I just came back from the 2015 Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg, Germany — my brain is going to need some time to process everything that I’ve experienced in the past week.
The congress is in some sense a combination of Burning Man and DEFCON. Four days of nonstop talks, workshops/assemblies, impromptu parties and projects, capture the flag, and much more. Some of the things we did there (this counts for about 0.01% of the available activities):
- Attend talks about a huge number of topics, ranging from Open-Source intelligence, hardware trojans, the Tor network, privilege-dropping frameworks in Unix and Linux, reverse engineering, quantum computing and cryptography, journalism, politics and law, etc.
- Drink huge amounts of Mate.
- New friends and drinking buddies!
- Whisk(e)y tasting.
- Participate in a CTF contest.
- Play around at a lockpicking workshop.
- Talk to tons of programmers, infrastructure people, security specialists, journalists, artists, tinkerers, hobbyists, and other computer-folk.
I’ll spend some time posting the talks I enjoyed the most — if you’re interested in sorting through them yourself, here are some links: