So there have been lots of questions from folks to our staff about when badges are going to be getting into people's hands; this is awesome! It's always rad when you create something that people actually want to get their hands on, especially with so many people asking about them (we've had requests from non-attendees at this point). The short, albeit vague, answer is soon. The goal is to have all of them in everyone's hands by the time HushCon New York rolls around. This isn't because HushCon New York has any particular meaning in terms of timing, but I'd like plenty of time for people to get use to them, develop for them, and do fun things with them. I’d like for HushCon Seattle 2017 to include a demo-scene and/or “coolest program” contest for the units (with prizes of course). Besides, how cool would it be to have a good ‘ole fashioned warez swap for attendee created carts?!
So what’s taking so long? Well… me! Following HushCon Seattle were the holidays, my chance to unwind from a long year and another successful con. In the start of the New Year I had a handful of “life events”, nothing too serious, but definitely situations where I felt it was more appropriate to take care of myself before other duties. Since I’m the primary person who assembles the electronic units the conference produces, so when I’m unavailable these things don’t get done.
I really appreciate all of the support people have provided, offering to help out, asking if there is anything they can do to expedite the process, or just act as a relay for updates on the progress. Everyone has really stepped up and treated these electronic giveaways as exactly that, something extra that they really want to get their hands on, not something they’re entitled to. All too often I hear complaints by other conferences or badge creators, that attendees lose sight that something like this is icing on the cake, not a given - I haven’t experienced that at all with these and it’s awesome!
Beginning this week all of the units will be put back into production; remember, that means me assembling and testing by hand. I will be producing small batches weekly, to ensure adequate testing and most importantly, care in assembly. As units are completed I will be going down our registration list and contacting attendees for mailing addresses to ship units out to.
I get a lot of praise for some of my work in electronics and badge design to date, but in all honesty (and this isn’t modesty) I’m still a n00b, just a few tutorials ahead of most in the Getting Started with Arduino book… and no, I don’t know how magnets work. This is another reason for the delay; I’m not in the habit, nor is it a facet of my job, to design, fabricate, and deliver functional electronics (even the code I write is all Proof-of-Concept and ugly as hell :P). This was an ambitious undertaking for me, but if you’re not going to do something awesome, what’s the point? I’m just glad so many people understand that awesome takes time and a lot of hard work ;)
I’ll be reaching out soon.
OCT 31 == DEC 25 == CFP CLOSED
We're pleased to announce that registration is open for this year's hardware training. Joe FitzPatrick will be providing 2 days of hands-on hardware training and exploitation with his class Applied Physical Attacks on Embedded Systems. Training will take place the 2 days leading up to HushCon Seattle 2016, with admission into the con included for registered students. Additional details about this class can be found on the event page. Registration provides you with two days of training, meals, drinks, and a class happy hour on the last day.
Seats are limited, so register early to ensure your spot. Parking at the venue is based on availability, but there are plenty of public transit options in the area.