You can reach #DEFCON staff during normal hours of operation to anonymously report any behavior violating our code of conduct or to find an empathic ear by calling + 1 (725) 222–0934. This year we’re also available via Signal and Discord.

Emergency Numbers:

Fire / Police / Ambulance : 911

Poison Control : (702) 732–4989

Rape Crisis Center Hot Line : (702) 366–1640

Mental Health Crisis Unit : (702) 486–8020

HelpLine Numbers:

DEF CON Hotline Text & Call: 725–222–0934

Gamblers Anonymous : (702) 385–7732

Alcoholics Anonymous : (702) 598–1888

Domestic Crisis Shelter : (702) 646–4981

Juvenile Court Services Abuse and Neglect Hot Line : (702) 399–0081

Youth Runaway Shelter : (702) 385–3330

Government Numbers:

Internal Revenue Service : (800) 829–1040

Department of Motor Vehicles : (702) 486–4368

Clark County District Attorney : (702) 455–4204

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) : (702) 385–1281

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms : (702) 388–6584

Health & Social Numbers:

American Red Cross : (702) 248–2770

Alzheimer’s Association Southern Nevada Chapter : (702) 248–2770

American Heart Association : (702) 367–1366

American Cancer Society : (702) 798–6877

American Lung Association : (702) 431–6333

United Way : (702) 455–4291

Senior Protective Services : (702) 455–4291

Clark County Social Services : (702) 455–4270

Salvation Army : (702) 649–8240

Transportation Numbers:

Traffic Hotline : 511

Amtrak Railroad : (702) 386–6896

McCarran International Airport : (702) 261–5211

Las Vegas Public Bus Transportation : (702) CAT-RIDE

Miscellaneous Numbers:

Information Assistance : 411

Information and Referral HELP of Southern Nevada : (702) 369–4357

Time / Weather : (702) 248–4800


Normally we would put this under the Party section of this guide but we at DCG 201 have made an executive decision to put this right on top due to it’s upmost importance.

Hacker Summer Camp at it’s core are a series of social events for anti-social people. Getting out their and mingling with old friends while making new ones is a core part of the experience at BSides LV, Black Hat USA and DEFCON. And while we like to think of the best of people, putting over 20,000 people in the same place will cause some bad actors to have the dumb. Here are a few tips and resources to survive the trip:

IT IS ALWAYS OK TO TELL SOMEONE “NO” AND IF THEY PERSIST TO TELL THEM TO FUCK OFF! Never be shy to do this. The ability to refuse something because of your choice is not only you right as a human being but also a core part of the Hacker Ethos that we feel has sadly eroded over time. Just because everybody is drinking, doing drugs and blowing each other to bad music around a pool does not mean you have to. No is always an answer and if you encounter any trouble contact DEFCON GOONFLEET SECURITY or if it’s even more severe, CALL NEVADA AUTHORITIES!

— If you see someone getting harassed verbally, mentally or physical, DON’T BE A WALLFLOWER, HELP! This is how we breed Dark Sims when people sit around and do nothing while horrible people get away with things. Even simply butting into a conversation will help a person in need. If you feel like you can’t do anything yourself, contact DEFCON GOONFLEET SECURITY or NEVADA AUTHORITIES to intervene. You also want to stay around to be a witness to document the incident. The more we look out of each other, the better of a community we will become.

— Remember those burner phones and that circle of trust from Part One? These events and parties is where it will come in handy. NEVER GO TO ANY PARTY OR EVENT ALONE. Always have a buddy looking out for you and vice versa. The more eyeballs, ears and hands the safer you and everyone else will be.

— Please TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS and RE-HYDRATE between intense physical activity at events and parties. Remember even at night, Nevada is very hot and alcohol and other chemicals will dehydrate you.

— If you are going to drink PLEASE EAT FOOD AND DRINK WATER BETWEEN DRINKS. We often talk about how much booze is downed before, during and after these activities but not only do you NOT have to participate but PACING your drinking and eating food while drinking water between said drinks will help reduce your risk of alcohol poisoning and hangover. Also, KNOW YOUR BODY LIMITS. Just because the new groupie you met can drink alcohol shots of 197 Proof (*cough*CoFounderSidepocketAlcholic*cough*) does not mean you have to. Stay with what you know and what you are comfortable with.

— Lastly about drinking and food, NEVER LEAVE YOUR DRINKS AND FOOD ALONE IN PUBLIC. Again, as much as we like to see the good in people, roofies and date rape can and will happen at major public events. If you left a beer out for instance for even 30 seconds without holding it or looking at it, get a new one and trash the old one. If you feel like you are in the process of being roofied, contact your CIRCLE OF TRUST and NEVADA AUTHORITIES. Here is also an excellent guide about Date Rape drugs and how nobody of no gender is safe:

Friends of Bill W

For all those Friends of Bill W. looking for a meeting or just a quiet moment to regroup, we have you covered with meetings throughout DEF CON & BSides!

BSides Las Vegas:

Tuesday & Wednesday, 8:00pm–9:30pm PST in G103.

Look for the sign on a patio on the pool side of building G and enter through the patio door.


Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12:00pm & 5:00pm PST

Sunday: 12:00 NOON PST

Harrahs, Copper Room

Sober Speakeasy

Thursday Aug 10, 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM

The Underground Speakeasy and Distillery (300 Stewart Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA)

Sober in Cyber is a nonprofit on a mission to provide cybersecurity professionals with in-person networking opportunities that DON’T revolve around alcohol. Join us as we kick things off in style at the Sober Speakeasy (our takeover of the underground Distillery at the Mob Museum). ALL individuals working in cybersecurity are welcome… so whether you’re sober, sober-curious, taking a dry month, training for a marathon, abstaining for health reasons, or whatever else, come kick back a mocktail or two and make some new contacts in an environment with no pressure to drink.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation through the Sober in Cyber website ( to help offset the event costs. We can’t wait to see you there!

Board and Card Games @ Blue Team Con

Saturday, August 26th ~ 9:00pm to 1:00am

Talk Track 2

*No Alcohol Allowed*

The Art of Hacking @ BishopFox LIVE Stream

Friday, August 11, 2023
Live on LinkedIn, Twitter, & YouTube

At its core, hacking is an art form that encompasses creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge, with hackers often regarded as the vanguards of innovation with an unyielding drive to unravel the complexities of technology. If you identify as a hacker or aspire to join the ranks of these digital pioneers, we invite you to our livestream at DEFCON 31: “The Art of Hacking.”

During our broadcast, seasoned hackers and cybersecurity experts will delve deep into the intricacies of ethical hacking and explore how the hacker spirit can be harnessed to push the boundaries of technology in a responsible and impactful manner

Tune In As We Explore:

  • Red Teaming: Unleash your inner adversary and delve into the thrilling world of red teaming. Learn the secrets of stealthy infiltration, master the latest attack vectors, and discover how to communicate your findings like a true hacker.
  • Exploiting the Cloud: The cloud, a playground filled with untapped potential and hidden treasures for hackers. In this session, we’ll take a deep dive into the cloud’s underbelly, exploring its vulnerabilities and exploiting its weaknesses. Hear how experts uncover misconfigurations, infiltrate cloud-based environments, and unleash havoc in a controlled, responsible manner.
  • Hacker’s Arsenal in AppSec: Applications are the beating heart of the digital realm, and as hackers, we know just how to make them skip a beat. Join us as we unlock the secrets of application security, exposing the flaws that lurk within the code. Discover the latest tricks of the trade, from sneaky exploits to bulletproof defenses.
  • Mastering Your Tools: Every hacker needs a trusty toolkit filled with powerful weapons of mass disruption. In this electrifying segment, meet Bishop Fox experts who are at the cutting-edge of developing tools, technologies, and methodologies which they use to uncover vulnerabilities and offer guidance to some of the most elite organizations worldwide.
  • From Hackers to Visionary Leaders: Prepare to be inspired as we shine a light on the trailblazing hackers who have risen above the rest. These visionary leaders have cracked the code of success, not only in hacking but also in making a positive impact on the cybersecurity landscape. Hear their tales of triumph, learn from their strategies, and be empowered to become a leader in your own right.


Enter to Win a Flipper Zero!

Three lucky livestream viewers will WIN a Flipper Zero (valued at $170 each) — a portable multi-tool for pen-testers and geeks in a toy-like body. It’s fully open-source and customizable, so you can extend it in whatever way you like.

To enter the contest:

  1. Share/Retweet the livestream to your LinkedIn, Twitter, and/or Thread profile(s) using #BFLive and tagging @Bishop Fox
  2. Leave a comment to engage in the conversation on the livestream video on LinkedIn, Twitter, and/or YouTube.

Read Official Rules



Where? This year our event will be hosted in Frame VR
When? Friday, August 11 — Saturday, August 12, 2023

Keep an eye on our Twitter for event details


Wednesday, August 2

6:00 PM — 9:00 PM EDT

Two Rivers Brewing (542 Northampton St · Easton, PA)

Special event this month! The Mini-Hacker Con! We’re putting on some villages for Soldering, and lock picking. We’ll also have some mini-ctf challenges from our past Hacker Pub Crawl events for you to try out!

And as always, bring your old hardware for sale or trade (or give it away!) for our swap meet!


6pm — 7pm EST Setup / Meet & Greet

7pm EST Mini-Con


General Stuff We Always Have:

Lock picking with practice locks. Picks and training provided.

Video games for the kids…okay mostly for adults, but also for the kids.

Great conversation and exchange of ideas.


What to bring:

Having a laptop helps, but not required.

Any hardware you’d like to show off/need help with.

Lock picks.

Children or otherwise adorable animals.

DC 404/DC 678/ DC 770/ DC 470 (Atlanta Metro)

Friday 16:00–19:00
Harrah’s Tonopah

They say Atlanta is the city too busy to hate, but it also has too much traffic for its widespread hacker fam to get together in a single meetup. So instead, we’re meeting up in the desert during DEF CON! The one time of year when intown, northern burbs, south siders, and anyone else connected to DC404’s 20+ year legacy can catch up and share stories.
Join us and meet your fellow ATL hackers!



DEF CON Holland Group Presents: VrijMiBo

Date: Friday, August 11th

Time: 4:00pm–7:00pm EST
Location: Bird Bar (3555 S Las Vegas Blvd · Las Vegas, NV)

In The Netherlands it’s a tradition to catch up with your colleagues just before the end of the workday on Friday when the weekend starts to kick in. In The Netherlands this is called the “VrijMiBo” (Vrijdag/Friday — Middag/Afternoon Borrel/Drink)

“VrijMiBo/Friday afternoon Drink” at DEF CON is a perfect moment to talk about what your favorite thing is at DefCon, show your cool handmade badges, impress other hackers about your latest hacks, make new friends, gossip about your boss and show your cat or dog pictures.

Vrijdag Middag Borrel, Freitag Mittags Getränk, Apéritif du vendredi après-midi, trago de viernes por la tarde.



No matter which convention you go to, you can always find a place to call home. Due to the many diverse activities, interests and people that make them up there have been multiple faction groups that mingle among the hacker crowds. We have listed out highlights for these demographics as they represent a safe haven and a environment to learn their craft. Weather you want to do a deep dive into something out of your technological comfort zone or you want to meet like-minded people in these fields here is our list of special organizations you should check out!


Queercon Mixers

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 4:00pm–6:00pm EST
Chillout Room, Room 129

A great way to meet other like-minded folk in this safe and inclusive environment. An informal meet-up of the lgbtqia+ community to network and unwind.


29 June 2023

FM: Commandants of VETCON
TO: Veterans, Cyber Warriors, Everyone who is fascinated by AI or terrified of Skynet
SUBJ: WELCOME TO THE AI ARENA: When Skynet Speaks, We Listen!

By decree of the Commandants, VETCON, on or about 11 AUG 2023, you are called to detach from your current station and responsibilities, proceed to Las Vegas, NV, and report on 12 AUG 2023 to the Commandant of the Artificial Intelligence & Veterans Interaction Command (AIVIC), VETCON HQ, for duty involving camaraderie and conversation with our future AI overlords.

You are ordered to report to Caesars Forum Rooms 105,136 NLT 2100 hours to the Commandants of VETCON, Las Vegas, NV (Earth).

  • For Navy personnel, it’s after you’ve finished wrestling with your sea bag thinking it’s the Kraken, but before you’ve tried to navigate the casino floor as if it’s the Atlantic in a heavy fog.
  • For Army personnel, it’s after you’ve meticulously camouflaged yourself to blend in with the hotel lobby plants, but before you’ve attempted to dig a foxhole in the casino floor.
  • For Coast Guard personnel, that’s after intercepting the Narcos submarines but before you’ve had to tow in a directionally challenged Navy vessel.
  • For Air Force personnel, it’s after your steak and lobster dinner, but before you’ve selected the evening’s wine from your personal sommelier, and certainly before you’ve had to settle for a 3-star hotel due to a booking mix-up.
  • For Marine Corps personnel, it’s after you’ve meticulously arranged your collection of ‘edible’ crayons, but before you’ve attempted to arm wrestle a boulder… again.
  • For Space Force personnel, it’s after you’ve calibrated your astrocompass but before the space-time continuum bends.

The journey herein mandated is critical in the service of public amusement and education.
Cost of this adventure is not chargeable to any allotment number, but your dignity and pride might take a hit at the poker tables.

This order will self-destruct at 0000 on 14 AUG 2023, so don’t dawdle.

Release to the vast and mysterious interwebs is authorized, encouraged, and probably inevitable.

By the order of Commandants of VETCON :
William Kimble, USMC Veteran and Skeptical Skynet Observer
James McMurry, USCG Veteran and AI Enthusiast

Saturday 21:00–02:00
Forum, Forum ballroom 109,110,139


Unfortunately with r00tz Asylum no more, activities for children at DEFCON 31 is spread around all over the place. We have gathered them all here and will not repeat this data in other sections of this guide.

DC Kids Meetup , Thursday 14:00–16:00

DC Kids Meetup
Thursday 2:00pm–4:00pm PST
Forum 129

Come meet with other like minded kids and get ready for a weekend of hacking all the things!​

Red Team Labs & Games for Kids

Friday, August 11th | 4:00pm — 5:00pm

Saturday, August 12th | 9:00am — 11:00am

Flamingo — Sunset Twilight Ballroom — Red Team Village Area

Kids Only Karaoke

Friday, August 1th | 7:00pm — 5:00pm

Caesars Forum Summit — Contest Area

Come sing Hacker Karaoke! It’s just like normal Karaoke, but with 11% more root shellz.

Secure from Scratch: Secure Code Workshop for DEF CON Kids

Saturday, August 12th | 1:00pm — 3:00pm

Flamingo — Savoy AppSec Village — Workshop

Or Sahar, Yariv Tal

Want to learn how to stop hackers in their tracks? Come to the Secure From Scratch coding workshop. Learn what you need to know to write secure code from the very first line of code. It’s suprisingly easy!

(Some coding experience in either C#, Java, Python or C++ required. You need to know loops, if arrays and functions.)

DEF CON Chess Kids Free-Play

Saturday, August 12th | 2:00pm — 3:00pm

Ceaesars Forum Summit — Contest Area

Kids free play chess for an hour before the main chess tournament (which is also kid friendly).


A set of 5–10 Capture The Flag style challenges hosted to provide kids, teenagers & beginners with an appropriate set of challenges to explore and work through. The BIC CTF team members will demonstrate skills and present solves to the community virtually or in-person to allow attendees to learn and ask questions.

These challenges will be walked through so that all participants of DEF CON can interact despite their skill level or exposure to the field. We invite all to take part and learn via this unique experience and would like to note that while we will have a scoreboard these challenges DO NOT ADD POINTS to THE OFFICIAL CONTEST, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OFFICIAL CONTEST YOU MUST HAVE A SEPARATE TEAM AND REGISTRATION HERE.

Social Engineering Community Youth Challenge

Great Scott! The Social Engineering Community needs your help to fix a disrupted timeline! We need brave and creative minds for our Youth Challenge to help us solve a series of challenges that will lead to the grand solution.

Many parents and guardians bring their children to DEF CON to allow them to experience the same learning, networking, and community that they enjoy. As parents and educators ourselves, we want to help make this experience even more memorable with our Youth Challenge!

DC Kids Party , Saturday

DC Kids Party
Saturday 7:30pm–10:00pm PST
Forum 131–133

Party with other DEF CON kids. Enjoy some music, and some good conversation with other DEF CON kids!​

BlanketFort Con

Saturday 7:00pm–1:00am PST
Forum 130

Come for the chill vibes and diversity, stay for the Blanket Fort Building, Cool Lights, Music, and Kid Friendly\Safe environment. Now with less Gluten and more animal onesies!

Books, Books, Books will Prevail

Friday 2:00pm–4:00pm PST
Harrah’s GoldField

A quieter space for those who want to discuss what they are reading, recommend books, and trade books too. We might even have a SAO of a book — pending sponsorship.


The Book Exchange

Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm EST
Caesers Forum, DEF CON Contest Area​

The Book Exchange at DEF CON, will allow for members of the community to drop off a used book that has been kindly read and may be enjoyable by someone else and in return they will be able to select a “new gently used” book from the exchange table.


Reading is fundamental. Many of us in the Defcon community have learned and been inspired by books and remain avid readers. The Defcon book exchange will allow community members to drop off a book that they found inspiring and is sitting on their shelf collecting dust and in return they will be able to get a new book which hopefully will continue to expand their knowledge over the next year. This effort will keep used books in circulation.

Left over books will be transported and donated to a used book store in Las Vegas, but the goal will be to have a zero net sum gain.

BlueTeamCon Book-Swap

Saturday from 10:30am to 6:00pm CDT.
Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm CDT.

This year, we’re introducing the First Annual Blue Team Con Book Swap-O-Rama!

Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll be accepting books published within the past 7 years as long as they’re still relevant to the security industry.
  • We’ll also accept security-adjacent books, coding books, and textbooks as long as they’re applicable to modern cloud environments. (We know you love your Perl and COBOL books, so we encourage you to hang on to those!)
  • Drop off a book or two to swap or donate at the Book Swap table in the Hands-On-Village on Saturday between 10am and 2pm and receive a Blue Star ticket. Swing by the booth between 2pm on Saturday and noon on Sunday to “shop” for another book with your ticket.
  • If you are not a student, we ask that you hold off your shopping excursion until after 3pm Saturday so that students will have first crack to swap their books, then the booth will open for all.
  • After noon on Sunday, we will not take any new donations and all ‘shopping’ will be free — no ticket required.

We’re really excited about the opportunity to share some knowledge, swap some books, and save the environment a little bit, too. Any books not claimed or swapped by Sunday at before closing ceremonies will be distributed or donated by Blue Team Con.

Lonely Hackers Club

Location: Harrah’s Laughlin

Friday, August 11th: 12:00am–6:00pm PST
Saturday, August 12th: 12:00am–6:00 PST

Resume reviews & Career Advice: 12:00pm–2:00pm PST
Badgelife / Sticker Swap: 2:00pm–5:00pm PST
Name That Noob: 5:00pm–6:00pm PST

The LHC, established on Telegram years ago, serves as a warm and inclusive hub for newcomers heading to DefCon for the first time. With over 600 members worldwide, our community has expanded significantly. This year, we’re thrilled to provide a space that fosters connections, sharing, and giving back to the DefCon community. Whether you need a resume review, career coaching, or want to participate in sticker & badge trading, we have you covered. And don’t miss the exciting ‘Name That Noob’ event, where our seasoned hackers will help you craft a one-of-a-kind hacker handle. Embrace the welcoming atmosphere and join us for an unforgettable DefCon experience!​​


As a Electronic Frontier Alliance Member (EFA) Member, we could not leave the amazing folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation hangin’!

