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  • IP Appliance Rules!

    Proposed Simplified Rules for Homebrew TCP/IP appliance contest for Defcon 12
    Version 0.3 - Last updated 04/08/04 2:05 AM PST

    What the contest is

    Net-enabled devices have become more of a reality than fiction as computing power has increased and costs have decreased. Right now the industry is working on net enabling your home whether its your television or your refrigerator. The purpose of this contest is to think outside of the box that the industry is thinking and create tcp/ip enabled devices that are fresh, new, cool, and literally way outside of the box.

    There are two categories of devices in this contest.

    The first category is TCP/IP embedded devices. These are stand alone devices which simply need to be plugged into a hub or switch. The device must host a tcp/ip aware service which someone can control and/or query a status from over a LAN or the internet and have it report back to the remote client which is controlling/querying it.

    The second category is TCP/IP enabled peripherals. These are devices which must be connected to a host system such as a laptop or desktop computer which hosts the tcp/ip enabled service for the device. The host system must be able to communicate with the attached device in order to control it and/or query its status over a LAN or the internet and report back to the remote client which is controlling/querying it.

    Devices in each category will be judged on originality, functionality, best value for actual cost and the coolness factor.

    Three awards will be available. One for Best TCP/IP embedded device, Best TCP/IP enabled peripheral, and the Hax0r’s Choice Award where your peers vote for what they think is the most uber elite device in the entire contest.


    Contest Rules
    1) All entries (which these rules shall referred to as "tcp/ip enabled device", “tcp/ip embedded device” or just "device") must be a homebrewed creation in regards to tcp/ip enabling the device. Slapping a HP Jet Direct card on a printer to tcp/ip enable it is not considered to be a homebrewed creation

    2) Entries must not be something which is commercially available. Hybrids of a commercially available item may be considered if you hacked on lots of additional functionality, but its best to create your own device rather than to improve on an existing one. Your entry must be pre-approved if you wish to create a hybrid device.

    3) Entries must not be in the service of a commercial, educational, or governmental entity at any time prior to the contest. Bringing your work or school's existing tcp/ip enabled soda vending machine is not allowed. The idea is to create something specifically for this contest. However, if your entry is a tcp/ip enabled robot which is also entering in the Robot Warez Contest, it will be allowed as long as it’s still functioning when we do our judging for this contest.

    Team Rules and Responsibilities

    1) Teams will be limited to a maximum of 3 members.

    2) Teams must submit a paper detailing their intended entry as well as a list of team members. Once you are approved you may begin construction of your entry. We're trying to avoid too many last minute/surprise entries. We also want to make sure your entry fits within the intended scope of this contest which is why we ask to pre-approve your project. We wouldn’t want you to build something that would end up being disqualified for one reason or another.

    3) Teams must keep a development log detailing design, construction and cost of their device. Development logs must be submitted at the same time that your final product is submitted for judging and peer review. Documentation should be submitted in print out form to ensure that your word document doesn't get lost or mangled in some fashion. Additional documention in the form of a video log or presentation material will be given extra “cool” credits if it's well made and presentable to the audience. So making a brief behind the scenes video could earn you some extra points.

    4) Each team will have their device on display to demonstrate their device and garner votes from your fellow defcon attendees for the Hax0r’s Choice Award. A team member will need to be on present to demonstrate the device during the alloted demonstration time.

    Device Construction Rules

    1) The total value of a TCP/IP Embedded Device can not exceed $1000. This includes all bought and borrowed part, internal motherboards, harddrives, etc which might be used to tcp/ip enable your stand-alone device. If you think you may be questioned on the price of any components, please bring a receipt of proof of cost.

    2) The total value of a TCP/IP enabled peripheral can not exceed $250. This includes all bought and borrowed parts and excludes the value of the host system (laptop, desktop, pda) which it may be hooked up to. If you think you may be questioned on the price of any components, please bring a receipt of proof of cost.

    3) Teams may use commercial components and kits to create their devices but be aware that the less home brew your device is, the lower it will score.

    4) Devices which may cause harm to an individual or is of a sexual nature are prohibited. Sorry. No battle bots, tcp/ip enabled flame throwers, EM Pulse machines, or tcp/ip enabled sex toys of any kind (because we could get into trouble if you “demonstrate” them for your peers.)

    Judging

    1) TCP/IP embedded devices must demonstrate in real time that it hosts a tcp/ip service which can be accessed remotely by a client to control the device and/or query its status.

    2) TCP/IP enabled peripherals must demonstrate in real time that it can be constrolled by a host device upon which a tcp/ip service is activated to solely control and/or query the status of the device.

    3) Each function of the device will be tested to ensure accuracy in performing its intended purpose as documented in the original contest submission.

    4) Points will be deducted if an intended function of the device fails to function or functions inaccurately.

    Example: If your device has 4 functions plus a status query function (5 functions in total) and 1 of the functions fail and it returns an inaccurate status report, you will only receive credit for the remaining 3 working functions.

