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Name Badge Sweatshop
StartDate 2017/07/15 12:00:00 AM
EndDate 2017/07/23 10:00:00 PM
Where RevSpace, Overgoo 1, 2266 JZ Leidschendam

Badge Sweatshop

Parts are almost in, we need to assemble badge kits for all our visitors. We are assembling around 4k kits, maybe more, maybe less. To do so, we are organizing a sweatshop for our wonderful volunteers.


We are planning the sweatshop for the 15th of july.

We start at 12.00, doors will be open from 11.00. If you're a late arrival we can still use you as a relief for a tired hacker. Please sign up!

We estimate assembling a badge will take approximately 2 minutes (might get faster). With a group of 20 people that comes down to around 8 hours of labour. Yeah, we need your help.

The Sweatshop list

We need your help, please sign up on the list below. We will provide snacks, drinks and dinner, please let us know in the table below if you have special dietary requirements.

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July 15

Name Allergies/Vega(n)? Comments
Sebastius - Will arrive early to set up
Raboof driving from Deventer, room for 3 carpoolers
Kartoffel Will arrive 10/11-ish
Polyfloyd Carpools with Maeddoc
Dany Carpools with Maeddoc
Maeddoc no Cyberpanda departs from Amersfoort
WinSCaP +/- 13:30
Bart vd Veer
Bard vd Veer +1
Wouter no Coming from Amsterdam by car
Electrowolf ~13:30, also need to do some team work ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
You? choose

July 22

There will be a second sweatshop day for assembly once the boards arrive, tentatively planned at July 22nd but unfortunately we're not sure our supplier will be able to make that.

Name Allergies/Vega(n)? Comments
Sebastius - Will arrive early to set up
Anus Cheezy things Carying the gold-master firmware
Kartoffel ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
raboof Driving from Deventer, room for 3 carpoolers
Lukkie Burning the firmwarez!
You? choose


A test run was done on 8 July, to ergonomically optimize the workflow.


  • Table height is too low. A 45 liter samla turned upside down provides the right amount of elevation, shorter and taller people can still use it.
  • The narrow gutter between the samlas and the side of the table, can be used for buffers
  • Even the smallest samla box is too big for the LEDs and the motor; small 1-person lasagne dishes work well
  • The smallest samla is perfect for keeping filled bags upright
  • We have determined which scoop is the best for gathering components and bought a few of those
  • Two people per gathering station works best:
    • Left operator does the larger items:
      • Grab ziplock bag with left hand
      • Grab spam and flyer with right hand, put into bag held in left hand
      • Grab lanyard with right hand, use both hands to compress, put into bag
      • Leave bag on the table (buffer)
    • Right operator does the smaller items:
      • Hold scoop in right hand
      • Pick up from right to left, using left hand: hook piece, loop piece, LEDs, motor, battery
      • Put right thumb on battery to keep everything in the scoop
      • Grab bag from the table (prepared by left operator) with left hand
      • While dropping contents from scoop with the right hand, put bag upright into small samla
      • Don't close the bag!
    • Reverse right and left on the opposite side of the table in case both are left-handed
  • You need a dedicated runner to take care of:
    • Replenishing stock
    • Pre-opening ziplock bags if time permits (this makes the "left operator"'s job much easier!)
    • Moving finished bags from small samlas to cardboard boxes

Stations Kitday

6? stations in parallel, each having two workspaces: - Bag, Flyer, small flyer, Lanyard (left position, working from left to right. Open bag, grab flyer 1 and 2, put them in bag, grab lanyard, bundle, put in bag, handover to position 2 - Use scoop to gather: Velcro Loop, Velcro Hoop, LEDs, Motor, Battery. (right postion, working from right to left). Drop in bag.

Two people working to remove filled kits from the stations and adding supplies.

Each kit takes 24 seconds to complete, so if we calculate 30 seconds per kit per person, at 4000 kits we need 120.000 manseconds = 33 manhours of labour. Assuming 12 people working and two tending supplies and moving stuff the job will be done in approximately 3 hours.

Stations Badgeday