Don’t forget to stop by the EFF table at multiple cons to learn the latest news in the digital freedom movement. You can even start or renew your EFF membership and pick up some gear, including new member t-shirts, stickers, and pins!

As in past years, EFF staff attorneys will be present to help support the community. If you have legal concerns regarding an upcoming talk or sensitive infosec research that you are conducting at any time, please email Outline the basic issues and we will do our best to connect you with the resources you need.

Here is a list of their shenanigans through out the week:


Once again, EFF is excited to be back at the Tuscany Suites & Casino for BSides Las Vegas! Stop by the EFF booth to chat with some of our team and learn about the latest developments in defending digital freedom for all. You can even pick up a special gift as a token of our thanks when you take advantage of our membership specials or donate!


EFF is once again excited to be in Las Vegas, NV for Black Hat USA! Be sure to stop by our booth on Black Hat Boulevard (more location info to come) to learn about the work we are doing to defend digital freedoms. You can even start or renew your EFF membership and pick up some great swag, including new member t-shirts, stickers, hoodies, and hats!

EFF will have a community session at the event this year! Be sure to catch our Ask the EFF panel on Thursday, August 10 from 11:20 AM — 12:00 PM in South Pacific I, Level 0 (North Hall). This event will feature EFF’s Associate Director of Community Organizing Rory Mir; Staff Attorney Hannah Zhao; and Staff Attorney Mario Trujillo.


EFF is again delighted to support USENIX Security ‘23! This year’s conference will take place at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA, USA. The Early Bird registration deadline is Monday, July 17, 2023.


Join EFF at DEF CON 31! We’re excited to be back for another DEF CON with a membership booth in the Vendor area, a contest, and a bunch of talks.

Join the Cause

Come find us in the Vendor area talk to us about the latest in online rights, get on our action alert list, or donate to become an EFF member. We’ll also have our limited-edition DEF CON 31 shirts available! These shirts have a puzzle incorporated into the design. Try your hand at cracking it!

UN Conventional Cybercrime: How a Bad Anti-Hacking Treaty is Becoming Law

Thursday, August 10 @ 11 AM | DEF CON 31 — War Stories @ Forum

Heads up DEF CON! The future of hacking, cybersecurity, and human rights are at risk as the United Nations negotiates a draft UN cybercrime treaty that has the potential to substantively reshape anti-hacking laws around the world. The proposed Treaty could change the game for security researchers and coders like you. With Russia and China playing an initial role in pushing for this treaty, the future of security researchers’ rights could be at risk.

Join us as we deep dive into the murky waters of these negotiations, exploring its risks for security and human rights, including the universal criminalization of network and device intrusion without any protections for legitimate security research. The lack of a legal shield for security researchers could hinder bug bounties, responsible vulnerability disclosure, and pen-testing. We’ll discuss the geopolitical complexities and the vital role you can play.

EFF has been on the front lines in Vienna, attending the negotiations and representing the interests of our members since the start, and we need your help. Your insights and experiences are crucial. Together we will review the text, and identify new challenges that you may face to hear directly the community concerns. Let’s champion together a future where security research and human rights can thrive!

Katitza Rodriguez is EFF’s Policy Director for Global Privacy. She concentrates on comparative policy of global privacy issues, with special emphasis on cross-border data flows and emerging technology. Katitza’s work also focuses on cybersecurity and government access to data held by the private sector at the intersection of international human rights law and standards. In 2018, CNET named Katitza one of the 20 most influential Latinos in technology in the United States.

Bill Budington is a Senior Staff Technologist on EFF’s Public Interest Technology team. Their research has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and cited by the US Congress. They are the lead developer of Cover Your Tracks.

The Hackers, The Lawyers, And The Defense Fund

Friday, August 11 @ 9:30 AM | DEF CON 31 — Track 3 Forum

The hacker community has long conducted important security research that skates the edge of legality. This has led to charges and lawsuits, bogus and serious alike, against hackers. In this panel, we’ll hear from a hacker that faced legal challenges, we’ll describe what legal counseling for hackers looks like in practice, and we’ll discuss a new resource for the hacker community: the Security Research Legal Defense Fund.

Legal issues can arise for good faith hackers because computer or software owners want to prevent security research or vulnerability disclosure. Security researchers have rights and defenses against legal claims, but don’t always have access to representation or resources to defend themselves. EFF provides free legal counseling, ideally in advance of security researchers conducting their work so they can steer clear of problematic activity or at least mitigate the risk of legal threats. In litigation, EFF tries to find cases that will advance legal rights for the entire community, but many individuals will need representation even when their particular cases will not have a broader impact. In those cases, EFF endeavors to refer people to cooperating counsel, which can be difficult if funds are not available.

What is it like, as a hacker, to face legal threats? What are the common ways hackers encounter legal threats? When that happens, what should hackers do? What is it really like to provide legal representation to hackers? Are there areas of the world with greater or lesser access to legal rights and representation? What resources can hackers leverage to protect themselves, their rights, and others in the community? Join us and find out!

Harley Geiger: Harley Geiger is Counsel and Senior Director at Venable, LLP, where he leads the Security Research Legal Defense Fund and the Hacking Policy Council and counsels clients on a variety of cybersecurity issues. Prior to this, Geiger was Senior Director for Public Policy at Rapid7, where he worked to expand adoption of vulnerability disclosure and legal protections for security research. Geiger also worked as Senior Legislative Counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he drafted Aaron’s Law, and served as Advocacy Director at the Center for Democracy & Technology.

Kurt Opsahl: Kurt Opsahl is the Associate General Counsel for Cybersecurity and Civil Liberties Policy for the Filecoin Foundation, and a Special Counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Formerly, Opsahl was the Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel of EFF. Opsahl was also the lead attorney on the Coders’ Rights Project, and continues to assist EFF with that work as a Special Counsel. In 2007, Opsahl was named as one of the “Attorneys of the Year” by California Lawyer magazine. From 2014 to 2022, Opsahl served on the USENIX Board of Directors. Opsahl is a member of the CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee’s Technical Advisory Council.

Miles McCain: Miles McCain is a student at Stanford University, security researcher, and open source software developer. He and his friends were once threatened with legal action for responsibly disclosing a security vulnerability in their classmates’ startup. He has previously worked on election security at CISA, privacy at Apple, and trust and safety at the Stanford Internet Observatory. Miles is a member of the Recurse Center.

Andrew Crocker: Andrew Crocker is Assistant Director and Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He leads EFF’s Coders’ Rights Project, which seeks to protect hackers, security researchers, and others through education, legal defense, amicus briefs, and involvement in the community with the goal of promoting innovation and safeguarding the rights of curious tinkerers and hackers on the digital frontier. Andrew also litigates novel First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues involving surveillance, privacy, and cybersecurity.

Charley Snyder: Charley serves as Head of Security Policy at Google. In this role, Charley organizes Google’s expertise and technology to help solve the world’s pressing public policy challenges related to safety and security online. Before joining Google, he led vulnerability management for a large financial institution, which included responsibility for researcher engagement and bug bounty programs. Previously, Charley served in the United States government, including multiple roles in the Department of Defense, where he helped create and manage the first U.S. government bug bounty program.

Tracking the Worlds Dumbest Cyber-Mercenaries

Friday, August 11 @ 2 PM | DEF CON 31 — War Stories @ Harrah’s

For the last 6 years my colleagues and I have been tracking the activities of the cyber-mercenaries we call Dark Caracal. In this time we have observed them make a number of hilarious mistakes which have allowed us to gain crucial insights into their activities and victims. In this talk we will discuss the story of Dark Caracal, the mistakes they have made, and how they have managed to remain effective despite quite possibly being the dumbest APT to ever exist.

Cooper Quintin is a security researcher and senior public interest technologist with the EFF Threat Lab. He has worked on projects including Privacy Badger, Canary Watch, and analysis of state sponsored malware campaigns such as Dark Caracal. Cooper has given talks at security conferences including Black Hat, DEFCON, Enigma Conference, and ReCon about issues ranging from IMSI Catcher detection to fem tech privacy issues to newly discovered APTs. He has also been published or quoted in publications including: The New York Times, Reuters, NPR, CNN, and Al Jazeera. Cooper has given security trainings for activists, non profit workers, and vulnerable populations around the world. He previously worked building websites for nonprofits, including Greenpeace, Adbusters, and the Chelsea Manning Support Network. Cooper was also an editor and contributor to the hacktivist journal, “Hack this Zine.” In his spare time he enjoys making music, visualizing a solar-punk anarchist future, and playing with his kids.

Ask the EFF

Friday, August 11 @ 8 PM | DEF CON 31 — Track 3 Forum

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is thrilled to return to DEF CON 31 to answer your burning questions on pressing digital rights issues. Our panelists will provide updates on current EFF work, including the fight against government surveillance and protecting creative expression, before turning it over to attendees to pose questions and receive insights from our panelists on the intersection of technology and civil liberties. This is a valuable opportunity to learn from policy experts and engage in a lively discussion rooted in the problems you face.

This year you’ll meet: Corynne McSherry, EFF’s Legal Director specializing in intellectual property and free speech; Hannah Zhao, staff attorney focusing on criminal justice and privacy issues; Mario Trijillo, staff attorney with an expertise in privacy law; Rory Mir, Associate Director of Community Organizing; and Cooper Quintin, security researcher and public interest technologist with the EFF Threat Lab.

Reproductive Justice in the Age of Digital Surveillance

Saturday, August 12 @ 4:30 PM | DEF CON 31 — location info coming soon

In the year since the Supreme Court overturned federal legal protections for reproductive rights, people seeking, providing, and supporting reproductive healthcare are grappling with the challenges of digital surveillance. Multiple services and apps track our movements and communications, and that data can be used by law enforcement and private parties to police and punish abortion access. Lawsuits and prosecutions are already underway and are likely to increase as states continue to pass or expand anti-abortion laws and undermine legal protections for online expression and privacy.

But the fight is far from over. At the state and federal level, lawmakers, activists, and technologists are taking steps to establish and shore up legal and practical protections for secure and private healthcare access.

This panel brings together legal and security experts to lead a discussion about defending reproductive justice in the digital age — what has already been accomplished, what’s coming, and how hackers can help. It will build on and update a discussion held last year, also led by EFF and DDF.

Corynne McSherry is the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Legal Director. In addition to leading the legal team, Corynne specializes in litigation defending online expression.

India McKinney is the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Director of Federal Affairs. As a former Capitol Hill staffer and a current EFF lobbyist, her main job is to make sure that the laws of the land don’t suck the life out of the internet.

Kate Bertash is the founder of the Digital Defense Fund, a digital security organization for the abortion access movement. She is a hacker and designer of the ALPR-jamming clothing line, Adversarial Wear.

EFF Benefit Poker Tournament

The EFF Benefit Poker Tournament is back for DEF CON 31! Your buy-in is paired with a donation to support EFF’s mission to protect online privacy and free expression for all. Play for glory. Play for money. Play for the future of the web. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today. The first fifty people to sign up and attend the event will receive a limited bronze challenge coin celebrating the event!


Tournament Specs: $100 Horseshoe tournament buy-in, with a donation of $250 or more to EFF to sign up. Rebuys are unlimited to level 6, with each having a suggested donation of $100 on site. Levels will be fifteen minutes, and the blinds go up at each level. Attendees must be 21+.

Pre-Tournament Clinic: Have you played some poker before but could use a refresher on rules, strategy, table behavior, and general Vegas slang at the poker table? Tarah Wheeler will run a poker clinic from 11 am-11:45 am just before the tournament. Even if you know poker pretty well, come a bit early and help out. Just show up and donate anything to EFF. Make it over $50 and Tarah will teach you chip riffling, the three biggest tells, and how to stare blankly and intimidatingly through someone’s soul while they’re trying to decide if you’re bluffing.

Tech Trivia Contest

August 12, 2023–6:00pm to 8:00pm PDT

DEF CON 31 — Chillout Lounge, Forum Ballroom

EFF is proud to present EFF Tech Trivia @ DEF CON 31! Live on Saturday, August 12, 18:00 to 20:00 Pacific, featuring Cooper the Cybertiger as Quizmaster.

EFF’s team of technology experts have crafted challenging trivia about the fascinating, obscure, and trivial aspects of digital security, online rights, and internet culture. Competing teams will plumb the unfathomable depths of their knowledge, but only the champion hive mind will claim the First Place Tech Trivia swag pack. The second and third place teams will also win great EFF gear.

Tech Trivia Location: Main Contest Stage in the Caesars Forum Convention Center

Looking for Help?

As in past years, EFF staff attorneys will be present to help support the community. If you have legal concerns regarding an upcoming talk or sensitive infosec research that you are conducting at any time, please email Outline the basic issues and we will do our best to connect you with the resources you need.

Read more about EFF’s work defending, offering legal counsel, and publicly advocating for technologists on our Coders’ Rights Project page.


Where: Pro Gun Vegas (12801 US 95 South Boulder City, NV 89005)
When: Wednesday Aug 9th, 11:00am–5:00pm PST

The Unofficial DEF CON Shoot is a public event that happens just prior to the DEF CON hacker conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is an opportunity to see and shoot some of the guns belonging to your friends while taking pride in showing and firing your own steel, as well, in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. We choose a spot, then we rent tables, canopies, and bring all the necessary safety equipment and amenities. All you need to bring yourself and (optionally) your firearms. New shooters and veterans both attend regularly. You can attend with your firearms, of course, but folk without guns of their own in Vegas may have the opportunity to try gear from others in attendance or to inquire with the ProGun range about whether rental firearms are available.

This is a 100% off-site event and a DEF CON badge is not required for entry.​

Staff Setup — 10:00–11:00

Registration Opens at 11:00

Intro & Safety — 11:45–12:00

Session 01–12:15–13:30

Session 02–13:45–15:00

Session 03–15:15–16:30

Cleanup — 16:30–17:30


Hacker Flairgrounds

Friday 8:00pm–10:00pm PST
Forum 114

Are you a flaming badge builder or just LED curious? Then you don’t want to miss Hacker Flairgrounds, the ultimate gathering of hackers and blinking LEDs in Vegas. It’s the place to be for badge folk, hardware hackers and makers who love the flashier side of DEF CON. Everyone is welcome. Show us your analog badge addons and flipper hacks! Come get inspired by the dazzling displays of creativity and skill.



Thursday — Sunday @ Harrah’s Goldfield: 6:00am–12:00pm PDT

IF the future is coming and it is! Then you’re going to need to run! Get started at! is an evolution of the now long running Defcon 4x5K running event. But now it’s bigger and more fun! Due to stupendous growth, we’ve been forced to change up the format. This year’s activity will look to match up folks for fun runs, and rucks (!), in smaller distributed groups around Las Vegas. It’s the same old event but at a distributed scale! Show up in the morning to beat the heat, go for a run with folks, have a good time!

We’ll have a full set of routes for people to choose from from simple 5Ks to more ambitious distances.
You can register to log your distance, we’ll have a leader board, and shenanigans! Full Information at

Twitter: @defcon_run

CycleOverride DEF CON Bike Ride

Friday August 11 @ 6:00am PST

It’s time for the Defcon 31 version of the Cycle Override Defcon bike ride!!!

The date of this years bike ride is Friday, AUGUST 11th, 2023 at 6am. This is Friday of Defcon. We will meet outside [Find a group to Uber/Taxi with] at 6:00am.

This is just so we can get a count and arrange comms leading up to the event. It will also give us your email so we can blast out any details needed pre ride, or at 5:25am on August 11th.

Here’s the deal — we have partnered with Las Vegas Cyclery in Las Vegas for our ride. Yes — they will throw your clipless pedals and seat posts on if you insist. They have an assortment of bikes.

Bike rental is first come first serve. You can always ship out your bike for about $100 each way on most airlines. We’ve had 50+ people before and they can usually get you what you want.

Here’s what YOU have to do:

You need to go here and reserve your ride. We recommend you pay the $10 extra for insurance. You will need to pay with a credit card. Use the promo code “DEFCON” when reserving your bike. Then submit the Google Form here if you haven’t already. FYI: the bike shop will put a hold on your credit card for the value of the bike and release it when you return the bike. This could be a lot for some of the road bikes (up to $4500). Get the insurance.

When you reserve your bike (after payment) — put in your name followed by (Defcon). You will be asked to sign a waiver via an email that comes at the same time as your confirmation.

Use this chart based on your height and inseam to figure out your size and fill the comment box out accordingly:


You alone are solely responsible for your bike reservation. Las Vegas Cyclery is aware that we are running this event and will support us, but it’s on you to make sure you are all set with a bike.


NOTE: This ride may be at a higher altitude than you are used to. (2600–3800 ft)

OK — last piece the route — you can see the route here. This is the same route as last year (and the year before, and the year before that). Basically the route is slightly uphill out — and mostly downhill back. It’s looking like we’ll have a car heading up the back. There may be a bigger loop for those interested — we’ll let you know soon (basically taking the scenic loop around and catching up w/the group on your way back) — but it will likely be unofficial.

We are looking for sponsors so let us know if you are aware of anyone interested in throwing in some schwag or some cash to help support this ride. It will be used for hydration.

What do I do next?

Once you reserve your bike — all you have to do is wait for Defcon 31! Oh and keep riding!



We are a group of religious Jews who get together at Defcon each year. Shabb@Con’s goal is to provide the infrastructure for religious Jews to attend the con by organizing minyanim, seudot, a track of talks on Shabbat afternoon, and more. It’s a great gathering that can be a welcome respite from the crazy crowds at Defcon and an opportunity to discuss some very unique perspectives on hacking.

This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, things will be more scaled back. Masks will be required during minyanim, but there will be meals this year.

Shabb@Con will be at The Tuscany (BSides LV site) which is a 10 minute walk from Caesers Forum (Def Con main site). If you take advantage of the BSides LV rate rooms are just $89 during the week and $169 sat/sun with the resort fees waived.



Please fill out this form to let us know if you will be joining us.


🕯🕯 7:17pm Candle lighting

🙏🙏7:22pm Mincha/Kabalat Shabb@t/Maariv

🍷🍽️ 9:00pm Shabb@t Kidush & Dinner

🍺🍸 10:40pm Tisch (after party)


🙏🙏 9:00am Shacharit

🍷🍽️ 12:00pm Shabb@t Seudah

🗣️📣 2:00 No-Fire Talks

🙏🙏 7:00pm Mincha

🍷🍽️ 7:20pm Seudat Shlishit

🙏🕯 8:15pm Maariv and Havdallah


Our famous No-Fire Talks are back again this year! Shabb@con features intimate, off the record talks and discussions about hacking, Judaism, and the unique intersection between the two. Join us in the Shabb@Con suite on Saturday from 14:00–1900 to hear from our world renowned speakers.

Want to talk at shabb@con 2023? Our CFP is still open!


  • Yigal Elefant
  • Sidragon
  • Travis Goodspeed
  • Guy McDudefella
  • Spam
  • Sergey Bratus
  • …And many more!

BIC DEFCON 31 Village Schedule

John Threat

10:00 AM PDT August 11, 2023

Opening Keynote

John Lee is a world renowned computer hacker , a writer/director, and a radical creative futurist. He’s been on the cover for Wired magazine and 60 Minutes.

