2017-07-27 through 2017-07-30 DefCon 25

2017-07-27 (Day 1)

The biohacking community has been a wonderful place. When I mentioned that I was going to DefCon in 2017 my "rival" podcast, the Dangerous Minds Podcast, host reached out to me and offered to let me share a room with their crew to keep costs down. C00p3r and Cur50r met me along with another DefCon attendee who wished to remain anonymous. Within moments we were old friends with our shared interested in biohacking and podcasting. People mistakenly thought I was dating Cur50r because we were so close all weekend.

Gentlemen of the Dangerous Minds Podcast and my roommates

2017-07-28 (Day 2)

On the first day of the convention, I spent most of my time volunteering in the Biohacking Village. Here, we hosted speakers, talked with interested and interesting attendees. We sold shirts and the convention's only living badges. Our badges contained all the necessary ingredients to grow brewer's yeast. Just add water.

Some of the speeches were incredible. One person spoke about computer hacking using his dog as an attack vector, one time slot was spent building tDCS machines with supplied parts. At the end of the day, C00p3r performed an implant to a very excited person.

2017-07-29 (Day 3)

For the third day I started by attending Cory Doctorow's speech about DRM. The most important thing I gathered from his speech was the significance of property. Property was something that belongs solely to the owner. This means that no one else can claim any rights over it.

Later that day, I was on a panel in the Biohacking Village where we talked about body autonomy and Cory's speech about property came to me. Later that day I was volunteering at the door of the village and talking with a hacker waiting to get in about the significance of body autonomy and property as Cory Doctorow described it. While speaking with this hacker, Cory Doctorow walked out of our village. Without missing a beat, I invited him to the conversation and told him how his speech related to biohacking and we spoke for a moment about the importance of recognizing autonomy and property. We shook hands and he left.

Cory Doctorow speaking at DefCon 2017

That evening the Biohacking Village group hosted a small party after all the talks were done. Bioluminescent beer was drafted for the party to demonstrate the ability of gene editing as it related to brewer's yeast but this was not the same yeast given with the badges.

Cur50r at the village party

After the party, we went back to the hotel where we thought someone had pulled the fire alarm, a common prank during DefCon. Unfortunately, it was no prank, someone had accidentally triggered the sprinkler system at the hotel and even less fortunate was the fact that it was the room directly over our's so our ceiling light was dripping water very quickly. We had to change rooms at four in the morning.

The pool on the roof must have a leak

2017-07-30 (Day 4)

On Sunday the convention is usually winding down, talks start later in the day, the closing ceremonies are in the evening, and people are nursing hangovers. It was also the day when the Hack a Day group gathered to hand out swag and meet attendees. One of the most notorious badges at the con was a quad-copter badge and I was fortunate enough to see someone flying their badge that morning. I also got to meet some of the senior staff of Hack a Day and they mentioned one of my future projects. Mike Szczys wrote about the morning meet up.

Flying a DefCon badge

After all the talks for the whole day, our group had a chance to catch our collective breath and talk to the people we had spent the weekend working alongside. Our conversations lasted for hours and no one was sitting off to the side like a wallflower, we were all chatting actively and coming down from the high of a weekend we spent on the same team.

Gathering following the day, picture 1

Gathering following the day, picture2

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