    5) Entries whose tcp/ip components are assembled from a pre-packaged kit will generally score lower than someone who homebrewed their components. However if you take an existing kit and hack extra features onto it, you will definitely earn extra “cool” points with might help you during the judging.

  • #2
    I think we've decided on an entry fee of $5 per team member. I don't think that's mentioned anywhere above. It's similar to what they do for the wardriving contest.

    If you intend on entering you must post your intent to enter here on the message board

    Other than that, I've only received a few inquiries from people. What's up with that? Has the poser to 31337 ratio gotten so high that this contest is too hard for ya? Hah! And you call yourselves hackers. The people who have sent me an email got some really cool plans for their entries. It's a shame more of you aren't stepping up to the challenge. You still got 6 weeks to put something together so get to it.
    "Just when I thought I was out.......They pull me back in"
    - Neural's Godfather moment

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    • #3
      Intent to enter: LosT

      Just to make sure, this is my 'official' intent to enter post.

      Neural already has the specifics of my entry. (Actually there will be some added functionality to my entry as well.)

      Questions I still have:

      *Will there be a DVD/TV available for my presentation?

      *When/where at the actual CON will registration/sign-up be?

      *Any schedule conflicts as of yet with this contest and the other CON events?

      More people need to enter!!!!!


      LosT

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      • #4
        I'm trying to get the schedule set so that there are as few conflicts between events as possible. Obviously, with the sheer number of events we're holding this year, I won't be able to avoid having some conflicts, but I'm trying.

        I don't know about the TV/DVD thing.

        I will assume that contest registration for this contest will be in the Athena, with the rest of the contests. :-)

        Yes, more people DO need to sign up. I'd hate for this to be a one man show.


        Originally posted by LosT
        Just to make sure, this is my 'official' intent to enter post.

        Neural already has the specifics of my entry. (Actually there will be some added functionality to my entry as well.)

        Questions I still have:

        *Will there be a DVD/TV available for my presentation?

        *When/where at the actual CON will registration/sign-up be?

        *Any schedule conflicts as of yet with this contest and the other CON events?

        More people need to enter!!!!!


        LosT

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        • #5
          Come on, more people need to enter...

          *enter, you know you want to*

          ENTER NOW! :)


          This could be a really cool contest, and I really want to see the work that others do. So come on!

          LosT

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          • #6
            I *DARE* you to enter this contest.

            ENTER NOW! DO IT!

            Watch Sea Lab 2021 for inspiration.

            LosT

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            • #7
              Entry #2?

              Is this thing going on or what? We've got an entry here... But so far I see only one other entry! Where's the aforementioned "people" and their "cool plans"? Are there other entries that are not posted here?

              Anyhow, we'll be in the embedded device category. If LosT is in the peripheral category we can both just show up and walk home with our massive trophies, woohoo! If not... IT'S ON!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hecubus
                Is this thing going on or what? We've got an entry here... But so far I see only one other entry! Where's the aforementioned "people" and their "cool plans"? Are there other entries that are not posted here?

                Anyhow, we'll be in the embedded device category. If LosT is in the peripheral category we can both just show up and walk home with our massive trophies, woohoo! If not... IT'S ON!
                Naw, I'm in the embedded device category too!

                At least now I'm not alone...

                LosT

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                • #9
                  Early on I had a few people promise cool things and then fizzle out. There still might be some late entries. We also have 2 demos which hopefully are done in time. They aren't being entered because they're by people running the contest. Heh. I'm thinking the demos might be eligible entries for the hax0r's choice award since we won't be doing the judging for that, the attendees are. I'm not sure yet. It'll be discussed in vegas sometime before the first day of the convention.

                  I was talking to people in the #dc-forums channel on EFNET irc about the first year of coffeewars. There was only a handful of entries and all you had to do was bring coffee.

                  I haven't talked to russ recently but I believe wired magazine offered to donate prizes for all the contests (not sure exactly what yet) so those fools who didn't put something together are gonna miss out. Oh yeah and the DC480 group came up with a prize or two, and I got a company to donate a prize so it's a prized packed contest.
                  "Just when I thought I was out.......They pull me back in"
                  - Neural's Godfather moment

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Neural
                    Early on I had a few people promise cool things and then fizzle out. There still might be some late entries. We also have 2 demos which hopefully are done in time. They aren't being entered because they're by people running the contest. Heh. I'm thinking the demos might be eligible entries for the hax0r's choice award since we won't be doing the judging for that, the attendees are. I'm not sure yet. It'll be discussed in vegas sometime before the first day of the convention.

                    I was talking to people in the #dc-forums channel on EFNET irc about the first year of coffeewars. There was only a handful of entries and all you had to do was bring coffee.

                    I haven't talked to russ recently but I believe wired magazine offered to donate prizes for all the contests (not sure exactly what yet) so those fools who didn't put something together are gonna miss out. Oh yeah and the DC480 group came up with a prize or two, and I got a company to donate a prize so it's a prized packed contest.
                    Neural, would you like me to put something together for the other contest as well, just so there is more to see?

                    LosT

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