Just a quick message to all that NESIT will be closed Wednesday July 4 for the holiday.
Our Next public event will be this saturday titled The college of lock picking from 4PM to 6PM
College of Lockpicking started out as a 30-minute talk at the June 2011 Nerd Nite in Austin, TX. Titled "History of Locks", the audience was so enthralled, that they demanded a hands-on class to learn more about the ancient mysteries of locks -- and how to pick them open. Thus Nerd Nite University was born, with College of Lockpicking as its first course. The class was so successful, that Eric and Jamie decided to take the show on the road. With nothing more than a Ford Escort, a box of lockpicks, and a dream, the pair ventured out into the unknown to bootstrap a new way of life.
Eric Michaud is the charismatic co-founder of the HacDC hackerspace in Washington DC, the Princeton LockSport club, and the US division of The Open Organization Of Lockpickers (TOOOL.us), and sole founder of PumpingStation: One, Chicago's hackerspace. He invented a simple tool and method for opening Mul-T-Lock Classic and Interactive high-security locks in 2005, as well as later developments on the Medeco M3 and Biaxial high-security locks, and subsequently joined the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory. Eric has spoken at numerous security Conferences around the world, including the prestigious BlackHat and popular DefCon conferences, and continues to advise budding hackerspaces and community projects in getting off the ground. In 2010, Eric joined forces with Jamie Schwettmann (at the time also of UChicago/Argonne), and the two left the Lab to start independent ventures that combined their high-tech and security careers with their mutual love of traveling, teaching, and inspiring an independent way of life. In 2011, College of Lockpicking was born to fulfill these aspirations. Eric and Jamie have been on the road ever since.
About the workshop:
College of Lockpicking is a hands-on workshop that includes approximately an hour of instructor-led lecture and an hour of participant-led workshop, including the history and development of pin-tumbler locks, a full breakdown of how a pin-tumbler lock works, introduction and tutorial with the pick tools, and a slew of videos on bump keys, destructive entry methods, decoders, Medeco picking, electronic locks, and more.
Registration is required to participate at: http://collegeoflockpicking.eventbrite.com/
The workshop itself will run from 4PM to 6PM Saturday July 7th at NESIT inc
NESIT is located at 290 Pratt ST on the second Floor, attendees can enter via our east entrance
Why would we host a lock picking workshop?
NESIT is hosting this class because we see its purpose exactly inline with our mission to spark learning and innovation in science and technology. And speaking from personal experience, learning to pick a lock is one of the most engaging and raw engineering problems that a technical mind can engage in. It forces the picker to visualize all of the working mechanical parts, to understand how the mechanism works as a whole, and then to identify the mechanical flaws in the system and exploit them. A truly engaging experience.
We hope to see you there.