Call for Participation for 29th Chaos Communication Congress

27|28|29|30 December 2012, CCH, Hamburg, Germany

The Event

The Chaos Communication Congress is an annual four-day conference organized by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC). First held in 1984, it has since established itself as “The European Hacker Conference” attracting a diverse audience of thousands of hackers, scientists, artists, and practical utopists from all around the world.

29C3 will be an entirely new Congress experience. The location will change to the city of Hamburg in northern Germany to provide a large venue to the growing number of enthusiastic participants of the Congress who have always been much more than just visitors. Expect a spirit more similar to that of outdoor hacking events like the CCC Camp, just indoors. There will be room for all kind of fun activities, smaller informal talks and workshops, more permanent installations and way more options to relax and socialise. To make this happen, we offer lots of space for groups to set up installations, project demonstrations, small workshops and come together in a village-style setting like you know it from the CCC Camps.

Keeping that in mind, we invite you to send us proposals for talks, lectures and workshops on all topics of relevance, also bring your installations and projects. The following areas are of particular interest:

  • Hackers as the digital armourer for the coming cyberwars?
  • Ethical responsibility of exceptional talents and powers
  • Dancing with the devil – funding models for research and development, risks and ethical dilemmata
  • DPI (deep packet inspection) – current state of introduction, breaking, circumvention and political situation
  • Mobile Device Hacking and Telecommunications Security, Security of Apps
  • Privacy enhancing technologies – next generation anonymity systems, filesharing security, overlay networks, encryption
  • Privacy in the age of Big Data – policy options, power questions and new human rights
  • Net and device neutrality – ownership, censorship, circumvention and the politics of de-facto standards, search engine politics
  • Novel Exploitation Techniques for all kind of technology
  • Programming languages — state of the art and research
  • Future or no future of IT security – state of fail, new concepts and methods, implications for society and infrastructure
  • Retrocomputing, Video Game Culture and Art
  • Molecular cuisine and kitchen hacks
  • Cryptography, Cryptoanalysis and Cryptopolitics
  • Reverse Engineering, Forensics and Anti-Forensics – Technology, Law and Politics
  • New economic systems – alternatives to the collapsing financial markets, micropayment and electronic currencies
  • Energy – concepts for a future world with scarce and expensive energy ressources
  • Robotics – humanoid, football playing, autonomous vehicles, (armed) drones, ethics, utopias and dystopias
  • Social Networks – unexpected use, abuse and analysis
  • New ways of education, learning, teaching
  • Politics and technology of surveillance and opression – state trojans, interception, social media monitoring, laws and countermovements
  • Xenolinguistics and languages of non-human intelligences, possibly from outer space
  • Revolutions and Hacktivism
  • Clouds – hacking, breaking, unexpected usage
  • Competitive soldering
  • Lockpicking
  • Transparency and participation in politics and governance
  • Copyright and Patents – the war on filesharing, alternatives to the current system
  • Making and fabbing – technologies, tools, economy, models for sharing
  • Transportation – hacking, usage privacy, innovation and new concepts for an energy starved era
  • Fun with large datasets and visualizing data
  • Hacker Space Program, Space Travel and Satellites – technology, goals and ethics

Submission Guidelines

For Talks, Lectures and Workshops:

Please try to submit a meaningful and complete description that tells us about your presentation. The description is all the content comitee has to judge your submission by, so better be convincing. Quality, not size does matter. Sales and marketing droids are known to vanish without any trace at the congress, please refrain from submitting company or product propaganda. Also consider that other people may submit a talk on the same topic, so please indicate why your talk is special. Feel free to also include some facts about yourself and your motivation. We don’t care if your talk has already been held at a conference on the other side of the world, but please make sure your content is up-to-date.

Lectures should not exceed 45 minutes plus up to 15 minutes for questions and answers. Longer time slots are possible if we feel the topic demands it (please tell us if necessary). Due to the success at last year’s 28C3, there will also be slots for 20 minutes. Please state the length of your presentation clearly on your submission. There are also five-minute “lightning talk” slots for “I have written this cool thing”-announcements, “someone should do this”-rants and other brief contributions. Those are not reviewed by our content team, check the wiki-page beforehand.

For Projects, Installations and other fun stuff:

A formal submission is not required. There will be a Wiki with some guidelines on the data needed to plan for space and other requirements. Feel free to already start thinking about what you may want to bring, show or organize so you are ready when the Wiki goes online. There will be lots of space, so we are very open for crazy and surprising things to show up.

Language of the Presentation:

While the 29C3 is an international conference that aims to present lots of content in English, we would rather have a good presentation in German than a bad one in so-called Denglisch. So please be honest when judging your language skills and choose your lecture language accordingly. There is no language bias in judging the merrit of submissions. There is a live-translation project that hopes to provide cross-translation for many lectures.


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 use alternatively 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 under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany License.

Travel expenses:

The Chaos Communication Congress is a non-profit oriented event and speakers are not paid. However, financial help on travel expenses and accommodation is possible. It needs to be agreed upon after acceptance of the submission, though. Don’t be shy and state your requirements in the application when submitting your lecture and we’ll work something out.

