SparkFun Electronics to Hold First Annual Soldering Competition

Open Event to the Public Will Put Competitors' Soldering Skills to the Test

Apr 18, 2012, 10:25 ET from SparkFun Electronics

BOULDER, Colo., April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 28, 2012 Boulder-based SparkFun Electronics (, a provider of parts, knowledge and passion for electronics creation, will host its first annual SparkFun Soldering Competition. The competition, open to the public, will take place at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids ( in Longmont, Colo.

The Soldering Competition is the brain-child of the SparkFun production department, home of the fastest soldering irons in the West. The contest pits competitors against each other in a one-on-one, tournament style event. As the competition goes on, the soldering tasks will become more difficult, and ultimately the winner will walk away with $500 in cash.

Throughout the day, there also will be giveaways, live music, and other activities. Additionally, there will be a competition category open to kids 12 years and older on a first-come, first-served basis.

"We are super psyched for our first ever soldering competition because we know what kind of shenanigans to expect when combining speed racing with the fine art of electronics soldering," said SparkFun Director of Production Matt Bolton. "My mom used to always tell me that 'slow and steady wins the race', but that's definitely not the advice that I would give to our competitors this year. You're going to need to bring your A-game if you want to lay claim to the inaugural championship trophy."

The soldering competition will take place on April 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids in Longmont, Colo. It is $10 for participants (except those in the child's heat, which is free) and free for spectators. To sign up as a competitor please visit ( or to sign up as a spectator visit (

About SparkFun Electronics

Founded in 2003, SparkFun shares its passion by providing parts, knowledge, and innovation for those looking to explore the world of embedded electronics. It helps anyone discover their inner inventor and enables individuals to create their own electronics projects.

SparkFun currently offers more than 1,800 products, ranging from simple components, like capacitors and resistors, to GPS units and Bluetooth modules. The company employs 140 people and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

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