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MRMCD14: Searching “constructive” submissions for the MetaRheinMainConstructionDays (MRMCD-CFP)

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

The MetaRheinMainChaosDays (MRMCD) is an annual Chaos Computer Club conference taking place since 2004. As of 2012 it is realised in cooperation with the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da). Organizer is the non-profit MRMCD e.V. along with local hackerspaces, CCC groups and universities. The event will take place from 5th to 7th of September 2014.

For the planned “big construction site IT-Security” (this years motto of the MRMCD), the “Bauleitung” searches interesting talks and workshop proposals from the international hacker community.

Former MRMCDs had presentations discussing IT-security, cryptology, politics, embedded  systems, open source development, intelligent road networks, DIN EN  60880 and other related content. Of course, as it is a hacker conference, the list of interesting topics is not really limited. Workshops are also invited to take place on the “construction site”.

The submission interface can be found here:

Further information in English is on the website of the mrmcd14:


(construction management)

30C3 recordings: all formats released

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Congress is over now and as always, there has been much more to see than what could be seen in four short days. If you missed some of the talks however, we can help out: Almost all talks have now been released on in various formats.

If you prefer a plain directory listing, please go to It has been reported that this URL also works quite fine with various media players e.g. XBMC.

Each talk is available as MPEG-4 AVC/H264 and WebM/VP8 in 720×576 resolution (anamorphic 16:19). For the talks in hall 1 we additionally have a 1920×1080 HD version. If you need smaller files e.g. if you are playing them on a mobile device: There is also a “LQ” 512×288 resolution version and audio-only files in Opus and MP3.

If a filename contains multiple language marks like de-en the video contains two audio tracks: native room audio and a translation.

  • de-en means the talk was held in german and translated into english. This has been done for every german talk!
  • en-de means the talk was held in english and translated into german.

For other ways of getting the files can be found at the wiki page Documentation.

The following talks have not been recorded at request of it’s speakers:

  • Die Bundesrepublik – das am meisten überwachte Land in Europa
  • V wie Verfassungsschutz
  • Googlequiz

Additionally, there were problems with the recordings of the following talks. Sadly, we won’t be able to fix them:

  • BREACH in Agda (5394): Audio track is missing for the first 8 minutes
  • Opening Event (5605): No 1080p HD recording
  • Do You Think That’s Funny? (5376): No 1080p HD recording

We also encourage you to help with the subtitling efforts at Look at the Subtitles project wiki page for detailed informations and how-to’s. The project aims to provide a transcript (and possibly a translation) of each talk at 30c3 and helps to make the talks more accessible and barrier-free.

Why not combine watching of a talk with checking subtitles that need review? Just go to Subtitles status listing to check the current subtitle status of the respective talk.

Finally, we’d like to thank all of the angels who helped with the video recordings and everything related to it and also want to thank all those who provided us with servers, hosting and bandwidth to deliver the streams to you during the event.

–– The 30C3 Video Operation Center (VOC)

Photography at the 30c3: Watch where you’re shooting!

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

TL;DR: Ask everyone who you can see in your lens for their permission before taking a picture or video! If someone asks you to delete a photo they might be in, or put away your camera, please do so!

Each congress is a huge social event, a great time many people want to remember and share with their friends. Thanks to smartphones and social media, photography in public places increases year after year.

Some of you in attendance may be very accustomed to environments where taking pictures and videos in public areas is common place. The 30C3 is not one of those places. For a variety of reasons, including privacy, many people attending the 30C3 will not want to be photographed in any way.

Therefore, before raising your camera to take a picture or record a video, we kindly remind you to explicity seek the permission of all those who may be present in your image before shooting.

If anyone objects to your photography after the fact, please be courteous and offer to delete any pictures or video on your device and refrain from taking more pictures at that moment.

This has been a tradition at the congress since before the first cameraphone! You may even see people wearing “Keine Bilder!” t-shirts and hoodies. This means “No Photos!” and we ask that you continue to respect this tradition at the 30C3 no matter what you may be accustomed to elsewhere.

Of course we love seeing pictures of the congress everywhere and we don’t want to stop you from preserving your own special memories. However, please keep the rights of your fellow attendees in mind!

Organize your own content!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

There was a time when we put all user-generated community-driven crowdsourced events under the label “workshops”. We said that a workshop need not be an event with hands-on and making, it’s just something that happens at a special time and place, outside of the big halls.

