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COVID Clarification for DEF CON 30

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Just so there’s no confusion, DEF CON 30 will require masks, same as last year. We thank everyone for keeping each other safe last year, and we can’t wait to get the gang together responsibly just a few short weeks from now.

Original DEF CON 30 Covid Policy post from May.

DEF CON Training Site is Live!

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DEF CON Trainings registration is LIVE! Right after DEF CON 30, we're excited to offer these intensive 2 day classes with a certificate of completion. First come, first served so don't procrastinate. Class descriptions and reg information are at defcontrainings.myshopify.com.

Weekend Updates! CTF Quals news, and New SE Community Q&A Today!

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CTF News
CTF Quals are almost here (May 28 at 0000 UTC) and the CTF Chat on the DEF CON discord is already open!

From @NautilusCTF:
#defcon quals chat on the Defcon discord is open. Come visit us in #ctf-discussion-text to ask all the important questions, like “when is web?” and “this challenge is too hard unlock another one”

Time is short to get to the Nautilus Institute Website and register your team for CTF quals!



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SE Community Q&A Today!
Join Social Engineering Community Village cofounders @JC_SoCal and @sn0ww to talk all about what kind of events the Social Engineering Community has in store for DEF CON 30. They'll be live on Twitch answering your questions at 5pm EDT Friday the 27th at twitch.tv/se_community. See you there!

The Black and White Ball is Back!

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A little announcement about DEF CON 30's Black and White Ball: the best-dressed entrants will get some to enter early and enjoy a few free drinks before we let everyone else in. So look sharp - more details to come.

Check out Policy @ DEF CON!

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Policy matters. The world has never been so connected, and mighty forces contend for the right to shape our digital lives. DEF CON believes the hacker community needs a voice in that process. To help people learn, connect and get involved with the leading edge of tech policy, we offer ‘Policy @ DEF CON’. We’ll have presentations, panels, and off-the-record evening lounges. Get yourself up to speed on the issues, connect with some of the players and maybe even get involved. The future is what we make it!

Welcome to the DEF CON 30 Website!

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Good news, everyone! The DEF CON 30 official website is officially LIVE and DEF CON season is officially IN EFFECT. Bookmark it for a handy place to check out all of the DC30 infoz as they roll in. Check the calendar, jump into the forums, book a room - it’s all in one place.

Now that we’ve reached cruising altitude, you are free to shimmy excitedly around the cabin.

Let’s GoOOoo!

COVID Updates for DEF CON 30

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DEF CON 30 is getting closer, and that means we’re starting to get questions about Covid-19 protocols for the in-person event. Here’s the current state of play.

Some things have changed since DC29. The US has largely stopped checking vaccine status for entry to indoor events, owing at least partly to the knowledge that the vaccines serve more to prevent severe disease than to curtail transmission. COVID-19 testing is now mostly done privately with widely available at-home kits.

But most things haven’t changed. There are still new variants on the move. There are still spikes in transmission and hospitalization. Masks are still the most effective way to protect people in indoor events.

Barring a major change in the situation, we will not check proof of vaccination, but we will keep last year's mask requirement in place for DEF CON 30. Protecting the community is our first priority, and we want to make sure that everyone is as safe as we can make them. Everyone includes the healthy, the vulnerable and those who have immune compromised loved ones they need to protect.

Thank you for all you did to protect each other last year, and with your help we’ll do it again this year.

Training Coming to DEF CON 30, Call for Training is Open!

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The wait is over - we’re ready to announce the Call for Trainers!

This year we’re adding DEF CON Training – intensive, two-day courses of study aimed at building specific skills. In some cases, these courses will even carry a certification. The Trainings will be held August 15-16, the Monday and Tuesday after DEF CON.

We’re looking for unique, technical, and practical presentations from trainers with deep knowledge of their subject. If that’s you, we’re offering:

- 50/50 split of the gross income.
- Optional test where students demonstrate their skill for a certificate.

All the info you need to apply is on the Call for Training page. Get your applications in early – we look forward to seeing what you’ve got to share.

New Payment Option for DEF CON 30!

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DEF CON is a cash-at-the-door kind of conference. Paying in cash helps protect your privacy, and search warrants can't vacuum up PII we don't collect. You will always be able to lay down US dollars in the reg line and collect your badge.

