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DEF CON Hacking Conference

Call for Everything

The time has come! There's no denying it, it's 2018 and DEF CON 26 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're looking for content. New ideas, old ideas, or a new spin on old ideas. We want to see it all.

The Call for EVERYTHING is now open!

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 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. You can throw a party or apply to be a DJ or entertainer. 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 these events we all enjoy so much.
Call for Music & Entertainment

We have a ton of nighttime space for hacker style revelry! If you excel at party, and want to throw one, give us your plan and we'll get you some space!
Call for Parties

Maybe you want to give back and give a talk or new this year... Fireside Hax! Please check out the CFP announcement pages for more info on the type of content we're looking for, and a feel for the theme for DEF CON 26. Don't wait, the CFP Closes May 1st!
Check out the CFP announcement

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 har sound like something you’d be good at? Then consider applying to give a four hour workshop. Still interested? Good! To get a feel for workshops we’ve accepted in the past and apply, check out the call for workshops page.
Call for Workshops

But wait... there's more!

Are you selling something? Call for vendors is now open. Due to popular demand for our exclusive vendor space we're opening the applications a full 4 months earlier!
Please read the Call for Vendor Page

Last but not least, 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

Would you like to host a type of event or space 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.

Stay tuned for the CFP Index (coming soon), an index of all the village and other event CFPs as they are released, consolidated in to a handy guide!

PS:

- The deadline to submit for most of the above is March 1st, 2018, with some exceptions.
- Please read and fill out the forms entirely. Incomplete forms will be rejected.