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Joe Grand

Joe Grand is an electrical engineer and the President of Grand Idea Studio, Inc. (http://www.grandideastudio.com) He specializes in the invention, design, and licensing of consumer products and modules for electronics hobbyists. Joe is a former member of the legendary hacker collective L0pht Heavy Industries and has testified before the United States Senate Governmental Affairs Committee regarding government and homeland computer security. He has spent nearly two decades finding security flaws in hardware devices and educating engineers on how to increase the security of their designs.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts and a Doctorate of Science in Technology (Honorary) degree from the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona.

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Joe's Articles

Making the DEFCON 19 Badge
September 2011
Joe’s yearly summary on the trials and tribulations of his badge build.

The Projects of Prototype This!
December 2010
Joe Grand takes a closer look at the electronic aspects of his different builds from the popular Discovery Channel show Prototype This! This time, it’s the wristband GPS transmitter.

The Projects of Prototype This!
September 2010
Joe Grand takes a closer look at the electronic aspects of his different builds from the popular Discovery Channel show Prototype This! This month, go deep with a virtual sea adventure.

Making the DEFCON 17 Badge
July 2010
Joe’s annual commentary of what it took to pull off another innovative design for the badge of a very unique event.

The Projects of Prototype This!
June 2010
Joe Grand takes a closer look at the electronic aspects of his different builds from the popular Discovery Channel show Prototype This! This month, get behind the PyroPack

The Projects of Prototype This!
March 2010
Take a closer look at the electronics aspects of the different builds from the popular Discovery Channel show Prototype This! The first project is avrsimon - a modernized version of the popular memory game.

Making the DEFCON 16 Badge
March 2009
Joe highlights his design process and the problems he encountered during the creation of his most recent DEFCON badge.

Making The Defcon 15 Badge
July 2008
“170 hours ... Two nights of my honeymoon ... Three PCB revisions ... 863,600 total components ... 6,800 hackers ...” Every summer, thousands of hackers and computer security enthusiasts descend into Las Vegas for DEFCON (http://www.defcon.org) — the largest and oldest continuously running event of its kind. It’s a mix of good guys, bad guys, government officials, and everyone in between, all focused on having fun, sharing technical information, seeing old friends, and learning new things...

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