Call for Badge Designers

Call for Badge Designers is Now Closed

DEF CON is planning to perform a risk assessment to help us decide, ideally by sometime in April, if we should hold a physical "last known good configuration" conference in Las Vegas for 2021. We would adhere to all health and safety guidelines, so the better we can understand them the more informed our assessment will be. Until then we need you to help us plan!

In this call for participation we have NEW questions for the COVID-19 era that will be used in deciding how much interest people have in remaining on-line only, hybrid, or in person only.

The following questions intend to answer what level of participation you are comfortable with considering these circumstances. (Feel free to elaborate if needed, you can change your mind up until we make a final decision about in person.)

Are you interested in being entirely online, with no interest if there is an in-person possibility? Y/N

Are you interested in participating if DEF CON becomes a "hybrid event" with some in-person and some on-line? Y/N

Would you be interested in doing both? Y/N

Would you be interested in only in person? Y/N

Any questions or concerns you have?

As things change we will be as transparent as possible and keep everyone up to date.

Call for Badge Designers

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Who are you? Tell us about you.

Are you a single designer, or are you a team?

Primary Email:
(Signal Y/N)

Backup email to contact:

Any hacking/community groups you belong to, etc:

How long have you attended DEF CON:

What inspired you to submit to the call for badge designers?

What do you bring to the table that would bring a new perspective to the badge design process and DEF CON team?

Show us your badge portfolio, What badges have you made in the past?
An online writeup or supporting portfolio materials would be very helpful for us to visualize your work, the art, the hardware, etc.

Have you made conference badges before?

How many badges have you made (per design) before? 100, 1000, 10,000+

What was the average overhead cost, per badge, on your last badge design?

How long do you prepare for badge design?

Have you failed a badge design? what happened?

If you were to "reboot" a DEF CON badge, which would it be and how would you do it?

If not a DEF CON badge, how would you improve upon an existing badge design of your own?

Have you made badges to be interactive before? Explain.

What is a feature you want from a conference badge?
Could you design that feature?

What do you LIKE about making badges?

What do you Dislike about making badges?

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