For the 30c3, we’ve added 3 new REALLY BIG rooms (Hall D-F) in addition to the halls we used last year (Hall 13-14) just for your events. We also chose a more appropriate name for everything that is organized by you: “Self-organized Sessions“.

It doesn’t matter whether you want to give an introduction into your favorite programming language or want to make new friends with similar interests. All you have to do is use the wiki to create a SOS and choose a free space and time to get going. (You can check the Session-Calendar for open slots.)

Each room is equipped with a video projector and Halls D-F will have a PA. We’ve also improved the idea of the Speakers Corner and there are many Assemblies that provide sessions and space for sessions.

As you can see: Everything is ready for your session! So join the 150+ already registered sessions and create your part of the 30C3.

Everything alright with your preorder?

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Is your preorder not marked as paid, but you transferred the money last week or earlier? Mail us right now and be sure to provide transaction metadata (name of account holder, account number, sort code). We may not be able to help you with your failed preorder on site, so please make sure you have your tickets before going to the cash desk (or be prepared to buy a ticket on site).

If you’re planning to buy a congress ticket on site, please make sure you bring enough cash as we cannot accept any other kind of payment.

Can’t be in Hamburg? Try Congress Everywhere!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013


TL;DR: Please set up a congress everywhere near you, invite your neighbors and take part in C.H.A.O.S.!

Remember when we met in Berlin at the bcc? The 25C3 was when we first stuck those pesky signs on the door that read “Sold out, we’re sorry”. The building was already incredibly packed and we couldn’t let anyone in anymore. This inspired the concept of “congress everywhere” which debuted at the 26C3. The theme of that congress was “Here be Dragons”, so the idea to expand the fun of the congress beyond the bcc was called “Dragons everywhere”.

But what was this notion of “congress everywhere”? It actually existed from the times the congress first had streams. Some people needed to go to work during daytime, others had family and couldn’t leave during the holiday, and some probably just preferred watching it all from the comfort of their living room. But facing another packed bcc in 2009, we formally encouraged people to open their homes and hackerspaces, and they did!

At 27C3 (“We come in Peace”) we called them “Peace Missions“, and there were more than 50 of those in 14 countries all over the world. The concept of the “Signal Angel” spontaneously emerged at the 27C3, allowing those watching the streams to act questions and interact with the audience remotely. At 28C3 (Behind Enemy Lines) we called them “No Nerd left behind” and there were over 60 publicly announced get-togethers in 15 different countries as far away as Chile, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

With the move to Hamburg and the much larger CCH for the 29C3 (Not my Department), space was no longer an issue. Everyone who wanted to attend could get a ticket, even at the door! Yet, remote participants from 34 places in 9 countries still met and continued the tradition of “Congress Everywhere“.

Despite the fact that we have enough space for everyone at the 30c3 and will be selling tickets at the door, we still encourage you to have your “Congress Everywhere” if you can’t make it to Hamburg. To get started, just add your Congress Everywhere to the wiki, along with some information regarding location, timeframe, a link or contact information for people interested in joining you.

Questions to the speakers can be forwarded by Signal Angels via IRC and Twitter. Also VPN access to the congress network will be available, so you don’t have to worry about your network.

In addition to the Signal Angels, see C.H.A.O.S. for another way to connect from anywhere to the 30C3!

Highlights of 30C3 Art & Beauty Track and Works

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

“You can create art and beauty on a computer.” The quote has been derived from Steven Levy’s famous hacker ethic in his book »Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution« – published in 1984, the debut year of the Chaos Communication Congress at Bürgerhaus Eidelstedt in the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg.

30 years later »Art & Beauty« (»Kunst und Schönheit«) – its ironic twist entirely unfolding in German language – is one of five content tracks in the conference program. You can’t overlook it in the Fahrplan –  the purple colour coding is as weird as the naming is misleading.

The particular review team searched for speakers who are using hacker tools and skills to create art works which are critically dealing with the underlying technology, the very hacker culture itself, or the impact of both towards a broader audience outside the core hacker community, i. e. mass media, popular culture, art or politics.

Therefore we are very proud to present an international all-star selection of artists, hackers and theorists who followed the invitation of the CfP to contribute to the jubilee edition of the Chaos Communication Congress.

Trevor Paglen is currently one of the most prolific contemporary artists who unveils the hidden, but in an uncanny way highly aesthetic landscape of top secret U. S. military programs which heavily take advantage from the NSA’s global SigInt espionage activities.

olia lialina has been pioneering net art from the 1990s on and is asking in her lecture »Turing Complete User« what the disappearing of the computer – into the Cloud, into the Internet of Things does to the concept of its User.

