Joe FitzPatrick & Joe Grand: 101 Ways to Brick Your Hardware

Over the next few weeks we’re going to announce the 44CON talks and workshops. Don’t forget to get your tickets!

*As we were going to print we found out that unfortunately Joe Grand is unable to make it to 44CON this year; however, Joe FitzPatrick will still be presenting this talk.

Our next announcement is Joe FitzPatrick & Joe Grand – 101 Ways To Brick Your Hardware

Spend some time hacking hardware and you’ll eventually render a piece of equipment unusable either by accident or intentionally. Between us, we’ve got decades of bricking experience that we’d like to share. We’ll document the most common ways of temporarily or permanently damaging your hardware and ways to recover, if possible. We’ll also talk about tips on how to avoid bricking your projects in the first place. If you’re getting into hardware hacking and are worried about messing something up, our stories will hopefully prevent you from experiencing the same horrors we did.

Joe Grand, also known as Kingpin, is a computer engineer, hardware hacker, runner, daddy, honorary doctor, TV host, member of L0pht Heavy Industries, and the proprietor of Grand Idea Studio (

You can follow Joe on Twitter @joegrand

Joe FitzPatrick has spent a decade working on low-level silicon debug, security validation, and penetration testing of CPUS, SOCs, and microcontrollers. He develops and delivers hardware security training at, including Applied Physical Attacks on x86 Systems. In between, he keeps busy with contributions to the NSA Playset and other misdirected hardware projects, which he presents at all sorts of fun conferences.

You can follow the other Joe on Twitter too @securelyfitz

Details of all of our talks, workshops and speakers are being announced daily. Don’t forget to book your tickets before they’re sold out!


Steve co-founded 44CON with Adrian in 2011, running our quarterly training programme and the Call For Papers processes. When not running training Steve likes building hardware, breaking software and writing at