DEFCON 201 Meet Up — October 2019 — Hacktoberfest 3.0

Oct 15 · 6 min read

Date: October 18th, Friday

Time: 7:00 PM — 10:00 PM

Location: Sub Culture (260 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ)


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Welcome to the October 2019 DEFCON 201 Meet Up!

It’s October, one of our favorite months of the year so you know what that means…Pumpkin Spice everything and Christmas decorations being already on sale at your local supermarket. But for us, October is one of our favorite most hacker times of year. This is the month where we get to make our own Halloween cosplay, do Git Pull Requests for free computer swag, celebrate Cyber Security Awareness Month and attend the only reason to ever travel to Philly the police state: Pumpcon!

We invite you down to join our spooky madness!

About Our Venue:

We welcome you to Sub Culture at 260 Newark Ave in Jersey City. Five blocks from the Grove Street Path station and right on the NJ Transit Bus Stop; enjoy Free-Wifi, affordable (meat and vegan) food, power strips, video games on Raspberry Pi and sweet times! More information at

If you like to do a talk at our meet ups our collaborate with our staff and members in a project partnership shoot us a email at:


7:00pm — 7:55pm
Meet & Greet
7:55pm — 8:00pm
DEFCON 201 News, Updates & Announcements — Sidepocket
8:00pm — 8:35pm
Locking Down Production Access at Startup Scale — Liz Fong-Jones
8:35pm — 8:40pm
Hacktoberfest: The Stupid Content Tracker— Sidepocket
8:40pm — 9:55pm
Open Workshops Projects
9:55pm — 10:00pm


Practice Lockpicking & Locksport — Sidepocket

Hacktoberfest 2019 — Sidepocket


DEFCON 201 News, Updates & Announcements

:..>The Co-Founders and some of it’s active attendees have been working on many awesome things. Here are some of them for the end of this year, 2019 and beyond!

:.> Bio: A Co-Founder of DEFCON 201, an open group for hacker workshop projects in North East New Jersey, Sidepocket is constantly wanting to help people to get better at whatever they want to do and learn. He also has a history with NYC 2600, Radio Statler at Hackers on Planet Earth, Phone Losers of America, Museum of Urban Reclaim Spaces and The Yes Men. Find out more about DEFCON 201 at:

Locking Down Production Access at Startup Scale

:..>You don’t have to be Google to implement good security controls. Learn about what lessons translated when going from Google to a 25-person startup, and how a modicum of effort can better secure user data and access to production. We’ll cover implementing production changes using continuous integration, a variety of second factor solutions for SSH access to production, and more.

:..>Bio: Liz Fong-Jones is a developer advocate, labor and ethics organizer, and Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) with 15+ years of experience. She is an advocate at for the SRE and Observability communities, and previously was an SRE working on products ranging from the Google Cloud Load Balancer to Google Flights.

She lives in Brooklyn with her wife Elly, metamours, and a Samoyed/Golden Retriever mix, and in San Francisco and Seattle with her other partners. She plays classical piano, leads an EVE Online alliance, and advocates for transgender rights as a board member of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Hacktoberfest: The Stupid Content Tracker

:..>Hacktoberfest is a month-long celebration of open source software run by DigitalOcean and DEV. In this quick primer, you will learn how to navigate GitHub, how Git works, how to log into the Hacktoberfest website, how to do a Pull Request and what you need to do to earn your FREE T-Shirt and swag!

:.>Bio: A Co-Founder of DEFCON 201, an open group for hacker workshop projects in North East New Jersey, Sidepocket is constantly wanting to help people to get better at whatever they want to do and learn. He also has a history with NYC 2600, Radio Statler at Hackers on Planet Earth, Phone Losers of America, Museum of Urban Reclaim Spaces and The Yes Men. Find out more about DEFCON 201 at:


Practicing Lockpicking & Locksport

:..>DEFCON 201 will have padlocks and professional practice tumblers provided by TOOOL to practice on. Fun and easy to learn for all ages and backgrounds with two expert instructors!

Hacktoberfest 2019

:..>What’s Hacktoberfest?

Hacktoberfest — brought to you by DigitalOcean in partnership with DEV — is a month-long celebration of open source software. Maintainers are invited to guide would-be contributors toward issues that will help move the project forward, and contributors get the opportunity to give back to both projects they like and others they’ve just discovered. No contribution is too small — bug fixes and documentation updates are valid ways of participating.

Can’t make it to this event? Hacktoberfest is virtual and open to participants from around the globe. Sign up to participate today at

Rules & Prizes

First, sign up on the Hacktoberfest site at To qualify for the official limited edition Hacktoberfest shirt, you must register and make four pull requests between October 1–31. Pull requests can be to any public repo on GitHub, not just the ones with issues labeled Hacktoberfest. If a maintainer reports your pull request as invalid or behavior not in line with the project’s code of conduct, you will be ineligible to participate.

Connect with other Hacktoberfest participants by using #hacktoberfest on your social media platform of choice.

DEFCON 201 Hacktoberfest 2019 GitHub Highlights:

Full List Of Hacktoberfest 2019 GitHub Projects:

Hacktoberfest 2019 Climate Change Projects:

New to DigitalOcean? Receive USD $50 in infrastructure credit at

NOTE ON DEFCON 201 Stance On GitHub

We are aware of the moral issues surrounding the GitHub platform. If any of our attendees do not want to participate this activity for this reason, we sympathize with your choice and we will do nothing to dissuade you otherwise.

DEFCON 201 does not endorse any of the corporate actions of GitHub.

The choice to do Hacktoberfest was decided upon months before the issues came to public and Hacktoberfest works only with GitHub as per-noted on the Hacktoberfest FAQ.

In 2020 and beyond, if Hacktoberfest doe not take our urging to team up with an alternative software repo such as GitLab or BitBucket, we will put to a member vote of continuing our Hacktoberfest tradition every October due to the moral controversy of GitHub’s actions.


:..>DEFCON 201 will expand into video media in late September. We will be launching various videos including an Introduction, Member Spotlights, Archived Lightning Talks, Tutorials, Directions and more on the DTube, Vimeo and YouTube Mirror platforms. We will also have downloadable copies on the DEFCON 201 NextCloud of select media for DEFCON 201 Members who want hard copies of videos. If you want to be in the Introduction, Member Spotlights or Archive Lighting Talks you can inquire into us about signing our DEFCON 201 Consent Forums and we will walk you through the process. Those who have not signed our DEFCON 201 Consent Forums during meetings will NOT be recorded in Video or Audio as per our policy. Furthermore, any instances of media recording photo/video/audio via DEFCON 201 Staff will be alerted to all president attendees beforehand prior to recording.



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North East New Jersey DEFCON Group Chapter. Dirty Jersey Represent! We meet at Sub Culture once a month to hack on technology projects!

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