Ars Electronica award-winning artist Julian Oliver is talking on the »Art of Exploit« as an introduction to critical engineering and interventions rather than art in a conventional way. Together with his partner at art collective weise7 he will present the prototype of »PRISM: The Beacon Frame« as an example of such critical work of art in the framework of the 30C3 exhibition organised by the local Hamburg Gängeviertel

Also joining the Gängeviertel’s art exhibition is Aram Bartholl with his open design laboratory and workshop »Kill Your Phone!« whereas his conference lecture »Hello World!« gives a resume of his stunning art projects like »USB DeadDrops« or »IRL map marker in public« that always blurs the symbolic orders of the digital sphere and its physical counterparts.

A highlight at the very start of the conference will be lixvlx’ lecture »What’s so funny about?« The member of the art group UBERMORGEN.COM famous for their highly controversial works like »« or »GWEI – Google will eat itself« is talking about the practical impossibility of interventionist art practice under today’s regime of anti-terror legislation.

Besides the conference program Art & Beauty has entered the night line and is presenting two high profile performances of artelse’s facial hacking research »Perfect Paul« and KH Jeron’s singing and dancing robot – build to take part in TV casting shows – »Sim Gishel«.

Last, but not least, the 30C3 poster-child hardware-hacking open art project »Seidenstrasse« – a revision of the OCTO installation by the artist group Telekommunisten – originated from the Art & Beauty review team’s brainstorming sessions and is adding up an all-new layer of communication infrastructure to the event: A pneumatic tube system built from non-perforated (airtight) drainage pipe and vacuum cleaners Seidenstrasse.

To sum it up: a revision to Steven Levy’s quote is overdue: »You can create more than art and beauty on a computer.«

Get your Lightning Talk on!

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Did you think that the thrill of sharing your ideas in front of a huge audience at a C3 was something you’d never do? Was your talk one of the hundreds that got rejected? Did you come up with an awesome hack today that you need to share? Well, you’re in luck because the Lightning Talks are back for the 30c3!

Taking place at 12:45 on Days 2, 3 and 4, these fast paced sessions are perfect for pitching new software or hardware projects, exploits, creative pranks or strange ideas you need to get out to a global audience. Even if you don’t have an awesome idea or project to share, a Lightning Talk is perfect for pitching your self organized session, assembly, or even a longer talk you’ll give at the speakers corner.

There’s even a special 180 second express round on Day 4 for those of you who don’t need fancy slides or a full five minutes to share your ideas.

Registration is now open for the Lightning Talk sessions at the 30c3. Act fast to reserve your slot. Day 2 is full and Day 3 is almost full. (Update: Day 3 is full, there are only spots left on Day 4)

The Lightning Talks filled up on Day 1 last congress and at the current pace of submissions, they will likely fill up before the 30C3 begins!

PS: Natürlich könnt ihr euren Lightning Talk auch in Deutsch halten!

Experience the Congress at its best – join the angels!

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Chaos Communication Congress mal anders – Hilf mit!

english version below

Die Kohlenstoffeinheiten, die den Congress erst möglich machen, werden gemeinhin auch Engel genannt. Sie kümmern sich um alles, angefangen vom Aufbau, Audio-Aufzeichnungen der Vorträge über die Einlasskontrolle, Pressebetreuung, Simultanübersetzung bis hin zum Abbau.

Aber was ist das Besondere daran ein Engel zu sein? Eine Frage, die man jedes Jahr neu beantworten muss. Denn der Congress lebt von seinen Besuchern und den freiwilligen Helfern, die ihn jedes Jahr neu erschaffen und mit ihrer Kreativität jedes Jahr anderes werden lassen als die Jahre zuvor. Willst Du, dass Deine Kreativität und Dein Engagement ein Teil dieses Erlebnisses werden?

Bring Dich ein und werde als Engel Teil einer Gemeinschaft, die so alt ist, wie der Congress selbst. Seit dem ersten Congress 1984 wird alles durch Freiwillige – genannt ‘Engel’ – erledigt. Als Gegenleistung erhalten die Engel einen ruhigen Platz im berühmten ‘Himmel’ inklusive Essens- und Getränkeversorgung, sowie das gute Gefühl mitzuhelfen und ein wichtiger Teil des Congresses zu sein.