He consults with several institutions and think tanks as a futurist, developing reasonable calculations of future events to both inspire creative endeavors for humanity and avoid or mitigate calamity.

John consults with a select group of entities about computer security and has appeared on the cover of magazines like Wired and on news programs like 60 minutes for his exploits and expert commentary on the hacker world.

John also develops narrative film and documentary projects about sci-fi and technology exploring the thematics of freedom and revolution. He also works on developing technologies to help in spreading and maintaining free speech and democracy for humans world wide.

John currently is consulting for entities like MoMa , Vision 2030 Futurist Collective, and [ redacted ] on security futures while developing a new film project for 2023 (Don’t Talk To Trees).

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He will be speaking about history in hacking & security from a general perspective and specifically from a Black perspective.

He will be talking about great hacks from history including his own! He will talk about his journey in security and how security has evolved over the years, his theories on security going into the future and how to stay flexible in reference to new platforms and attack vectors. He will discuss all the avenues security can bring an up and coming Hacker career wise as well!

Dontae Tyler

11:00 AM PDT August 11, 2023

Cyber Hygiene: Security Awareness Training and Education

A community college drop-out born in Southeast Washington DC but by way of Prince Georges County, Dontae Tyler believes that success in the tech industry does not have to be traditional. With over 9 years of experience in IT, supporting various federal agencies Dontae has begun to distinguish himself as a premier advocate for GRC, Data Privacy and Security Awareness Training. He currently holds several certifications including CISM, CDSPE, CEH, SEC+. Dontae’s unconventional cyber awareness training and education teaching methods seek to educate the everyday user and challenge the most experienced tech professionals on the evolving cyber threats.

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Dontae Tyler developed a security awareness training called Cyber Hygiene after getting tired of sitting through boring cyber security awareness videos that were not effective. After conducting his own research, He was able to come to the conclusion that the annual security training of the past was not as effective in remediating issues related to non-technical people utilizing interconnected devices and systems to complete their work. In his training he plans to equip end users with simple yet effective mitigation strategies and tools to reduce risk to acceptable levels.



12:00:00 NOON PDT

August 12, 2023

Dr. Fatou Sankare

1:00 PM PDT August 11, 2023

Artificial Intelligence and Race: Security or Surveillance ?

Fatou Sankare graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University and received her Master of Science in Cybersecurity at Fordham University. Fatou Sankare is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Cybersecurity at Marymount University.

Currently, Fatou is a government contractor working as a Cyber Crime Data Scientist. She is also an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity and Director of the Cybersecurity Labs at Capitol Technology University.

Fatou is also the founder of Datacation LLC — with a mission to increase cyber education particularly in low-income neighborhoods. Fatou is a Certified Ethical Hacker and currently holds the AWS Machine Learning Specialty Certification.

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Today, with the advancement of technology, investigative searches are not only physical but also digital. With electronic devices such as cellphones and computers no longer being considered a luxury device but an essential device, law enforcement is now relying on evidence extracted from these items in criminal investigations. Digital devices contain massive amounts of data that can be useful in not only criminal matters but national security-related instances as well. The problem is that the data on these devices contain information that may be deemed private to citizens. Law enforcement has been using the Fourth Amendment to justify their use of digital evidence. However, the Fourth Amendment does not explicitly factor in digital evidence. The policies are not up to date with the procedures used by law enforcement, and citizens may be paying for it through the invasion of privacy. With the increased use of artificial intelligence, the biggest question becomes is it security or surveillance, and which communities are negatively impacted or targeted?

Keith Chapman

3:00 PM PDT August 11, 2023

Career Workshop: New Career Seekers In Cybersecurity

Keith Chapman is a former school teacher and has been a cybersecurity professional for the better part of a decade. He is currently a manager of U.S. Bank’s global security operations center and is a reservist and emergency cyber responder for the state of Ohio as a member of the Ohio Cyber Reserve, a team of trained civilians which assists municipalities with cybersecurity vulnerabilities and fosters workforce development efforts within the state. He also participates in other cyber workforce development initiatives, including his work with Dayton Equity and Ohio high schools.

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Cybersecurity is a new collar job where college and/or university is optional and there are alternate methods of getting the training and development for entry level roles such as workshops, bootcamps, online courses and a wealth of cybersecurity focused certifications and certificates. Career seekers from other fields can

This workshop is for individuals that are involved in or initiating cyber workforce development programs. It involves best practices and techniques for managing an effective and sustainable program.

RJ McCarley

Are you really eyeing my network? Network Reconnaissance for n00bs!

4:00 PM PDT August 11, 2023

Skill Level: Beginner

Description: During this hands-on lab, participants will learn the fundamentals of the basics of network reconnaissance in Penetration Testing. The course will focus on practical scenarios and real-world examples to ensure participants gain practical skills that can be applied in their day-to-day work.

Prerequisites: Basic understanding of computer networks, cyber security concepts, command line interface, and operating systems.

Tools Covered:

  • Nmap
  • Theharvester
  • Wireshark
  • Nessus
  • Metasploit

D.J. Davis

11:00 AM PDT August 12, 2023

General-purpose Languages: What Are Your Habits?

D.J. Davis is a Washington DC-based practitioner in information security. His background spans across IT Operations, Development, designing Wide-area networks for WorldCom, and supporting high-redundancy high-performance Linux systems. D.J. has a keen interest in what happens in computer languages down to the Assembly level.

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The software language we choose to use has a profound effect on the behavior of a program. Sometimes we reflexively pick a language based on the genre. But some languages are more prone to success in some circumstances and surprises in other cases. Surprises lead to certain types of bugs. Some bugs are vulnerabilities.

Whether we are learning a new language as a newcomer to hacking or as a seasoned pro, the behaviors of a language can make the difference between a fun time or frustration. Every language has “gotchas”. We explore a variety of behaviors and a few beginners’ level “gotchas” in popular languages.

We examine and compare several current languages. There are some basic instructions to get started in running an initial program. Lastly, we explore a few ideas that allow us to craft a future of fewer bugs and vulnerabilities.

There are only a few prerequisites to this talk. It is helpful that you have viewed a program source code listing before, that you have an awareness of Compiled programs versus Interpreted programs, and you have a general awareness of using variables in a program.

Jess Hoffman

1:00 PM PDT August 12, 2023

“Why don’t we have Internet, Daddy?”

Jessica Hoffman, CISSP, has almost 20 years of IT experience and 15 years in cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors. She has taught cybersecurity classes at Harrisburg University and Penn State and is a national speaker on cyber topics as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Jessica is a graduate of Bloomsburg University of PA and currently serves as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (“CISO”) for the City of Philadelphia. She is also one of the founding members of the BIC Mentorship program and forever supporter of the BIC community!

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Did you know that TODAY there are 150 neighborhoods in Philadelphia that DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS?!?!

Let’s talk about why there is such a huge Digital divide between POC’s and everyone else — How historically blacks haven’t had access to the same technology that middle and upper class white families did.

Hence another reason to explain the generational wealth gap, technological restrictions in access, exposure, understanding, and the low percentage of representation in the industry. Let’s talk about it!

Gaspard Baye

3:00 PM PDT August 12, 2023

Unveiling My Journey to My First CVE: A Tale of Discovery and Achievement

Gaspard Baye, a doctoral student and research assistant at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Cybersecurity Center, is a prominent figure in cybersecurity with expertise in vulnerability identification and security. With certifications like OSCP and CEH, Gaspard’s leadership as an OWASP AppSec Global Reviewer and experience securing software applications and fintech/banking infrastructures highlights their capabilities. He also actively contribute to FOSS projects and advocate for cybersecurity awareness, training professionals globally and driving innovation in the industry.

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In this captivating talk, I will share my personal journey of obtaining my first CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) identification. I will take you through the thrilling experience of finding a security vulnerability, navigating the responsible disclosure process, and the ultimate achievement of receiving a CVE identifier.

During my talk, I will discuss the challenges I faced during my research, highlighting the technical skills and methodologies I employed to identify the vulnerability. I will delve into the intricacies of responsible disclosure, including engaging with vendors, coordinating patches, and collaborating with the security community.

Furthermore, I will reflect on the significance of receiving a CVE and how it has impacted my career and professional development. By attending my talk, you will gain insights into the rewards and growth opportunities that come with contributing to the cybersecurity community.

Join me for an inspiring journey as I share my experiences, provide valuable insights into obtaining a CVE, and showcase the personal and professional achievements it can bring.

Kevin Roberts

4:00 PM PDT August 12, 2023

Kevin is a Social Media Personality who is dedicated to Technology Tips, Tricks, and Information Security Awareness!

He has a focus on making content that caters to both the tech-savvy and those just starting their journey into tech. Topics he goes over include: Internet Safety, Privacy, and Educational Cybersecurity content.

He has a growing community in Discord, called OWLsec. Currently they have over 17,000 members with a diversity of backgrounds. He boasts an inclusive community where “ leaving egos at the door” and “understanding we all started somewhere “ are the main focal points of their community growth.

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Join me as I share my tech journey!

I will share a brief insight of my origin, what sparked my interest in technology and the path that led me to where I am today! I’ll reveal some of the exciting hacks and experiences I’ve had with friends along the way. I’ll take you behind the scenes, sharing where and how I spend countless hours connecting and learning about Cybersecurity.

I will also share my exciting growing community “OWLsec” , which came to life with the help of amazing individuals!


DEFCON Furs 2023

Flamingo Las Vegas | August 10–13, 2023

DEFCON Furs Furry Village Location: Flamingo Las Vegas — Habitat Elevators — Suite #28163

DEFCON Furs is a 501c3 non-profit group that organizes events and parties at DEF CON for members of the infosec community that share an interest in the furry fandom. Our purpose is to promote, support, and advance the idea that we should be free to hack our own lives in a safe and supportive environment. Our focus is on education, organizing and providing support for individuals and groups that promote creating and owning a life and identity that is yours.

We started as a room meetup for furries that regularly attended the DEF CON hacker conference. As word spread within the community, there were more of us than what could fit in would fit into a small hotel room. By 2016, the founders held our first public meetup at the official DEF CON 24 pool party at Bally’s. The cabana party was attended by furries, friends, and those who would later be instrumental in launching DEFCON Furs.

At the DEF CON 25, DEFCON Furs held its first con-within-a-con in a public suite where everyone at DEF CON, furry or otherwise, could come party, network, chill, work on challenges, and learn about DEF CON and the interesting people that make up the attendees. That first event was like a mini-furry convention as part of the DEF CON madness and was a tremendous success. Hundreds of visitors dropped by to share our love for the fandom and DEF CON. We even held a fundraiser for The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, raising $2,000 from the DEF CON community.

For 2023 DEFCON Furs plans to be in-person only.

This year’s DEFCON Furs event will be even more noteworthy! Stay tuned to our Twitter and/or Discord Server for the latest info.

Workshop: Lets build a Hardware hacking kit!

  • Thu Aug 10 | 03:30 PM — 05:00 PM| nommynap
  • Lets talk o-scopes, jtag interfaces, logic analyzers, and other tools you might not know how to find!

DEFCON Furs 2023 Opening Ceremony

  • Sat Aug 12 | 10:30 AM — 11:00 AM | Steve (Tanuski) and Metavulp
  • Kicking off DEFCON Furs and intro.

Kamen Crusader: Keeping face with your vendor

  • Sat Aug 12 | 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM | ギンジ🐾ターラノー and Ricardo Lafosse
  • Nobody wants to deal with third-party vulnerability disclosures. Vendors can be unpredictable, and despite having their expectations outlined an adverse reaction is always a possibility. Your relationship with the vendor is on the line, and because you or your staff need to work with them it can cause considerable consternation and trust issues. In this talk we discuss a scenario where, during operational maintenance, we found a considerable number of vulnerabilities in a product we use. Our story starts with how we discovered the vulnerabilities and misconfigurations, follows disclosure to the CISO for risk assessment, and finishes with disclosure to the vendor while trying to preserve professional relationships. Using this, ONE WEIRD TRICK, we bettered the vendor’s products and our own business and walk through how we presented and used the findings to do that.

Security Automation: It’s a SOAR subject

  • Sat Aug 12 | 12:00 PM — 01:00 PM | CaptCrackle
  • CaptCrackle is a security professional with over 10 years in security and 15 in IT. He has experience in incident response, strategic guidance, enterprise security, security architecture, and other areas within InfoSec. He is currently serving as vCISO for a mid-size organization and providing strategic guidance to clients ranging from small firms to Fortune 100 companies.

Degrees of Debt: Going Broke for Certifications and Other Purrfessional Credentials

  • Sat Aug 12 | 01:00 PM — 02:00 PM| Taka
  • Purrfessional credentials are the gateway to the interview and that next promotion. Credentials are a multi-thousand [currency] investment — a G-rated way of saying high stakes gambling. This talk explores different types of credentials, how they fit into professional development and the hiring process, and how to place your bets without going bust.
  • This talk builds on Taka’s previous talk on resumes, interviews, and the hiring process: “From Furlough to Landing on your Peets”.

Hacking Your Relationships: Navigating Alternative and Traditional Dynamics (18+)

  • Sat Aug 12 | 02:00 PM — 03:00 PM | Steve (Tanuski) and Junaos
  • Are you curious about alternative amorous relationship types? If so, then this talk is for you! We will discuss the benefits and challenges of polyamory, open relationships, and swinging. With tips on how to communicate effectively, build trust and intimacy, to how to handle jealousy and insecurities. This presentation is for anyone who is interested in exploring alternative relationship styles. Whether you are currently in an alternative relationship or are just curious about what it might be like, this talk will provide you with valuable information and insights. In our talk we will emphasize the importance of respect, consent, and honesty in any relationship style. These are essential ingredients for any healthy and fulfilling relationship, regardless of whether it is monogamous or non-monogamous.

Software Security Fur All (18+)

  • Sat Aug 12 | 03:00 PM — 04:00 PM | Soatok
  • The security industry does itself a disservice in how it tries to teach software security to newcomers. From checklists to rote memorization of bug classes in irrelevant technologies, they manage to completely miss the point while making security certification profitable.
  • The community can do a better job than the industry, and have fun while doing it. What better way to prove this than to tackle a better set of fundamentals, in fursuit?

DEFCON Furs Wetware Exploit Talks — Furry Village

WARNING: The content may be spicy so room entry is only allowed between talks.
If you are not comfortable with the content, please do not enter the Furry Village Suite on Sunday morning until 3pm.

DEFCON Furs is hosting educational “Wetware Exploit” talks on Sunday morning during DEF CON in the DEFCON Furs Suite.

The topics discussed may NSFW and/or may contain adult themes.

Some speakers will be performing demonstrations nude — however all attendees must remain clothed.

Absolutely no photography or filming allowed during Wetware Exploit Talks.

No reentry, No recording. All devices capable of recording must be stowed.

Hackramé: Basic Bedroom BondageDoughnut

  • Sun Aug 13 | 11:00 AM — 12:30 PM
  • Strapping someone spreadeagle to your bed is hot, right? Meh, we can do better. Hack your sex life with some simple rope bondage. We’ll go over single- and double-column ties and several ways you can build on those to safely immobilize, swaddle, torture, expose and/or adorn your partner.
    This class is most effective if you bring a partner or pair up with a classmate, but self-tying is also welcome. All body types are welcome. Dress for flexibility, but baggy outfits can be frustrating to tie over.
    Bring rope if you can. Limited loaner rope will be available.
  • Where there is no (willing) doctor — bodily autonomy and the endocrine system
  • Sun Aug 13 | 01:00 PM — 02:00 PM
  • Agi (not an AGI I swear!)
  • Where there is no (willing) doctor — bodily autonomy and the endocrine system
  • Pwease Let Me In OwO: An Intro to Electronic Access Control Systems
  • Sun Aug 13 | 02:00 PM — 03:00 PM
  • Cyberius
  • Once ubiquitous, mechanical keys are becoming increasingly less common as a way to open doors today. Whether it be for commercial, hospitality, institutional, or even residential applications, electronic access control systems have largely displaced traditional mechanical keys. In this presentation, we will introduce some of the core concepts of how these electronic access control systems work, the privacy risks they introduce, and some common vulnerabilities. Nearly everyone comes into contact with these systems at some point, and after this talk you’ll have a better understanding and appreciation of what goes in to making them work. You may even learn how to hack your way past doors at work, school, or even your apartment complex.


Lockpick Village @ Diana Inititiave

10:00pm–5:00pm with a lunch break 12:30pm–1:30pm

Lockpick Extreme is back again with us hosting our lock picking village!

Come in between and learn how to pick, as well as browse some items available for purchase!

Lockpick Village @ BSides LV

Want to try your hand at the art of lockpicking? Come visit the Lockpick Village! We bring the locks and picks. All you’ll need is a sense of curiosity. We’ll also have contests and beginner sessions on both days of the conference. All skill levels are welcome, as volunteers will be on hand to help you get started. Beginner sessions will be held at 11:30 each day. If you’re feeling competitive, drop by for one of the contests held at 16:00 daily!

BRICKS & PICKS @ Black Hat USA 2023

Visit Bricks & Picks to play with a gigantic pile of genuine LEGO bricks! There will be building activities and competitions with prizes throughout the day judged by the winner of LEGO Masters, NickinBrick. If building under pressure isn’t your thing, you can mingle and relax in our community zone by tagging our 2D graffiti wall or building whatever you like and adding your creation in our Black Hat Gallery. Bulk LEGO pieces have been partially provided by LUGVegas, a local group of Adult Fans of LEGO.

In partnership with Red Team Alliance, the Lockpicking Activity Space at Black Hat USA’s “Bricks & Picks” will provide valuable insights into the world of physical security and help attendees better understand the risks associated with physical security risks. By exploring vulnerabilities in various types of locks and the techniques used to bypass them, participants will be introduced to the hidden flaws in many physical security products. Participants will leave this activity space with more dynamic and innovative ways to approach security concepts and look at ubiquitous hardware in unconventional ways. By shining a spotlight on the topic of lockpicking, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of physical security and help attendees think more creatively about the ways in which to protect their assets.

Full Scope Social Engineering And Physical Security

Tracks: Human, PenTesting

Format: 4 Day Trainings

Location: South Seas — Ballroom J

Skill Level: All

Experience: In-Person

Full Scope Social Engineering is designed for students who want to learn all aspects of Social Engineering in one course. No prior experience is needed, students will start by learning core techniques and Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) gathering. Students will take these fundamental concepts into the next three phases by applying them to craft robust and captivating Vishing (voice-phishing), Phishing, and Physical Security campaigns.

Each phase includes multiple labs and challenges. FSSE is extremely hands-on and student participation is highly encouraged. Upon completion, students will feel confident performing OSINT, choosing targets, developing pretexts, and performing effective Social Engineering engagements.

FSSE provides considerable value to pentesters and red teamers as clients frequently request this type of testing. Defenders can also benefit from this training and leverage these skills to defend against attacks and provide awareness training.

Physical Penetration & Electronic Access Control Hacking

red team alliance

Tracks: PenTesting, Hardware

Format: 4 Day Trainings

Location: Palm — D

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Experience: In-Person

Beyond firewalls and network hardening, government and enterprise alike must consider how security infrastructure safeguards digital, material, and human assets. Physical security is foundational to the ability to resist unauthorized access or malicious threat.

In this training, students will be immersed in the world of mechanical locking systems, door hardware, manipulation and bypassing techniques, PACS tokens, RFID credentials, alarm contacts, tamper switches, door controllers, and backhaul protocols that underpin Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) across the globe.

