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There are two different ways to participate in DEF CON 29 Online: Human and Human Plus.

DEF CON is supported by the worldwide community of hackers through sales of attendee badges, branded clothing, and related stuff but not through corporate sponsorships. During the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve set up a whole new free layer of DEF CON content on Discord, Twitch and YouTube to keep everyone engaged, even when we can’t all be together.

While DEF CON 29 is on track for a physical event, in-person is still not an option for a big part of the community. To keep everyone involved, the online options remain open this year, and they are still free to access.

They’re not, unfortunately, free to produce.

If you’re an online attendee who wants to help support DEF CON, you can purchase the ‘Human Plus’ role for a $20 payment to our PayPal. In return, you get some perks to make the conference a little more fun. You also get our undying gratitude.

Here are differences between the two Human roles:

Human (free): You can go to the different rooms, participate in contests, events, listen to DJs and watch talks. Primarily uses text to send messages, uses the system emoji, use reactions, and you can listen to audio and video in channels that support them.

Human Plus ($20): Same as Human with these additional permissions: You get a different role name to show you have supported DEF CON 29, the ability to post pictures and embed links, you can use external emoji, you have the ability to change your nickname, join some Human Plus chill out rooms, and to engage with voice and video in the rooms that support it.

Here is how it will work

You log into your Discord account as usual. Then click this link:

Or go to There you will be able to contribute to DEF CON 29 by purchasing the Human Plus role. It will bounce you to the DEF CON PayPal account, validate the payment and promote your Discord account automatically.

Human Plus only applies to the DEF CON Discord server ( and has no impact if you are jumping to external sites to compete in contests, watch Twitch streams, etc.