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DC23: Official and Unofficial Contests
"Beverage" Cooling Contraption Contest (BCCC)
This contest was first held at Defcon 13. What is being planned for this year?
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Black Bag (Lockpicking Contest)
Contest run by Deviant, Black Bag is to replace Gringo Warrior, (twitter)
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Attack your way to the moon! (site) , (FaceBook) , (twitter)
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Crack Me If You Can
For the 5th year, KoreLogic is running the premiere password cracking contest. How many hashes can you crack during DEFCON? Fire up your CLOUD and GPUs. (site), (twitter)
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Crash and Compile
Coding, compiling, competition, consumption (of alcohol) -- think of the fun! (site), (twitter.)
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by anaiden
Creative Writing: Defcon Short Story contest
RTFR inside and submit to us a short story. The topic may be of your choosing so long as it meets the guidelines in the rules. Read threads inside for more information
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CTF: Capture the Flag
Temporary description until one is provided:
Back again to run the CTF this year we have the "Legitimate Business Syndicate" prepared to run CTF at Defcon. (site) , (Qualifying Contests), (twitter)
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CyberNinja Range
New for DEF CON 23 is CyberNinja Range. (site)
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by HAL999
Defcon Beard & Moustache Competition
Due to the growing number of awesome beards at DEFCON and the (popularity?) of the shitshow that is beardsmanship, it's time that folks were recognized for letting their unix beards fly. (site), (twitter).
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The DEFCON Darknet Project
<DAEMON>This world is getting out of control. Join us to create a defendable future. We will help you improve your skills and introduce you to a new community. We'll make sure you are prepared for the inevitable. Start here: (twitter)
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by wmoecke
DefconBots Robot Contest
Under new Management. Planning, Discussion, Q&A and Status for the Defcon Robot Contest. More information at (site), (github)
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by jotux
EFF "SOHOpelessly broken"
Public open hacking of 10 off-the-shelf routers from popular manufacturers. (site) [EFF SOHO Router Hacking]
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Hack Fortress
Hackers and gamers team up in the coolest gaming tournament at Defcon. Combining a hacking contest with a TF2 tourney, the teams must work together as actions in one environment impact the other. (twitter), (site)
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by jubei
Hacker Jeopardy
Get the answer, provide the questions. Score the most points, and you win!
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Network Forensics Puzzle Contest
This is a network scavenger hunt. In this challenge, contestants will monitor the network, look for clues, solve puzzles, and win prizes.
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OpenCTF (Open Capture The Flag)
Not to be confused with the original Capture the Flag (CTF), OCTF is organized by The Open CTF Group to be played openly by people at Defcon. (Formerly known as the aCTF or "amateur Capture the Flag.") (site).
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FTC: Humanity Strikes Back
Last year at DEF CON 22, "Zapping Rachael," was the contest. The FTC returns to host a new contest to stop robocallers. (site)
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T.D. Francis X-Hour Film Contest
T.D. Francis X-Hour Film Contest. Details TBA
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Scavenger Hunt
Discussions for The DefCon Scavenger Hunt. Send suggestions for the scavenger hunt list to scavlist (and here is where the at symbol can be placed) gmail (and of course you need a dot here) com, (site), (Facebook), (twitter.)
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The Schemaverse Championship
The Schemaverse is a space-based strategy game implemented entirely within a PostgreSQL database where you compete against other players using raw SQL commands. Use your SQL skills to interactively command your fleets to glory during this weekend-long tournament for the database geeks. Or, if your PL/pgSQL-foo is strong, wield it to write AI and have your fleet command itself while you enjoy the con! (site) , (Twitter)
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SECTF for kids (Social Engineering Capture the Flag for kids)
For Defcon 23, the Crew at is challenging kids. We are inviting those of you who think you can use ethical social engineering skills to stretch your limits as a social engineer. A unique blend of information gathering, planning and attack vector execution will challenge the very core of every participant. This will be a different SE challenge as our focus is not on who can �get� the target the worst, but a true display of SE talents. (site)
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SECTF 6 (Social Engineering Capture the Flag 6)
Returning to Defcon 23, the Crew at is challenging you. We are inviting those of you who think you can use ethical social engineering skills to stretch your limits as a social engineer. A unique blend of information gathering, planning and attack vector execution will challenge the very core of every participant. This will be a different SE challenge as our focus is not on who can �get� the target the worst, but a true display of SE talents. Takes place in the Social Engineer Village. (site), (blog), (twitter)
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Wall of Sheep
Are you a sheep? Maybe you are and don't know it. Think you can herd the sheep to slaughter? Do it! This is the Wall of Sheep. (site), (twitter)
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Warlock Games
Participants try their skills with digital forensics, physical security, and other challenges from an exploit team. (site)
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Wireless Capture the Flag (WCTF) (Wifi CTF)
Multi-part contest to capture the flag, centered on WiFi.