Red Team members and penetration testers will gain a practical understanding of what physical security looks like in the field, and how to manipulate, bypass, intercept, clone, downgrade, replay, and bypass one’s way through such defenses. Blue Team members including SOC staff, defenders, designers, and directors will come with away with best practices and techniques that will resist attacks.

Those who attend this course will leave with a full awareness of how to best protect buildings and grounds from unauthorized access, as well as how to compromise most existing physical security in order to gain access themselves.

Lockpick Village @ DEFCON 31

Friday, August 11th: 10:00am–8:00pm
Saturday, August 12th: 10:00am–8:00pm
Sunday, August 13th: 10:00am–2:00pm
Where: Bloq, Linq

Twitter: @toool

Want to tinker with locks and tools the likes of which you’ve only seen in movies featuring secret agents, daring heists, or covert entry teams?

Then come on by the Lockpick Village, run by The Open Organization Of Lockpickers, where you will have the opportunity to learn hands-on how the fundamental hardware of physical security operates and how it can be compromised.

The Lockpick Village is a physical security demonstration and participation area. Visitors can learn about the vulnerabilities of various locking devices, techniques used to exploit these vulnerabilities, and practice on locks of various levels of difficultly to try it themselves.

Experts will be on hand to demonstrate and plenty of trial locks, pick tools, and other devices will be available for you to handle. By exploring the faults and flaws in many popular lock designs, you can not only learn about the fun hobby of sport-picking, but also gain a much stronger knowledge about the best methods and practices for protecting your own property.

TOOOL Dozier Drill Lockpicking Challenge

Saturday: 12:00pm–3:00pm
Lock Picking Village, The Bloq, Linq, in-person

Have you ever wanted to break out of handcuffs, pick open a closed bag and shoot your buddy in the chest with a nerf gun? So have we, that’s why TOOOL presents the Dozer Drill. A fast paced skill based game where you have to free yourself from handcuffs, open a closed bag, and retrieve the nerf gun to be the first to hit the target. Join us Friday for qualifier games, and on Saturday for an official bracket tournament.

Officially Unoffical Safecracking Tournament

Sunday, August 13|12:00pm — 1:30pm

Hands on experieanc ewith learning technicques to manipulate mechanical safe locks.

The “Why” Of Lock Picking

Friday, August 11th | 12:00pm — 12:20pm

Christopher Forte

“Why would you possibly need to know how to do that?” and “Couldn’t you just break the lock?” are two of the most common questions I get when discussing lock pickin gor various bypasses. At first glance, many see lock picking as a nefariou and largely unnecessary hobby. But, wheather you are a locksport enthusiast, security researche, emergency responder, or just someone who enjoys puzzles, lock picking can be a constructive-anduseful-skill to learn. This talk aims to show how diverse the community is, explore some of the many reasons we engage in this hobby, and try to give some answers as to why we practice lock picking.

Doors, Cameras and Mantraps: Oh,my!

Friday, August 11th | 2:00pm — 2:30pm

Dylan Baklor

This is a general talk about the nuts and bolts of Physical Security. Not a lockpicking talk.

How to Lose Access to your Door in Two Easy Steps

Friday, August 1th | 3:00pm — 3:40pm

jos weyers

Information leakage is not just a digital problem. Neither is your access management system. This talk will address this often overlooked opsec fail; pictures of keys can be found all over the internet, put there by proud new buildingowners, jobhoppers or correctional facility officers. These pictures can be turned into actual working keys, causing all sorts of chaos. This talk will showwhy this is a problem, why we should care and maybe make you rethink your physical security a bit.

Totally Tubular: An Impromptu Talk About Tubular Locks and Keys

Saturday, August 12th | 4:45pm — 5:45pm

Deviant Ollam

Tubular locks (also known colloquially as “barrel key” locks or by the O.G. name “ACE” lock or “Chicago” lock) have been around for ages and are mostly considered obsolescent at this point…but how many of you can reliably pick them and produce keys for them?

This talk will attempt to demystify some of the oddities surrounding tubular systems and reveal the tools and hardware that you can use to side-step many hassles regarding tubular locks if you encounter them in the field.

Safecracking For Everyone

Sunday, August 13th | 11:00am — 12:00pm

Jared Dygert

This talk covers the working so fmechanical combination safe locks, their vulnerabilities, and how to manipulate them.

Physical Security Village @ DEFCON 31

When: Friday & Saturday 10:00am–8:00pm, Sunday 10:00am — 2:00pm PST
Where: Carson City I & II ,Flamingo
Twitter: @physsec

The Physical Security Village explores the world of hardware bypasses and techniques generally outside of the realm of cyber-security and lockpicking. Come learn some of these bypasses, how to fix them, and have the opportunity to try them out for yourself.

We’ll be covering the basics, like the under-the-door-tool and latch slipping attacks, as well as an in depth look at more complicated bypasses. Learn about elevator hacking, attacking alarm systems at the sensor and communication line, and cut-away and display models of common hardware to show how it works on the inside.
Looking for a challenge? Show us you can use lock bypass to escape from a pair of standard handcuffs in under 30 seconds and receive a prize!​​


NOTE: Capture The Flag (CTF) Will Be Listed In The Part Two: Capture The Flag Guide

? Cube

Friday 10:00am–6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am–6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am–2:00pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom​
(This contest is held online and in person.)

Are you ready to put your problem-solving skills to the test?
This year, we are proud to introduce a brand new contest, designed to push your limits and awaken your curiosity.

The ? Cube Challenge is not for the faint-hearted. It is a multi-layered, complex puzzle that requires you to use all your hacking and analytical skills to solve it.
The cube is loaded with riddles and puzzles that must be solved one by one to progress further towards the ultimate goal.

This challenge is not just about solving a puzzle, it’s about exploring your curiosity and pushing the boundaries of your knowledge.It’s about putting your hacker mindset to work and seeing how far you can go. With each step, you’ll be one step closer to unlocking the secrets of the ? Cube Challenge. We know that Defcon attendees are always looking for the next big challenge, and we have created the ? Cube Challenge with that in mind.

It is a contest that will test your limits, engage your creativity, and push your curiosity to the next level. So come and join us at Defcon 31 and take on the ultimate challenge! Who knows, you might just walk away with the title of ? Cube Champion and the admiration of your fellow hackers. Are you ready to take the challenge?


Adversary Adventure Game @ Diana Initiitave

We’re excited to bring you the Adversary Adventure Game from Adversary Village!

Choose your own path in this single player game — as a Adversary or a Defender.

See how your path progresses by making choices until it reaches the conclusion.

Hacker Karaoke

BSides Las Vegas

Sing, yell, rap or just mumble your favorite party songs all night long! Join us at the pool Tuesday night for hours of singing with DJ Tina and your favorite hackers

Friday & Saturday 7:30pm–2:00am PST
Summit 216

For those who love to sing and perform in front of others, we are celebrating our 15th year of Love, Laughter, and Song from 19:30–02:00 Friday and Saturday night. We are open to everyone of any age, and singing is not required. For more information visit: or

Hacker Jeopardy

Friday: 8:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday: 8:00pm–10:00​pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Room 232

Hiya, ChatGPT, are you aware of the annual contest called Hacker Jeopardy at DEF CON? When is it?

Yes, Hacker Jeopardy is a popular event at DEF CON. It’s a parody of the television game show “Jeopardy!” but with a twist. Instead of general knowledge, the questions (or “answers,” in Jeopardy style) are focused on hacker culture, computer security, technology, and similar topics. The game consists of two preliminary rounds on Friday, and a final round on Saturday. Both shows start at 2000 Las Vegas time. Just like in the original game show, there are DFIU Doubles and a Final Hacker Jeopardy round.

One unique aspect of Hacker Jeopardy that distinguishes it from the TV show is the incorporation of ADULT HUMOR, vulgarity, innuendo, and beer into the game. Please remember, my knowledge is current only up to September 2021, and if there have been any significant changes to Hacker Jeopardy after that, I would not be aware of them.

What’s the catch phrase of Hacker Jeopardy?

The catch phrase of Hacker Jeopardy is “Drink while you think”. This refers to the unique element of the game where contestants are encouraged to drink beer while they are attempting to come up with the correct response to the clues.

That’s not correct. The acronym of the catch phrase is DFIU.

I apologize for the oversight. The catchphrase for Hacker Jeopardy at DEF CON is “Don’t Forget It’s UNIX” (DFIU), which is used humorously due to the historically significant role of Unix-based systems in hacking and network security. This phrase is often used to remind participants of the roots of many computer systems and infrastructures. I appreciate your patience and your correct information.

that this is an ADULT show with vulgarities and alcohol consumption, but if that doesn’t bother you, come enjoy one of the largest contests at DEF CON that you really need to see to believe! And as always, DFIU!


Friday: 10:00am–6:00pm open play
Saturday: 10:00am–6:00pm contest hours
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom​
DEF CON Discord:…43831275225125
Twitter: @tf2shmoo

Hackfortress is a unique blend of Team Fortress 2 and a computer security contest. Teams are made up of 6 TF2 players and 4 hackers, TF2 players duke it out while hackers are busy with challenges like application security, network security, social engineering, or reverse engineering. As teams start scoring they can redeem points in the hack fortress store for bonuses. Bonuses range from crits for the TF2, lighting the opposing team on fire, or preventing the other teams hackers from accessing the store. HackFortress challenges range from beginner to advanced, from serious to absurd.​

Whose Slide Is It Anyway


Where: Track 4
When: 10pm PT in Track 4 immediately following Hacker Jeopardy
Wanna play?: DM us at or sign up during the contest.

It’s our sixth year but since we had to be virtual last year this will be our 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY show of “Whose Slide Is It Anyway?”! We’re an unholy union of improv comedy, hacking and slide deck sado-masochism.

Our team of slide monkeys will create a stupid amount of short slide decks on whatever nonsense tickles our fancies. Slides are not exclusive to technology, they can and will be about anything. Contestants will take the stage and choose a random number corresponding to a specific slide deck. They will then improvise a minimum 5 minute / maximum 10 minute lightning talk, becoming instant subject matter experts on whatever topic/stream of consciousness appears on the screen.

Whether you delight in the chaos of watching your fellow hackers squirm or would like to sacrifice yourself to the Contest Gods, it’s a night of schadenfreude for the whole family.

Oh, and prizes. Lots and lots of prizes.

Defcon Ham Radio Fox Hunting Contest

Friday 10:00am–6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am–6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am–12:00pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom​
DEF CON Discord:…45275902574633
Twitter @Evil_mog (yolo)

In the world of amateur radio, groups of hams will often put
together a transmitter hunt (also called “fox hunting”) in order to
hone their radio direction finding skills to locate one or more hidden
radio transmitters broadcasting. The Defcon Fox Hunt will require
participants to locate a number of hidden radio transmitters
broadcasting at very low power which are hidden throughout the
conference. Each transmitter will provide a clue or code which
will prove the player found the fox transmitter. A map
with rough search areas will be given to participants to guide them on
their hunt. Additional hints and tips will be provided throughout
Defcon at the contest table to help people who find themselves stuck.
A small prize to be determined will be given to each participant who
locates all of the foxes each day.

Expanded this year with increased difficulty each day.
Friday: Foxes in a small area, non moving
Saturday: Foxes in a larger area, with one moving.
Sunday: Foxes are on the move. The hunt is on!

There will also be a beginner friendly, no radio required, Infrared
LED Fox Hunt running everyday which participants can use their cameras
on their phones to find!​

DEFCON DarkNet-NG 2023

Friday: 10 am — 4:30 pm (Contest shut down overnight)
Saturday: 10 am — 4:30 pm (Contest shut down overnight)
Sunday: 10 am — 12 pm (Contest ends at noon, and contest results to contests by 1 pm)
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom, in-person

Darknet-NG is an In-Person Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMO-RPG), where the players take on the Persona of an Agent who is sent on Quests to learn real skills and gain in-game points. If this is your first time at DEF CON, this is a great place to start, because we assume no prior knowledge. Building from basic concepts, we teach agents about a range of topics from Lock-picking, to using and decoding ciphers, to Electronics 101, just to name a few, all while also helping to connect them to the larger DEF CON Community. The “Learning Quests” help the agent gather knowledge from all across the other villages at the conference, while the “Challenge Quests” help hone their skills! Sunday Morning there is a BOSS FIGHT where the Agents must use their combined skills as a community and take on that year’s challenge! There is a whole skill tree of personal knowledge to obtain, community to connect with and memories to make! To get started, check out our site and join our growing Discord Community!​


Friday: 10:00am–6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am–6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am–12:00​pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom | in-person |


AND!XOR creates electronic badges that are filled with challenges. We love doing this, especially coming up with unique ways for hackers to earn them. We are excited to re-introduce the newest member of our hacker-fam… 5n4ck3y (Snackey). 5n4ck3y is a vending machine hardware hacking project, retrofitted into an IoT CTF based badge dispensing machine, complete with bling. To earn a badge, you must find a flag on our web hosted CTF platform. Once you have found a flag, you will be given a 5n4ck3y dispense code. Enter the code into the vending machine and a badge will be dispensed to you! There are a variety of challenges to earn a badge, as well as challenges to continue working on the badge itself once obtained. These span from hardware hacking, reverse engineering, OSINT, OS & network security to name a few. Hardware hacking is our passion and we want people to learn on badges. But more importantly, there is a lot to learn at DEF CON, so our challenge will hopefully serve a desire to learn something new and meet new friends while trying to earn a badge and hack it further. We hope you enjoy 5n4ck3y and all that it has to offer!

CTS — Capture the Sphere by r/DEFCON

Secure the Sphere: An Unofficial DefCon 31 Event

DC’s Next Top Threat Model (DCNTTM)

DC’s Next Top Threat Model (DCNTTM)
Friday: 10:00am–6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am–6:00pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom | Hybrid |

Twitter: @ThreatModelUs

Threat Modeling is arguably the single most important activity in an application security program and if performed early can identify a wide range of potential flaws before a single line of code has been written. While being so critically important there is no single correct way to perform Threat Modeling, many techniques, methodologies and/or tools exist.

As part of our challenge we will present contestants with the exact same design and compare the outputs they produce against a number of categories in order to identify a winner and crown DEF CON’s Next Top Threat Model(er).​

DEF CON 31 Beard and Mustache Contest

When: Saturday 2:00pm–4:00pm
Where: Contest Stage

Website: (new domain this year — update your favorites)

Twitter: @DCBeardContest

Held every year since DEF CON 19 in 2011 (R.I.P. Riviera), (Except during that COVID thing — but we are not going to talk about that COVID thing), the DEF CON Beard and Mustache Contest highlights the intersection of facial hair and hacker culture.

For 2023 there will be three categories for the competition:

Full beard: Self-explanatory, for the truly bearded.

Partial Beard or Mustache only (combined this year)

For those sporting Van Dykes, Goatees, Mutton Chops, and other

partial beard styles -or-

Mustache only: Judging on the mustache only, even if bearded.

Bring your Handlebars, Fu Manchus, or whatever adorns your upper lip.

Freestyle: Anything goes, including fake and creatively adorned beards. Creative women often do well in the Freestyle category.

Hack3r Runw@y

Friday: 2:00pm–4:00pm
Saturday: Signup to walk the Contest Stage/Runway. Hours to be announced.
Saturday: Contestants take the stage — Time to be announced.
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom | in-person​
DEF CON Discord:…44666239647824
Twitter: @hack3rrunway
Forum user(s) with details about this contest: s0ciabl3ng_dc .

Returning to the stage for Defcon 30 was surreal and we’d be honored to return for the 5th year. Hack3r Runw@y brings out all the sheik geeks out there. It encourages rethinking fashion in the eyes of hackers. Be it smartwear, LED additions, obfuscation, cosplay or just everyday wear using fabrics and textures that are familiar to the community. Contestants can enter clothing, shoes, jewelry, hats or accessories. If it can be worn, it is perfect for the runway. For convenience, contestants can enter the contest with designs made ahead of the conference, however it needs to be made by them and not just store bought. Hack3r Runway is perfect for everyone whether technologically savvy or just crafty.

Awards will be handed out in 4 categories and one trophy for the People’s Choice category where the winner is anyone’s guess:

Digital wearable — LED, electronic, passive
Smart wear — interactive, temperature sensing, mood changing, card skimmers, etc
Aesthetics (non-electronic)- 3d printed, geeky/nerdy wear, obfuscation, cosplay
Functional wear — did you bling out your mask and/or shield, have a hazmat suit, lock pick earrings, cufflinks shims

Winners will be selected based on, but not limited to:

Tinfoil Hat Contest

Friday: 10:00am–6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am–6:00pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom​

Twitter: @DC_Tin_Foil_Hat

Want to block those pesky 5G microchips coursing through your vaccinated body? Did you anger our new AI overlords, and need to hide? Or do those alien mind control rays just have you down lately? Fear not, for we here at the Tin Foil Hat contest have your back for all of these! Come find us in the contest area, and we’ll have you build a tin foil hat which is guaranteed to provide top quality protection for your noggin. How you ask? SCIENCE!

Show us your skills by building a tin foil hat to shield your subversive thoughts, then test it out for effectiveness.

There are 2 categories: stock and unlimited. The hat in each category that causes the most signal attenuation will receive the “Substance” award for that category. We all know that hacker culture is all about looking good, though, so a single winner will be selected from each category for “Style”.​

The Beverage Cooling Contraption Contest

Friday: 11:00am–2:00pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom | in-person

I don’t know my gender non-specific guys. It’s not funny anymore. We can’t stop talking about a cheeto for paying hush money to a busty tortilla chip. Winny Pooh is presatator for life with a hunger for those sweet sweet chips. Off brand doctor evil is threatening to nuke the world on the weekly. And in the plot twist of the year BiBi is going fascist. I keep expecting ol’e Joe to bust out the force lightning and tell me to “give in to my hate”. WELL TOO LATE! This year we are going to have a change of pace. I’m going to drink all the beverage! Lord knows I could use it. I’m kidding of course, I’m terribly allergic to hops. It’s the greatest irony of all, I can’t drink any of the beverage. But our spectators can! And they want that beverage to be COLD! So I need you to help me satisfy their thirst. Their thirst for escape from this mad world.


Free Play: Starts Thursday at 10 AM and Ends Sunday at 12 PM
Competition: Starts Friday at 10 AM and Ends Sunday at 12 PM
Location: DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom, In-person

CMD+CTRL Cyber Range is an interactive learning and hacking platform where development, security, IT, and other roles come together to build an appreciation for protecting the enterprise. Players learn security techniques in a real-world environment where they compete to find vulnerabilities. Real-time scoring keeps everyone engaged and creates friendly competition. Our Cloud and App Cyber Ranges incorporate authentic, fully functioning applications and vulnerabilities often found in commercial web platforms.

At DEF CON 31: We will be debuting our latest Cyber Range, ShadowHealth, which focuses on exploiting a modern medical records system. We will also be opening up our platform for free play to those who do not want to commit to the full competition or want to experience some of our previous Ranges. Information below.

Find out more and register at:


Friday 10:00am–6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am–6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am–12:00pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom​
DEF CON Discord:…44827053457478

The premiere password cracking contest “CrackMeIfYouCan” is back again.
Passwords so two-thousand and late. Remember, remember, the cracks of

We’re preparing hashes from easy to hard, so there’ll be something for
you if you want to compete casually as a Street team, or go all out in

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. Purely a penchant for puzzles,
perhaps a plethora of processors.

