Derby Con 4.0 will be September 24-28 in Louisville Kentucky, and Pwnie Express will be on hand September 25-26 (and we might have stickers), so stop by the booth and say hello! We’ll be having a drawing for a free red Pwn Phone, one of only a few specially-made ones. In order to enter the drawing, stop by the booth and drop a business card.
In addition, two of the Pwnies will be leading a workshop called “Make Your Own Pwn Phone” on Friday, Sept. 26 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm where you can, well, make your own Pwn Phone. We will not, however, be providing phones — so remember to bring your own Nexus 5 or Nexus tablet if you want to participate. In addition, we will be selling the “Pwn Pad DIY kit” and the “Pwn Pro DIY kit;” full kits with all the adapters, case, velcro, etc. at the booth.
Though Derby Con is the reason to go, Louisville is also a great place to explore: in addition to the amazing food and the Kentucky Derby, Louisville is the home of Bourbon and some pretty great bars. Aside from the “standard” touristy sites, check out Louisville’s Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, September 27th and the local hackerspace LVL 1.
Start your tour of Louisville with the standard touristy sites on Main Street and Museum Row: for all you boxing fans, there’s the Muhammed Ali Center, a museum dedicated to the life and vision of Muhammed Ali. Those who prefer baseball can check out the Louisville Slugger Museum, a museum dedicated to the “Louisville Slugger” baseball bat and baseball history in general. Though Slugger field might not have games this time of year, the field’s gastropub Against the Grain is always open, with a great selection of craft brew and (word has it) some of the best beer cheese around. The 21C, a hotel voted #1 Hotel in the South, is also on the row and has an incredible contemporary art museum.
If music and food are more your style, Fourth Street Live is a great destination for restaurants, bars, lounges, and a food court with some of the best BBQ in the nation. For those willing to go a bit off the beaten path, Bardstown Road is a quirky, offbeat foil to the more touristy Fourth Street Live. Bardstown Road includes the Phoenix Hill Tavern, the oldest nightclub in the city, and comedy club Comedy Caravan (featuring the Laughing Derby).
Of course, Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, will be hosting races during the weekend of Derby Con. Check out their calendar of events to find races and other happenings. More of historical Louisville can be found at the Seelbach Hilton, a hotel featured in Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby and one of the places where he wrote the book. Old Louisville has the country’s largest collection of Victorian architecture, and the Bourbon Trail is a historical icon of a slightly different sort.
Hope to see you soon!