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Call for Demo Labs

DEF CON is planning to perform a risk assessment to help us decide, ideally by sometime in April, if we should hold a physical "last known good configuration" conference in Las Vegas for 2021. We would adhere to all health and safety guidelines, so the better we can understand them the more informed our assessment will be. Until then we need you to help us plan!

In this call for participation we have NEW questions for the COVID-19 era that will be used in deciding how much interest people have in remaining on-line only, hybrid, or in person only.

The following questions intend to answer what level of participation you are comfortable with considering these circumstances. (Feel free to elaborate if needed, you can change your mind up until we make a final decision about in person.)

Are you interested in being entirely online, with no interest if there is an in-person possibility? Y/N

Are you interested in participating if DEF CON becomes a "hybrid event" with some in-person and some on-line? Y/N

Would you be interested in doing both? Y/N

Would you be interested in only in person? Y/N

Any questions or concerns you have?

As things change we will be as transparent as possible and keep everyone up to date.


Call for DEF CON Demo Labs


The DEF CON Demo Lab is a dedicated area for hackers to show off what they have been working on, to interact with your fellow hackers, 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.

What you'll get:
If physical: A space in the DEF CON Demo Lab area, a small table and stand with a monitor and power, an easel for you to put a poster board on, along with a 2 hour dedicated time frame to show off your stuff. Oh, and you'll get one DEF CON badge as well. So, that's cool.

If Virtual: A space on the DEF CON Demo Labs area on the DEF CON Discord, a pre-recorded demo lab presentation slot, a scheduled 2 hour time slot to demo your project live, a dedicated chat channel, a scheduled Q&A session, and other benefits TBA at a later date.

This will give you exposure to over 30,000 hackers on site, and exposure to countless individuals through the DEF CON website and twitter feed.

You'll be showing off your project to a highly technical audience which will drive conversation, innovation, and maybe even confrontation, we can't be certain, we'll leave that to you. So get your submissions in now and we'll pick the most promising folks to face the masses in August. Good Luck, and we'll see you at DEF CON!

Please Note: Your tool or hardware must be open source. This is about you sharing what you've created with the community and getting them excited about using it / contributing to it. This is not the place to sell things. There is a vendor area for those looking to pitch something or sell something.

Interested? Email to demolab [at] defcon ]dot[ org by May 12th, 2021 and we'll respond with any questions we may have. (Late submissions will not be considered, so get your submissions in promptly.)

NOTE: only plain text email submissions will be accepted. Provide all the information requested in text. We wont be opening attachments. Links can be provided for additional information, but we still need the info we are requesting below in plain text in the body of the email.

Here's what we're going to need from you:

Presenter Name:

Co-presenters, if any (restricted to one additional co-presenter):

Tool or Project Name:

Short Abstract (What is your tool, what does it do?):

Short Developer Bio:

URL to any additional information:

Detailed Explanation of Tool:

Supporting Files, Code, etc:

Target Audience(Offense, Defense, AppSec, Mobile, Hardware, etc):

How will you or your Demo Lab contribute a new perspective to the content at DEF CON?

Any scheduling requirements?

Any questions?:

Thank you for your application, someone with DEF CON Demo Labs will respond to your application that it's been received within 3 business days. If you don't hear from us something went wrong, please send us another message, check your spam filters, reach out, etc. Final decision on who is granted won't happen until a couple of weeks after the close of the deadline.

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