Check out past years’ contests at , and
the Password Village at


Friday: 9:00am–2:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am–2:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am–1:00pm
Forum, Packet Hacking Village, Academy 413, in-person


DEFCON Discord:
Twitter: @capturetp @wallofsheep

Have you ever built a hardwired network? It sounds simple. Follow the cabling diagram, use the crimpers, and voila. But we’ve added a twist: this is cable construction on the clock. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete newbie, we provide all the tools necessary for you to hone your skills and race against time to create and test a working cable. Come play HardWired and show us what you’ve got!​

The Dark Tangent Look-Alike Contest

Friday 10:00am–6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am–6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am–12:00pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom​

The Dark Tangent Look A-like Contest is a creative opportunity for DEF CON attendees to put their non-technical hacking skills to the test. As a contestant in The Dark Tangent Look A-like Contest, you will be judged based on your appearance, mannerisms, efforts, and overall persuasiveness. Can you assume another identity? Can you look, walk, talk, and act like Dark Tangent? Can you become THE DARK TANGENT?​

DEF CON Chess Tournament

Saturday: 3:00pm–6:00pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom | in-person |

Twitter: @defconchess , For early registration, please send your name and rating to:

Chess, computers, and hacking go way back. In the 18th century, the Mechanical Turk appeared to play a good game, but there was a human ghost hiding in the shell. Some of the first computer software was written to play chess. In 1997, world champion Garry Kasparov lost to the program Deep Blue, but after the match he accused IBM of cheating, alleging that only a rival grandmaster could have made certain moves.

At DEF CON 31, we will run a human chess tournament. The games will have a “blitz” time control of 5 minutes on each player’s clock, for a maximum total game time of 10 minutes. The tournament will have a Swiss-system format, with a fixed number of rounds. The match pairing for each round is done after the previous round has ended, and depends on its results. Each player is paired with another player who has a similar running score.

To determine the winner, the Swiss system is considered highly effective, even when there is a large number of competitors and a small number of rounds. Every player gets to play the full tournament, and the winner has the highest aggregate score when all rounds are over.

There will be trophies and prizes for the top three players.

The tournament mechanics will be managed by the Las Vegas Chess Center (LVCC), which has many years of experience in organizing royal game tournaments for all strength levels and ages. LVCC has professional coaches, and grandmasters are frequent visitors.​

Max players: 100. In order to crown the best chess player at DEF CON, we will register the highest-rated players first.


Friday 10:00am–6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am–6:00pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom​

D@D is a table-top/RPG themed puzzling campaign for teams of 1–4 players. As part of the campaign, teams will unravel crypto challenges, solve physical puzzles, and do other side-quests that will have them interacting with different components of the Defcon community (villages, goons, NPCs, local wildlife, trolls, etc.) to earn points and progress through a narrative. The theme changes each year, but typically is based loosely on a popular table-top game that fits the theme for Defcon. Teams learn how to work cooperatively to solve large puzzles, and learn how to solve puzzles that they may have seen in CTFs, escape rooms, or other puzzle venues. The contest is designed to be accessible to all technical levels and all ages.

Pre-registration will occur online the week before con (announced via Twitter) as well as Friday morning at 10 in person, first come first served until we have enough teams filled. Contest will start at 12:00 on Friday​

It’s in That Place Where I Put That Thing That Time

Friday: 10:00 AM PDT (GMT -7) — Saturday: 6:00 PM PDT (GMT -7)

Your friend called. They had their place raided. They swear it’s a setup. But now they’re in jail and you’re the only hope they have. Can you collect the evidence that will let them walk free? Where should you look? The evidence is everywhere, and it could be anywhere. You might be sitting on it. You might be standing near it. It might be stuck to something. It might be lying in plain sight. Find the disks and bring them to us. All they said to you before they hung up was “It’s in that place where I put that thing that time.” Good luck.

Twitter: @iitpwiptttt

Maps Of The Digital Lands

Friday: 10:00am -6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am -6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom | In-Person
Booking CTF slots at

Maps of the Digital Lands is an all-ages contest that challenges participants to merge their artistic talents with their technical expertise. Contestants will be provided with a diverse array of written business designs and must hand-draw a network diagram illustrating the structure and interconnectivity of each business’s infrastructure. Judging will be based on accuracy, adherence to best practices, and artistic prowess. In addition, a captivating Capture the Flag scenario will be available for extra points, employing a digital tool to elevate the challenge. Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to join this immersive experience, compete for assorted prizes, and showcase their unique ability to blend artistry with network engineering excellence. Network engineering is a crucial yet frequently overlooked aspect of hacking, forming the backbone of a secure and efficient cyber ecosystem. By honing their network engineering skills, participants can elevate their abilities beyond mere script kiddie status, gaining a comprehensive understanding of system vulnerabilities and strengthening their overall hacking prowess.​

A forum user that is an organizer for this that is known is thetoolman : anyone else claiming to be an organizer with “answers” may not be affiliated with this.

venator aurum — A Treasure Hunt

Friday 10:00–18:00
Saturday 10:00–18:00
Sunday 10:00–12:00
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom​

Through interfacing with reality you are defining that reality. Rethink your senses and test your limits. Solve the five layers and discover a hidden treasure. Each layer yields its own reward, but few will make it to the end of the hunt. For each of your senses, you will need to set aside preconceptions and look to the underlying patterns within the data.​

The Lonely Hard Drive

Friday 10:00am–6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am–6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am–12:00​pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom

Are you looking for a good time? Are you trying to get lucky? Did you already get lucky by finding a Lonely Hard Drive in Vegas? Satisfy your curiosity by visiting the contest hall to get started or encounter one of the Lonely Hard Drives hidden around the conference! Contained within is a maze of puzzles and challenges that increase in difficulty the further you progress. There are flags to find and points to earn towards the leaderboard to win prizes at DEF CON 31! Act now! Limited time offer! The Lonely Hard Drive is waiting for you!

Twitter: @LonelyHardDrive

DEF CON Scavenger Hunt

Friday 10:00am–6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am–6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am–12:00​pm
DEF CON Contest Area, Forum Ballroom​

DEF CON Discord:…49278163779605
Twitter: @defconscavhunt

Are you tired of being an NPC, mindlessly standing in line at a hacker con? Do you want to be involved and improve the hacker community? The DEF CON Scavenger Hunt is here to encourage you to interact with goons and attendees alike; to be an active participant of DEF CON itself.

Come visit the DEF CON Scavenger Hunt table in the contest area and get a list, register your team of 1 to 5 players, and gather or accomplish as many items from the list as you can. Items are submitted at the table, better than average submissions shall be awarded bonus points. The team who turns in the most points by Sunday at noon will win the admiration of your like-minded peers.

The DEF CON Scavenger Hunt is one of the longest running contests at DEF CON, visit for a history lesson.

If you capture pictures or video of items from our list, or have in the past, please send them to us via email​

Octopus Game

Friday: 10:00 AM PDT (GMT -7) — Sunday: 12:00 PM PDT (GMT -7)

Octopus Game is back for a second year with an ARG style competition where fun and friendship are the goals. This year players will meet, compete and work together in various locations in and around the con. You’ll solve puzzles and interact with characters in a world hidden just below the surface of reality. 128 players will enter, but only ONE will be crowned the Octopus CHAMPION. Join us, make some new friends and discover the world of Octopus Game!

More Info:
Twitter: @OctopusGameDC

Pub Quiz at DEF CON

Friday: 2:30 PM to 10:00 PM Location: TBA, in-person

Do you like Pub Quiz please join us in participating in the first ever Pub Quiz at DEF CON. Quiz will consist of 7 rounds from Question from 90s TV shows, Movies, and DEF CON questions. The quiz will be theme will be all things DEF CON. There will be visual and audio rounds so not just boring questions. People will group into teams of 5 and a cash prize will be provided for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd high scoring groups. Ties will be broken by a dance off from a person of the tied teams.

1st Prize $1,000
2nd Prize $300
3rd Prize $200​

Social Engineering Community Vishing Competition (SECVC)

Friday: 8:30am–6:00pm

Social Engineering Community Village (LINQ Hotel, 3rd floor, room Social A)

In this competition (#SECVC), teams go toe to toe by placing live vishing (voice phishing) phone calls in front of the Social Engineering Community audience at DEF CON. These calls showcase the duality of ease and complexity of the craft against the various levels of preparedness and defenses by actual companies. Teams can consist of 1–3 individuals, which we hope allows for teams to utilize novel techniques to implement different Social Engineering tactics. Each team has limited time to place as many calls as possible from a soundproof booth. During that time, their goal is to elicit from the receiver as many objectives as possible. Whether you’re an attacker, defender, business executive, or brand new to this community, you can learn by witnessing firsthand how easy it is for some competitors to schmooze their way to their goals and how well prepared some companies are to shut down those competitors!

2023 judges: Corgi, FC aka freakyclown, and Snow
2023 coaches: Ibetika, JC, C_3PJoe, and Split Beans (last year’s SECVC winners: Jenn, Matt, and Sean)

This competition takes place on Friday in the Social Engineering Community village, be sure to get there early to get a seat; they fill up fast! Additionally, at the end of Friday, join Snow as she covers the behind the scenes of creating the SECVC, this year’s lessons learned, team highlights, and tips for future competitors!

Twitter: @sec_defcon​

The Gold Bug Challenge

Friday: 10:00am–6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am–6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am–12:00pm
Contest Area, Forum Ballroom | Hybrid
DEF CON Discord:…44108837486602
Twitter: @CryptoVillage

Love puzzles? Need a place to exercise your classical and modern
cryptography skills? This puzzle will keep you intrigued and busy
throughout Defcon — and questioning how deep the layers of
cryptography go.

The Gold Bug an annual Defcon puzzle hunt, focused on cryptography. You can learn about Caesar ciphers, brush up your understanding of how Enigma machines or key exchanges work, and try to crack harder modern crypto. Accessible to all — and drop by for some kids’ puzzles too!

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Hacker Charlatan Gameshow

Saturday, August 26 ~ 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Talk Track 2 @ Blue Team Con


No Host Early Bird Social @ Diana Inititive

The Diana Initiative Career Village sponsored by Neuvik will be having a No Host Early Bird Social 7 Aug from 8:00am–8:45am with free coffee at 8:30am thanks to the sponsorship by Activision/Blizzard.

Come meet other attendees and chat with Sarah Young and Joey Snow from Microsoft who’ll be available during this session. The goal of our career village is to empower individuals within the community, particularly students and job seekers, by equipping them with the necessary tools, reviewing resumes, career focused knowledge, and support to achieve their career aspirations and enhance their employability.

Sarah Young

Sarah is a Senior Cloud Security Advocate working at Microsoft. She has lived all over the place but currently calls Melbourne home. Sarah has been working in cyber security since before it was cool, holds numerous industry qualifications and has co-authored a few Microsoft Press technical books. In 2019, Sarah won the Security Champion award at the Australian Women in Security Awards. She is an active supporter of both local and international security and cloud native communities and a co-host of the Microsoft Azure Security Podcast.

Sarah spends most of her spare time speaking at security conferences in various parts of the world, eating hipster brunches and high teas and spending a disproportionate amount of her income on her dogs.

Joey Snow

Joey is a Principal Security Advocate lead at Microsoft. Joey’s passion is technology and the IT/Security community at large. Joey is ½ of the podcast duo Patch & Switch ( and is a frequent speaker at various Microsoft, Third Party, and industry-sponsored events. He has been with Microsoft for over 15 years.

BSides LV Happy Hour

Each afternoon at 16:00, we pause our program for an hour of networking and libations. Join us in Middle Ground for raffle drawings and other shenanigans on the main stage.

SOUPS 2023 Monday Luncheon and Mentoring Tables

Monday, 12:30 pm–1:45 pm
See the Mentoring Program page for more information.

SOUPS 2023 Poster Session and Reception

Monday, 5:30 pm–6:45 pm
Check out the cool new ideas and the latest preliminary research on display at the SOUPS Poster Session and Reception. View the list of accepted posters.

SOUPS 2023 Tuesday Luncheon and Speed Mentoring Tables

Tuesday, 12:15 pm–1:30 pm
See the Mentoring Program page for more information.

IBM Cyber Range Experience at Black Hat

August 8, 9 and 10, 2023

Cyber Response Experience

When it comes to cyber threats, you can’t always predict when one will occur, but you can prepare.

Join us for a condensed 1-hour cyber range experience featuring fictitious company “Bane & Ox”. We will simulate a cyber crisis — guiding attendees through realistic breach scenarios, helping ensure you can respond and recover from enterprise-level cybersecurity incidents and build a stronger security culture in your organization.

Seats are limited for each session to ensure an optimal experience, so secure your spot today!


TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 6:30–8:30 PM PT


Akamai and WWT are hosting an exclusive networking event during Black Hat 2023 — Come join us!

This event is a great opportunity to network with your IT peers and executives from Akamai and WWT. Attendees will also enjoy a night of a live DJ performance, great food & beverage, fun giveaways and more. Come join us at the House of Blues, Las Vegas!

When: Tuesday, August 8, 6:30–8:30pm

Where: Lower Level Music Hall, House of Blues at Mandalay Bay

Casual attire

Please bring your Black Hat badge for entry

RSVP by August 7


WIZ Happy hour at 1923 Prohibition Bar

1923 Prohibition Bar

August 8, 2023, 7:00 PM

Prepare yourself for a night filled with magical moments and incredible networking opportunities. You are invited to an exclusive Happy Hour event, hosted in collaboration with our partners, Google Cloud, Axonius, and Contrast Security.

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of the 1923 Prohibition Bar, reminiscent of the classic speakeasy era.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there! We also invite you to experience the thrilling Minus 5 ice bar, where you can venture into a world of frosty enchantment.

We look forward to celebrating with you and creating unforgettable memories together!

BC Security — Whiskey Tasting — Blackhat USA 2023

Tuesday, August 8 · 5–10pm PDT

Crockfords Las Vegas 333 Resorts World Ave Las Vegas, NV 89109

Start off BlackHat USA 2023 by networking with other cyber professionals while enjoying the Crockfords Las Vegas and a variety of whiskey. Availability is limited, so make sure to save your seat now! Limit of one per person.

Guidepoint Security @ Black Hat Happy Hour 2023

08–08–23 | 5:30 pm

Located high above the glittering Las Vegas Strip, the Skyfall Lounge serves as the perfect backdrop for GuidePoint Security’s festive happy hour on August 8 from 5:30–8:00pm PT.

As you step into the Skyfall Lounge, you’ll be greeted by breathtaking panoramic views, symbolizing the elevated perspectives required to tackle modern cybersecurity challenges. Our expert teams across a broad range of cyber disciplines will be on hand to share their unique industry knowledge and perspectives. Let’s raise a glass together on August 8. Register Today.

We also invite you to explore our Cybersecurity Resource Hub designed with Black Hat attendees in mind. Whether you seek guidance on incident response, threat intelligence, penetration testing or more, our Resource Hub is designed to equip you with the tools you need to protect against ever-evolving threats.

SYNACK AT BLACK HAT 2023 — Exclusive Whiskey Tasting Reception

Join us for a flavorful, top-shelf whiskey tasting reception while enjoying views of the Las Vegas strip. Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice, our whiskey educator will stir you in the right direction. Take the opportunity to socialize with cybersecurity peers and enjoy cocktails and appetizers. Space is limited at this exclusive event and pre-registration is required.


The Delano Hotel, Penthouse Suite

3940 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Fiesta With Converge and Sumo Logic During Black Hat 2023

Tue, Aug 8, 2023 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM PDT

Diablo’s Cantina (3900 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89119)

Spice up your Black Hat experience! Join us “south of the border” for premium cocktails and Mexican-inspired appetizers.

Network with industry peers and connect with Converge’s and Sumo Logic’s top cybersecurity experts to discuss how we can help solve your top security challenges.

Poolside Happy Hour at Mandalay Bay


Picture this… after a day of great networking and discovery at Black Hat 2023, kick back, unwind, and soak up the sun while networking poolside with fellow cyber rockstars. Enjoy cool tropical refreshments and delectable hors d’oeuvres over great conversation.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2023 | 3PM — 6PMWEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2023 | 3PM — 6PM

Venue: Mandalay Bay Poolside Bungalow, Las Vegas, NV

Attire: Casual

Don’t miss your fun in the sun journey at the UltraViolet Cyber Bungalow… register now!

An Evening @ the Foundation Room: Lodestone, Hunters, Halcyon, and Cranium

Tuesday, August 8 · 6–9pm PDT

Foundation Room (3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89119)

We’re taking over the Foundation Room on Tuesday, Aug 8th from 6:00 PM — 9:00 PM.

Join Halcyon, Hunters, Lodestone, Cranium, and Beazley at an exclusive VIP at the hottest spot on the strip. Watch the sunset atop the 63rd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in the legendary Foundation Room.

Space is limited! RSVP is not a guaranteed entry to this event.

Y ou MUST register for access and bring your phone with the ticket from Eventbrite to check-in. NO EXCEPTIONS!


Black Hat Happy Hour with Arctic Wolf, Okta + Zscaler

Tuesday, August 8th, 2023

6:30–9:30pm PT


Join Arctic Wolf, Okta and Zscaler on Tuesday, August 8 from 6:30–9:30 pm for a fun chat, minus the GPT. Immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings of the Franklin Lounge in the Delano Hotel for a happy howl-our centered around AI in cybersecurity.

Speak with experts about the ways artificial intelligence is reshaping our industry while you sample scrumptious snacks, enjoy music from a live DJ and toast the transformative power of intelligent technology with a MAI TAI, NegronAI, or MartinAI.

Black Hat Reception at the Foundation Room


Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas


August 8, 2023

Come join us for an unforgettable evening hosted by Material Orca Security, and Anvilogic in the enchanting Shangri-La room located in the Foundation Room/House of Blues conveniently at Mandalay Bay. We’re bringing together an exceptional group of security leaders for a relaxed evening and engaging conversations. Limited spaces available, so don’t miss out!

RSVP now to ensure you don’t miss this invite-only event.

Join us for the Only Dedicated MSP Event during Black Hat

August 8th 2023

7:00pm — 10:00pm EST

Mob Museum (300 Stewart Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89101)

This one-of-a-kind event provides the opportunity to meet and network with other MSPs, cybersecurity leaders, and industry experts from across the nation.

Refreshments will be served while you explore The Mob Museum, from its origins to the historic courtroom, and cap off the night with cocktails in the underground speakeasy.

A unique experience that blends the worlds of organized crime and cybersecurity. Be sure to register below and mark your calendars — space is limited.

Symposium Reception and Presentation of the USENIX Lifetime Achievement Award

Wednesday, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm, Grand Salons E–F

Mingle with fellow attendees at the USENIX Security ’23 Reception, featuring dinner, drinks, and the chance to connect with other attendees, speakers, and symposium organizers.

USENIX 23 Student Meet-Up

Wednesday, 8:30 pm–9:30 pm, Orange County Salon 1
Refreshments Provided by Futurewei

All student attendees are invited to join an informal mixer following the Lightning Talks session on Wednesday. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Appdome’s VIP Night of Comedy is Back @BlackHat USA 2023!

Wednesday, August 9 · 6:30pm PDT

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar (3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89119)

This one-of a kind event is back by popular demand and features the one and only Howie Mandel of America’s Got Talent and Gina Yashere of Showtime’s Skinny B*tch and the British Daily Show!

Stop by the Appdome Booth — Bring or Wear an Appdome T-Shirt to get Free Food & Drinks. Fun and Laughs Included!

