DEF CON: The Ultimate Guide for First-Timers

Ginny Fahs
Aug 20 · 6 min read

1. Prepare

Ready for DEF CON with my badge, guide, and sticker swag.

2. Hack your Badge

3. Visit Villages

4. See the Wall of Sheep

Wall of Sheep at Packet Hacking Village, DEF CON 27.

5. Pick a Lock

As a total novice, I picked through these four locks in 30 minutes at Lockpick Village. We should all be scared.

6. Spot a Tin Foil Hat

7. Watch a Skytalk

8. Experience a CTF

Fun times at Biohacking Village. Yes, we’re next to a display of fake babies in a NICU.

9. Meet a WISP Scholar

WISP scholars celebrate their time at DEF CON with at Saturday brunch.

10. Make a new friend at LINECON

11. Party like a hacker

Know anything else that should make this list? Drop me a line in the comments.


Thanks to Andy Coravos

Ginny Fahs

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