Dates and Deadlines:

– September 30th, 2012 (23:59 UTC): Submission deadline
– November 15th, 2012: Final notification of acceptance
– December 27th – 30th, 2012: Chaos Communication Congress

Online Submissions only:

All talks, lecture and workshop proposals must be submitted online using our online lecture submission system at
Please follow the instructions given there. If you have any questions regarding your submission, feel free to contact us at 29c3-content(at)

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35 Responses to “Call for Participation for 29th Chaos Communication Congress”

  1. antimon says:

    Where in Hamburg will the 29c3 be located?

  2. blumentopf says:

    The move back to Hamburg is lovely. I have such fond memories of the Eidelstedter Bürgerhaus with its tiny kindergarten chairs.

  3. Kreuvf says:

    What are the reasons for moving from Berlin to Hamburg?

    • fukami says:

      We will blog about it in the next days. In short: The bcc is much to small and we didn’t find the right venue in Berlin.

  4. Jonas says:

    Why not Flensburg? Or Kirkenes? Would be even better

    • fukami says:

      Hamburg has an airport, an ICE station is right beside the venue, room 1 alone is bigger than the whole bcc and we are able to have a similar ticket prices as the last years. We were looking for years to find an alternative and didn’t find what we were looking for. The CCH is a great venue: Much more space, lots of (smaller) rooms and nice design (reminds many people of the HAKP). And also it takes just 1:40h from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor by ICE.

      We knew that some people won’t like the city, but the alternative was to have that crazy ticket run, again.

  5. Slow3000 says:

    I think the move (back) to Hamburg is a good choice, even though I moved to Berlin recently and was looking forward to just being able to go to bcc from Neukölln.

    Anyway, hope I can make it to Hamburg then :)

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  7. Jost says:

    When/How/Where can the general public pre-order tickets?

    I know this is about the call for papers, but it’s the first bit of info about the event that made it into the press, so a cross reference might be nice.

    • Stefan says:


      Many of us are not going to drink the ticket availability kool-aid. Time will tell whether CCH is really better in this regard. I will still reserve my ticket as soon as possible.

  8. micu says:

    I think this is a bad decision. Hamburg is a cool town, no question. But Berlin is the hackers capital of Germany, Europe and the world,… ¡the universe!… and there the Chaos Communication Congress should take place.

    If it really has to be outside of Berlin, why not then choose something more underdoggy than Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne or Hamburg, such as Dresden or Leipzig. ?;)

  9. callingben says:

    I really liked the bcc location and esp. the really perfect organization there. Cheap food round the clock, a well-playing team of angels, great infrastructure including lovely arranged hacking center with dimmed light. I think much in the berlin bcc reflected the history of many years expierences of the ccc at bcc.

    Hamburg – for sure – will be chaos in the first place.

    Nevertheless I respect the move towards a new location. The ccc had to grew, though I personally was always able to catch a ticket. I’d have preferred a location more in the middle of germany. But nethertheless I’m really curious to learn how the Hamburg location and team will tackle the new challenge

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  14. Sven Guckes says:
    diese seite braucht dann aber mal nen update! ;-)
    (der 29c3 ist dort noch nicht verzeichnet)

  15. BaconZombie says:

    I was looking forward to another XMas & New Years in Berlin with Congress in between.

    Only ever been to Hamburg for Wacken and hoping this is not a bad move for Congress since Berlin was such a great location.

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  17. Maryna says:

    Guys, I would like to repeat the question about the tickets. Where and wenn can one buy a ticket? I cannot find any information :( I never visited the Congress, but would like to attend this year. Please, who has already attended the event, share the information about tickets. Thank you indavance.

    • sva says:

      Maryna: Please be patient, there will be information in the tickets soon, and some time later the presale will start. Just keep an eye on this blog than you cant miss it!

      Also keep in mind that the congress is done only by the work of volunteers. We will do our very best, and you can do as well while beeing a part of it!

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  22. Michael says:

    Back to the roots, I like that!

    To those of you who fear the change: The Congress has never become worse by moving! I’ve attended
    congresses in Hamburg, the first venue in Berlin and the BCC and it’s always improved.
    Look at the bright side, the Congress has outgrown the BCC so the change is a good thing :-)

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  25. Felix says:

    The guys behind “Reboot – The Movie” are interested in a screening of their new movie at the 29c3.


    Can someone from the orga team please get in contact with them at

    I would love see the movie in Hamburg.

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  27. ART_in_M says:

    Warum ist der 29C3 noch nicht auf der Hompage vom CCH gelistet? Wissen die noch nicht das er bei ihnen stattfindet? ;-)

  28. Elias says:


    Envié mi propuesta para asistir al evento que se realizará en Alemania, pero hasta ahora no me han comunicado ningún noticia a mi correo electrónico. Me gustaría saber si ya han evaluado, y cuáles son los resultados del mismo.

    Atte. Elias