Time: Doors Open at 6:30pm, Show starts at 7:30pm.


Flanker Kitchen + Sports Bar
The Shoppes at Mandalay Place (3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119)
August 9th 2023 6:00pm — 900:pm PST

Kick off the first night of Black Hat 2023 with beers, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres at the newly opened Flanker Kitchen + Sports Bar at Mandalay Bay, You will join over 300 of your peers, BigID and a whole host of our partners at Black Hat 2023 and all attendees will be entered into a prize draw to win some high value goodies!

Start-the-Day CISO Breakfast! by FlowSecurity

Wednesday, Aug 9th
8:30pm–10:30pm am PST

Rí Rá Irish Pub & Restaurant
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Get your day started with a delicious breakfast, morning coffee, and the opportunity to connect with fellow cybersecurity experts!


Jeff Moore, CISO, Fortune 500 Retail Enterprise, and
Jonathan Roizin, Co-Founder and CEO, Flow Security

SEC Social Club at Black Hat USA 2023

Join Securonix, Semperis, and Finite State on Wednesday, August 9th at one of Las Vegas locals’ favorite lounges, and party with the SEC Social Club! Come to S Bar (inside Mandalay Bay) to meet up with old friends and make new ones. The libations, appetizers, and conversations will be flowing, so join the club — everyone’s doing it!

Wednesday, August 9th from 5:00pm-7:00pm

S Bar (inside Mandalay Bay)

3950 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV

HYAS Hangover Bar

Wednesday, August 9th, 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 10th, 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Border Grill Las Vegas within
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

We know you need a little pick-me-up in the morning to get you ready for another day of Black Hat. Worry not! The HYAS Hangover Bar is here to provide all the nutrition, greasy goodness, and hair of the dog you need to get ready for Black Hat USA.

Rise, Refuel, Recharge, and Shine all week long.

Uptycs Sip ‘N Security at Black Hat 2023

Sponsored by NowSecure, Forgepoint and Whistic Step back in time to the glamorous Golden Age of Old Vegas at our Sip ‘N Security event at Black Hat 2023. Connect with top cyber innovators and enjoy:

● An exclusive whiskey tasting & food pairing

● Vintage inspired cocktails

● Live jazz

● Amazing views of the Vegas strip Don’t miss this ultimate experience on Wednesday, August 9th from 6–9:30 PM! Request your exclusive Cyber Trailblazers Social Club ticket today.

USENIX Symposium Luncheon

Thursday, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm, Marquis Ballroom
Sponsored by Meta

USENIX 23 Poster Session and Happy Hour

Thursday, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm, Grand Salons E–K

Check out the cool new ideas and the latest preliminary work on display at the Poster Session and Happy Hour. Take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with colleagues who may share your area of interest while enjoying complimentary food and drinks. View the list of accepted posters.

USENIXLGBTQ+ and Allies Happy Hour

Thursday, August 10, 7:30 pm–8:30 pm, Orange County Salon 1
Refreshments Provided by Google

We welcome LGBTQ+ attendees and allies in the security community to mingle and discuss topics relevant to the LGBTQ+ community.

TikTok Initiates Synergistic Privacy-Enhancing Technologies @ USENIX 23

Thursday, August 10, 7:30 pm–8:30 pm, Orange County Salon 2
Jian Du, Research Scientist at TikTok

TikTok’s Privacy Innovation Lab recently launched an open-source privacy initiative, PrivacyGo, that explores the fusion of privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) to enable secure and privacy-preserving computations. In this 1-hour session, Jian Du, Research Scientist at TikTok, will introduce PrivacyGo and share how this fits into real-world applications while also effectively addressing privacy requirements. Come and meet the TikTok team responsible for PrivacyGo. Light catering will be provided.

T-Mobile Black Hat 2023 Happy Hour

Date: August 10, 2023
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. PT
Location: S BAR in Mandalay Bay

Wrap up Black Hat 2023 with T-Mobile and learn about their security initiatives, including how YOU can get involved. Mingle with thought leaders, enjoy beverages, food, swag, giveaways, and entertainment ON US!



Chris Glanden, host of the award winning cybersecurity podcast BarCode, interviews globally recognized ethical hacker FC aka Freaky Clown. As a special token of appreciation, FC will sign complimentary copies of his best-selling book “HOW I ROB BANKS” for all those in attendance.


Ironically, the event will happen at BAR CODE, a renowned bar and burger joint that has earned accolades for its exceptional cocktails and food. (4.5 miles from Blackhat)


Wednesday, August 9th 2023, 6–8PM


To ensure convenient transportation, a luxurious Limo Party Bus will be providing continuous service to/from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Drinks On Trustwave

Embrace the fact that the week of Black Hat and Defcon is going to be a marathon, not a sprint — take a break from the chaos — and join Trustwave for some drinks!

Mingle with fellow cybersecurity professionals while savoring delicious apps and refreshing beverages. It’s the ideal opportunity to share your brilliant exploits, engage in discussions about the latest cybersecurity trends, and connect with like-minded individuals who truly understand your passion.

Come unwind, geek out, and recharge.

Rí Rá Irish Pub & Restaurant | Bordello Room | Mandalay Bay
3930 Las Vegas Blvd South
August 9, 2023 | 6:00pm — 9:00pm

Grab your AttackIQ flex tank and swim trunks, escape the Black Hat show floor, and join AttackIQ and Semperis Under Cabana Cover at the Delano Beach Club. Food, beverages, and retro summer swag will be waiting for you!

Coffee & Cocktails with Morgan Franklin Consulting

House of Blues, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Stop by the House of Blues to unwind and connect with security experts at MorganFranklin Consulting, Dataminr, Cyware and HYPR.

All day on:

  • Wednesday, August 9th | 10AM — 4PM
  • Thursday, August 10th | 11AM — 5PM

MorganFranklin Consulting, Dataminr, Cyware and HYPR invite you to meet with their Executives and Subject Matter Experts. Let’s discuss your current large enterprise security initiatives and explore solutions that include advisory, managed services, AI event detection, cyber fusion, authentication, technical integrations and more.

Stop by anytime to connect with cybersecurity professionals both new and familiar!

r/DEFCON Meet Up 2023

#SecurityJobs Meet-up

Kymberlee Price | Engineering Response, Security Response + Outreach

Date: Thursday, August 10 | 3:00pm-4:00pm ( Community Lounge, Business Hall, Level 1 )

Tracks: Community Lounge, Diversity & Inclusion

Even in the current economy, there are still companies hiring for cybersecurity roles. Whether you’re looking for your first or your next great security job, come connect with hiring managers from across the industry that are hiring now. If you are currently hiring, it is strongly encouraged to notify the meet-up lead ahead of time via this optional form prior to the meet-up; this will help with the organization of connecting job seekers with hiring managers.

Countdown to Discovery Cocktails and Conversations

August 10 · 9pm — August 11 · 12am PDT

The Cabinet of Curiosities 3645 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109

Join us for an exciting evening of cocktails and conversations as we countdown to the discovery of a lifetime!

Get ready to mingle with like-minded individuals and engage in stimulating discussions about hacking, security, technology, innovation, or just fun!. Sip on delicious cocktails and enjoy a night of fun and exploration.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with fellow enthusiasts and be a part of the countdown to discovery!

Toxic BBQ at DEF CON 31

3:00pm — 9:00pm August 10, Thursday

Sunset Park

Pavilion F

(36.0636, -115.1178)

The humans of Vegas invite you to this year’s unofficial welcome party. Join us off-Strip in the shade of Sunset Park for a heat-blasted hangout. Burgers, dogs, and meatless options are provided. Attendees pitch in to make everything else happen. Contribute more food and drinks, staff the grill or join supply runs, and relax under the trees with good conversation with new and old friends.

Be a part of what makes this cookout something to remember year after year. Grab flyers from an Info Booth, and watch for #ToxicBBQ for the latest news.

Important Times:

  • 1PM — Supply Run departs from main Info Booth
  • 3PM — IT BEGINS (Fires are lit)
  • 9PM — Clean-up Starts
  • 10PM — Park Closes

First time? Check out How Does this Work?

If you want to volunteer for Toxic BBQ in any capacity, check out this Google Form

Looking to help us cover costs? We have opened a pre-con fundraiser for the first time in a while. Grab your Toxic Zone shirt featuring Rod Serloin before it’s gone!

Planned Events:

  • Peppercon will be there with bell (pepper)s on!
  • Homebrew Exhibition Bring your finest bitters or ciders and face off against fellow hackers
  • Weird Jerky, Engineered Meat, and whatever you decide to cook up for us on the grill. Bring your rare cuts prepared to perfection. Grill them yourself on our expanded grill space.
  • Solar Cooking Exhibition: Have some home-spun gadgets to scratch that itch for steamy sustenance. Solar cookers, alternative heat sources, and DIWhy gadgets welcome.

For the latest info:

Grab flyers from an Info Booth after Linecon

Watch #ToxicBBQ on Twitter

Or come back here for the latest news

To help with planning the next Toxic BBQ, reach out to us!

On Reddit: /u/DuncanYoudaho

On Twitter: @DuncanYoudaho

On the DEF CON Forums: Tangential

DEFCON Furs @ Furry Village (18+)

Thu Aug 10 | 01:30 PM — 03:00 PM

Non-Binary MingleDEFCON Furs and Koji

  • A meetup for the queerest of hackers. Come have a drink, vibe, and socialize with other non-binary and trans fuzzies.

DEFCON Furs @ Furry Village (18+)

Thu Aug 10 | 08:00 PM — 10:00 PM

Queercon & Furry Mingle

  • Come find old friends, and make some new ones at our Queercon & Furry Mingle. Open to all LGBTQIA+, as well as friends and allies.

Cybersecurity Cheers: Unwind with Happy Hour

Friday, August 11 · 5:30–8pm PDT

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (3555 South Las Vegas Boulevard Suite #: TBD Las Vegas, NV 89109)

After a day of exploration and learning, it’s time to relax and connect. Join us for a Happy Hour brimming with refreshing drinks, lively conversation, and a chance to build valuable relationships.

DEF CON 31 Happy Hour Powered by

Thursday, August 10 · 5:30–7:30pm PST

AmeriCAN Beer & Cocktails (3545 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109)

We are coming back together in Las Vegas for DEF CON 31, and is hosting a Welcome Event at AmeriCAN — Beer & Cocktails (on the LINQ Promenade) on Thursday, August 10th, 5:30–7:30PM.

Join us for a hacking good time where you’ll mingle with industry experts and hackers from around the globe. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting your journey, this event offers a unique chance to exchange knowledge, share experiences, and build lasting connections.

Network while playing a variety of lawn and arcade games, and enjoy delicious appetizers and a beverage (or two) on us, as we kick off DEFCON!

This is a free event. Register now to confirm you’ll be joining us.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Happy Hour — Hacking Policy and Prompts

Friday 18:30–22:00
Forums 221–223 (Policy Village)
Twitter: @defconpolicy​

Happy Hour — Hacking Policy and Prompts: Join the Hacking Policy Council and the AI Village for a happy hour with hackers, policymakers, and AI experts. Have a beverage with us and discuss whether it is a hacking crime to lie to AI, what governments are doing about vulnerabilities disclosure, and the ultimate AI hacking challenge. There will be a cash bar and some drink tickets will be available from Policy @ DEF CON. Mark your calendars for Friday, August 11th, 6:30PM — 10PM, at Caesar’s Forum in rooms 221–223 (AKA the Plounge).​

High Roller Con

LINQ High Roller // DEFCON 31

08/12/2023 // 5:30PM


  • What is this?
  • - We’re trying to fill the entire High Roller with hackers because why not.
  • Didnt you try this last year and fail?
  • - We did try last year! We filled a few cabins, and we had one hell of a good time trying.
  • When and where are we meeting?
  • - We will be meeting at the High Roller bar (upstairs after the security checkpoint) at 5:30PM and begin boarding the High Roller itself at 6:00PM sharp
  • Do I need to buy tickets ahead of time?
  • - Yes. You can buy them online, from the terminals outside the High Roller, or from the booth at the entrance.
  • Should I buy the “Happy Half Hour” tickets?
  • - Thats up to you! Last year most folks did the happy half hour cabin which features a private bar tender and unlimited drinks. If you’re not a drinker, or not 21, you’re more than welcome to join us and ride a non-alcoholic cabin!
  • Should I bring anything?
  • - Bring your friends, and if you plan on riding the Happy Half Hour cabin, consider bringing some cash to tip your bartender.


Date: Friday, 11 August 2023

Time: 7:00pm PST

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada — location to be shared with attendees

What is this?

Enjoy whiskey with fellow hackers at Defcon!

Do I have to bring whiskey?

No. Feel free to bring snacks if you’d like.

What if I am new to whiskey?

N00bs are welcomed! There will be a few whiskey nerds there so feel free to ask questions. The group will be friendly and is happy to share. Be polite and ask for a pour as some bottles may be very expensive and come out of someone’s personal collection

Can I come if I don’t like whiskey?

You are also welcomed! There may be a cocktail station setup so there will be options for the non-whiskey drinkers.

Will there be cigars too?

Feel free to bring cigars, but depending on the final location, smoking may not be possible. Dr. Tran will be bringing some Cubans to share.

What is appropriate behavior?

As part of the Defcon community, we align to their Code of Conduct. In addition, inebriated behavior is not acceptable as this is about sampling a wide variety of spirits and not getting drunk

How to Sign Up

Email whiskey [at] 1337haxor [dot] com to be added to the mailing list for the final location.

Let us know if you’ll be bringing a bottle or if you’ll just be partaking.

If you are bringing something, please note what it will be (if you know) so it can be added to the line up (note if you want to be anonymous).

Attendance will be capped due to location size.

Current Line Up

  • The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old Single Malt
  • Kirkland 20 Year Old Speyside
  • James T. Kirk Bourbon
  • SMWS Fully Load Lemon
  • Frey Ranch Cask Strength Bourbon
  • Ardbeg
  • Cardhu Gold Reserve
  • ASW Tire Fire
  • Others tbd

DEFCON Furs @ Furry Village (18+)

Fri Aug 11 | 01:00 PM — 03:00 PM

DEFCON Pups Meet & GreetDEFCON Pups

  • Come bark with fellow hackers. Purchase of DEFCON Furs badge at door required which gets you in the DEFCON Furs suite all weekend. No Bio Dogs. Hoods and gear welcome!

DEFCON Furs @ Furry Village (18+)

Fri Aug 11 | 03:00 PM — 05:00 PM

Whiskey Pups tasting and meetupWhiskey Pups and friends, tasting is 21+

  • Join fellow whisk(e)y lovers as we indulge our passion, mingle, and learn at our hosted tasting. Must be 21+ to participate in the tasting.

Capitol Tech University

Saturday, 21:00–01:00
Forum 113,114

Capitol Tech University will be a hosting a pub in the DEF CON pub crawl. Swing by for a chat and a beer!

Link on social:

Brunch Bytes with ThreatKey

Sunday, August 13 · 10am — 1pm PDT

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (3555 South Las Vegas Boulevard Suite #: TBD Las Vegas, NV 89109)

Power up your morning with ThreatKey! Join us for a brunch meet-up where you can engage with like-minded cybersecurity professionals over brunch and mimosas. Share insights, discuss the latest trends, and forge alliances that will amplify your professional network.


Mind The Gap @ GOOGLE


09:00–15:00, Tuesday 15 August 2023


Everest Room, Level 3, Google Asia Pacific Office, Singapore.


08.15: Pick up at Suntec Convention Center (in front of the big LED wall)

08.45–09.00: Estimated arrival at Google coach bay

15.15: Pick up at Google coach bay

15.45–16.00: Estimated arrival back at Suntec Convention Center (drop off in front of the big LED wall)


The event is a forum for discussion between Wikimedia Movement and Google to know each other better, share technical knowledge, as well as sharing the best practice on Wikimedia Projects. The event is coupled with Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Projects’ new content creation, editing, and translation activities (feel free to use the working space at the venue!)

What do I need to Bring?

1. Feel free to bring your laptop to join the translate-a-thon activities for those who are interested (kindly mind your belongings during your trip as well as during the event).

2. We will have 2 separate praying rooms at the Google Asia Pacific office, but we suggest bringing a prayer mat.

3. You DON’T NEED to bring your Wikimania badge, a Google visitor badge will be distributed at the Google Asia Pacific office for those who receive a confirmation email from us.

Guidance for Visiting the Google Office

1. You are welcome to take pictures or videos before or after the event in common areas (like lobbies and cafes) where external visitors are allowed to take pictures in the Google office.

2. Pictures or videos of whiteboards with notes, laptops, monitors or laptop screens should not be taken.

3. Please don’t prominently showcase the QR code on your visitor badge (if you are featuring that in your pictures/video

4. All visitors should wear the security badges visibly in person always and should be accompanied by the Security team or Googlers.

For any enquiries, contact

Wikimania 2023 Dinner and Dance

Room: Gardens by the Bay — Flower Field Hall

Start time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 18:30:00 +0800

End time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 22:30:00 +0800

Type: Entertainment session

Track: No (pretalx) track id specified

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 240 minutes

The Wikimania Dinner and Dance is social event that aims to celebrate the diversity, collaboration and future of the Wikimedia community in a fun and festive way. The event will provide an opportunity for Wikimania participants to enjoy a delicious meal, socialize with fellow Wikimedians, and showcase their talents in dance, or other forms of artistic expression. The event will also enhance the overall experience and enjoyment of Wikimania participants, and foster a sense of community and camaraderie among them.

The Wikimedian of the Year Awards

The Wikimedian of the Year awards, which happen every year at Wikimania, have grown considerably over the past two years (see the 2021 and 2022 winners). We have celebrated the achievements of incredible newcomers, applauded unique contributions to media and technology, appreciated the work of affiliate staff, honored long-time community members and some celebrities in our movement, and welcomed into the great “hall of fame,” exceptional volunteers considered role models by their peers. Who will join them this year? There’s only one way to find out.

Live from Singapore, 16 August (Wednesday) from 5:30pm to 7pm (9:30–11 UTC) at the Plenary, Halls 401/402 Suntec Convention Centre

Aotearoa Pasifika performance

A cutting edge showcase that weaves multiple disciplines within Pacific arts. As proud descendants of Te Moana Nui-A-Kiwa, a group of young artists from Aotearoa, New Zealand, illustrate the distinct voices of Tonga, Samoa, and Niue, through traditional and contemporary movement, spoken word, song and political satire.

See it on 17 August (Thursday) from 1:45 PM to 2:15 PM (5:45–6:15 UTC) at the Plenary, Halls 401/402 Suntec Convention Centre

Mastering the Secrets of the Wikimedia Research and Development Ecosystem in Africa

Find out how Wikimedia researchers and developers in Africa are working on innovative solutions to address the challenges and opportunities of free knowledge in the continent. In this entertainment session, we will go through an engaging and interactive quiz session that aims to introduce participants to the various aspects of Wikimedia’s research and development ecosystems in Africa. By participating, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of Wikimedia’s impact on the African continent and its role in promoting knowledge sharing and innovation, aligning with the conference theme of Diversity, Collaboration, and Future.

Join in on 17 August (Thursday) from 1:45 PM to 2:05 PM (5:45–6:05 UTC) at Room 310 Suntec Convention Centre

Wikipedia races! An open tournament to find Wikimania’s top wiki navigator

In a Wikipedia race, participants compete to “click” their way between two random Wikipedia articles in the fastest time, with the fewest “clicks.” For Wikimania 2023, we will to host an open Wikipedia race tournament, where everyone can join, compete, and cheer along this search for the year’s top wiki navigator.

