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    [> DEF CON TEN Slogan Contest <]

    Have a witty slogan for this years DEF CON? Well, what are you waiting for? Submit it to the Defcon Slogan page. If we pick your slogan you'll win something, I'm not entirely sure what, but something cool. To submit a slogan pay a visit to
    http://www.securitytribe.com/dcslogan.html and to view the slogans already submitted visit http://www.securitytribe.com/sloglog.html.

    NON-OFFICIAL EVENTS

    [> DC Jump <]

    Ever have the desire to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Me either, but some folks are planning on doing just that. Its the second DC Jump and you can find more info about it here: http://www.dcjump.com

    [> Coffee Wars <]

    Coffee Wars will be back for its 3rd jittery year. They don't really
    have much of a plan right now, but have assured us it will happen. Keep an eye on http://coffeewars.org for more up to date info.

    [> DEFCON Notes Exchange <]

    Inspired by the South By Southwest Notes Exchange
    [http://www.sxswblog.com/exchange.asp] your pals at VP Labs have decided to throw together one of their own. Quite simply, the DEFCON Notes Exchange exists so con attendees can swap and compare notes on talks in a central area. Drink too much the night before and miss a talk? Debating between two different speeches on two separate tracks? Check the notes exchange to see what other folks had to say about the talk you missed. Happen to take notes on something? Chip in. We
    operate on the zenlike 7-11 policy of "Got a penny? Leave a penny. Need a penny? Take a penny." except until we get the Amazon micropayment tipjar up we'll just take your notes. Pay a visit to http://noteex.vplabs.org/ for more info as the convention approaches.

    [> Cost <]

    Cost for DEF CON TEN will be $75 USD, cash. We have had problems with people in the past bouncing checks and not signing travellers checks, so to avoid these issues we are switching to cash only. To read more about why we are increasing the cost, and what it will allow DEF CON to do, read this:

    The decision to raise the admission price was not easy, but it is a
    necessary thing if we want to continue to bring you the best possible con. Putting DEF CON on every year is not cheap. Our detractors seem to be under the belief that we don't have pay anything to put DEF CON on and that we spend the rest of the year taking turns rolling about in a huge pile of money, this couldn't possibly be further from the truth. In addition to the costs of renting every inch of available space at the Alexis, there's also costs for: rental A/V gear and personnel, insurance, air conditioning units, extra hotel staff, legal costs, ADA compliance, shipping, electrical, Internet, tax, theft, printing, phone charges, extra security people, etc. Keeping the con at 50 bucks leaves us with no room to expand. In our open letter to the community we asked what we could/should do to make DEF CON a better place and the one consistent thing we learned is that many of you would have no problem paying more if we, in return, used that extra money to make the con better. So for the first time in 5 years, we are going to raise the cost of admission. So, what does that get you? It allows us to put up another tent so we have even more space, it allows us to rent more air conditioning units so we can keep both tents cool (for those that missed last year, the main hall was a tent on the roof that at any given moment was around 100 degrees (38C) and about 80% humidity, not a fun time). In addition to making the con more habitable, the extra money can be used to pay our speakers. By being able to pay our speakers, who have spoken for free up till now, we can book even better talks and bring in new speakers that had previously been out of our reach. The money can also
    go to support our infrastructure. Our infrastructure is comprised mainly of aging hardware and whatever folks donate. We would like to add newer and faster network gear, more APs, and more A/V equipment to DEF CON. This will allow us to do just that. Finally, our staff is comprised of volunteers, some of whom have been doing this for 9 years. This year it would be nice to actually pay some of the folks that have tirelessly worked to make DEF CON what it is. So in summary: More money = more space, cooler conditions, better speakers, better gear, and happier staff.

    People who do not have to pay are speakers, staff, attendees of The Black Hat Briefings, and VIPs (Traditionally people who have helped out in years past or donated time and equipment to help make the show happen.)

    [> Hotel Info <]

    The Alexis Park Hotel and Resort is across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel, and is a block off the main strip. Located at 375 East Harmon Ave in Las Vegas, NV 89109. The Alexis Park is a non gambling hotel, so people 18 years and older can get a room there.

    New for DEF CON 10, to be on the hotel property you _MUST_ have a DC 10 badge. This is a requirement of the hotel to cut down on locals just "passing through" the con, and causing problems.

    Toll-free reservation line 1-800-582-2228. http://www.alexispark.com/

    ERRATA

    [> Vendor Info <]

    If you are interested in being a vendor at DEF CON 10 this year, please read the Vendor FAQ at http://www.securitytribe.com/vendor-FAQ.html
    Vendor space is limited, so reserve your space now.


    [> Getting to DEF CON 10 - The Car Caravans <]

    If there's more than two of you in a given location, theres probably a caravan in your area. Here's some of the more well known ones.

    Deathrace 2k (The SoCal Caravan)
    http://www.deathrace2k.org

    Deathrace2k Message board (covers all areas, not just SoCal, check here to see if folks in your area are going) http://deathrace2k.org/phpBB/

    The Bay Area Caravan
    http://caravan.billzhouse.com

    The Utah Caravan
    http://defcon.hektik.org
    PGP key: dtangent@defcon.org valid 2020 Jan 15, to 2024 Jan 01 Fingerprint: BC5B CD9A C609 1B6B CD81 9636 D7C6 E96C FE66 156A
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