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Chaos Communication Camp 2015: Save the date!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Deutsche Version: siehe unten

Not just because of tradition, but because we can: There will be a Camp in 2015 again!

After more than three thousand guests at the last Camp in 2011, we expect many outdoor enthusiasts, who like to hack during the day and marvel at the light displays at night and will celebrate the ultimate party in the middle of the festival season with us. Let’s just bring all the great experiences from the Congress out on the lawn and do all the experiments too dangerous for the halls of the CCH!

After an exhaustive search we found the perfect green field site for hackers of all kinds to build a camp with the most distinguished wood illuminators and musicians: the Ziegeleipark Mildenberg (brickyard Mildenberg), located idyllically between waterways, but still easily accessible. Don’t forget your swimming trunks and bikinis, because there is a bathing area right at the site: a truly beautiful swimming lake, just a few minutes walk away and well suited to fight the noble nerd paleness. But if you do not like swimming lakes: We will have the popular shower containers again! :}

Of course, we will put together an exciting talk program, which will be presented in two large tents, accommodating 800 and 1,200 people respectively. Moreover there is a park train system with three different track gauges, winding it’s way through the industrial scenery. There will also be a steam engine and a whole museum on machinery and tools used for brick-making.

Assemble in vacation travel groups! If you are free this summer, August 13th through 17th, we would like to invite you to come to the Chaos Communication Camp in Mildenberg. Where a hundred years ago the bricks were burnt for Berlin, we will set up our Camp. Bring your projects, ideas, space rockets and tents, of course. In return we will provide you with a DIY market near by, three brick bbq places and several bars to care for an appropriate environment to fraternize with others.

Tickets for all four days of the Chaos Communication Camp 2015 will be offered in a presale or are available at the site. The presale will be available in June the earliest. Right now the final price is uncertain, because the calculations are not finished yet. We aim to keep the price for the four day ticket below €200. Of course, there will be discounted tickets for children and disabled people enjoy free admission. The Call for Participation for the camp program will be published on this webpage soon.

Save the date for a summer vacation with like-minded people, including working hand rail trollies and locomotives! Until then you might want to indulge yourself in some memories of the Camps in 2011 and 2007.


Nicht nur der Tradition wegen, sondern weil wir es können: Es wird 2015 wieder ein Camp geben!

Nach über dreitausend Gästen beim letzten Camp im Jahr 2011 erwarten wir viele Outdoor-Begeisterte, die tagsüber hacken, sich nachts von der Außenbeleuchtung verzücken lassen und zusammen die ultimative Party mitten in der Festival-Saison feiern. Laßt uns einfach all die tollen Erfahrungen vom Congress raus auf die Wiese tragen und all die Experimente durchführen, die mitten im CCH zu gefährlich sind!

Nach aufwendiger Recherche haben wir den optimalen Ort im Grünen für Hacker, Häcksen und Ähnliche ausfindig gemacht, um mit den erlesensten Waldbeleuchtern und -beschallern ein Camp aufzubauen: der Ziegeleipark Mildenberg, idyllisch gelegen und von Wasser umgeben, aber dennoch gut erreichbar. Badehosen und Bikinis nicht vergessen, denn es gibt eine Badestelle auf dem Gelände: ein wirklich schöner Badesee, nur wenige Minuten zu Fuß entfernt und sehr geeignet zur Bekämpfung der noblen Nerd-Blässe. Und wer Badeseen nicht mag: Wir haben auch wieder die beliebten Duschcontainer! :}

Natürlich werden wir ein spannendes Programm zusammenstellen, das in zwei großen Zelten mit 800 bzw. 1200 Plätzen zu sehen sein wird. Das Gelände hat zudem eine Parkeisenbahn mit drei Spurweiten, die sich durch die Industriearchitektur schlängelt. Zu bewundern ist außerdem eine Dampfmaschine und ein Museum mit Maschinen und Werkzeug zur Ziegelherstellung.

Also: Bildet Urlaubsreisegemeinschaften! Wenn Ihr diesen Sommer vom 13. bis 17. August noch keine Pläne habt, dann möchten wir Euch einladen, zum Chaos Communication Camp 2015 nach Mildenberg zu kommen. Wo vor hundert Jahren die Ziegel für Berlin gebrannt wurden, schlagen wir unsere Zelte auf. Bringt Eure Projekte, Ideen, Weltraumraketen und natürlich die Zelte mit. Dafür bieten wir dann einen Baumarkt in der Nähe, drei gemauerte Grillplätze und mehrere Bars, um für eine angemessene Fraternisierungsumgebung zu sorgen.

