Prefer the old design?

Unofficial Defcon FAQv4

Convention Info


The Big Show

  1. How much does the DefCon pass cost, what is the pass good for (like number of days)?
  2. Is there a way to pre-register for the event or is it first come first serve?
  3. What do I get for 220$USD?
  4. Why is it $220 this year?
  5. What do all the different badges mean?
  6. Are there special "guest" passes for significant others?
  7. What are Black Badges?
  8. What's the Black Badge Protocol?
  9. I Lost my Badge, what should I do?
  10. Do they have childcare services at DefCon?
  11. What's r00tz (Defcon kids)?
  12. How long do I have to wait at the damned check in line? Why are people cutting in front of me?
  13. Where are all the bathrooms located at Defcon?
  14. Whats up on the roof? Why can't we hangout there?
  15. What is parking like at Defcon?
  16. Do we have a prayer service on Sunday morning?
  17. What kind of Contests are there at DefCon?
  18. What kind of Events are there at DefCon?
  19. Why should I attend DefCon?
  20. Is it true that we'll have 24 hour access to a Pool
  21. What is Defcon 101?
  22. I don't want to be seen as a noob, why should I go to 101?
  23. How can I stay up to date with the latest going-ons?
  24. What are the closing ceremonies? Why should I stay and watch it?
  25. Can I get Internet at Defcon? Is there wireless access at Defcon? Who should I not connect to, and what should I be connecting to?
  26. How old do I have to be to attend DefCon?
  27. But what about r00tz (Defcon kids)
  28. What kind of Parties are there at DefCon?
  29. How do I get invite to those Parties?
  30. Why are some of the parties invite only? Can't we all just be friends?
  31. What are "The Villages"?
  32. Is Defcon indoors or outdoors?
Q) How much does the Defcon pass cost, what is the pass good for (like number of days)?

A) Currently the Defcon Pass is One hundred and Fifty Dollars ($220.00 USD). The Pass is good for the three four days of the con and allows you access to the Speakers, Vendor, Villages, Contest, etc... Areas as well as the ability to walk around the event without getting hassled.

Q) Is there a way to pre-register for the event or is it first come first serve?

A) There is no pre-registration. Registration is on site and only CASH is accepted. This is DefCon, bitches!

Q) What do I get for 220$USD?

A) Access to the Event, A cool badge, a printed program, the right to buy overpriced snack food and drinks, the ability to hangout with your friends around the con as well as learn new and exciting things in the Villages. It should be noted that while DefCon doesn't turn people away, the programs, lanyards and badges do run out. So get there early or you may be stuck with a Kinko's made badge and a shoelace to hold it in place.

Q) Why is it $220 this year?

A) Well it's known fact that DefCon costs DT nothing at all, so a lot of the money is used to give a Kick Back to the Hutt Crime Syndicate. Much of the money is also spent on on the following things (the list is not all inclusive):

  • Glory Hole Installations
  • Jericho's Anger Management Classes
  • On site massage services (read: handjobs)
  • DT's Fluffer
  • Hair Gel for Russ (Big ticket item right there!)
  • Wiseacres Rogaine
  • Nikitas "Hello Kitty" Dildo collection.
  • Buying thousands of Copies of Roamers books, so he thinks people are actually reading them.

Seriously though, conventions costs money - you want more space, you want better equiptment etc...

Q) What do all the different badges mean?

A) The Different Badges are you different Standing in the Defcon Hierarchy. Goons, Press, Humans, Speakers, Contests, Artists...

Q) Are there special "guest" passes for significant others?

A) Of course there are, but you have to know how to get one of them. Find Wiseacre (he'll be in the vendor area) and tell him you want one of the "S O Badges" and he'll hook you up. The "guest" passes cost $230.00 and look exactly like the regular badges. Wiseacre is such a nice guy that he's been known to routinely give people a Ten Dollar discount on the "guest passes". You may want to think about giving him the other Ten dollars as a tip or donation to the Wiseacre Rogaine Fund.

Q) What are Black Badges?

A) Black Badges are the ultimate award you can recieve at DefCon. They allow you free entrance to DefCon for life. For a lot of people that's reason enough to dedicate yourself to getting one. For others it's a badge of honor and pride.

Q) What's the Black Badge Protocol?

A) As it currently stands the way the Black Badge Protocol works is that your turn your black badge in at Registration and you get a badge for the current year as well as a "chit" that will be used to retrive your black badge at the end of the con. It's very much like a coat check system. What MOST black badge recipients do though is actually wear their badge around con, it's a badge of honor.

Q) I Lost my Badge, what should I do?

A) Go buy a new one and be more careful about it this time. If you're still upset you can go cry about it in your status on facebook (boo-hoo, piss and shit), since I doubt anyone at DefCon will care. Well they may tell you they care, but on the inside they're crying, because people like you are kill a little part of them.

Q) Do they have childcare services at DefCon?

A) Of course they do, it's run by a guy named "Pedobear". Don't worry about his listing in the sex offenders database, it's all a joke. Seriously though, what kind of inbred mother fucker would leave their child with some random person at DefCon. Maybe if your children are that much of a bother you shouldn't bring them to DefCon. If they annoy you so much that you want them to be someone elses problem, leave them at home. Leave some water in a bowl, a few cans of cat food on the counter - I mean the cat food works for grandma so it should work for the kids too.

Q) What's r00tz (Defcon kids)

A) Where people to go find lots and lots of ZERO DAYS!

Q) How long do I have to wait at the damned check in line? Why are people cutting in front of me?