Um selbst ein Engel zu werden, musst Du Dich nur im Engelsystem registrieren. Dort kannst Du Dich dann selbst für Schichten eintragen, die Dir zusagen. Für viele Aufgaben sind keine besonderen Kenntnisse erforderlich, andere erfordern eine Einführung, welche aber auf den 30C3 angeboten wird. Weitere Informationen findest Du auf der Engelseite im Wiki.

Wenn Du Dir noch unsicher bist, kannst Du auch jederzeit im Himmel vorbei schauen. Die dortigen SchichtkoordinatorInnen können Deine Fragen sicherlich beantworten. Du wirst auch immer auf andere Engel treffen die Dich bei Deinen Schichten unterstützen.

Wenn Du also zwei Stunden oder mehr Leerlauf hast, trage Dich bittte für eine Schicht ein!
Wir freuen uns auf Dich im Himmel!

Wenn Du Dich nicht daran beteiligen möchtest, den Congress am Laufen zu halten, nimm Dir bitte zumindest die Zeit und zeige pro Tag mindestens drei Engeln Deine Dankbarkeit. :)


english version:

Experience the Congress at its best – join the angels!

Angels are the voluntary auxiliary carbon compounds making the whole congress possible. They run everything: introduction of speakers, audio/video streams and recordings, data, electricity and phone networks, bars, and even emergency services.

What makes being an angel so special, you may wonder. Let us answer this with a question: Are you able to run an event with thousands of visitors, creative minds, eager to discuss, explore and most of all: create?

Join the angels and find out! Doing so, you will join a community as old as the Congress itself.
Since the very first Congress in 1984, everything is done by volunteers called ‘Angels’. In return, the angels get some quiet space in the famous ‘Heaven’ including food and drink supply, and the good feeling of helping out and being part of the Congress experience.

To become an angel, all you have to do is to register in the engelsystem where you can sign up for your favourite shifts, times and tasks. Many of the tasks do not need any knowledge besides showing up on time but are nonetheless vital for the Congress. Other tasks may need an introduction with which you will be provided in time at the 30C3. Please read the angel wiki page for basic information.

If you do not yet know, how to start, you can also visit the heaven and ask, how you could help. There you can also receive information about shortages and important tasks.

So if you have two or more hours to spare, sign up for a shift!
We will be waiting for you in Heaven!

If you don’t want to participate in making the congress work, at least take your time and thank at least 3 angels every day to show your gratitude. :)


The Speakers Corner

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Ihr habt spontane Gedanken zur politischen Lage? Ihr wollt Projekte die beim Congress entstanden sind vorstellen? Ihr könntet ein Minibarcamp zu einem Thema organisieren das beim Kongress bisher Eurer Meinung nach zu kurz kommt? Ihr wollt ein öffentliches Streitgespräch führen. Ihr habt einen Talk der länger als 60 Minuten geht? Ihr findet euren abgelehnten Talk so interessant das ihr ihn trotzdem halten wollt?

Ihr könnt all das und das Orga Team gibt Euch dafür eine exponierte Bühne. Direkt vor Saal 1 im Hauptfoyer wird es die Speakers Corner geben – komplett mit Micro, Lautsprechern und Beamer könnt ihr Euch unbürokratisch äussern und der Kongressöffentlichkeit stellen. Dafür wird neben der Bühne im Barcamp Stil ein Kalender hängen in den ihr Euch eintragen könnt – dann einfach da sein und präsentieren, diskutieren, dokumentieren.

Diese Bühne ist komplett von EUCH selbst organisiert und fast* alles ist erlaubt.

*)(Selbstredend gelten die Kongress und CCC Statuten ( Diskriminierende und rassistische Äusserungen und Aufforderungen zu Gewalt werden auch hier in keinster Weise toleriert.)


The Speakers Corner

You have spontanous thoughts on the current political state of affairs? You want to present the awesome project you made at the congress? You have an idea for a little barcamp for a theme that in your mind is not sufficiently presented at the congress? You want to have a public debate? You have a talk longer then 60 minutes? You want to hold a rejected talk anyways?

You have the oppertunity to do all that and the congress orga team gives you an exposed stage for it. At the Speakers Corner you will be able to unbureaucratically express your mind in front of the congress audience. The stage is equiped with a microphone, loudspeakers and a projector and located directly in front of stage 1 in the main foyer. There will be a schedule next to the stage where you can pencil in your talk barcamp style. All you have to do then is show up, present, discuss and document.

This stage is completely organized by YOU and almost* everything is allowed.

*) (of course the normal congress and CCC rules apply ( Discriminating or racist remarks and any incitement to violence will not be tolerated in any way.)