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DEF CON Hacking Conference

Call for Contests & Events

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.

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.

Submit to host a contest or event here:


:::DEF CON 26 Contests & Events Application:::

Please cut & paste the following into the body of an email and mail to contests@defcon.org. The deadline to submit is March 1, 2018.

Are you applying to host a 'Contest', or an 'Event'?

Is this a new, or returning contest?

Official name of your C&E (used for Art, Marketing, Announcements, et al.)?

Please provide a full description of your C&E (used for Marketing, program, webpage, et al.):

Please provide a logo or graphic for the program if you have one:

Please provide the official web address/URL/twitter account for your C&E if available:

Which days and times will your C&E operate? (If outside normal contest area hours):

Please provide the primary POC's Name:

Please provide the primary POC's email address:

Please provide the secondary POC's Name:

Please provide the secondary POC's email address:

Please provide any additional information/requests:

Any comments or notes for us? Questions?:


Thank you for your application, someone with DEF CON Contests will respond to your application that it's been received within 3 business days. If you don't hear from us something went wrong, please send us another message, check your spam filters, reach out, etc. Final decision on who is granted contest space won't happen until after the close of the deadline on March 1st, if not sooner.