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I am Sara Cladlow, a social consultant working in Washington, DC. I provide consulting, social training, and event services for both corporate and political clients. I also accept contracts for security investigations requiring a subtle touch.

The 2024 eChallengeCoin will be available from my Tindie store.

The big creative challenge for 2024 is the introduction of a classic text adventure game in place of the traditional story challenge !!

Introducing the 2024 eChallengeCoin

What's New

Just about everything is new with the 2024 eChallengeCoin. For starters it BIG ... 84mm compared to the 44-47mm of prior eCchallengeCoins! The new size is thanks to having custom cases made just for the 2024.

The new size was needed to accommodate all the new hardware. An ePaper display occupies the center. The brains of the operation is the very popular RP2040 microcontroller. This is paired with 8MB of FLASH storage and dedicated EEPROM. There is also neopixel LEDs, touch sensors, an accelerometer, IR Receiver & emitter, and polyphonic sound. There is also support for LiPo charging (battery not included).

The interactive challenges are gone ... but more about that in a moment. The story challenge is also gone. It has been replaced by an all new text adventure game - Sara and the Dark Labyrinth. The RP2040 means the eChallengeCoin is now a USB device. This allows for easy updates and the ability to play the text adventure game.

Updates, you ask? Yes! The 2024 eChallengeCoin runs CircuitPython. This means you can easily update the eChallengeCoin and even write your own code! There's the head-fake. While the 2024 eChallengeCoin continues the line of eChallengeCoins, it's real purpose is to introduce the next generation of hackers and makers to explore the world of microcontrollers and programming. The 2024 eChallengeCoin is a pivot of sorts from a puzzle game to a learning tool. It is also why it has being called 'the Explorer Badge'!

To jump start exploring the Explorer Badge, there will be workshop series launched concurrent with the 2024 eChallengeCoin availability. The series starts with two workshops covering basic Python. These are designed for anyone - even if you do not have teh 2024 eChallengeCoin / Explorer Badge. The third workshop will be an introduction to CircuitPython and all of the hardware of the 2024 eChallengeCoin / Explorer Badge.

You can access the Explorer Badge workshop content right here!

2024 eChallengeCoin Details

The 2024 eChallengeCoin is a large coin with a custom case. The front has a 1.54 inch ePaper display. The back has a RP2040 microcontroller, 8MB of FLASH storage, and dedicated EEPROM. There are also neopixel LEDs, touch sensors, an accelerometer, IR Receiver & emitter, and polyphonic sound. There is also support for LiPo charging (battery not included).

The 2024 eChallengeCoin runs CircuitPython. This means you can easily update the eChallengeCoin and even write your own code!

The 2024 eChallengeCoin is a USB device. This allows for easy updates and the ability to play the text adventure game.

The 2024 eChallengeCoin is a pivot of sorts from a puzzle game to a learning tool. It is also why it has being called 'the Explorer Badge'!

The 2024 eChallengeCoin will be available from my Tindie store

2024 eChallengeCoin Introduction

From the Desk of Sara Cladlow

May 1

Availability

The 2024 eChallengeCoin will be available in my Tindie store. It will also be making an appearance at DEF CON 32 for hands on demonstrations and answer all of your questions.

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