Still, the experience of DC29 taught us a few things. Some of our attendees work DEF CON into their business travel schedule, and the option to pre-reg with a credit card over the web made things much easier for them. Some of our attendees need to manage a group purchase, or want a more detailed receipt.

For everyone who fits into those categories, we’re happy to announce that we’re keeping the option of online registration. Starting Monday, March 28th, you’ll be able to use shop.defcon.org to buy your ticket and get your receipt. We hope the online option makes the process more streamlined for those who need it. We thank people for their patience and feedback as we navigate the changing landscape.

The price for DEF CON 30 is $360, with a processing fee of $9.66 added to online orders.

Fine print: Currently we cannot provide beachballs and pizza to the online purchasing experience. For that, you’re gonna need LineCon.

Villages for DEF CON 30!

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The list of DEF CON 30 villages on the Forums has been updated! Stop by to check out the full complement of village goodness we're offering this year. Comment, like, subscribe, volunteer to help out - but mostly get amped. #defcon30approaches.

Coming soon: Call for Training!

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We’re excited to announce something new on the menu for DC 30 - DEF CON Training! We’re launching a lineup of intense two-day trainings taking place August 15-16 in the same venue, and we’re looking for trainers!

WHAT: DEF CON We’re seeking Trainers for two-day training sessions right after DEF CON 30.

WHEN: August 15-16, the Monday and Tuesday after DEF CON 30.

WHERE: Same location, the Caesars Forum.

WHY: For DEF CON attendees who love our free Workshop series but wish they could get an even deeper, more focused dive and maybe even a certificate. Like everything we do at DEF CON, we hope it will help to build and strengthen the hacker community and spread the kind of knowledge that makes the world more open and secure.

DEF CON Training will offer two-day paid training courses in the $1-$3k price range. We’re looking for unique, technical, and practical presentations from trainers with deep knowledge of their subject. If that’s you, we’re offering:

- 50/50 split of the gross income.
- Optional test where students demonstrate their skill for a certificate.

Interested? We will launch the Trainer submission form later this month! If you have questions, drop us a line at info@defcon.org.

The Dark Tangent

More DEF CON 30 Calls Opening!

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Good news, everyone! We have more calls open for DEF CON 30!

Call for Parties and Meetups: your dreams of throwing an epic party at DEF CON 30 are within your reach! If you have a solid concept to wrap some next level festivities around, get at us. The best ideas will get space and support. Details here: Call for Parties

Call for Music: we’re gonna need some tunes. Lots of tunes. This call is for established acts and bedroom Beethovens alike. We’re looking for live performers, so if you’ve got the stuff that puts the dip in our hip and the glide in our stride, get to the Call for Music and let us know.

Call for Vendors: we’re always looking for new hacker gear and accessories to share with the community. Get your cool swag in front of a pretty savvy and curious audience by applying here at the Vendor Application

New Calls Open for DEF CON 30!

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You know how you can tell it’s DEF CON season? The Calls. When you hear the distinctive warble of the DEF CON Content calls, you know what’s up. It’s like the first robin of spring, if robins were cooler and more hacker-focused.

Today we’re opening three more DEF CON 30 Calls:

Call for Papers
The big one. If you want to speak at DEF CON 30, it’s time to get your submission together. As always, we’re looking for fresh, technical content and the sooner you get it in, the better your chances. We can offer suggestions to help you get over the finish line, time permitting. Fortune favors the bold, so don’t delay.

Call for Workshops
The very popular workshop series is back for DEF CON 30. Some topics need a more time and involvement than a main-stage talk can offer. The workshops are an amazing way to share your in-depth, hands-on content with the DEF CON community.

Demo Labs
Get your open source project in front of the knowledgable, curious humans of DEF CON. Get valuable feedback, find accomplices and raise your project’s profile. We provide the floor space and the audience, you provide the timely submission.

The DEF CON machine is revving up, and DC30 will be here before you know it. Don’t miss your chance to get involved. The community is waiting to see what you’ve got to share.

A Warm Welcome to the Next CTF Organizer Team: Nautilus Institute!

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Big DEF CON 30 CTF update! Following several years of exemplary service by the Order of the Overflow, our world-famous Capture the Flag contest is under new management. The care and feeding of this year’s CTF is in the worthy and capable hands of the Nautilus Institute!

From Nautilus Institute:

Ahoy DEF CON and CTF communities!

We are the Nautilus Institute. We have been chosen, from a very respectable pool of applicants, to steer the DEF CON CTF ship starting in 2022. We are thankful for this honor, and hope to navigate straight and true no matter what waters lie ahead.

