The schedule for Defcon 17 was just published and, keeping these things in mind, I’ve been thinking about what talks I want to check out. My focus this year will be the hardware hacking stuff. I plan to bring my soldering kit and my Eee PC so I can check that bad ass Defcon Badge out :D


We’ll be arriving around noon on Thursday, and my major plan is to check out the pool. However I might take a stroll around the Lounges and check out the DC Network Session if I feel so inspired.


Friday, the plan is to attend the Hacking the Badge talk. I am interested in getting an overview of how the badge works and maybe find out some neat ways to customize it. I’m definitely not up for the Badge Competition since I’m a beginner at electronics hacking. Regardless, it will definitely be fun :D

After that session, there is the talk about hacking the Wiimote for disabled users. It’s short, and I’m interested in Human-Computer interaction and UI.

Finally I’ll be checking out Jason Scott’s talk later that afternoon. He did the fantastic documentary about text-based RPG’s and he is a really fun speaker.

There are 2 more sessions that evening that look pretty interesting. “Injecting Electromagnetic Pulses into Digital Devices” (which I’m interested in just because of that scene in Neil Stephenson’s book, the Cryptonomicon) and the “Meet the Feds” Panel. I’m concerned that the former may be less interesting for me in actuality, so it is not a high priority. The “Meet the Feds” panel actually looks pretty fun; I'm impressed at the number of agencies represented by panel participants.


Saturday’s talks aren’t quite as intriguing to me, but there are a few that look fun. The demo of a 1964 coupled modem (that’s so War Games!) and the “TBA” talk by Adam Savage of Mythbusters are on my list. I’m sure the line for that will be incredible. I might skip it and watch the video replay ;)


There’s the history of Proximity cards, Lockpicking Forensics, and the talk about Magic and Social Engineering. The latter in particular looks like it will be very entertaining as they will have real magicians!

Finally, later on Sunday there’s an interesting looking Cognitive Psychology talk about the Psychology of Security. I am not sure when we’re slated to fly out of Las Vegas, but I’ll definitely try to make that one if I can.