We're only two days out from Expand (get your tickets here -- or at the door this weekend!) and the trucks are arriving as we speak to transform historic Fort Mason into a gadget lover's hall of wonders. By now you already know we have an agenda you won't want to miss, and an inaugural crowdfunded hardware competition putting 10 awesome projects head-to-head for $25,000 in prizes, but what about the smorgasboard of other cool things that will be going on at Expand?
We're glad you asked...
Tesla Model S test drives: Get a chance to get behind the wheel of Motor Trend's 2013 Car of the Year
, the Tesla Model S
! You'll be able to check out the all-electric sedan in action, and a number of lucky attendees can even experience the drive for themselves right from the Fort Mason parking lot. Big reveals: What's a technology showcase without some new announcements? Our friends at Lenovo are going to unveil things to the world that you won't want to miss. Some of our other speakers, like Bob Heddle from Microsoft's Kinect for Windows, might even have a few surprises up their sleeves too... DJ Spooky set: How about some lunch with a side of hip-hop turntablism? Join us Sunday from 12:30 to 2pm
for a special set from DJ Spooky
, followed by a fireside chat with our own Brian Heater
Storm Chasing truck: Why not an enormous radar-mounted Doppler on Wheels
behemoth in the fort Mason parking lot? Maintained by the Center for Severe Weather Research, this tornado-chasing beast features instrumentation from Lenovo
and has appeared on the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers
. CSWR leads Josh Wurman and Karen Kosiba will be on hand to conduct tours of the vehicle and discuss their research on some of our planet's most terrifying (and terrifyingly awesome) weather phenomena. Giveaways galore: We'll be giving a metric ton of stuff away
on stage including Lenovo Thinkpads, a Chromebook Pixel, a Nokia 920 and much much more. Plus, a number of sponsors will be giving away additional items from their booths -- visit them and don't miss out! Indie Corner: We're celebrating makers and inventors with great projects at the pre-crowdfunding stage in our Insert Coin competition
, and also showcasing some of the most promising young hardware companies on the show floor in our Indie Corner section. Our friends at Indiegogo
have also brought along some noteworthy successful crowdfunded projects to boot.
And of course that's not all -- we'll also have laser engravers, airplane seats, a Make mini-store, MIDI guitars, exclusive surprises from our friends at CASIS, drone demos and even a kiddie pool (don't ask...). How many wonders can one cavern hold?!