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The Schemaverse [skee-muh vurs] is a space battleground that lives inside a PostgreSQL database. Mine the hell out of resources and build up your fleet of ships, all while trying to protect your home planet. Once you're ready, head out and conquer the map from other DEF CON rivals.
This unique game gives you direct access to the database that governs the rules. Write SQL queries directly by connecting with any supported PostgreSQL client or use your favourite language to write AI that plays on your behalf. This is DEF CON of course so start working on your SQL Injections - anything goes!
The Defcon Scavenger Hunt, though untraditional, has become the spirit of DEFCON. This contest is known for encouraging the hacker mentality and bringing it into uncommon and usually funny challenges. For newer hackers, non-technical hackers, or people looking to find a unique way to interact with the conference, we bring you the longest running contest at DEFCON! For over twenty years the original Defcon Scavenger Hunt has challenged hackers to think outside of the box. Teams of one to five players compete Friday morning into Sunday, accumulating as many items and completing as many tasks as possible from the list. Will you be the next to stand among the legendary scavengers?
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For the trivial price of a donation to charity you could take a turn trying to dunk various DEF CON luminaries perched over a pool of freezing water. Some geek, maybe even you, with a couple of softballs has a chance at glory.
Vim vs Emacs: Let's Settle this Once and For All
Which is the better text editor? Players will compete head-to-head on the efficiency, speed, and knowledge of modern text editors. Let's settle this redundant dispute once and for all!
The d(struction)20 CTF!
Are you tired of CTFs where contestants' computers aren't in danger of being smashed with a sledgehammer by a person wearing a hot dog costume? Do normal CTFs that don't decide the fate of their competitors at random with a novelty oversized 20-sided die bore you? Then come see the only CTF where the stack isn't the only thing being smashed: The d(struction)20 CTF!
Part CTF, part lemon race, part game show, part demolition derby, the D(struction)20 CTF is a contest to build an affordable, low-cost, usable, and powerful hacking platform, and compete with it! Periodically during the competition, a random contestant from the leaderboard will be chosen to roll the d20 of Destruction to decide what will happen to their rig. If they're very lucky, they roll a natural 20 and no damage will be inflicted! Otherwise, the d20 of Destruction will decide what type of damage will be done to their rig. If the rig survives their chosen fate, the contestant may continue playing, but either way, rolling the d20 of Destruction results in a big point bonus that may make the difference between winning and losing, even if the rig is destroyed in the process!