo track

Alongside the exhibits and contests, Haxpo also holds short briefing talks covering topics on technology, security and emerging innovations. In Haxpo 2014 over 20 briefings were conducted, including a talk about winning the security awareness game by Facebook’s Director of Security Operations. Creator of PGP Philip Zimmermann also gave a briefing and spoke on pervasive surveillance. As the new Haxpo grows near, the list of upcoming Haxpo briefings will continue to grow, so watch the event page.

Capture The Flag competition

This crowd favourite event is hosted annually at the Haxpo space. The popular HITB .NL Capture the Flag crew will be onsite again bringing more mad pwnage awesomeness with a 2-day attack and defense team based hacking competition. The competition is reworked every year, making it always current, ever better, even tougher. Winner walks away with bragging rights as champion of one of the hardest hacking competitions around. As always, spaces for teams are limited, so do sign up early. Check out the HITB2015AMS CTF page for details on how to get your team registered.


Sponsored by Mozilla and organised by HITB, HackWEEKDAY is a developer hackathon in search for next-generation code ninjas and 31337 developers. Come as individuals or teams to show off your skills and hack some code! There’ll be representatives from Mozilla on-site so you’ll get hands-on guidance from the gurus. Bring your laptop, grab a bean bag and code your way to awesome prizes.

Our link with HiTB

Organised by the same group of crazy individuals and volunteers driven by the passion of ‘doing things differently and making something awesome happen’, HITB Haxpo is the personification of HITB’s original ‘keeping knowledge free’ motto. A celebration of the TRUE meaning of the word hacker. HITB Haxpo is the place where ideas are exchanged, talent discovered and genius celebrated.


Meet our Exhibitors


At Adobe, the security of your digital experiences is our priority. From our rigorous internal software development process and tools to our cross-functional incident response team, we strive to be proactive, nimble, and accurate in all aspects of security. What’s more, our collaborative work with partners, researchers, and other industry organizations helps ensure the latest security best practices are built into every product and service we offer.

Mitch Altman

Mitch is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for inventing TV-B-Gone remote controls, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places, he was also co-founder of 3ware (a SillyValley RAID controller company), did pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research, invented the NeuroDreamer sleep mask, and created the Brain Machine, one of MAKE Magazine’s most popular DIY projects. He has contributed to MAKE Magazine, has written for 2600, and for the last several years has been leading workshops around the world, teaching people to make cool things with microcontrollers and teaching everyone to solder (as he does at Noisebridge every Monday night when he’s in town).


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Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day.


Randomdata is group of people who want to do “technical” stuff. Randomdata is a hackerspace. A hackerspace is a real (as opposed to virtual) place where people with common interests, usually in science, technology, or digital or electronic art can meet, socialize and collaborate. A hackerspace can be viewed as an open community lab, workbench, machine shop, workshop and/or studio where people of diverse backgrounds can come together to share resources and knowledge to build/make things. We build, we break, we create, we invent and of course we hack. There are no actual limits to creativity (unless it’s illegal ;)).


Microsoft remains dedicated to software security and privacy and continues to collaborate with the community of people and technology organizations helping to protect customers and the broader ecosystem, Microsoft is also dedicated to software security and privacy


Ultimaker believes in empowering anyone to turn their imagination into reality right in front of their eyes. Ever since Ultimaker started shipping its first Ultimaker 3D printers in May 2011, Ultimaker captured a prominent position within the competitive Maker industry. As one of the most successful open source companies, Ultimaker works very close with its community to create a personal fabrication revolution. The Ultimaker 2 set the bar for 3D printers at a new level and Ultimaker will continue to change the scene throughout innovation, sharing and creating. Ultimaker offers a full 3D print experience. In addition to providing great hardware, Ultimaker unleashes creative potential by hosting the community sharing platform called YouMagine and free, best-in-class 3D printing software called Cura.


Dell listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.com.


At Mozilla, we’re a global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web. We believe this act of human collaboration across an open platform is essential to individual growth and our collective future.


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