Die Tickets für alle vier Tage des Chaos Communication Camps 2015 werden im Vorverkauf angeboten oder sind direkt vor Ort zu kaufen. Frühestens im Juni können wir den Vorverkauf starten. Der genaue Preis steht momentan nicht fest, da die Kalkulation noch nicht abgeschlossen ist. Wir wollen aber beim Preis für das Ticket für alle vier Tage unter 200 € bleiben. Natürlich werden wieder verbilligte Tickets für Kinder angeboten, Menschen mit Behinderungen haben freien Eintritt. Der Call for Participation für das Camp-Programm wird demnächst an dieser Stelle zu finden sein.

Save the date für den Sommerurlaub unter Gleichgesinnten, inklusive funktionierender Draisinen und Lokomotiven! Bis dahin könnt Ihr vielleicht etwas in den Erinnerungen von 2011 und 2007 schwelgen.

1C2: Chaos Cologne – Edge of Control: Call for Participation

Monday, February 9th, 2015

May 16th-17th, KHM, Cologne, Germany

Chaos Cologne “Edge of Control” is an event for hacktivists, media artists, hackers, and makers.


As a community-organized conference, we want to offer you the best lectures you can get. For this, we need your talk submissions We’re offering one-hour slots (including Q&A). Additionally, your talk will be recorded and put online after the conference.


We need your help on-site to make Chaos Cologne great. Please register as soon as we have the registration online.


Workshops are a key aspect of Chaos Cologne. We use them to share skillsets between different people, different communities and (sub-)cultures. Workshops can be anything from soldering simple assembly kits, over setting up open WLAN routers, to building small gimmicks. We strongly encourage you to bring your own project and help people DIY.

If you have a talk, submit it using our talk submission site! We’re looking forward to hear from you. Undecided on whether your talk is appropriate? Here’s a non-exhaustive list of things we are interested in:

  • Code as art
  • Hacktivism
  • Chaos as competence – how to manage the unmanageable
  • Biometrics
  • (Evading) Mass surveillance & privacy
  • Drones and robots
  • Beyond the market
  • Art & security
  • Automated video analysis
  • Copyright as a problem
  • How to create viral content in social media
  • Techniques of free expression
  • Science as well as art on the edge of control

We welcome anything related to these topics (or close enough).


In order to cover the broadest possible spectrum of topics all talk submissions will be reviewed before they are selected.
For your submission to get selected, it is crucial to provide it with a meaningful and sufficient description. The description should give us a brief, clear and concise overview about your presentation or workshop. Your description will be the content comittee’s primary source of information to decide about your submission’s approval.The lecture part of your talk should not exceed 45 minutes because we want to reserve at least 15 minutes for audience Q&A, as well as for a proper speaker handover.
It is fine with us if your talk has already been held at another conference as long as your content is up to date. It is mandatory to refrain from submitting any company and/or product propaganda.


All talks, lecture and workshop proposals must be submitted using our online lecture submission system ( Please follow the instructions given there. If you have any questions regarding your submission, feel free to contact us at If you want to do things which don’t require a lecture or workshop room (e.g. an artistic installation or some other kind of project), please contact us directly at in order to find out if your plans can be realized at Chaos Cologne. Please note: Chaos Cologne is a non-profit oriented event. Neither speakers nor organizers get paid. However, financial help on travel expenses and accommodation is a possibility, should it be really needed. Don’t be shy and state your requirements in the application when submitting your lecture. We’ll contact you after your talk is accepted to see if we can work something out.


Audio and video recordings of the lectures will be published online in various formats. All material will be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany License. Note that this license allows for the commercial use of the content to allow media organisations to use snippets from lecture recordings for their reporting. If you wish to alternatively use a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Germany License or if you require that your lecture is not recorded or streamed at all, please state this with your submission. If you don’t tell us otherwise, audio and video of your lecture will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany License.


That’s our schedule:

  • April 17th, 2015 (23:59 UTC): Submission deadline
  • April 30th, 2015: Final notification of acceptance
  • May 16th-17th, 2015: Chaos Cologne


If there are further questions, simply write an e-mail to orga(at) We’ll reply as soon as possible.
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Assemblies at 31C3: Map available

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Please go and have a look in the wiki (or direct link to the .png). Please be aware that this is only a beta version. Keep an eye on the version numbers, we’ll be updating from time to time.

