Brain Tank Con CFP is Open - Submit Your talks now

Hackers, Makers: get off yer butts and submit a talk for the Brain Tank Mini-Con in Providence. Conference happens on September 15th. CFP submissions due by Aug 20th.

Sorry Folks, QuahogCon is on hiatus

However, fret not Providence, as the new DC401 Crew is working on putting something together. It won't be called QuahogCon, as I'm holding onto the name, but with your support; and good planning and hard work on their part it should be good. Keep an eye on DC401 for more details.


QuahogCon 2011 Postponed

A number of circumstances (people moving, poor planning, etc) have collided to cause us to postpone QuahogCon 2011. Rather than try to rush a substandard Con out the door for 2011, we're going to take 2011 off and come back with a vengeance in 2012. Keep an eye on this space for details. We promise that it'll be worth the wait.

QuahogCon 2011 dates and venue selected

We'll be holding QuahogCon at Hotel Providence again next year. They treated us really well this year and gave us the best rate to host the conference there again next year. Save the weekend of April 29th - May 1st, 2011 for another excellent weekend of Security and Maker talks and excellent workshops in the ballroom.

Slides and Audio Posted

Holy crap, we survived putting on our first con and actually managed to make it look like we knew what we were doing. Once again, we'd like to thank all the attendees for coming and all the sponsors for sponsoring.

All the audio and slides that we have are available on the schedule page. Some of the audio either didn't get recorded or didn't come out so well, so if it's not there, it's not going to be there. Enjoy!

Badge Hacking Contest Details Released

Yeah! We got stinking badges!

Oh yeah. Badges are coming in and getting tested. We're three weeks away from QuahogCon now, so it's time to release some details about the badge and the development environment to give you all a chance to get setup before you come to the con. Check out the Contests page for all the details on the badge hacking contest and all the other cool activities we've got going on at QuahogCon.

Check out all the Contests and Activities!

We've got a bunch of contests and activities going on at QuahogCon to keep you busy when you're not going to talks and all night too. You want to check out the Contests and Activities page for all the details on:

  • Badge Hacking Contest
  • Hardware Hacking Lounge
  • Hacker Jeopardy
  • Crypto Puzzle Contest
  • Alpha One Labs Arduino Hacking Contest
  • Lockpick Lounge

QuahogCon is officially sold out!

We did it! All 150 tickets have been sold. If you didn't get a ticket, you're going to have to wait until next time to enjoy the goodness that is QuahogCon. We'll be recording the talks so you can check them out after they happen. Not quite as good as being there, but at least you'll be able to hear the content.

Huge thanks go out to everyone who got in there and bought a ticket. Without attendees, we wouldn't be able to put on this con.

Core Security Technologies signs on as a sponsor


We're excited to announce that Core Security has joined on as a QuahogCon sponsor. Core's pen-testing tools are some of the best in the industry. They also are fantastic about supporting the Con scene. They'll be setting up a table at QuahogCon, so be sure to stop by and check them out and thank them for sponsoring the conference.

Alpha One Labs Hackerspace signs on as a sponsor


Alpha One Labs, a hackerspace in Brooklyn, NY has signed on as a sponsor of the conference as well. These folks are doing some great stuff down in Brooklyn. Holding classes, running with a radical inclusion membership policy and getting shit done. They're poised to grow. They'll be running a contest or two at QuahogCon, so check them out.

Aileron Group signs on as a sponsor


We're excited to announce the the Aileron Group of Boston has signed on as a silver sponsor of the conference. Aileron is an IT consulting and strategy firm. If you're in New England and need some help getting your IT story together, check in with them, they should be able to help you out.

Matthew Borgatti to give closing keynote


We've really scored an excellent speaker to close the conference out. Matthew Borgatti is a hacker, builder and designer who specializes in mechanisms and manufacturing. He's built monsters for movies ranging from Snakes on a Plane to Aliens Vs. Predator II. He's built stop motion sets for the Simpsons. He's worked on giant metal slabs for Raygun Gothic Rocket and the DNA Lounge.

