The time has come! There's no denying it, it's 2020 and DEF CON 28 will be here before we know it, so let's get this party started. All of the insanely awesome DEF CON events don't materialize out of thin air, so that's where YOU come in. We're looking for content. New ideas, old ideas, or a new spin on old ideas. We want to see it all.
The Call for EVERYTHING is now open!
Contests, Events, Villages, Parties, Talks, Workshops, Vendors, Press, Music... and more! Every year hundreds of dedicated hackers put their heads together and ask themselves one question "How are we going to do it bigger, and better, than last year?", and every year they do. Join them! Give us your craziest ideas, your fresh outlook, your passion. We'll select the top submissions and give you the space to help make it happen.
To tweak the minds of hackers from around the world we work hard to fill the halls of DEF CON with events to feed your curiosity and hone your skills in every way imaginable. Whether you want to sling code and hurl exploits alongside the world's best hackers in Capture the Flag, accept the challenges of exclusively cultivated hacker contests, or find yourself combing all of Las Vegas for that final elusive item in the DEF CON Scavenger Hunt, we've got you covered. From talks to workshops to demo labs DEF CON is always on the lookout for quality material.
Submit to host a contest or event
Competition not your thing? That's fine, come sharpen your skills, or learn entirely new ones, in one of the DEF CON Villages. Lockpicking, Hardware Hacking, Social Engineering, Crypto, and the list goes on. Stay for an hour, or never leave, the choice is yours, and we're all about choice. Do you have an idea for a DEF CON village? Do you want to create a space for people to get together and work on a shared interest?
Submit to host a village
Maybe you don't want to invest an entire weekend, and single serving insanity is more your speed. Every night at DEF CON we have multiple rooms throwing parties with people who share the same passions. Belt out your favorite tunes at Hacker Karaoke, play classic arcade games and foosball with Crypto legends, engage in air to air drone battles, or just bounce from room to room to keep the party going till sunrise. We need people who are going to host the events we all enjoy so much. We have a ton of nighttime space for hacker style revelry! If you excel at party, and want to throw one, give us your plan and we'll get you some space!
Call for Parties
We have a lot of spaces to fill with groovy sounds, and we want your help. DJs, shredders, yodelers - if you have what it takes to move the DEF CON crowd, read the rules, fill out the application and show us what you’ve got.
Call for Music
DEF CON has a soundtrack. Not just the one playing in your head as you navigate the venue in search of more things to hack, either. DEF CON has a real-deal soundtrack full of hot tracks donated by super-cool artists like Information Society, BT, MC Frontalot - and maybe YOU. You know you want to have a track of yours handed out to the DEF CON 28 attendees. Fill out the form and apply - immortality awaits.
Call for Soundtrack Entries
Maybe you want to give back and give a talk. Do you have an presentation? Want to release an exploit, tool, demo? Did you discover something the world needs to know? Please check out the CFP announcement pages for more info on the type of content we're looking for, and a feel for the theme for DEF CON 28. Don't wait, the CFP Closes May 1st!
Check out the CFP announcement
Are you into teaching a few dozen people how to : analyze malware, lockdown techniques, hardware hack, build a badge, disassemble, or crash testing and triage? Does spending a few hours in your professor har sound like something you’d be good at? Then consider applying to give a four hour workshop. Still interested? Good! To get a feel for workshops we’ve accepted in the past and apply, check out the call for workshops page.
Call for Workshops
What about Demonstrating the tool you spent all year working on? You think you can spend a few hours demonstrating it’s use and why hackers should add it to their arsenal? The DEF CON Demo Lab is a dedicated area for hackers to show off what they have been working on, to answer questions, and even coax attendees into giving feedback on their projects. Presenters will be given a dedicated time and location to present a tool or project of their creation; show what it does, how it works, and why we should add it to our own hacker armory. If you’re interested in presenting, apply soon, call ends May 12th.
DEF CON Demo Labs
Are you selling something? Want to sling some wares? Got some vintage gear? DIY kits? Custom 3D printed swag? Fresh DEF CON T-shirts for the (hopefully washed) masses?
Please read the Call for Vendor Application
Want to be a Sponsor for something at DEF CON? (DEF CON itself doesn’t have sponsors but…) Want to sponsor a Party? Sponsor a Village? Sponsor a contest?
"So you want to be a Sponsor” FAQ coming soon! (Expected March 1st)
But wait... there's more coming soon!
We have all this cool stuff happening at DEF CON day and night, there's mics dropped, shenanigans, and hacks being thrown around left and right, someone has to document it. That's where the Press comes in. If you're looking to get your journalist and reporting groove on we got some special badges for that...
Apply for a press badge (Opening April 1st)
Last but not least, new for DC28 we’re launching DEF CON Training! We will post more details on this later, but for now we wanted to let you know that DEF CON will be hosting pre-registered full day paid training courses on Monday August 10th. If you’re interested in being an official DEF CON trainer keep an eye out for the announcement.
Submit a Training
Would you like to discuss something not listed above?
We answer inquiries and take applications for just about everything you might want to do at DEF CON. Send us an email at info [at] defcon ]dot[ org.
- The deadline to submit requests are important, late submissions likely won’t be accepted. Submit early so we’ve more time to help you.
- Please read and fill out the forms entirely. Incomplete forms will be rejected.