CarolinaCon-12 will occur on March 4th-6th 2016 in Raleigh NC (USA). Admission this year is 40 USD. Submissions for the event are now closed. A schedule has been posted.
Call for Attendees.
If you are interested in attending, watch this space for more details.
...and don't forget to mark the March 4, 2016 dates on your calendar.
Location is the same Hilton as last year,
3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609-7330.
Admission this year is 40 USD.
The block is available from the 3rd to the 6th to allow a bit more time for out of towners. The block expires on January 30th, 2016 or when it gets fully booked, whichever happens first. RESERVE A ROOM
This year’s badge will be an easy to assemble electronic kit. The small kit will be included with the price of admission, and will contain some basic components (even batteries!). Feel free (and encouraged!) to bring additional parts to solder in and hack together. We will be selling Arduino Micro boards (chinese clones) with male and female headers on them. The badge itself will have a large enough protoboard area to fit an Arduino Micro or Arduino Nano compatible board. A boost converter will be included with the Arduino Micros to allow them to be powered from the two AAA batteries that come with the badge kit. The Micro compatible board and the boost convertor will be provided as rewards for a $20 donation. A partial schematic with the important bits is pictured here. All measurements in mils. 1 mil == 0.0254 mm. Instruction Manual[PDF] for those that would like some guidance.
CarolinaCon was started in 2005 and has been held every year since. With each passing year the conference continues to grow and attract more attendees and speakers. As has always been the case, CarolinaCon is put together and run by an all-volunteer staff. CarolinaCon is proudly brought to you by "The CarolinaCon Group". The CarolinaCon Group is a non-profit organization registered in the state of NC, dedicated to educating the local and global communities about technology, information/network/computer security, and information rights.
The CarolinaCon Group is also closely associated with various 2600 chapters across NC, SC, TN, VA, LA, DC, GA, PA and NY. Many of the volunteers who help develop and deliver CarolinaCon come from those chapters.-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
"CTF, is a traditional outdoor game where two teams each have a flag (or other marker) and the object is to..."
We kid; we do, we do! Seriously, as a staple CTF needs no introduction. But for any newer folks out there: CTF (note the apparent requisite white t-shirts and glasses)
The CTF this year will be a scenario based event where contestants will assist a fictitious company secure their borders by finding and reporting as many vulnerabilities (find and submit as many flags) as possible before the event ends.
@lintile is back again this year to bring us another great crypto challenge. I know many attendees had fun working on this one in groups in the CTF room. This is a favorite not to be missed. The challenges start easy and are a great way to learn about different types of encryption. There are always folks around who are happy to help newbies.
Space will be limited, please RSVP. We are planning on running the class Sunday from 1pm to 3pm.
Understanding the Windows kernel has typically been considered a steep learning curve and not for the faint of heart. However, many vulnerabilities have surfaced from the depths of the kernel over the years proving it a lucrative target for attackers. This course is geared toward providing a deeper understanding of how user applications interact with kernel device drivers and the related security implications. We will roll up our sleeves in some hands on exercises as we break down the different software components.
To register send an email to debug[at]thexrg[dot]com with the "Carolinacon Training" in the subject line.
More information coming soon!
If you happen to have some temperature controllable solder stations you feel like loaning us for the duration of the conference, please reach out to speakers<at>carolinacon.org.
CarolinaCon's Lock-Picking Village (organized by FALE and Oak City Locksport) will be open Friday, March 4th, from registration until Sunday March 6th when we get tired of dealing with it. Be sure to come by for shenanigans, contests, drinks, foam cannons, hot chicks, beat poetry, learning, and pool noodles. At least one of the aforementioned features will occur.
Only pick the test locks provided in the breakout room(s). Do not go around trying to pick hotel locks, locks of cars in the parking lot, etc. during CarolinaCon. Violators of this rule will be swiftly kicked out of the conference and the hotel, and possibly arrested.
Do not pocket/steal any picks, pick sets, test locks, etc. Violators of this rule will have their f'ing hands cut off, and then we'll kick them out of the hotel and ban them from all future conference attendance.
Now in its 8th year, the Annual, Unofficial CarolinaCon Shootout is once again a go! Click HERE to visit the official page and get all the details!-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
CarolinaCon is proudly brought to you by "The CarolinaCon Group". The CarolinaCon Group is a non-profit organization registered in the state of NC, dedicated to educating the local and global communities about technology, information/network/computer security, and information rights. The CarolinaCon Group is also closely associated with various "2600" chapters across NC, SC, TN, VA, LA, DC, and NY. Many of the volunteers who help develop and deliver CarolinaCon come from those chapters.
CarolinaCon is mainly about the educational talks, presentations, and demos. Alongside those we will have several other technology-related contests and challenges. Details on other events will be announced on our website as they are planned out.
We don't accept any, so don't bother asking. Capitalism and philanthropic knowledge-sharing don't mix in our opinion. We keep our admission price to the bare minimum to cover our venue and equipment expenses. All of our staff are volunteers who generously donate their time and energy. All of our presenters generously donate their time and talent. The only items sold at CarolinaCon are a limited quantity of single-design CarolinaCon t-shirts....and we only make and sell those because attendees and staff want them.
Well that's a different story. We will gladly accept donations from anyone who wants to contribute. At CarolinaCon, we pride ourselves on not charging a lot for admission so we don't have a lot to spend on giveaways (we manage though). We can always use prizes for Hacker Trivia and various other contests that we run so if you want to donate an actual prize, rather than cash, just let us know by sending an email to: info<at>carolinacon.org
We'll also take cash. :-)