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DC23: Official and Unofficial Events
303 Skytalks
Back for a sixth blowout year, Skytalks are presentations (55-110 min) that are designed to overclock your brain with cutting edge information about sensitive topics that you might not be able to freely discuss or research from the privacy of your own home, workplace, or favorite con. (Facebook), (twitter), (site)
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Be The Match Foundation - Bone Marrow Drive
Back for its fifth year! Take part of the coolest "Bio-Hack" around... register with "Be the Match" at DefCon, and take the first step to become a Bone Marrow Donor. (site), (blog), (twitter), (FaceBook), (Sign-up/Signup).
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DC101 is the Alpha to the closing ceremonies' Omega. It's the place to go to learn about the many facets of Con and to begin your Defconian Adventure. Whether you're a n00b or a long time attendee, DC101 can start you on the path toward maximizing your DefCon Experiences. (site), (twitter)
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DEAF CON is unofficial DEF CON event which is volunteer-run, peer service funded by independent donations. It is for deaf and deaf-friendly to meet and share thoughts and services. (DEAF CON not affiliated with the speaker-track services using CART and text on screens.)
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*UNOFFICIAL* Defcon Shoot
Las Vegas, targets, people, weapons, fun. (site.)
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Deviant Ollam
Ham Radio Examinations (See other Forum)
Want to get your amateur (ham) radio license? (site)
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Ham Radio Examinations (under new management)
Come get your amateur (ham) radio license at DEF CON, testing brought to you by dc408. (twitter) (site)
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T.D. Francis X-Hour Film Festival
T.D. Francis X-Hour Film Festival. Details TBA
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DC23: Official and Unofficial Parties and Social Gatherings
DEF CON bike ride
Bike ride around Las Vegas
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by Omit
DEF CON 23 Entertainment
DEF CON 23 Entertainment as listed here.
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by AliKat
An informal gathering of people on the forums at Defcon.
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IntelCTF is a place to hone in your OSINT forensics skills to better identify malicious actors. See just how important Operational Security is and why a single slip-up could be the end of you. The number of teams is limited, so keep your eye out for more info. A cash prize is also in order for the team who places first! Team size is limited to 3. (site (coming soon))
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Open to everyone, but goaled to including GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered) Hackers at Defcon-- its a party within Defcon! (site) , (facebook) , (twitter)
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DC23: Villages
Bio Hacking Village
We plan to bring human augmentation, genetic engineering, and biosecurity to the DEF CON community. (twitter) (site)
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Car Hacking Village
Car Hacking Village is New for DEF CON 23.
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by Cannect
Crypto and Privacy Village
Cryptoparty-style tutorials on use of encryption tools like Tor and GPG, Cryptanalysis/breaking 101, maybe even EFF presence talking about privacy law. (site), (Google Group), (tentative schedule) (twitter)
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by wrøng!
Data Duplication Village
Data duplication village. Yarrrrr?
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Hardware Hacking Village
Just as the name implies, this is a forum for discussion of the new Hardware Hacking Village. (twitter)
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by bombnav
ICS Village
Discussion for the proposed ICS Village at DEF CON. Learn about control systems, discuss ICS/SCADA security, and get hands on demos and more! (twitter)
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Lockpick Village
The Lockpick Village has many demonstrations and some contests. This is a run by mny volunteers such as Deviant and TOOOL-USA. This may include contests such as: Points Competition, Lock Field Stripping, Speed Picking Competition, and more!
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Internet of Things (IoT) Village
Internet of Things (IoT) Village: workshops on hacking numerous off-the-shelf devices including medical devices, home appliances, routers, storage devices, and more; live educational talks; and a variety of contests. (site) (twitter)
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by goopcat
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The Social Engineer Village
A village dedicated to all things Social Engineer!
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Tamper Evident Village
After a few years of "Dark tangent's Tamper Evident Contest" , for Defcon 23 is the "Tamper Evident Village. (This description may change without announcement.) (site)
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Wireless Village
Everything you always wanted to know about wireless (802.11, bluetooth, RFID) and Amateur Radio all in one place. The Defcon 23 Wireless Village is the place you will want to be. Stop by, listen, learn and have fun. (twitter)
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