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Initial Announcement: 05/01/2002
We are proud to announce the 10th annual Def Con.
The 10th anniversary of what has become the largest hacker
convention on the planet! DEF CON 10 will be August 2nd to the 4th
at the Alexis Park Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
[> What is DEF CON <]
Defcon is a convention for the more "underground" elements of the
computer culture. Defcon is geared towards hackers, programmers,
phreaks, cyberpunks, cypherpunks, open source hackers, civil liberty
and privacy advocates, HAMs, casual bystanders, lookieloos, feds,
reporters, and anyone interested in seeing what's going on in the
computer underground today.
[> What's Happening <]
WHO: You know who you are, you shady characters.
WHAT: A convention for you to meet, party, and listen to some speeches
that you would normally never hear.
WHEN: August 2nd to the 4th - 2002
WHERE: Las Vegas, Nevada @ The Sahara Hotel
Taking advantage of expanded meeting space this year, there will not
only be three tracks of speaking, but two break out areas for small
mini-classes on select topics.
For complete up to the minute information visit http://www.defcon.org/
The following is a brief overview of what to expect.
[> Wireless Network <]
At DC 9 we grew the coverage of the wireless network to cover most of
the Alexis Park. We operate an 802.11b wireless network with a gateway
to the net. It is a wide open network with no WEP security, assigning
addresses by a DHCP server. Yes, people mess with the DHCP server, but
all in all it works well.
NEW for this year: DEF CON will continue to grow the network, as well
as provide some dedicated servers for attendees to use. For example we
will have a web/ftp server set up where people can upload pictures they
have taken in order to share them with the rest of the con attendees.
DEF CON will also have a limited amount of 802.11a access points for
Really high speed access. While all this great bandwidth is limited by
our net connection, it will be great for people on the local network to
swap pictures and data.
[> Call for Papers <]
If you are interested in speaking at DEF CON TEN, please read this Call
for Papers announcement and follow the directions to submit a talk.
[> Speaking <]
There will be three speaking areas and two break out areas for
demonstration and classes. Speaking will start an hour or two later in
the day than in previous years, and go an hour later into the evening.
Look to the web site once speakers have been selected for the exact
schedule and changes.
[> Break Out Areas <]
The two break out areas will hold around 150 people each, and will be
used for specific demonstrations or talks that would not work well in
the really large speaking areas. An example of a break out talk might
be on how to modify your TiVO, where audience members would be walked
through working on their own TiVO. Topics such as radio modification,
killer robot building, chipping your PS2, etc. would all work well for
the break out areas.
[> Hotel Room Video <]
We've gotten the bugs worked out of the hotel's broadcast system. This
year we will be broadcasting 3 separate channels on the hotel's
internal TV system. One channel will be playing movies, anime, and
other kinds of entertainment. The other two will be used for
broadcasting the speakers. This should help with the overcrowding that
sometimes occurs, as well as allowing out attendees to relax in their
rooms and not miss anything.
[> Streaming Audio/Video <]
Provided we have the bandwidth, we will be streaming all of the audio
and video from the event. Hopefully, we can put up a few reflectors in
different geographical area so that folks in all parts of the wired
world will be able to tune in and see what's going on.
[> Capture the Flag Contest <]
An expanded version of the classic CTF contest, this year will feature
more audience participation. There will be multiple IDS systems plugged
into wall projectors reporting on what is happening, as well as some
custom filters to keep track of what team is ahead. NEW for this year,
with the help of the three time CTF winners, the Ghetto Hackers, this
years contest will be all new and action oriented.
http://www.ghettohackers.net/ctf/ has all the latest contest
[> DJs <]
There will be DJs again at DEF CON, but there will be no DJ room as in
past years. Instead this year there will be more of a "cool out" lounge
with DJs, chairs, and it will be more of a place to hang out. The party
is nice for the Black and White ball on Saturday night, but in the mean
time we want to provide that space for you to be able to hang out and
work on whatever project you're working on so you can get out of the
lobby or the hallways. We'll bring LAN access and wireless access into
the room and make it a relaxing, yet constructive environment. There
will be DJ action in the new lounge and in the CTF arena. If you are
interested in playing a set at DEF CON, email [email protected] to find out
more and hit http://www.23.org/DJing for more info.
[> The Defcon Shoot <]
The Defcon Shoot will be entering its 6th year. This year it will be
hosted at the Boulder Nevada Rifle and Pistol Gun Club. Check out the
Shoot website at http://www.dis.org/dcshoot or get on the mailing list
by mailing [email protected] with 'subscribe dcshoot' in the message
[> Black and White Ball <]
Despite the changes happening to the DJ area, the Black and White Ball
will still be happening this year. Traditionally folks would dress up
and we'd provide the entertainment, but over the years less and less
people came in costume. This year we'd like to encourage folks to dress
up for the event. Anything goes, you can play it straight and throw on
your best outfit, or go completely sideways and wear your purple and
silver zoot suit or dress up like one of the ghosts from
Pac-Man. Don't let Bluknight be the only one running around in a
rubber body suit.
[> DEF CON TEN Logo Contest <]
The Official DEF CON TEN logo contest is now open. Here are the rules,
and what you could win:
Submit your entries by email to [email protected] Name your entries in
the following format to help us add them on-line faster:
dc-10-[your-handle]-[#].[jpg/gif/psd] where [your-handle] is your
handle in lowercase with spaces replaced with dashes. [#] is replaced
by a number representing the current logo you are submitting.