Also there are now the lists of clusters in the wiki available. Please contact us on c3-assemblies (at) if you have any serious problems with your group. Please don’t forget that we can not fulfil every single wish in total, and tried to give everyone in average the best possible experience and place.

Feel free to give us some less serious feedback after Congress at the above mentioned address.

Brew-it-yourself mit den coffeenerds

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

(English text follows)


Liebe Kaffeeliebhaber,

im letzten Jahr fanden viele von Euch den Weg zu unserer Assembly – den Coffeenerds! Bei uns konntet Ihr Euch Euren einmaligen Kaffee selbst zubereiten!

Wir sind eine Gruppe von Nerds, die ihre Leidenschaft für guten Kaffee teilen und Euch die Möglichkeit geben wollen, in den Genuss einzigartigen Kaffees zu kommen. Nach dem brew-it-yourself-Konzept sollen möglichst viele unterschiedliche Zubereitungsmethoden wie Aeropress und V60 von Euch ausprobiert werden.

Letztes Jahr habt Ihr viel Kaffeebohnen und Equipment gespendet, so dass jeder kostenlos genießen konnte. Vielen Dank dafür! Das soll auch dieses Jahr so sein. Wir werden zwar auch wieder eigenes Equipment mitbringen, hoffen aber trotzdem auf Eure Spenden.
Also bringt Euer Equipment oder Eure Lieblingsbohne mit oder fragt Euren Röster des Vertrauens!

Die Coffeenerds danken Euch im Voraus!

English text:

Dear Coffee lovers,

At the last congress a lot of you already found their way to our assembly of the Coffeenerds, where you could brew your own delicious coffee.

We are a group of nerds, that like to share our passion about good coffee and we want to offer as many visitors as possible the taste of unique coffees. Following our brew-it-yourself concept, a lot of brewing methods like Aeropress an V60 can be tried out.

Last year you already donated lots of coffee beans and brewing equipment, so everybody could try and drink for free. Thank you for that! We will bring our own equipment again, but still hope for donations.
So bring your equipment and your beloved beans or just ask your local roaster!

We thank you in advance,
the Coffeenerds

Welcome to HHackertours – your provider of sightseeing tours for technical enthusiasts!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Visiting the 31C3 and wondering what the city has to offer? Try one of our tours! Our goal is to show Hamburg to the visitors of the 31C3 like no other tour guide would. We’ve selected fascinating tours showing the behind the scenes of our most fascinating technology related sites.

Follow us on twitter for updates, more tours and tour dates!

Save a seat for a tour on our webpage.

Here’s a list of our tours:

If you’ve ever wanted to stand next to a particle accelerator, DESY is the place for you. One of Europe’s leading accelerator research centers, our tour will give you an idea of how particle physics and a host of other sciences are advancing with the help of scientists from all around the world. No special physics background necessary!

The harbour tour “eye to eye with giants” takes you directly onto the container terminals of the second largest harbour in Europe. You will visit CTA (Container Terminal Altenwerder), with semi-automated container bridges and fully-automated transfer and storage of containers. The onsite container transport is done by fully-automated container transport vehicles. The only drawback is, you have to stay inside the tour bus.

Cap San Diego
The Cap San Diego is the largest seaworthy, civil museum ship in the world. Its elegant silhouette is part of the Hamburg harbour panorama like the Michel. Tourists love it and its crew of 38 honorary retired sailors keeps it in good shape with dedication. The Cap San Diego is the last surviving ship of a series of six fast general cargo ships, which were built in 1961-62 for Hamburg Süd and which has preferably sailed to South America until the end of 1981. The tour will take you to the Cap San Diego and you’ll take part in an behind the scences tour on the ship.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, more than 150 submarines have been decommissioned, the most in 1995. Only very rarely are they handed over by the Russian government, in consultation with the intelligence, into museum operations. As a spy submarine U-434 (Russian B-515) was used for special purpose secret spy missions off the east coast of the US and long patrols in the territorial waters of the Soviet Union.

Laser Tag
Equipped with a phaser pack, consisting of an electronic phaser (lamps) and a sensor vest, you move through a slightly foggy, maze-like game arena. You are trying to score by shooting the other players with your phaser. But pay attention to your shields, because when you get hit too often yourself, you’re going to be disabled for a few seconds. In addition, there are interactive arena components such as energy gates (computer controlled light doors with special features), base stations (e. g. make more points if they are captured) or “targets” (there are power ups like “hyper shield”, etc.).

