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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.

Defcon 10 presentations are now online.
Defcon 10 Show Program.

DC 9 Open Letter to the Community.
Quick Links Are you with the press? PLEASE CLICK ---> HERE
NEW! Hacker Jeopardy info here
NEW! List of official vendors at DCX
How do I pay for Defcon?
The cost of Defcon
The current list of Defcon Speakers
Final Batch of Logos, contest is closed! The Defcon Logos
The Current Schedule
NEW! The 1st Defcon Wardriving contest
NEW! The Defcon Scavenger Hunt
The CTF Rules
The DJ page
The DC-Shoot page
The DC-Slogan Submission page
The actual DC-Slogan page
The Vendor FAQ
Visit the Alexis Park
Waste time on the Defcon forums
Defcon Hotels and rates
What is Defcon?

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

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 keep comming back here. 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.


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.

UPDATE: Speaker selection in progress! Updates will be made tonight and through out the weekend as more speakers are selected

The initial speaker page is now up here

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.

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. The Ghetto Hackers have all the latest contest information.


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 who's playing a set at DEF CON, email bink[at]23.org to find out more and hit The DJ Page for more info.

Hacker Jeopardy

Hey! DefCon X needs donations for Hacker Jeopardy! Shirts. Equipment. Software. Porn. Anything goes. We throw 'em to the audience when the drunken geeks on stage don't know the answers. Contact noid[at]defcon.org for donations. WANNA BE A VANNA?

As all Hacker Jeopardy fans know, Vanna Vinyl has retired and we NEED A NEW ONE! If you think you've got what it takes to keep a DefCon crowd happy, we want to hear from you! If you've never seen it, then you probably shouldn't apply. You need to be a tease. You need to be outgoing and very, very sexy, but not XXX rated. Just sexy enough. You need your own sexy outfits that will drive the crowd wild… you need to help take the clothes off of the contestants and let them take off some of your clothes, too. You need to be smart, witty, fast, fleet of foot, mind and sex.

This is not a job for the timid. Shyness is a bad thing. Selfless-sexy-self-promotion and exhibitionism is a good thing. You also have to be able to count. Yes, count. And you have to be able to read the categories and pull down the amounts correctly the first time. Water pistols, exotic piercings, and kinky raconteuring abilities are big plusses. So, if you WANNA BE VANNA we need to hear from you like now. ASAP. PDQ and real soon. Please send us your best photos showing your best assets, and tell us why YOU should be the next Vanna Vinyl. Reply to winns@gte.net and stealth@onlinesecurity.com

Hacker Jeopardy is back for the 10th Anniversary of DEF CON!

It starts, as usual, at 11PM on Friday night for two games where six teams (of up to three people each) fight it out, duke it out and drink it out with questions to our answers.

You know the Game. Winners win great gifts from Dark Tangent and DefCon. Losers get to drink. All players drink. (>21 Only) Hacker Jeopardy is rated Heavy-R, NC-17 and one year it was nearly X. You are warned.

WHO CAN PLAY? Most people play pretty lousy… but you can still try. Submit your teams (Three people max per team) at the sign up page in the registration area. We will pick teamsout of a hat before each Game. If your team is not there and ready we move on to another draw. One year a secret government group got so drunk, they didn't answer one question right. That was humiliating. For them.

AUDIENCE PLAYS: Yup! You get to play, too. DefCon ends up with tons of presents and gifts that we toss out to audience members who come up with the right questions… we got to get rid of all this stuff…one year we gave away a couple dozen Sun workstations! Plus, you can make fun of the contestants on stage. Be rowdy. A little rowdy, not a lot rowdy. Don't want anyone arrested again for being TOO rowdy.

WHEN: Friday night at 11PM. Rounds One and Two. Saturday night 11PM Round Three, and then the Final Round, where the winners from the first three Games compete. Last Year's winners can play in Final Round as Team #4, if they choose. (Who won last year?)

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 here or get on the mailing list by mailing majordomo[at]23[dot]org with 'subscribe dcshoot' in the message body.

Defcon Giveaways

Used to be, folks would donate weird/cool/old/new items and we'd periodicly stop the show and toss things out into the audience. We gave away everything from MFM hard drives, Donkey Kong for the ColecoVision, a GTE van door, to handfulls of 1 and 5 dollar poker chips. We'd like to bring that back after taking a break for a few years. So if you have something that you'd like to give away (dosent have to be old or worthless, I'd be happy to toss out a handfull of Lucent WAPs or some gold bricks) bring it to DefCon, get it to us (bring it to the NOC), and we'll toss it out to the crowd or use them for prizes during hacker jeapordy.

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.

Defcon 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 logos[at]defcon.org. 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 one dc-10-net-ninja-3.jpg.

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 illustrator formats.

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 here to see the most current submissions.

DefCon 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 here and to view the slogans already submitted visit here.

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.

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 here for more up to date info.

Defcon Scavenger Hunt

Once again the event that causes much commotion and hacker hijinx returns. The Scavenger Hunt is planned and ready to roll. This year the Hunt will be hosted by 2600 Salt Lake City and the Hektik crew(tHc). There are some good things planned for the hunt this year. We will be hosting real time stats throughout the weekend in an effort to make the hunt more competitive. This way you know how many points away from winning you are, and who's ahead of you and by how much. We will also have a "hunt box". The hunt box will store any pictures and video used as proof of completing tasks. After the hunt is over and Defcon 10 ceases to be, we will post all of the pictures and footage so that teams that played can relive their hunt experience over and over again. Someday you can show your Grandkids how Grandpa/Grandma made sweet love to Winn Schwartau for twenty points in a scavenger hunt. We are getting some great support from our sponsors in the vendor area, so we have some good stuff to give away. You can get all the information you need, participate in the pre-hunt, look at the sponsors, or pre-register your team at http://www.scavengerhunt.org. Good Luck, and happy hunting.

DefCon Notes Exchange Inspired by the South By Southwest Notes Exchange 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.
Cannonball Run

tommEE pickles and el_jefe present the First Annual DefCon Cannonball Run. With respect to the DEFCON Caravan and Deathrace2k, we want to break the rules and get to Las Vegas fast. It is a race against time. Since we will not encourage speeding or reckless driving, you are on your own when it comes to how you will beat the clock. Check out the official rules and website at moloch.org

Defcon Specifics

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 staff.

People who do not have to pay are speakers, staff, DJs, 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 happen.)

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, or visit the Alexis Park Website for more info.

Vendor Info

If you are interested in being a vendor at DEF CON 10 this year, please read the Vendor FAQ here Vendor space is limited, so reserve your space now.

Getting to DefCon Ten - 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.

The SoCal Caravan homepage
The San Diego Caravan
The Bay Area Caravan
Straight outta Utah comes the 801 Caravan
The 206 Caravan
Mix with other Defconers at the Defcon Web BBS
Plan your ride and room sharing at the Death Race 2k web BBS
Get more info on the city itself at Las Vegas.com



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