The DEF CON 29 Call for Everything is Open!
The time has come! There's no denying it, it's 2021 and DEF CON 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 want to hear how you or your content will contribute a new perspective to DEF CON.
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 all of our calls 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. Please review them carefully, they are intended to answer what level of participation you are comfortable with considering the unique circumstances. (Feel free to elaborate as needed, you can change your mind up until we make a final decision about in person.)
Thanks from all of us,
The Dark Tangent & DEF CON Staff
The Calls for EVERYTHING are now posted!
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 & servers 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 partying, 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 into the hands of DEF CON attendees. Fill out the form and apply - immortality awaits.
Call for Soundtrack Entries.
You might have noticed, but incase it wasn't obvious, we like Art. Especially art with strong DEF CON vibes. DEF CON is unique and so are the visuals we use on our programs, cd's, banners, podiums, t-shirts, stickers, etc. We love to feature artists from our community - if you've got some artistic skills and you want to try your hand at getting your work shown off at DEF CON, consider applying to be an official DEF CON artist by completing the following application.
Call for Artists
Would you like to see 30,000 hackers wearing a badge you create? Do you have experience and an above average interest in producing the next cool idea, blinky bling badge, puzzle of epic proportions, etc? If you have the initiative and imagination to innovate then maybe you should take a look at our badge designer application.
Call for Badge Designers
Maybe you want to give back and give a talk. Do you have a 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. Don't wait, the CFP Closes May 1st!
Check out the CFP announcement
Do you think you have what it takes to select the talks at DEF CON? If you'd like to be considered for a spot on our review board please read more on the call for reviewers announcement.
Call for CFP Board Reviewers
It’s that time of year again—the DEF CON Call for Workshops is open! We’re looking for folks to send in their submissions for hands-on workshops that are four (4) hours long. In previous years, we’ve had classes for every skill level from beginner to advanced. 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 hat sound like something you’d be good at? Great, consider applying now, the deadline is May 1st!
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 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?
Please read the "So you want to be a Sponsor” FAQ.
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, 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 at DEF CON. If you’re interested in being an official DEF CON trainer please submit an application before May 1st.
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, new questions, dates, and terms are updated annually. Incomplete forms will be rejected.