See you soon!

Did we get your preorder payment?

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Do you have a preorder for 31C3 and it is not marked as paid yet? Did you transfer the money already?

Often, banks mix up or lose payment references, and we have little to no chance to find out which payment belongs to which order. Therefore, we need your help (and data) to match those transactions.


If you have already paid for your ticket, but it has not been marked as paid on the website within 2 business days of your payment, please contact us (be sure to provide identifying information about your payment, like your(!) IBAN, account holder’s name, payment reference etc.).

If you did not pay already, do not send us money via bank transfer anymore! It will not arrive in time. Any payments made via bank transfer have to be on our account by December 23. You also may still pay for your open order via credit card (until December 25). Otherwise, you can still buy a ticket on-site. Be aware that we can only accept cash at the venue.

As a general guide to troubleshooting any possible issues with our preorders, see the attached 31c3 preorder troubleshooting flow chart.

Video live-streams and recordings at 31C3

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Like in the previous years, we’re going to supply everyone, and especially those of you who cannot attend 31C3, with live streams (also see the wiki for more information) and recordings of (almost) all of the talks in the four lecture halls of this year’s Congress. In addition, we’ll also support the Sendezentrum, the Lounge and the ambient Chillout Area with their streaming efforts.

c3voc lucky cat (

Like every year, we’ve been working on a lot of improvements for our setup, some of which will be directly visible to you, while others will mainly help us with the releasing process, prevent us from going insane during those four days or were just fun to try out.

For your benefit, here are some of the things that will be new/different this year. There might be more coming, but we won’t spoil the surprise yet:

  • After the successful test run with HD in Saal 1 during 30C3, we’re going to deliver HD streams and recordings from all the lecture halls during 31C3.
  • We’ve been experimenting with multicast streaming within the event network for quite some time, but this year we actually managed to clear it with the NOC beforehand. We’d like you to participate in this experiment and tell us how it worked for you.
  • In preparation for CCCamp 2015, we’re going to test a new DVB-T setup. We’re going to set up three 500mW DVB-T transmitters to cover most of the CCH.
    Please do bring your DVB-T receiving devices!
  • Our friends from the subtitles team will be trying their hands on live subtitling this year. There will be a website which will allow you to view those subtitles on your mobile device. In Saal 1, they’ll also be shown on the projector in an effort to raise awareness for this topic.
  • To further aid those with impaired hearing, the audio induction loops of the CCH will be active in all main lecture halls.
  • Due to popular demand (and because they’ll land there anyway) we will publish all talks and their audio translation not only on the website but also on YouTube. You can subscribe to our channel to suggest the platform that you might like to get notified on new recordings.

We hope to give a great Congress to all those who can’t be on-site as well as to those who like to watch the streams while hacking. Follow @c3streaming on Twitter for Congress-related information and @c3voc for general news from the CCC video universe.

– The 31C3 Video Operation Center
A joint venture of AGS, c3voc, FeM.

Looking for volunteers!

Monday, December 15th, 2014

(english version below)
Schon seit dem ersten Congress 1984 gibt es viele freiwillige Kohlenstoffeinheiten, die den Congress erst möglich machen. Sie kümmern sich um alles: angefangen beim Aufbau, über die Audio-Aufzeichnungen der Vorträge, Einlasskontrollen, die Pressebetreuung, Simultanübersetzungen bis hin zum Abbau.
Dein Einsatz als Engel ist die perfekte Möglichkeit, um selbst Teil des Kongresses zu werden und diesen für alle Anwesenden noch großartiger zu gestalten. Zudem ist das Engeln auch eine super Möglichkeit neue Menschen kennen zu lernen und dich mit ihnen auszutauschen.
Als Gegenleistung erhalten die Engel einen ruhigen Platz im berühmten Himmel, inklusive  Essens- und Getränkeversorgung, sowie der Möglichkeit sich mit seinen Fähigkeiten einzubringen und oftmals sogar etwas lernen.
Ab sofort könnt ihr euch im Engelsystem registrieren und somit für die Aufgaben, die euch am liebsten sind, eintragen.
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 jedoch erfordern eine Einführung, die Termine stehen jeweils in der Beschreibung. 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 freuen sich, dir den Einstieg ins Engelleben zu vereinfachen oder deine Fragen zu beantworten. Du wirst auch immer auf andere Engel treffen, die Dich bei Deinen Schichten unterstützen.
Wenn Du zwei, oder mehr, Stunden Leerlauf hast, trage Dich bitte 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. :)
Since the first congress of 1984 there have been plenty of voluntary auxiliary carbon compounds that make the whole congress possible. They run everything: introduction of speakers, audio/video streams and recordings, data, electricity and phone networks, bars, build-up, tear-down and even emergency services.
Your engagement as an Angel is the perfect opportunity to become a part of congress and make it even more amazing for everyone involved. Apart from that, volunteering is a great chance to meet new people.
In return, the angels get a quiet space to relax; the famous ‘Heaven’ includes food and drink supply, as well as the opportunity do do stuff you are good at and even learn a thing or two.
As of now you can sign up for the Engelsystem and claim the tasks you like most.
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 or special training (apart from showing up on time) but are nonetheless vital for the Congress. Other tasks may need an introduction with which you will be provided as necessary at the 31C3. Please read the angel wiki page for basic information.
If you are unsure or have doubts please come by the Heaven. The people there will gladly help you to become an Angel or answer your questions. You will also find other Angels there if you need help or support with a particular shift.
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. :)

