Welcome to the pre-planning for the Def Con 17 Vendor Area. Please read this document carefully before requesting space in the Def Con 17 Vendor Area.

Updated: 14 April 2009
1) How are tables reserved for Def Con?

All prospective vendors need to send the following information to chris [at] defcon dot org to request vendor space:

  1. a] Number of tables requested (includes 1 badge per table).
  2. b] Number of additional Vendor badges requested.
  3. c] Type of merchandise to be sold.
  4. d] Reason(s) that this merchandise is appropriate for and adds value to the Def Con vendor area.
  5. e] If you have been a vendor in the past, when.
  6. f] Contact email address.
  7. g] Web page URL showing merchandise (if available)
  8. h] Type/size of display you plan to bring
  9. i] How many wall hangings or banners (if any) do you plan to have?

NOTE: This may effect the cost of your vendor space.

2) Are tables allocated on a first come/first served basis?

No. This has been the policy in some years past, however this year, each application for space in the Def Con 17 Vendor Area will be evaluated by the Vendor Area Staff and a determination about the appropriateness and value of the vendor will be determined. Vendors will be notified regarding the decision on their application (accepted or declined).

Defcon reserves the right to refuse a table to any prospective vendor for any reason and without explanation.

3) How much are tables?

Tables are available for $400.00 each.

Payment for tables will be due in full 4 weeks prior to the show. Payment details will be sent once your application has been approved. If booth is not paid in full prior to the show, your space may be given to another interested party.

4) Can I use the Def Con Logo in my designs?

The text "DEF CON" and all iterations and versions may be used on clothing items and stickers only. The text must appear in conjunction with "17" or "2009" or "seventeen", etc to designate that the item is specific to this year's conference. Items with any iteration of DEF CON 17 may not be advertised or sold publicly after August 15.

All other items such as barware (glass, plastic, metal or otherwise), toys, electronic items, etc may not contain any version of the text DEF CON without prior permission. Items containing only the text DEF CON in any iteration may not be sold. Not sure if any of this stuff applies to your stuff? Just ask.

Under no circumstances may the DEF CON logo of any version (past or present) appear on any merchandise that will be sold by persons other than Jinx Hackwear (the official on-site DEF CON clothing vendor) and the official DEF CON swag booth.

The idea is for the vendors to create specific DEF CON 17 merchandise, not generic DEF CON stuff.

Any vendor who is found in violation of this regulation will have any offending items confiscated and will be removed from the vendor floor.

Email the blackbeetle at blackbeetle [at] defcon dot org with any questions.

5) How and when do I need to submit my logo for inclusion in the Def Con 17 Program?

Logo files should be saved as vector artwork, EPS file format, Illustrator preferred.
Minimum resolution of 300dpi, 1200 dpi preferred.

Photoshop TIF, JPEG and PSD files are accepted if they are a minimum 4" (at the largest point) at 150 dpi.

No GIF or PNG files accepted. No logos created in Word or PowerPoint accepted. No exceptions.

Logos should be submitted by June 25, 2009 to blackbeetle [at] defcon dot org, compressed in archive (.zip, .tgz, .sit, .sea acceptable). Subject line should state - Vendor logo artwork

6) What time is set up for vendors?

Vendor set up will begin on Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM. All vendors must be set up by 6:00 PM that day. The Vendor area will be open for those nine hours specifically for set up. If you do not think you can set your area up in eight hours, you should plan on bringing more helpers. At 6:00 PM on July 30, 2009, the Vendor Area will be secured and anyone that is not DEF CON staff will have to leave the area. This allows vendors that have completed set up to leave and get some rest before the show starts the next day...they need it, and so do we!

7) What hours will the Vendor Area be open?

The Vendor Area will open to the public at 10:00 AM each day (Friday - Sunday). Vendors may arrive one hour earlier (9:00 AM) to begin preparations for the day. Only authorized vendors (with Vendor Badges) will be allowed in the Vendor Area for this additional hour. There are no exceptions. The Vendor Area will close at 7:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. The Vendor Area will close one hour after closing ceremonies on Sunday.

At the appointed close time, an announcement will be made that the Vendor Area is closed. Transactions that are in progress, or persons in line to pay for items may complete their transaction. No additional persons will be allowed into the Vendor Area after the appointed close time. Vendors have one additional hour (until 8:00 PM) to wrap things up and vacate the Vendor Area on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday Vendors will have additional time to pack up any remaining merchandise.

8) If I am not at my booth when the Vendor Area opens, who will watch it?

No one. You are responsible for any merchandise in your area while the Vendor Area is open.

DEF CON is not responsible for any lost or stolen articles.

9) Is there security when the Vendor Area is closed?

Yes, the rent-a-cops will be back in action.

10) Will there be Vendor Badges again?

Yes, with each table you will receive one DEF CON Vendor badge. You can purchase additional DefCon Vendor badges for your helpers for $120.00. In order to ensure that you receive the correct number of vendor badges you need to specify the number of additional badges you require on your application.

If you also wish to have a Human badge, you must purchase those for $120.00 each.

11) Is there a discount for multiple tables?


12) Who do I pay?

Payment for tables will be due in full 4 weeks prior to the show. Payment details will be sent once your application has been approved. If booth is not paid in full prior to the show, your space may be given to another interested party.

If you need additional vendor badges that you have not paid for once you arrive, you will pay Chris and receive a receipt and your Vendor Badges. If you don't specify the number of badges you need you can't be guaranteed a Vendor badge.

13) If I can't make it, can I get a refund?

Yes, if you have paid for a table and find that you are unable to attend DEF CON, contact Chris to arrange to get a refund. You must contact us at least fourteen days prior to the start of DefCon to cancel your table for a full refund.

14) How many hours of selling time will I have?

Nine (9) on Friday
Nine (9) on Saturday
Seven (7) on Sunday
Total selling time: Twenty Five (25) Hours

15) Can I advertise my booth at DEF CON?

Once your table has been reserved, you are welcome to advertise that you'll be at DEF CON. The only stipulation is that you provide links to the DEF CON web page (www.defcon.org).

Once you have paid your vendor fee and submit your logo, we will place your logo and listing on the DC 17 vendor pages.

16) Last year I saw some HUGE displays. Can I do that?

Maybe. One of the required pieces of information in your application for a vendor table is the type and size of your display. We will make a determination on which displays are acceptable and which are not and get back to you.

17) Can I choose my table from the diagram like in the past?

Tables will be assigned by the DEF CON Vendor Staff. If you would like a different location once you arrive, we MAY be able to accommodate that. Certain tables have to be placed in specific areas due to agreements between vendors as well as to accommodate book signings, and other DEF CON related activities. We will certainly try to work with all vendors to ensure that everyone is pleased with their location.


18) Are there non-smoking areas in the Vendor Area?

The Vendor Area is non-smoking.

19) What size are the tables.

They are standard 8 foot tables.