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DEFCON 16 Updates - Get involved!

From: The Dark Tangent <dtangent_at_nospam>
Date: Mon Jun 02 2008 - 23:44:46 GMT
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DEFCON 16 Updates!

As DEFCON 16 gets closer its awesome powers, much like a kraken summoned by Dethklok, continues to grow.

How do you become friends with a kraken? You get to know it. Have a beer. Below are various way you can get involved with DEFCON 16 contests and events. The Call for Papers is closed, and selections are being announced all this week, so it is a bit too late to speak, but not too late to get involved.
https://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-16/dc-16-speakers.html

Artwork Contest:
Artwork Contest is now underway! The first batch of submissions is up at: https://pics.defcon.org/showgallery.php?cat=532

Entries will be posted as they are received, and will be accepted through June 15th. There will then be a vote on pics.defcon.org for the viewers choice award. You must to have a forums/pics account to vote, so go sign up! The Official rules, prizes, and entry information can be found at: http://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-16/dc-16-artwork-contest.html

Black and White Ball:
A Call for Talent, DJs, and Bands has been issued by the organizers of the B&W Ball, which you may find at:
https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=9266 There is also currently discussion on the DEFCON Forums about a new theme for the B&W Ball, which you can find on this thread: https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=9142

Capture the Flag
Quals for this year's CTF qualifications are complete.. check out the results here:
https://forum.defcon.org/forumdisplay.php?f=356 http://www.kenshoto.com/

LosT @ Con Mystery Challenge:
LosT is working his devious magic again with the LosT @ Con Mystery Challenge! There is a Pre-Reg Challenge currently open, and you can find instructions at:
https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=9357. http://www.mysterychallenge.org

New for DEFCON 16

Buzzword Survivor:
New Contest for DEFCON 16. Check out discussion of this contest as it develops at https://forum.defcon.org/forumdisplay.php?f=352

Hardware Hacking Village:
To state it most simply, it's a way to give all the Defcon attendees that like electronics a place to play. It's also intended to be a place for everyone that thinks "Wow! That looks cool! I wish I knew how to do that!". It's also going to be the headquarters for Joe Grand (kingpin) so he can talk about hacking past badges and such. It should be a great place to hang out. Find more info on the forums at
https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=9295.

The Race to Zero:
This one is generating a whole lot of buzz in the press. The Race to Zero involves contestants being given a sample set of viruses and malcode to modify and upload through the contest portal. The portal passes the modified samples through a number of antivirus engines and determines if the sample is a known threat. The first team or individual to pass their sample past all antivirus engines undetected wins that round. Each round increases in complexity as the contest progresses. Further details are available here: http://www.racetozero.net/

And let's not forget the Gringo Challenge, DEF CON B0TS, Lockpick village, a new Hardware Hacking Village, and more. Check it all out at:

DEFCON Website:
https://www.defcon.org/

Forums and Blogs
https://forum.defcon.org/

Follow the RSS feed:
https://www.defcon.org/defconrss.xml

Follow the announcements before, during, and after with twitter: http://www.twitter.com/defcon16

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