There is Art & Culture at 31C3

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

After the big success of the Art & Culture track at the 30c3 we knew it would be hard to get a program as good as this one again. But yes, we succeeded. We got some great submissions to our lovely planning systems and we acquired some others.

I want to make a short walk through of the A&C track to give you a glimpse on what you can expect from these talks. Please note that the talks here have no particular order:

    There is this old appartment in Chemnitz which had not been touched for 20 years. Time stood still in these rooms until people were allowed to get inside it via robots. The talks is about the experience people made when walking the line between curiosity and voyerism.
  • Superheros still need phoneboxes (English)
    Let’s think about a network where people share theire free minutes on theire moble contracts. People who use this network need to think about identity. The talk will be abput the experience made with this network at the FutureEverything festival 2014.
  • Attribution Revolution (English)
    In the light of the cultural revolution made with CC licenses we now need to think about attribution of art. In a world where everything is a remix, who is involved in this piece of art?
  • Serenität – Anleitung zum Glücklichsein (German)
    Most of you know Elektra from her engagement in Freifunk and Meshnetworks. Here she is presenting her newest protocol on how to be happy. Get in touch with the art letting the brain brain and stop thinking.
  • The Only Thing We Know About Cyberspace Is That Its 640×480 (English)
    Remember Geocities? Remember that it had been shut down? Yeah, sad. Now here is the ultimative presentaiton of its content in context of digital folklore. get some perls of the 90ies!
  • Die Krise der Bilder ist die Krise der Politik (German)
    Pictures, theire creation and theire reception are changing. This talk is trying to give anwers why there is no good picture for surveillance and we might know afterwards how much of politics is an orchestration of pictures. (Highly pictured)
  • The Machine To Be Another (English)
    Let’s explore each others identity with machines and neuroscience!
  • The Taste of Surveillance (German/English)
    “The nature of your oppression is the aesthetic of our resistance.” Let’s ge t a view on artistic treatment of privacy and surveillance. Get a lecture about etical and cultural questions while you consume art.
  • “Exploit” in theatre (English)
    Coming from the DiscourseFestival directly to Hamburg! This talk will give us an insight into the “california ideology” and three different plays as counter-examples. In fact the question is “post-existentialism” not “post-privacy”.
  • »Hard Drive Punch« (German)
    Aram Barthol is coming again to the congress. Let’s talk about the destruction of data(storage) and maybe we will gain insight in some new ways of destroying data.
  • The Magical Secrecy Tour (English)
    Get first time insight of the footage taken while people were driving through berlin and were visitng locations involved in surveillance. Get an artsitic glimps on how you can create a new reception of a buidling or laction. It is year two after the Snowden-files had been published and year two where we still walk past the surveillance complexe and nothing has changed.

Thanks for reading through and we see each other in Hamburg or at a Congress everywhere location near you.

tomate from the Art&Culture Content Team

Fahrplan to A New Dawn

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

We did it! Together we managed to create this years Congress’ Fahrplan. The content teams had a hard work finding the right talks for you, you did the halfnarp and now we have the pleasure to present the Fahrplan (ver 0.9 2014: A Congress Odyssee) of the 31st Chaos Communication Congress. A big thanks to everyone involved!

We see each other in Hamburg at 31C3!