[jpg/gif/psd] is either a jpeg, a gif, or a photoshop file, the three
file formats accepted. For example, Net Ninja is submitting three jpeg
logos. He would name the first one dc-10-net-ninja-1.jpg and the last
Please set the resolution to be 24 bit color(for .jpg or .psd) and a
maximum of 650x650. If you want to also submit for tee shirts as well
we will need you art in photoshop (at a very high resolution) or
Submissions will be added on-line to the DEF CON web site, and cool
logos will be printed in the con program. Really cool shirt logos will
be used on a shirt design or two for the con. If your logo is selected
for a shirt you will receive free admission for yourself and four
people as well as five shirts of your choosing, plus bragging rights.
We'll make sure your handle is on the shirt. Keep an eye on
http://www.defcon.org/dcx-logos.html to see the most current
[> DEF CON TEN Slogan Contest <]
Have a witty slogan for this years DEF CON? Well, what are you waiting
for? Submit it to the Defcon Slogan page. If we pick your slogan you'll
win something, I'm not entirely sure what, but something cool. To
submit a slogan pay a visit to
http://www.securitytribe.com/dcslogan.html and to view the slogans
already submitted visit http://www.securitytribe.com/sloglog.html.
[> DC Jump <]
Ever have the desire to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Me
either, but some folks are planning on doing just that. Its the second
DC Jump and you can find more info about it here: http://www.dcjump.com
[> Coffee Wars <]
Coffee Wars will be back for its 3rd jittery year. They don't really
have much of a plan right now, but have assured us it will happen.
Keep an eye on http://coffeewars.org for more up to date info.
[> DEFCON Notes Exchange <]
Inspired by the South By Southwest Notes Exchange
[http://www.sxswblog.com/exchange.asp] your pals at VP Labs have
decided to throw together one of their own. Quite simply, the DEFCON
Notes Exchange exists so con attendees can swap and compare notes on
talks in a central area. Drink too much the night before and miss a
talk? Debating between two different speeches on two separate tracks?
Check the notes exchange to see what other folks had to say about the
talk you missed. Happen to take notes on something? Chip in. We
operate on the zenlike 7-11 policy of "Got a penny? Leave a penny.
Need a penny? Take a penny." except until we get the Amazon
micropayment tipjar up we'll just take your notes. Pay a visit to
http://noteex.vplabs.org/ for more info as the convention approaches.
[> Cost <]
Cost for DEF CON TEN will be $75 USD, cash. We have had problems with
people in the past bouncing checks and not signing travellers checks,
so to avoid these issues we are switching to cash only. To read more
about why we are increasing the cost, and what it will allow DEF CON
to do, read this:
The decision to raise the admission price was not easy, but it is a
necessary thing if we want to continue to bring you the best possible
con. Putting DEF CON on every year is not cheap. Our detractors seem to
be under the belief that we don't have pay anything to put DEF CON on
and that we spend the rest of the year taking turns rolling about in a
huge pile of money, this couldn't possibly be further from the truth.
In addition to the costs of renting every inch of available space at
the Alexis, there's also costs for: rental A/V gear and personnel,
insurance, air conditioning units, extra hotel staff, legal costs, ADA
compliance, shipping, electrical, Internet, tax, theft, printing, phone
charges, extra security people, etc. Keeping the con at 50 bucks leaves
us with no room to expand. In our open letter to the community we asked
what we could/should do to make DEF CON a better place and the one
consistent thing we learned is that many of you would have no problem
paying more if we, in return, used that extra money to make the con
better. So for the first time in 5 years, we are going to raise the
cost of admission. So, what does that get you? It allows us to put up
another tent so we have even more space, it allows us to rent more air
conditioning units so we can keep both tents cool (for those that missed
last year, the main hall was a tent on the roof that at any given moment
was around 100 degrees (38C) and about 80% humidity, not a fun time). In
addition to making the con more habitable, the extra money can be used to
pay our speakers. By being able to pay our speakers, who have spoken for
free up till now, we can book even better talks and bring in new
speakers that had previously been out of our reach. The money can also
go to support our infrastructure. Our infrastructure is comprised mainly
of aging hardware and whatever folks donate. We would like to add newer
and faster network gear, more APs, and more A/V equipment to DEF CON.
This will allow us to do just that. Finally, our staff is comprised of
volunteers, some of whom have been doing this for 9 years. This year it
would be nice to actually pay some of the folks that have tirelessly
worked to make DEF CON what it is. So in summary: More money = more
space, cooler conditions, better speakers, better gear, and happier
People who do not have to pay are speakers, staff, attendees of The
Black Hat Briefings, and VIPs (Traditionally people who have helped out
in years past or donated time and equipment to help make the show
[> Hotel Info <]
The Alexis Park Hotel and Resort is across the street from the Hard Rock
Hotel, and is a block off the main strip. Located at 375 East Harmon
Ave in Las Vegas, NV 89109. The Alexis Park is a non gambling hotel, so
people 18 years and older can get a room there.
New for DEF CON 10, to be on the hotel property you _MUST_ have a DC 10
badge. This is a requirement of the hotel to cut down on locals just
"passing through" the con, and causing problems.
Toll-free reservation line 1-800-582-2228. http://www.alexispark.com/
[> Vendor Info <]
If you are interested in being a vendor at DEF CON 10 this year, please
read the Vendor FAQ at http://www.securitytribe.com/vendor-FAQ.html
Vendor space is limited, so reserve your space now.
[> Getting to DEF CON 10 - The Car Caravans <]
If there's more than two of you in a given location, theres probably a
caravan in your area. Here's some of the more well known ones
Deathrace 2k (The SoCal Caravan)
Deathrace2k Message board (covers all areas, not just SoCal, check here
to see if folks in your area are going) http://deathrace2k.org/phpBB/
The Bay Area Caravan
The Utah Caravan
[> Chat <]
Pay a visit to the new DEF CON forums. Chat with other like minded
folks. Topics range from DEF CON planning, current events, politics,
acking, newbie education, to local 2600 meeting info. The forums can be
found at http://forum.defcon.org