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DEF CON 28 Hacking Conference


DEF CON 28 has entered Safe Mode.

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The ‘DEF CON is canceled’ meme has crossed over into real life, courtesy of COVID-19. In early March we had hopes that things would be stable by August. That is no longer realistic. Currently there’s no way to gather everyone together and keep them safe, so The Dark Tangent has decided to cancel the in-person event.

We will try an experiment this year - an online DEF CON. Please read The Dark Tangent’s more detailed thoughts on the situation and then head over to the Forums to get involved. There is a DEF CON Safe Mode FAQ that should help to answer common questions.

We wish there was better news, but we hackers are a resilient bunch. Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay in touch so we can all be together virtually this August 7-9 and again for DEF CON 29 in person.

COVID-19 VS DEF CON Update

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We've got an update from @thedarktangent entitled COVID-19 vs DEF CON v2. Please check it out for our latest thinking on #DEFCON28.

The TL;DR is that we're moving up the timetable - we'll have our announcement no later than May 15.

DEF CON 28 Press Registration is Open!

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Press Registration for DEF CON 28 is OPEN. We’ve posted the relevant information on the press registration page, so head over and get familiar if you want to reserve a spot. If you’ve got a question that’s not answered there, hit us up at press@defcon.org and we’ll get you sorted out. As ever, we have a limited number of press badges, so it’s a good idea not to wait too long. We look forward to hearing from you!

Submit art for DEF CON 28!

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Reminder: DEF CON's art contest is back! Deadline June 15.

Also, we want to partner with a few artists from the DEF CON community for some themed art for DC28. If #discovery and DEF CON inspire you, get at us at pictures@defcon.org

DEF CON Book Club!

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Books. We love ‘em. And right now, we have a major reading opportunity happening for all of us, at the same time. What better way to make use of this moment than to read something together?

Enter the #defconbookclub! Starting In April, we’re inviting you to join us - we’ll all read a book together and discuss it in its own Forum thread. Nikita has set up all the relevant info here: https://forum.defcon.org/node/231147

The first task is picking the book, and we’re asking for nominations. Let’s keep it Non-technical, thematically connected to ‘Discovery’ and reasonably easy to locate. Suggestions can go in the info thread.

We’re excited about this. Let’s make the most of this downtime together.

DEF CON 28 Call for Training

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Calling all teachers of the hacking arts! We’re looking to turn the Monday after DEF CON 28 into a full day of trainings! We’re calling for all-day (8 hours with breaks) sessions on meaty technical topics.

If this sounds like your jam, check out the requirements and compensation info at https://defcon.org/html/defcon-28/dc-28-cft.html.

If you want to keep an eye on this new project as it develops, check in with the trainings thread on the DEF CON Forums. This is new territory for us - help us make it happen!

DEF CON 28 Update

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Like everyone, we’re watching the Covid-19 situation intently. @thedarktangent lays out his thoughts RE: DEF CON 28 in a Forum post here:

forum.defcon.org/node/231015

The #tldr is we’re going forward w/Con prep for now. We’ll update if that changes & revisit the issue June 1.

ATTN: Art Makers of the DEF CON Community!

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We’re bringing back the Art Contest for DEF CON with a few fun twists. If you want in, sharpen up your crayons - the deadline is June 15, 2020, and it will be upon us faster than you think.

Submissions should be mailed to pictures@defcon.org.

Info and rules are on the Artwork Contest Page.

We can't wait to see what you create!

DEF CON 28 Call for Papers!

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The DEF CON 28 CFP is LIVE! The time has come to whip that idea into submission-ready shape - you have until May 1 and we can offer a lot more help if you don’t wait til the last minute. Let's light this candle!

DEF CON 28 Call for Everything!

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The time has come, everyone! The DEF CON 28 Call for EVERYTHING is LIVE! We're throwing open the door on a ton of different opportunities to participate in the CON.

If you're looking to get involved, this is your moment to shine. We're looking for new contests and events, Workshops, Villages, Parties, Demo Labs and even Musical Performers. Every DEF CON, hundreds of amazing hackers contact us with ideas to take DC to the next level. You can be one of those amazing humans - just look through the cornucopia of options on the CFE page, read the rules, and get in where you fit in!

There's no better way to get involved than rolling up your sleeves and making something to share. If your idea looks like a good fit, we'll get you the resources to realize your vision.

Discover what you have to share. Discover what it feels like when you share it. Let's make this DEF CON unforgettable.

DEF CON 28 Call for Music and Call for Soundtrack are Open!

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Call for Music:
The DEF CON 28 preparations are in full swing, and it’s time to put out the call for music! 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 Soundtrack Entries:
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.

DEF CON 2020 Theme: Discovery!

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The concept is simple, but for us it drives everything.

Learning how something works, how it doesn't, or how you can make it do something amazing and off-label for the very first time.

Meeting people who know what you're talking about, or people who know that one thing you're trying to learn.

The skill you never expected to develop, the contest a near-stranger talked you into, the group of friends you didn't know you'd meet.

All the best and most exciting parts of DEF CON are the moments of discovery. So that's our theme.

To translate that feeling into the physical space of DEF CON 2020, we offer these bits of inspiration.

The color palette is derived from internet publications of the early 1990s. It was the breakthrough moment of The Web. As people raced to define the new frontier, magazines like Mondo2000 and Wired tried to convey the excitement with loud colors and edgy layouts.

The style we took from 90s 'zine culture - an amazing, boundlessly creative and wildly unprofessional DIY movement that, just like the internet, invited everyone to stop consuming culture and start creating and sharing it. Ideas over production value, attitude over polish, getting your ideas out over getting them perfect.

We hope you'll take that anarchic DIY spirit with you when you're working on whatever you're bringing to DEF CON. We can't wait to discover what you create.