Held annually in Las Vegas, DEF CON is one of the world’s largest hacker conventions. This year it’ll be even bigger as its devotees will be celebrating the 25th year of DEF CON from the 27th-30th of July. Tindie will be there along with the Hackaday crew!
You may ask why would we be interested in a security conference where attendees could end up on the wall of sheep, or where there’s an interesting mix of federal government employees and attendees up-to-shenanigans? There has always been a healthy crossover between the infosec and hardware community, and number of exciting prototypes and devices coming out of that is growing at an increasing rate.
If you look at Hackaday’s past DEF CON coverage, you can see the explosion in unofficial badges and artisanal electronics. There are over a dozen villages — Hardware Hacking, IoT Security, Biohacking, Crypto, and more — each with their own talks and activities. Infosec is increasingly looking past network servers to dedicated and connected hardware, often using custom equipment to test or exploit these systems. This all sounds like the unique and cutting-edge hardware that ought to be listed on Tindie.
Take a look at DEF CON’s speaker schedule and workshops. You’ll see that it’s a massive opportunity to learn new skills and share ideas. Security attracts an array of folks including computer security professionals, journalists, lawyers, security researchers, students interested in how the things they use work, and who want to understand them in a way that most people take for granted as ‘safe’ and ‘working’.
Will you be at DEF CON?
Drop by the IoT Village
We’re one of the sponsors of IoT Village this year, so stop by to say hi. Likely Jasmine Brackett and Shulie Tornel will be there in the early afternoons, and for the Hardware Hacking 101 workshop with Ken Monroe from 5:30pm on Friday. The IoT Village has a full lineup of IoT Security talks Friday through Sunday.
Complete the DC Darknet Teaser to get early access to the Darknet Badge
We’ll also be lending a hand for the Darknet badge rush. If you like puzzles and quests, ‘Connect to the Daemon‘ to view the Casefile. Darknet will take you to the limit of your existing knowledge… and beyond. Join them, to go on a quest to improve your technical abilities.
(1/3) Completed the DC Darknet Teaser? Badge kits on sale Fri & Sat at 10a.m. Early access and discounted price: $60, limit 1pp
— DefCon Darknet (@DCDarknet) July 23, 2017
Join us at the Hackaday Meetup on Sunday
Mike Szczys and Brian Benchoff will be at DEF CON too and have already been getting pre-event sneak peeks at the different unofficial badges and sharing on Hackaday. Plus there’s the Hackaday meet up on Sunday morning where we’ll have some swag we made especially for DEF CON. Hope to see you there!