Matthew will be giving the closing keynote at QuahogCon, giving us the low down on all sorts of rapid prototyping tools and techniques that have become reasonably affordable to the common man in the last five years. We're quite excited about this talk and think it's really going to wrap things up well.

Don't miss out, get your tickets to QuahogCon today!

J&J Technologies sponsors QuahogCon


We have one more sponsor announcement today. J&J Technologies of Wareham, MA has signed on as a sponsor of QuahogCon. They are the fine people who are doing the manufacturing run of the hackable badges for us. While we obviously have to pay for the materials to make the badges, they have given us a big break on the labor to assemble them. We really appreciate their support of the con in this way. If you find yourself in need of some contract electronics manufacturing, please consider them. They're fine people who do excellent work, right here in New England.

Microsoft Security Response Center to sponsor QuahogCon

Microsoft Logo

It's a big weekend for announcements here. One of our speakers did us a huge favor and hooked us up with the folks at the Microsoft Security Response Center. They've agreed to come on board as a sponsor. Corporate budget planning being the way it is, they don't have funds to give us, but they will be providing a very nice item that we'll be giving away as a prize for one of the contests. We really appreciate the support.

Mitch Altman and Jimmie P. Rodgers in the Hardware Hacking Lounge


We're super excited to let you all know that Mitch Altman and Jimmie P. Rodgers will be at QuahogCon giving workshops in the Hardware Hacking Lounge. Whether you're a soldering newbie or an experienced hardware hacker, Mitch and Jimmie will be there all weekend to help you out with whatever you're working on. They'll also be giving a mix of workshops based on their areas of expertise.

Don't miss out, get your tickets to QuahogCon today!

Photo Credits:
Mitch Altman picture by Jean-Baptiste Labrune
Jimmie P. Rodgers picture by Bill T Miller

PaulDotCom Security Weekly Sponsors QuahogCon

We're glad to announce that PaulDotCom Security Weekly has joined on as a sponsor of QuahogCon. The PaulDotCom team does a great job of informing the security community of what's going on week to week in the infosec world in a fun and entertaining podcast. They're also great on the Maker side of things, especially with their awesome ShmooBall cannon, which we'll get to hear all about in Larry and Darren's talk at QuahogCon.

Big thanks to the PaulDotCom crew!

Dan Kaminsky to Give Keynote at QuahogCon

This just in! Dan Kaminsky will be the keynote speaker for QuahogCon. It took some wrangling to pin him down, but he's really looking forward to coming to the Biggest Little and presenting some brand spanking new research. He'll be speaking at 1030 on Saturday, right after the opening ceremonies.

Dan Kaminsky is a security researcher and Director of Penetration Testing for IOActive. He formerly worked for Cisco and Avaya. He is known among computer security experts for his work on DNS cache poisoning, including showing that the Sony Rootkit had infected at least 568,200 computers and for his talks at the Black Hat Briefings.

Badge Prototype Preview

In the spirit of blurry camera phone pictures showing pre-release products on Engadget and Gizmodo, we are proud to present the first prototype of the QuahogCon badge. We've blurred out some identifying info on it for now so as not to give folks too much of a head start in the badge hacking contest. Fear not, we'll be giving more info as the date approaches.

One of the things that will change on the production run is that the big USB A connector will get swapped out with a smaller (and less expensive) mini-B connector.

Registration is Open

Registration opened yesterday at Noon. There are still plenty of tickets left. Be sure to get your tickets ordered by Feb 28th in order to ensure that you'll get a hackable badge at the Con.

Register Now!

Schedule Posted and Registation Opens Tomorrow

The schedule of all the talks is posted. We've got a couple of TBAs that will be filling in soon. We're also going to be adding more evening activities, so keep an eye on the schedule page for the latest on what you'll get to do at the Con.

Registration opens tomorrow at Noon EST. Tickets are $100 each, with a limit of 2 tickets per order. There are only 150 tickets, so don't delay, they'll probably go fast.