DEF CON family, the time of our reunion approaches. In just a few days, summer arrives in the Northern Hemisphere. The pages of the calendar turn, ever closer to August. Today comes the surest sign - the DEF CON 26 speaker list is live on DEFCON.org.
The wait is over - dig into the list to start your conference planning! We’re proud of the lineup we’ve created this year, and we think whatever your particular itch you’ll find some talks and panels that scratch it for you.
We’d also like to take a moment to thank the undersung heroes of the Selection Committee. They devote crazy amounts of time and energy to working through hundreds and hundreds of proposals to make sure the best ones make it to the top of the pile. They work hard, they make us great and they deserve your appreciation.
It’s almost here, hacker fam. Can you feel it?
Please enjoy the video of the Keynote presentation from DEF CON China! It's the redoubtable Dan Kaminsky, and his topic is "Bugs Aren't Random: Unifying Building and Breaking in the Modern Age." Many topics are covered, as viewers of previous Kaminsky talks can attest.
We also offer you the estimable and renowned Vito Genovese from the mighty Legitimate Business Syndicate, discussing the lessons taken from five years running the DEF CON CTF contest.
From the abstract:
"This presentation will cover topics about all aspects of CTF organization: the history of CTF, building a cross-functional organizing team that sticks together year after year, developing a game infrastructure that handles the onslaught of attacks from players, and the stories behind some of the most difficult CTF challenges ever built."
As always, enjoy and share the info. Be sure to join us in Vegas for the brand new CTF run by the scrappy upstarts in The Order of the Overflow.
At the closing ceremonies of DEF CON 25 last year we shared the results of our first public transparency report - an account of the incidents we dealt with throughout the con. The report now has a permanent home on the DEF CON website, and we’ll be updating it after every event.
We’re hoping that this kind of reporting catches on. It’s a good way to know where to concentrate our efforts, to attach more public accountability to the DEF CON Code of Conduct and to familiarize our community with how we handle con-goers’ concerns.
So check it out, and check back after DC 26 to see what went down behind the scenes..
PS whoever brought that one ‘vicious animal’ to the party - Hey. Don’t do that. Jebus.
The Recon Village is hosting a hackathon at DEF CON 26! If you like the idea of working on an OSINT/Recon tool with fun strangers and copious energy drink consumption, get your info/signup on at the link.
Friendly reminder that the Data Duplication Village has a CFP that's open until June 15th. Which is super soon, so if you're looking to speak there we suggest haste and focus.
The Social Engineering Village has its speaker schedule posted already! The season of the Con is most assuredly on. Check out who's gonna be dropping science on the hacking of humans, and make your plans accordingly.
For those of you who like a little 'pew-pew-pew' in your Vegas adventures, good news! The DEF CON shoot returns for DC26 - and registration is open. You can get the rules, schedule and location over at deviating.net.
Stay tuned as DEF CON 26 continues to coalesce.
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