We will use the Wiki Game site, so feel free to sign up and TRAIN in advance. Learn more on the contest page. How can you get from Laksa Noodles to Rembrandt in the shortest few clicks? A Wikimedian will figure out a way :)

Join in on 17 August (Thursday) from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM (12:00–13:00 UTC) at the Park Royal at Beach Road Hotel Sky Ballroom

Wiki-Fashion Show

A show of wiki-fashion, in all its forms, as modeled by Wikimedians. Show off your style and creativity by dressing up as your favorite wiki-related character, concept, or meme. You’re encouraged to come dressed in your finest Wikimedia clothing and accessories (bags, buttons, even books), or clothing connected to the topics you edit on wiki projects, show off your getup on the runway and tell the origin story of how you got them. In addition to explicit “wiki” swag, we welcome you to show off clothing and accessories related to areas you have edited on. We may also have a t-shirt / swag live creative design session and contest.

Join in on 17 August (Thursday) from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM (13:00–14:00 UTC) at the Park Royal at Beach Road Hotel Sky Ballroom

The Volunteer Archivists — Screening and Discussion

Welcome to the premiere of The Volunteer Archivists, a 2022 documentary short directed and produced by Wikimedian Subhashish Panigrahi. It tells the story of Srujanika, a group of volunteers from India who archived most of the rarest Odia-language publications published since 1807, including over 10,000 book volumes.

See it on 18 August (Friday) from 1:40 PM to 2:00 PM (5:40–6:00 UTC) at the Plenary, Halls 401/402 Suntec Convention Centre

Psst, Wikimedia has a sound logo

Come and have a listen to some of the amazing patterns that emerged in the global contest for the Sound of All Human Knowledge. Learn about the design of the Wikimedia sound logo and how it should be used to complement your wiki projects and outreach activities.

See it on 18 August (Friday) from 2:00 PM to 2:10 PM (6:00–6:10 UTC) at the Plenary, Halls 401/402 Suntec Convention Centre

Wiki Karaoke + talent show!!!

Sing along with other Wikimedians or just listen in to your favorite songs from around the world. A beloved pop hit? A good oldie? A rock duet? Or the latest K-pop release. Kick back and enjoy, show off your vocal chords, demonstrate your hidden musical talents, and so much more.

Join in on 18 August (Friday) from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (12:00–14:00 UTC) at the Park Royal at Beach Road Hotel Sky Ballroom

Sazau by the Wikeint and Manuk Lembukun Dances from Borneo

The Wikient, an indigenous group hailing from Sabah, Malaysia,will be showcasing a captivating traditional dance at Wikimania 2023. This dance is deeply rooted in their Kadazandusun culture, and they aim to introduce it to the international community through this event.

The performance will be a fusion of three distinct traditional dances. The first one is the Dusun Lotud Ethnic dance, which represents the essence of the Kadazandusun heritage. Following that, the Sumazau dance from Penampang will grace the stage, adding its own unique charm to the spectacle. Lastly, the Bajau community’s exquisite Lampit Senggayung dance will be incorporated, completing the mesmerizing display of cultural diversity.

With traditional musical instruments accompanying their graceful movements, the Wikient dancers promise an enthralling experience that will immerse the audience in the rich tapestry of Borneo’s indigenous traditions. Make sure not to miss this fascinating display of culture during Wikimania 2023!

Manuk Lembukun is one of the traditional dances in Sabah. This dance is a traditional dance for the Bajau tribe in the state of Sabah such as in the district of Kota Belud and in the West Coast district of Sabah. The aim of the session to showcase the multicultural of the ESEAP region and showing one of the active indigenous community in Malaysia.

See it on 19 August (Saturday) from 1:40 PM to 1:55 PM (5:40–5:55 UTC) at the Plenary, Halls 401/402 Suntec Convention Centre

Wikimedia for Cosplay and ACG World

Rebranding Wikimedia to Capture the New Generations: Discover how cosplay, a popular form of fan art and expression, can be used to promote Wikimedia and free knowledge among young people. This is an invitation for all enthusiasts to join and for daring Wikimedians to dress up. Those interested may also pay a visit in the afternoon to the Asia Comics Expo that will happen concurrently at Suntec on August 19 and 20.

Join on 19 August (Saturday) from 1:55 PM to 2:10 PM (5:55–6:10 UTC) at the Plenary, Halls 401/402

PianoBar Con with Gary Rimar @ Blue Team Con

Saturday, August 26th — 8:30pm to 10:30pm (CDT)

Blue Team Con — 3rd Floor Foyer

Laidback piano music listening that will transition into an optional sing-along.


You are in Vegas…it’s TIME TO PARTY! Starting out with it’s origins as a farewell party for a friend who didn’t show, Hacker Summer Camp has evolved into a myriad of event meet ups, fundraisers and dance offs that will overwhelm the newcomer. Below is a highlighted list of every event that stood out for us to attend. This does NOT contain the list of every single party, we recommend checking out these calendars for a complete listing of activities around the con:


From 8:00pm–10:00pm we’re hosting a social!

Come play Trivia, Dungeons & Dragons, board games, lego, or just chill!

There will be prizes for the trivia team winners.

BSidesLV Pool Party

It’s not BSides Las Vegas without the pool party! Drink, eat, and float around the Tuscany’s fantastic pool while listening to artfully curated jams by Jackelope, An Hobbes, and DJDead. Don’t forget your swimsuit and conference badge!

Eyecandy Bar & Lounge
Mandalay Bay
8–11 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8

Wear your favorite neon attire for HackerOne’s Neon Noir party on the Tuesday night before Black Hat. Eat, drink, and bask in the neon glow with your cybersecurity peers and expert hackers — Tuesday, August 8, at Eyecandy at Mandalay Bay.

Whether you want to dance to our hacker DJ’s mix, show off your Day-Glo attire, or swap strategies for innovating threat hunting, Neon Noir is the place to be.

SpecterOps is hosting a special Bowling Party at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas and YOU are invited. Whether you are attending BlackHat, DEFCON, or both, we hope you’ll be able to join us on Tuesday, August 8th from 6:30–10:30PM for drinks, food, great conversation, and of course, bowling! Registrations will be checked at the door, so please make sure you RSVP through this EventBrite page.

All the important info for easy copy/pasting:

WHO: You!

WHAT: A SpecterOps Bowling Party

WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl. Right between the Flamingo and the LINQ:

WHEN: Tuesday, August 8th, from 6:30PM to 10:30PM.

WHY: Hang out with like-minded folks, imbibe, have some food, and bowl!

NotSoSober Party

August 8th, 6PM — 10PM PST

Ri Ra Irish Bar,
Mandalay bay, Las Vegas
United States of America

Join us for an exciting and unforgettable experience at our upcoming party, where things might get a little wild but definitely not boring!

By attending, you’ll have a chance to get one of our exclusive CTF badges — This is a limited edition item so hurry and register and have the chance to get a badge (limited numbers available). The badge features a capture the flag competition, the winner of this will be entered into a draw for a cool Flipper tool.

There will be three capture the flag challenges in total, each representing one of our amazing training programs at Black hat; Advanced Infrastructure Hacking, Web Hacking Black Belt Edition, and Hacking and Securing Cloud Infrastructure. Each challenge will have a flag that needs to be captured which are accessed through the badge, and once you do, a corresponding part of the badge will light up, making it even more unique and special.

The Rent an Assassin Client Acquisition Event 2.0
An Unofficial DEF CON Party at DEF CON 31

August 9th 2023 from 9:00 PM to 4:00 AM PDT

Caesars Palace Resort — Forum Tower (3570 S Las Vegas Bvld, Las Vegas, NV, 89109 US)

Google, Bing, MapQuest

You heard right, we’re back for round two. Rent an Assassin wishes to invite you once again to our biggest prospect event of the year. Come meet our agents and experience an unforgettable evening — operators are standing by.

NOTE: Final event location will be sent out via email day-of event. Signs will be posted near the event space. DC Shenanigans will not rent, sell, distribute, spam, or otherwise fuck with your personal information.

NOTE: All DC Shenanigans events are 21+.

IMPORTANT: Proof of vaccination WILL BE REQUIRED! Masks HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! See terms for more info.

IMPORTANT: If you have photosensitivity or a related condition, please bear in mind strobe lights, intense lighting, and bubble machines may be in use at this event.

Stuck in the 90’s Party! Black Hat 2023

Wednesday, August 9 · 5–8pm PDT

Mandalay Bay 3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89119

Join us at our totally rad 90s party, hosted by QuintessenceLabs and co-sponsored by the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)®️️.

Enjoy some refreshments, a DJ spinning 90s tunes all night long, and much more nostalgic fun!

Cutting Edge Party at Black Hat 2023

When: Wednesday, August 9th

Time: 7:30–10:30 p.m. PT

Where: Lupo by Wolfgang Puck at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Spend the evening with the hottest companies on the cutting edge of cloud, application, and data security!

Cyberstarts and its portfolio companies are hosting a must-attend party at Black Hat — and you’re invited! Join us for a night of revelry and enjoy curated cocktails, great food, and even better networking at Lupo by Wolfgang Puck at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Space is VERY limited, so register to secure your spot today!


WHEN: August 9th at 6:30pm

WHERE: Eyecandy Bar & Lounge at Mandalay Bay

Not all adversaries are easy to recognize.

Charlotte AI can spot them a mile away. And now you can too. Join CrowdStrike for cocktails, live music, and a few party crashers hiding in plain sight.

Think you can expose all the adversaries?
This Black Hat, don’t miss your chance to see the world’s best threat intelligence and threat hunting in black and white.

We stop adversaries.
We stop breaches.
But we don’t stop the party.

A Night With Cloudflaire

When: Wednesday August 9th, 7:30 PM — 10:30 PM PT
Where: Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan Hotel

Join Cloudflare at Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on Wednesday, August 9th for an evening centered around Everywhere Security.

After attending a full day at Black Hat, you can expect food, drinks, a live DJ, and networking with your peers and Cloudflare executives. We look forward to hosting you for fun and excitement at the beautiful Marquee Nightclub.

Feel free to invite your colleagues and peers for cocktails and good vibes! The night will start at 7:30 PM as the fun begins. We can’t wait to host you!


Party with X-Force

Wednesday, 9 August, 7:00–10:00 pm

Hakkasan Nightclub (3799 S Las Vegas Blvd)

Kick back, relax, grab a cocktail, and enjoy great food and music.

X-Force is hosting a Black Hat party at Hakkasan Nightclub. Meet our team of hackers, responders, researchers, and analysts. Chat about the threats they are seeing, from all angles. Dive deeper into the mindset of an attacker. We hope you can join us! Space is limited so please register today by clicking on the “Register” button.

#BetterTogether, BlackHat Party



Come rock out at the #BetterTogether BlackHat party, hosted by DomainTools and sponsored by Anomali, Axis, & Infoblox. Prepare for an evening filled with live entertainment, handcrafted specialty cocktails, delectable gourmet snacks, and partnership. Forge valuable connections in a vibrant atmosphere with cybersecurity rockstars. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable celebration of the power of collaboration to make the Internet a safer place. Register today. Space is limited.

The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails (Boulevard Tower, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S Level 1, Las Vegas, NV 89109)


Wednesday, August 9th, 2023 • 8:00pm PST | Skyfall Lounge at the Delano Hotel

Take Sin City’s most breathtaking elevator ride to the top of the Delano hotel, challenge fellow Black Hatters in our retro arcade and sip on custom cocktails (PacManhattan, anyone? How about a Gin and Sonic?). One of the swankiest lounges on the strip, Skyfall Lounge offers unparalleled, 180-degree views and, for one night only, you can Level Up on over 200 classic video games like Zelda, Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and more from the top of Las Vegas.

  • Mix and mingle at the premier top-floor venue in Vegas, Skyfall Lounge, complete with 180-degree views, open air decks, and the most breathtaking elevator ride in Sin City.
  • Kick back with other security pros, and enjoy custom cocktails like our PacManhattan, Gin & Sonic and Hyrule Mule.
  • Level up against your colleagues and peers on over 200 classic games from every imaginable system: Atari, NES, N64, Sega and more.
  • Register for Level Up and be entered for a chance to win a Nintendo Switch — OLED Model w/ Neon Red & Neon Blue Joy-Con.

Registration is open to all security executives and professionals attending Black Hat USA, BSides Las Vegas, and DEF CON. Space is limited and registration is required.

Skyfall Lounge, located on the 64th floor of the Delano Las Vegas, offers spectacular views of the sparkling Vegas skyline and conveniently located on the Mandalay Bay property.


Daylight Beach Club @ Mandalay Bay (3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119)

Thursday, August 10, 1pm — 5:30pm PT

1pm — 4pm Open Bar & General Admission

3:30pm — 5:30pm Live Music from Grammy-Nominated DJ Morgan Page

Get ready for the ultimate DAYLIGHT BLACK HAT USA POOL PARTY, where cyber, the sun, music, and good vibes collide on August 10, 2023 at 1pm.


Want to Join? Simply RSVP to this invite to reserve your spot!

Admission is free, but registration is required to get into the event.

“Lock It Down” Networking Reception Party

Thursday, August 10th, 4 to 7pm

Get ready to celebrate at this year’s LOCK IT DOWN Party! Hosted by some of the hottest companies in CyberSecurity. Join us for great food, amazing music and plenty of new connections with other Cybersecurity industry peers.


The HACKasan After Party at Black Hat!

After the craziness that is Black Hat week and right before DefCon, join us for a celebration with fellow cybersecurity professionals.

Hosted by Pentera and some of the industry’s leading security innovators, this night will be filled with great drinks, live DJ, the Hakkasan one-of-kind light show and the opportunity to have fun with your peers.

Thursday, August 10, 2023
7:00PM — 10:00PM PST
Hakkasan | MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd

This is THE party you won’t want to miss, be sure to request your ticket today.

The Chandelier Bar (3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, United States)

Village People Party

Location: Forum 115–116
Time: Friday 21:00–01:00

Hosted by:
Car Hacking Village
ICS Village
Aerospace Village
Biohacking Village

Music by NGHTHWK
(We might have a surprise guest)

Each village will be passing out drink tickets at their booth (while supplies last!)​

BIC 301–303 — Blacks in Cyber Lituation Party

Friday 18:00–02:00
Alliance 301, 302, 303

The BIC Lituation Party is designed to have a night’s worth of different activities that DEF CON attendees are able to browse and fit into their DEF CON schedule for networking, knowledge sharing and fun!

The event will break into three sections throughout the night:

6:00 pm — 8:00pm
Networking — Light music, Food and Drinks

8:00pm — 10:00pm
Nerdcore HipHop Showcase

10:00pm — Until (2:00 am)
DJ Stage Set by DJ Roma of the DC Metro Area.

Blue Team Village Pool Party

Location: Flamingo Pool

Time: Friday 20:30–23:00​

Join the AI Village and Blue Team Village for the DEF CON “Community Experience Pool Party” at the Flamingo “Go Pool” Friday, August 11, from 8:30pm — 11pm featuring a performance by the one and only Dual Core at 9pm. Free Tacos, cash bar.

DEF CON badge required for entry.​


Friday 8:00pm–MIDNIGHT
Forums 105,136

What is dead shall rise again! Come do a hacktivism with cDc, as we launch a THING that will once again change the world, with the style and chaos that only the herd can bring. Let us bless you with a revolutionary communications system that will disrupt the balance of power.


Recommended (but not required) dress code- y2k 31337 Haxxor threads. Think Zero Cool and Acid Burn meet Max Headroom and Franken Gibe. There is no contest, but the Bovine Mother is watching, so make her proud.

The herd hath spoken. Oomen.
@cdc_pulpit @veilidnetwork​


Friday, 9:00pm–2:00am
Forum 110,109,139

Back for their 6th year, GOTHCON welcomes everyone to come dance and stomp the night away with the theme “THE FUTURE IS #000000” on Friday, August 11 21:00–02:00. Follow @dcgothcon on twitter for updates & lineup. All are welcome (except nazis), and dress however you want — whatever makes you the most comfortable and happy.

Link on social:​

QueerCon Party

Friday, 10:00pm–1:00am
Forum 111–113

The party provides a safe and inclusive environment for the lgbtqia+ community within Infosec to come together and be their authentic selves. A late evening party with music, dancing, and hanging out.

Discord: or


Margaritaville (3555 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109)

August 11th, 2023 ~ 9 pm — ???

The origins of “Florida Man” are thought to date back to 2013 where the meme grew on Twitter quoting headlines from local newspapers across our enlightened swamp. Residents have witnessed the infamous Florida Man strutting in hurricanes, preying on tourists, and throwing alligators through drive-in windows.

Annually Floridians descend upon Las Vegas like 4a swarm of cyber cicadas in flip flops. And what happens when you cross Florida Man with Sin City? The FLORIDAMAN party at #hackersummercamp. One of the top Friday night open bar events, we celebrate the information security projects, orgs, and talent from our state. Expect conversations with students, professionals, organizers, decision-makers, and hiring managers.

Please join us for the 8th annual FLORIDAMAN party! Your badge includes event access and open bar party favors thanks to our sponsors. You MUST have your badge with you.

Get your badge early! This event will sell out.


Saturday, 21:00–02:00
Forum Ballroom 105,136

The Arcade Party is back! Come play your favorite classic arcade games while jamming out to Keith Myers DJing. Your favorite custom built 16 player LED foosball table will be ready for some competitive games. This epic party, free for DEF CON 31 attendees to enjoy and play, is hosted by the Military Cyber Professionals Association (a tech ed charity) and friends.

Superheroes vs Villains

Saturday August 12th, 8pm-2am @ The Industrial Event Space

Saturday, August 12th

9:00pm — 12:00am

Forums Rooms: 117/118

Cash bar (Acholic and Non-Alcoholic Options)


Artwork by Neotheta:

DEFCON Furs Parties

Once again DEFCON Furs is having our own “unofficial” village!

DEFCON Furs Furry Village Location: Flamingo Las Vegas — Habitat Elevators — Suite #28163

Located in the Suite #28163 of the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and open daily during the convention,
the DEFCON Furs — Furry Village is our official outpost at DEFCON 31.

The village will be providing a low-key, relaxed environment for everyone to come work on other contests,
get away from the crowds between DEFCON 31 talks or villages, or just relax and socialize with a drink from our hosted bar.
We will also be taking donations for swag in the Furry Village, and swag pickup will be available for those who donated before the con.