We’re a bit light on details, while we prepare for this year’s DEF CON CTF Qualifiers May 28-29, but we hope to flag you down with more information soon! Please follow us on twitter at https://twitter.com/Nautilus_CTF and keep a look out on our website at https://nautilus.institute.

Sea you soon,

@•̂≈


For the boldest and best prepared, glory awaits. Godspeed.

Enter the DEF CON 30 Artwork Contest!

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Now that the DEF CON 30 Theme is out there in the world, it’s time to go pencils up on the DEF CON Art Contest!

This year’s theme is ‘Hacker Homecoming’, and you can read all about it on the DEF CON Forums. It’s a theme meant to celebrate our community’s much awaited reunion next August. It’s also meant to reference the 30th Anniversary we’re celebrating, which is a pretty big deal for a hacker conference.

So if you’ve got some art skills, you’ve got a luxurious 7+ months to get your take on the theme in to us. There’s so much time between now and the June 1 deadline that you could probably learn a brand new art style in which to make your submission. You can drop as many submissions to pictures@defcon.org as you want, so enter early and often.

### Theme:

We are looking for artwork that reflects a spirit of community and reunion. We’re looking for art that combines the 90’s hacker aesthetic of DEF CON’s history and our tribe’s 21st century future. We’re looking for your vision and vibes.

We hope you’ll take in the information in the style guide, but we hope that you’ll use that as a launching pad and not a set of limits. We want to see where you can take these ideas.

### Guidelines:

300 DPI. Convert type to outlines where applicable. Trust your instincts - we’re looking for genuine energy, not technical perfection. We want to share and amplify the artists in our community. If tlhat’s you, get your ideas down. If that’s not you yet, could it be? You’ve got a few months to find out.

Entries will be placed on the DEF CON Forums for voting, and there will be prizes. There will also be gratitude, and opportunities to inspire others with your special way of seeing the world. We can’t wait to see what you’ll make!

DEF CON 30 Theme: Hacker Homecoming

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This has been a crazy couple of years.

A global pandemic turned DEF CON 28 into DEF CON Safe Mode. Some easing of the restrictions and some strict attendance rules gave us a hybrid con for DC29. An improvement, to be sure, but something short of a full DEF CON experience.

We want DEF CON 30 to have the energy of a reunion. We’ll be back togeher in a brand spanking new venue. We’ll be thirty years old - an amazing milestone for a hacker conference under any circumstances. In honor of all that, we’re calling DEF CON 30 ‘Hacker Homecoming’.

The first reason is that it’s literally a return home. After two years of separation, we’re looking forward to having more of our family under one roof, under the Vegas late summer sun.

There’s also a North American tradition called ‘Homecoming’. Secondary schools and colleges invite luminary alums back for a big celebration of the school’s history and a toast to its future. We intend to do just that for DC30. We’ll have some surprise guests from DEF CON’s illustrious past on hand to talk about the amazing places their life has taken them since joining the DC Community. We’ll also be laying out some of the map forward from our 30th Anniversary.

So please join us in the Caesar’s Forums if you can, and on the Discord if you can’t. Maybe even pack a fancy outfit for the homecoming dance. It’s high time for a reunion.

Design Inspiration

This year’s theme is about celebrating the past and getting geeked about the future, so we’re looking for smooth integration of old school hacker stylee with future vibes.

We took the color palette inspiration from arguably the most iconic DEF CON image of all time: the rooftop photo from DEF CON 1.

The photo is amazing for any number of reasons, but the most important is that even though it screams early 90s hacker culture, it also shows some of the essence of what DEF CON is even in the 2020s. It’s still a gathering of extraordinary digital misfits going Voltron in the Vegas night.

The fonts were also selected to be like a homecoming celebration, with some reverence for the past, some excitement about the future. The past is represented by the very 90s CityPop and Geom and the future by the futristic minimalism of Open Sans.

Homework

As always, we’ll be sharing movies, books, music and other random media to get you in the right frame of mind for maximum DEF CON. This year we’re even giving you an extra few months to get through the syllabus. Watch the DEF CON site for additions to all the lists. Pencils UP!

Movies:
Sneakers
The Imitation Game
Zero Days

Books:
The Shockwave Rider
The Cuckoo’s Egg
Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground
The Cult of the Dead Cow