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    DEF CON 30 Theme: Hacker Homecoming

    This has been a crazy couple of years.

    A global pandemic turned DEF CON 28 into DEF CON Safe Mode. Some easing of the restrictions and some strict attendance rules gave us a hybrid con for DC29. An improvement, to be sure, but something short of a full DEF CON experience.

    We want DEF CON 30 to have the energy of a reunion. We’ll be back together in a brand spanking new venue. We’ll be thirty years old - an amazing milestone for a hacker conference under any circumstances. In honor of all that, we’re calling DEF CON 30 ‘Hacker Homecoming’.

    The first reason is that it’s literally a return home. After two years of separation, we’re looking forward to having more of our family back under one roof.

    There’s also a North American tradition called ‘Homecoming’. High schools and colleges invite luminary alums back for a big celebration of the school’s history and a toast to its future. We intend to do just that for DC30.

    So please join us in the Caesar’s Forums if you can, and on the Discord if you can’t. Maybe even pack a fancy outfit for the homecoming dance. It’s high time for a reunion.

    Design Inspiration

    This year’s theme is about celebrating the past and getting geeked about the future.

    We took the color palette inspiration from arguably the most iconic DEF CON image of all time: the rooftop photo from DEF CON 1.

    The photo is amazing for any number of reasons, but the most important is that even though it screams early 90s hacker culture, it also shows some of the essence of what DEF CON is even in the 2020s. It’s still a gathering of extraordinary digital misfits going Voltron in the Vegas night.

    The fonts were also selected to be like a homecoming celebration, with some reverence for the past, some excitement about the future. The past is represented by the very 90s CityPop and Geom and the future by the futuristic minimalism of Open Sans.


    As always, we’ll be sharing movies, books, music and other random media to get you in the right frame of mind for maximum DEF CON. Watch the DEF CON site for additions to all the lists. Pencils UP!



    The Imitation Game

    Zero Days


    The Shockwave Rider

    The Cuckoo’s Egg

    Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground

    The Cult of the Dead Cow

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  • #2
    as they add homework one book should be The Great Hacker Crackdown by Bruce Sterling. Deals with events from the general time frame that DefCon started.


    • #3
      Is there any music homework? I'm looking to get some inspiration for a soundtrack submission.


      • #4
        I like it! Looking forward.


        • #5
          Hi, I submitted an entry to the art contest on the deadline but never heard back as to if it was received and am worried about it having gone to spam. Are confirmations usually sent out in response to submissions? thank you!


          • number6
            number6 commented
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            If your email message didn't bounce, then it should have been received. Make sure your submission didn't bounce and end up in your spam/junk folder.
            If your messages was delivered (as directed to "pictures (at symbol)"

            I can't comment on the policy for responses to submissions. The people that get email messages sent to the address above can provide those answers. Please make sure you didn't get a bounce. If no bounce, then your message should have been received. It is okay to follow-up with any details you have on any bounce, but strip out any personally identifiable information when posting here.