Queercon & Furry Mingle @ Furry Village (18+)

  • Thu Aug 10 | 08:00 PM — 09:00 PM
  • DJ: Bad Wolf
  • Genre: Techno / Discohouse / Tech House
    @DJVulp | Mixcloud

Queercon & Furry Mingle @ Furry Village (18+)

  • Thu Aug 10 | 09:00 PM — 10:00 PM
  • DJ: Husk3
  • Genre: EDM / Happy Hardcore
    @DJVulp | Mixcloud

DEFCON Furs 0Day Wolf Kick-Off Party @ Furry Village (18+)

DEFCON Furs 0Day Wolf Kick-Off Party @ Furry Village (18+)

  • Fri Aug 11 | 06:00 PM — 07:00 PM
  • DJ: Icetre NormalPart of DEFCON Furs
  • Genre: Tech House / Bass House

DEFCON Furs 0Day Wolf Kick-Off Party @ Furry Village (18+)

  • Fri Aug 11 | 07:00 PM — 08:00 PM
  • DJ: StitcharooPart of DEFCON Furs
  • Genre: Electro Swing
    @Stitcharoo696 | Mixcloud

DEFCON Furs 0Day Wolf Kick-Off Party @ Furry Village (18+)

  • Fri Aug 11 | 08:00 PM — 09:00 PM
  • DJ: Alexi HuskyPart of DEFCON Furs
  • Genre: UK Drum and Bass / Deep Dub
    @Demonicbeats | Mixcloud

DEFCON Furs 0Day Wolf Kick-Off Party @ Furry Village (18+)

  • Fri Aug 11 | 09:00 PM — 10:00 PM
  • DJ: DenzoPart of DEFCON Furs
  • Genre: Complextro / House / Electrofunk
    @Denzophage101 | SoundCloud

DEFCON Furs 0Day Wolf Kick-Off Party @ Furry Village (18+)

  • Fri Aug 11 | 10:00 PM — 11:00 PM
  • DJ: DJ PatAttackPart of DEFCON Furs
  • Genre: Indie Dance
    @DJPatAttack | Mixcloud

DEFCON Furs 0Day Wolf Party @ Furry Village (18+)

  • Sat Aug 12 | 05:00 PM — 06:00 PM
  • DJ: DotOrNotPart of DEFCON Furs
  • Genre: House / Tech House
    @dotornot2 | Mixcloud

DEFCON Furs 0Day Wolf Party @ Furry Village (18+)

  • Sat Aug 12 | 06:00 PM — 07:00 PM
  • DJ: Miss JackalopePart of DEFCON Furs
  • Genre: Drum and Bass
    Website | Mixcloud

DEFCON Furs 0Day Wolf Party @ Furry Village (18+)

  • Sat Aug 12 | 07:00 PM — 08:00 PM
  • DJ: Spice RackPart of DEFCON Furs
  • Genre: Psytrance / Full-On
    Website | Mixcloud

DEFCON Furs 0Day Wolf Party @ Furry Village (18+)

  • Sat Aug 12 | 08:00 PM — 09:00 PM
  • DJ: DJ VulpPart of DEFCON Furs
  • Genre: Top 40 / Dance / House
    @DJVulp | Mixcloud

DEFCON Furs 0Day Wolf Party @ Furry Village (18+)

  • Sat Aug 12 | 09:00 PM — 10:00 PM
  • DJ: PankleDankPart of DEFCON Furs
  • Genre: Bass House / Sexy Electro
    @pankledank | SoundCloud

DEFCON Furs 0Day Wolf Party @ Furry Village (18+)

  • Sat Aug 12 | 10:00 PM — 11:00 PM
  • DJ: SyntaxPart of DEFCON Furs
  • Genre: Drum and Bass
    @Syntax976 | Mixcloud


DEF CON 31 Music Lineup

Thursday — SYN Stage

Thursday — ACK Stage

Friday — SYN Stage

Friday — ACK Stage

Saturday — SYN Stage

Saturday — ACK Stage

DEF CON Arts & Entertainment Presents: “Yarrrrgh!” Pirate Night featuring O’Craven

Join us Saturday Night (Aug 12) at the SYN Stage in Caesars Forum at 11:00pm PST for “Yarrrrgh Pirate Night”, which is our answer to last year’s Night of the Ninjas. At 23:00, we feature the pirate rock band O’Craven.

Contest — Win the cost of a DEF CON Badge — $440!

It’s your turn to participate! We seek the best dressed as a pirate! Dust off your costume or make a new one — just show up — it’s supposed to be fun! The winner will receive a cash prize equal to the cost of the DEF CON 31 badge. The pirate band will judge the costumes and help choose a winner.
Contest on the stage immediately following O’Craven at 00:00.

About O’Craven

O’CRAVEN is Northern California’s best and most infamous Celtic Pirate Rock band! Anchored in San Jose, California, O’Craven plunders all along the West Coast, from the sunny shores of Southern California, to the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest, and all points in between. Originally conceived in 2006, O’Craven was the first band to combine the genres of traditional Celtic music, pirate sea shanties and Rock ’n’ Roll. Since then, others have come and gone, but none can do it better, or have the reputation and long history of delivering such an exciting, unforgettable, one-of-a-kind show.

SOMA FM @ DEFCON 31 aka Party At Home!

DEF CON is one of the world’s largest annual hacker conventions, held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 2013, SomaFM has provided the music for the DEF CON Chill room. That theme continues with SomaFM broadcasting this special year-round stream from San Francisco, hosted by the DJs who entertain the DEF CON chill room this year in Vegas.

Want to know more about the hacker dropins we play between songs? Here’s a list of the DEF CON speaker drop-ins we play.

Other Ways to Listen:

If you don’t want to use our webplayer, these links will work with external media players:

Problems listening with the above links? Get a compatible media player here or try these alternative stream links for internet radios and other media players.

Art & Play @ Chaos Computer Camp 2023

Candy Casino

Candy lovers and gamblers beware! The Candy Casino opens its doors and attracts with dignified ambience, addiction, nasty tricks and sweets. The chance for a win is real! Come to our gaming tables, reception with form and champagne. In addition, there are video projections, Supermario/Tetris Rummelmukke and for all losers* Loser Lollies.

When: 15 Aug + 17 Aug, 22:00–23:30
Location: art & play_Zelt Frachter

Der kühne Hühner

a participatory radio play for young and old alike

What do we need to make a radio play? People to read the story, of course. Maybe that’s you? And we also need noises, voices and sounds. Maybe even a little music. And above all, a lot of imagination and courage. Last but not least, listeners who make themselves comfortable and listen would of course be great as well. So there is certainly something for everyone. So if you want to experience something new, if you enjoy a nice story, if you enjoy reading aloud, if you like sounds and music, or if you just like to listen, then you’ve come to the right place!

“Der kühne Hühner” is Nico’s latest book about critical masculinity. The text will be set to music together with you and the spacey sound circus on headphones by Kollektiv Eigenklang to create a radio play.

With Nico Lindenberg and Kollektiv Eigenklang

17 Aug 15:00–16:30
18 Aug 20:00–21:30
19 Aug 17:00–18:30

Location: art & play_Zelt Frachter

Dream Machine Music Lab

interactive music lab

For this Chaos Camp a dream team of composers, hardware hackers, performers and musicians has come together to build the interactive music lab of the future: There will be mechatronic and acoustic instruments, capacitive mini-synthesizers, two soundsystems, and of course computers and much more! We will show new compositions, songs, lyrics and research results from sessions and workshops of the current year. Please see the Fahrplan and Wiki for sessions and special events.

With Sandra Trostel aka Filmgizmo, Thies Mynther, Piko_Ithea, Jonas Hummel, Moritz Simon Geist, Mareike Pitting, Paul Werner, Alwin Weber, Alex Jezdinsky, Ada, Pandzillophon, Eva Koennemann

Location: art & play_Zelt


audio-visual durational performance

“Eigenklang” is an audio-visual performance collective blurring classical boundaries between audience and artist, concept and coincidence, reality and perception. Their spaceship is open and cozy, full of toys and stimulating visuals. Join the crew for multidimensional experiments, based on interaction and improvisation, manipulating your senses, and co-create psychedelic soundscapes of organic, electronic and human sounds between your ears.

With Kollektiv Eigenklang

15 Aug, 20:30–00:00+
16 Aug, 20:30–00:00+
18 Aug, 20:30–00:00+
19 Aug, 18:00–21:00+

Location: art & play_Zelt Frachter



“Become who you are” is an inscription under a Mesopotamian lion. A great challenge in an alienated world. The installation invites inner acceptance by changing our understanding of reality. The Witch House creates an empowering place of mindfulness through images, sculptures, light and atmosphere.

Location: art & play


interactive light installation

16 moving heads, 4 LiDAR lasers, 4 speakers

The installation plays with the idea of light as a material with properties such as weight, friction and repulsion. The light beams behave like pendulums that are interactively set into oscillation. Each beam generates a sound through its oscillation, which is modulated by movement and position.

From Birk Schmithüsen


audio visual durational performance

“Will you float, dance or love?” This installative performance is an interplay of performers, light, projections, sounds and the audience. Using an analog phone system, guests can communicate with each other and with the performers. It’s all about skill: whoever turns the dial the fastest shares an intimate experience with the performers and drinks the much sought-after MagicDrink.

16 Aug, 21:00–00:00
17 Aug, 21:00–00:00
18 Aug, 21:00–00:00
19 Aug, 21:00–00:00

Location: art & play_bus

With ArtesMobiles

Speaker Arena

interactive soundinstallation

A participative public sculpture made out of 320 connected loudspeakers that people can use to express themselves. The public, local artists and musicians can participate via a number of ways:

  • via Bluetooth they can relay songs and messages to the sculpture.
  • via direct “line in” they can connect their devices and instruments or speak directly through a microphone. Additionally the sculpture can be used as a PA system for events , DJs, and small concerts.

The sculpture at CCCamp has the following Bluetooth addresses:
Fosi Audio BL20A

From Benoît Maubrey

Von einem der auszog eine Wohnung in Berlin zu finden

fully automated puppet theater (17min)

(Translated title: The story of the youth who went forth to find an apartment in Berlin — adapted from a German fairy tale)

Act 3: In the final consequence

The Princess realizes that she must move to Berlin when she visits the exhibition “Vulnerable Subjects” in Leipzig. Fortunately, while looking for an apartment, she meets Kasperle, who introduces her to the Wohnungsbot (apartment bot). But even though the Wohnungsbot has already relieved countless people of the symptoms of rent mania, this mission plunges the Wohnungsbot into a crisis of existence, which not only makes him doubt prevailing narratives of automation. The stage adaptation of the software “Wohnungsbot” negotiates the possibilities and consequences of the attempt to solve social problems with technical means.

Location: art & play_Zelt Frachter

From Clemens Schöll


live portray

Bring your devices, laptops and other technology and have a protrait made in watercolours on paper. The painting has the visual look of a PC with information about the hard- and software. The portraits can be taken away free of charge, perhaps as a souvenir of the camp.

When: Daily, starting at 14:00
Location: art & play


We Only Work In Spirals

multidisciplinary performance

“We Only Work In Spirals” is a project that brings together the world of music, circus and performance into a ritual of acts. This multidisciplinary experience aims to create multiple interpretations by combining an instant music performance while using the absurd hair hanging technique. The raw sound signals that are instantly created on stage travel from one performer to the other. They get trapped in loops, creating and enhancing the collective ritual that performers and audience are experiencing, where physicality and intense inner feelings grow.

When: 15. + 16 Aug, 20:15–20:30
Location: art & play_Kran

With Tzina Trikka & Inigo Garcia Cantero

ball pit train

The field train team will turn one of the train cars into a ball pit, and run trains with it.

When: non-stop during the day
Location: on the train


Crashkurs Pflanzenfärben

Get a taste of the basics of plant dyeing. We dye textiles with natural resources!

Get an inside look at the process from the beginning to the end (preparing the textiles, ethically collecting the plant material, dyeing, finishing). We will take a short dye plant walk and locate local colorants, and use them to dye already prepared small items that you can take home with your new knowledge.

(In case the weather is not ideal, the workshop will be in a roofed area).

When: 16–19 Aug, 11:00–15:00 depending on need (no drop-ins, please be on-time)
Max participants: 12–15
Location: Trockenschuppen

Chapeau Club

Der Plasmabrunnen und das Suprafluid

Since 2012, Chapeau Club has been creating immersive productions, surreal performances and genre-bending happenings with opulent costumes and extreme imagery. The pieces are characterised by absurd chaos, persiflage, techno and avant-garde. The aim is contemporary, participatory, sensual theatre. As the ‘queens’ and ‘kings’ of mobile performance, the collective is establishing a new, accessible popular and urban theatre.

When: see announcements
Location: Marktplatz

Cyber Graffiti

Graffiti workshop for up to 10 participants.

When: 16/17 Aug, 12:00–18:00
Location: Fence at Ringofen

Get the Pattern!

On digital handiwork and misused code: Crocheting AI-generated patterns and reflecting on how hybrid workflows enrich, change, overturn artistic practices.

When: see announcements
Location: Trockenschuppen


Open Interactive Trash Lab

Welcome to the Open Interactive Trash Lab! Join us in creating 5–10 engaging artifacts with a connecting theme or storyline. We provide the space, materials, and knowledge to get started, including introductory sessions on hardware and software. Let’s have fun and bring our ideas to life in this collaborative project!

When: see announcements
Location: Entent Village

Kunst der Kurven

Kunst der Kurven (art of curves) is a mix between an installation, workshop and a performance dealing with the topic of visualisation, sonification and enactment of algebraic structures known under name of Elliptic Curves (EC). ECs are fundamental for modern asymmetric cryptography, cryptocurrencies etc., but for those who know these Abelian varieties better, they can also be considered as beautiful structures on their own. Seemingly chaotic at first sight, ECs encode and exhibit certain symmetries which can be visualised — or even sonified — to produce results of non-negligible artistic and aesthethic value.

During the workshop part, participants will be asked to install the Open-Source System Sagemath. Subsequently, main concepts (Finite Field, Group Law, Quadratic and Cubic Character) will be briefly introduced and then people will start generating, plotting first visuals and sonifying first sequences. In the meanwhile, children will be charged with task of creating the “frames” from surrounding bio- and electro-materials. 5 years of free-time experiments by Daniel “hromi” Hromada (Juniorprofessor of Digital Education at Berlin University of the Arts) will be presented this way, for the first (and maybe also for the last) time. In order to provide sufficient mindfuck experience for everyone involved, the Installation–Workshop–Performance will be encoded in a mix of English–German–French–Slavic–Python and Sage languages.

When: see announcements
Location: Trockenschuppen


We hang old-school lightbulbs. They are connected to our generative patch that creates audio and light triggers, so we have an audiovisual ambientesque experience.

Location: please find out

Pasar Senggol

Pasar = market Senggol = nudge (Indonesian suburban night market full of chaotic interactions and people pushing around in dense loud environment) We suggest a participatory art installation that is done through collaboration with people who join us throughout the days of the Camp in a workshop setting, where they learn and make basic electronic units for interactive sound art and kinetics. Collaborative practicies are very common in Indonesia, both as a need to survice but also as a deeply culturally rooted concept. We are happy to be able to invite Helmi Hardian, from Surabaya, Indonesia, as “Hacker-in-Residence” to spend the summer with us in our hackerspace, Bitwäscherei, in Zürich, and join the home-made Summercamp by SGMK and other activities. We have been working together in Indonesia, for HackteriaLab, and many other activites on DIY electronics and SoundArt, mostly doing workshops and PCB geeking. Besides Helmi and myself, dusjagr, we will invite 3 other mentors and constructors to help us developing the art installation and support the workshops.

When: see announcements
Location: Trockenschuppen


the game

Pentagame was already an attraction at the last camp, where it found many lovers. These helped with analysis, morals, and also funding, and we are here to say thank you (and play more Pentagame of course). For this, we bring a “garden pentagame”, a magnetic 3D-Pentagame, and a walk-in-structure in the shape of a trapezoid pentagon-antiprisma, another visualiastion of the underlying 3-dimensional structure. This is a space to meditate about the pentagonal structure of Life, the Universe, and everything — and of course to play more Pentagame. Bring on the conenders!

Some more info is scattered on, including links to files and to a downloadable AI that can play the game (and will beat you). The latter is particularly intersting since we had analytically proven that the game, even though it seems simple and is relatively short, has enough depth to always remain challengening and never get boring. Now the AI confirms these results: even if you let it play against itself on “full steam”, sometimes the first mover and sometimes the second mover gets to win.

Location: C-BASE

pace for Creative Coding + interactive installation

The magic of creative coding:

  1. During the day, we would like to showcase the installation “Works for Everybody” as an interactive installation for people of all ages to enjoy exploring.
  2. During selected timeslots we organize creative coding workshops that introduce people to live coding, algorithmic art & music, and interactive development. It will be creatively empowering for the participants, great fun, and people can take away a lot of new knowledge and inspiration. We plan for these workshops to have a length of 2–6 hours and to be for 2–5 people.
  3. Participants can share their results in the evening, when we plan to setup a small open “algorave” stage for live performances, live-coding music and/or visuals, VJ-ing, and so on. We would also encourage other CCC visitors to join in and share their own creative coding projects that are built using other platforms such as TidalCycles/strudel and SonicPi (for music live coding) or CablesGL for web based realtime visuals, just to name a few.

When: see announcements
Location: Trockenschuppen

Story Sharing Cubes

In a science-driven workshop, participants enhance a story collecting device, already used in 15 festivals, for secure implementation in peace-building with former FARC combatants. They anonymously share their stories, fostering a collective experience of connection and sharing. Voice stories are anonymized and made available to the community for various purposes.

Time: 16 Aug, 12:00–16:00
Location: Trockenschuppen

Strings that connect us

We create a small permanent area formed by a semi circle of Neon Led sculptures forming a “stage” for shibari (japanese artistic rope bondage) and fireshow events. The light NeonLed sculptures are interactive playable by midi keyboard.

When: see announcements
Location: Trockenschuppen

Technopolice Submersion

Since 2019, La Quadrature du Net has been trying to raise awareness of the spread of new surveillance technologies serving the police within cities. After 4 years of documentation and analysis, we’re using a sensitive approach to propose a schematic immersion into the “Technopolice”. By our sound and light installation, we invite the spectator to experience the oppressive, normalizing and excluding effects of police dynamics in a fictional city, deployed for the duration of the camp.

Location: La Quadrature du Net

The worlds of Cordwainer Smith

reading the short story “The Game of Rats and Dragons”

The author will read the short story “The Game of Rat and Dragons” by Cordwainer Smith, alias Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger who has left a small but impressive number of short stories and novels. In this story he describes the first link of two brains, between cats and humans. He is considered one of science fiction’s more influential and talented authors but his completely unknown. He used his experiences in World War II to write the book “Psychological Warfare” (1948), regarded as a classic text by many in the field. He had a big influence on Ursula K. Le Guin, who won the Hugo award. Other stories cover the first honeypot as in “Mother Hitton’s Littul Kittons” or the first description of a techno dancer. As he is nearly forgotten now, his work is not covered by copyright anymore and his stories can be used to create further art.

When: see timetable
Location: Chill Out Space

Trash Couture

We will give a running workshop where people can drop by to create creatures, headpieces, accessories or whatever they want to build with trash. We bring material, tools, and a sewing machine, and we would like to collect material also on the festival. It is always nice to have a connection to the place we are. Bring your beautiful trash!

When: 18 Aug + 19 Aug, 12:00–open end
Location: Trockenschuppen


Light installation in the passage, to be explored only by train.

From LASA Berlin

Location: Tunneldurchfahrt

UV art installation / workshop

Go crazy with UV Tape Art

Location: Ringofen III UG

Networking Event and Party @ Blue Team Con

Saturdau, August 26 ~ 9:00pm to 1:00am

Talk Track 1

DJ cillic and Yo-Yo Master Mark Hayward

Drinks (Drink Tickets Required) and Food

RIP Kevin Mitnick (August 6, 1963 — July 16, 2023) here with Steve Wozniak & Emmanuel Goldstein on an episode of The Screen Savers from the defunct TV channel Tech-TV

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DCG 201

North East New Jersey DEFCON Group Chapter. Dirty Jersey Represent! We meet at Sub Culture once a month to hack on technology projects!