Unlocking the Secrets of Lockpicking at Lockpick Village

Jax Locksport , a chapter of TOOOL, The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers, is hosting Lock Pick Village at this year’s Orlando Mini Maker Faire.  The group, which meets monthly in Jacksonville, teaches Information Security professionals and hobbyists the art of lock picking.

“For hobbyists, lock picking is seen as a fun challenge, like solving a complex, mechanical puzzle, ” says Jess Hires, of Jax Locksport. ” There are certainly some locks more difficult than others, and it even begins to become a hunt for new challenging locks to add to the collection. For those in the Information Security field, lock picking can be a valuable asset on a Penetration Test, where a team of hackers are hired to break into a company’s infrastructure to reveal security holes.”

While the group caters to the Information Security crowd, Hires notes that there has often been some overlap with the Maker crowd,  and that they’d like to make the craft of lock picking  accessible to hobbyists and beginners.

At the Lock Pick Village, Jax Locksport will be showing several presentations on how to pick locks, and will help guests get some hands-on experience.

“We think lock picking is important, because it educates the public about the security mechanisms we rely on every single day such as our homes and vehicles, ” says Hires. ” Understanding what makes these machines work, how they can be broken, and how they can be manipulated, will make us all more secure in the long-run. And for those who just enjoy the art of lock picking, it can be a very calming hobby.”

Come unlock the secrets of lock picking with Jax Locksport at the Orlando Mini Maker Faire on October 5th!


Guest blogger, Terri Willingham,  is founder and Program Director of Learning is for Everyone (LI4E.org) and has been lead curator and promoter  for TEDxYouth@TampaBay since 2010, and Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire 2012 and 2013, as well as lead organizer of Gulf Coast Makers.  She is also the Regional Director for FIRST STEM education programs in Central Florida.   And she likes  making stuff!