A) You have to wait as long as it takes. You should be used to waiting by now since you've waited this long to lose your virginity. People are cutting in front of you because they are cooler than you and this is not their first year coming. Maybe if you didn't want to wait this long you should have planned ahead and gotten in line earlier.

Q) Where are all the bathrooms located at Defcon?

A) Ask the front desk(s) for a Map or download the one(s) right (Remember Defcon is spread over two hotels this year) Paris Map and Ballys Map. The alternative is to wear an adult diaper - no commentary, just let that one fester in your own mind.

Q) Whats up on the roof?

A) The Roof, The Roof, The Roof is on Fire!

Q) What is parking like at Defcon?

A) There is plenty of parking at Paris/Ballys due to the fact that it's a real hotel/casino - though you may have to walk a bit. And is walking really that bad of an idea for you? It's the combination of physical exercise and a suana.

Q) Do we have a prayer service on Sunday morning?

A) The only prayer services is by performed by The Church of Wifi. Find Mellendic in the wireless village and ask him to bless you. Beyond that, most people like to check religion at the door.

Q) What kind of Contests are there at DefCon?

A) All the many contests can be found on the DefCon site as well as on the DefCon forums.

Q) What kind of Events are there at DefCon?

A) Events? DefCon is the event... Maybe what you meant was "What kind of things are there to do at DefCon?"... If that's the case: There are plenty of things to do. You have the contests, the games, the talks, the villages, the parties, hanging out with friends. Seriously there is something for everyone to do.

Q) Why should I attend DefCon?

A) This is a tough question since people attend DefCon for many different reasons. Some go purely for the talks. For others it's to participate in a contest or event. Still some go just to hang out with their friends they they share a common interest with and only get to see once a year... And then there are some that aren't interested in hacking at all buy just come for "the party". So there really is something for everyone and a lot of different reasons that people attend. If you want to meet smart people, learn about hacking, have fun with friends, hear some good talks, broaden your horizons and expand your knowledge, then DefCon is where you should be.

Q) Is it true that we'll have 24 hour access to a Pool?

A) No.

Q) What is Defcon 101?

A) No.

Q) I don't want to be seen as a n00b, why should I goto 101?

A) No.

Q) How can I stay up to date with the latest going-ons?

A) You could ask someone, yea socilizing isn't a four letter word. Also DefCon provides an info booth as well as projects a feed onto the wall. You could also follow updates on DefCons twitter feed.

Q) What are the closing ceremonies? Why should I stay and watch it?

A) The Closing Ceremonies are the Climax to Defcon. It's where prizes are awarded to winners of contests as well as The Dark Tangent giving a wrap of the event and an outlook onto the future of the Con.

Q) Can I get Internet at Defcon? Is there wireless access at Defcon? Who should I not connect to, and what should I be connecting to?

A) Use the internet at DefCon at your own risk. You will be sniffed. You have been warned. You may end up on the Wall of Sheep. Using wireless at Defcon is kinda like your computer saying to everyone else at the con: "I bet you can't fuck me.." "OH YES I CAN!" "No you can't!"... RAPE.

Sparky and the DefCon networking team now have a "secure wireless", but I think Admiral Ackbar would have something to say about that.

Q) How old do I have to be to attend DefCon?

A) This question has been asked over and over and over again. Any age is fine to attend DefCon. HOWEVER, you are responsible for your own actions. This isn't a day care center. DefCon is primarily an adult conference and not meant for children. If you're under the age of 18 you should be bringing a legal guardian with you. The only downside here is that people may find your parents cooler to hangout with than you. It should also be noted that Paris/Ballys is a Gambling Casino so your movement around the casino/hotel and to certain parties/areas/contests may also be restricted if you're under 21.

Q) But what about r00tz (Defcon kids)?

A) To have a child at r00tz they need to have a guardian with them. And really, if you're going to bring your kid there, you need to understand even more that Defcon is primarily an adult conference. If you're not ready to have serious conversations with your child, don't come.

Q) What kind of Parties are there at DefCon?

A) All different kinds, from invite only parties to ones open to everyone. From parties for the gays to meetups for the friends of Bill W.

Q) How do I get invite to those Parties?

A) Chances are that you won't get invited to those parties because you suck. Except for the gay one... In that case, you will get invited because you suck. Luckily some of the parties are open to everyone so even though you lack any social skills what-so-ever and have a rank odor that permeates through the air, you can still attend. So tie your shirt in a knot, and come on in.

Q) Why are some of the parties invite only? Can't we all just be friends?

A) Some of the parties are invite only to keep out the undesirables. By undesirables, I am of course speaking about you. This isn't fucking bible camp and we're all not going to sit around singing kum ba ya.

Q) What are "The Villages"?

A) There's a village for everything now. Including a village called the "Internet Of Things" that is run by a company (Way to go with that back door sponsorship of defcon!). These are the places where you can go to expand your knowledge about those specific areas of interest. You're afford the opportunity to interact with the great minds running the villages, participate in discussions as well as hands-on demonstrations and hacking. Some of the contests are also run out of the villages. They're definitely a place you should not miss. If you're bored/lonely head over to the wireless village and ask for Dakahuna (he's the really old dude), he'll be happy to hangout with you. But don't stand too close, the repear is always waiting to pounce on Dakahuna and you don't want to get caught in the cross fire.

Q) Is Defcon indoors or outdoors?

A) DefCon is primarily indoors. Though if you want to have a good conversation you can always head up the escalators to the parking garage smoking area. If you're not a smoker I feel kinda bad for you, all the cools kids at DefCon smoke.


LEARN
Sites