31C3: A New Dawn (2014)

Simultaneous translations at 31C3

_31C3 is getting closer, and the translation team is once again at the ready to translate all German talks into English, and also a selection of English talks into German.

You can listen in on the streams by either selecting the appropriate stream, or by changing the stream audio channel (if your player allows). If you are on the Eventphone DECT network, you can dial in to various streams: 8011 for Saal 1, 8012 for Saal 2, 8014 for Saal G, and 8016 for Saal 6.

Call for translators

If you are multilingual and fluent in German and English, please consider joining the translation team. Simply send an email to “translate-subscribe(at)lists.ccc.de” and mail a quick intro to the mailing list after subscribing. Also sign up as a translation angel at the Engelsystem.

Don’t be shy. If you are uncertain whether your English or German is good enough, chances are that you’ll do just fine. If we believe you might be struggling, we will talk it over, no harm done. So please, take this chance and help us bring C3 to an even wider international audience.

For more information, you can contact us on Twitter @c3translate or via mail to translate(at)lists.ccc.de (after subscribing).

See (and possibly hear) you at 31C3!

Assemblies at 31C3

(english version below)

Die Assemblies sind dieses Jahr in Themenbereiche eingeteilt, auf Basis von Erfahrungen und der Infos, die im Formular für die Orga eingetragen wurden. Damit wollen wir einen weiteren Schritt in Richtung mehr Dezentralität der Orga des Congresses gehen.

Die Assemblies bekommen diesmal nicht eigene Tische, sondern bilden mit anderen Assemblies mehrere Cluster. Ihr stimmt Euch also gemeinsam darüber ab, wie Ihr den Platz einrichtet. Auf dem Congress werdet Ihr im Bereich Eures Clusters einen Stapel von Assemblyschildern finden, den Ihr entsprechend aufteilen könnt. Davon ausgenommen sind wieder die “Shared Spaces”: Diese Tische sind nicht zur dauerhaften Besiedelung gedacht, sondern zur Benutzung für Workshops innerhalb der Cluster sowie für Teilnehmer und Teilnehmerinnen, die sonst keinen festen Platz haben.

Einige Cluster fassen auch Assemblies zusammen, die gemeinsam haben, dass ihr Themenbereich einzigartig ist. Bei anderen Clustern kann es natürlich sein, dass es thematisch nicht perfekt passt, wenn die Beschreibungen nicht detailliert genug waren. Wir hoffen, dass Ihr uns das nachseht und trotzdem miteinander einen schönen Platz gestaltet.

Leider konnten aufgrund der hohen Anzahl von Anmeldungen viele der über 200 Assemblies nicht den Platz bekommen, den sie sich wünschten. Aber: Alle haben einen Platz, niemandem musste abgesagt werden!
Bei der Zuweisung mussten wir priorisieren, wer wie viel vom angegebenen Platz zugeteilt bekommt. Das wichtigste Kriterium hierbei war die Sichtbarkeit: Der Congress ist dem Austausch und der Kommunikation gewidmet, und daher haben wir die Assemblies, die etwas zeigen wollen, zuerst bearbeitet.

Die Idee dahinter ist, dass sich diese Themencluster langfristig auch selber zusammenfinden, sich im Vorfeld absprechen und sich dann auch gemeinsam anmelden und ihren Bereich organisieren. Noisy Square und Chaos West machen vor, wie das geht: Unter einem Banner finden sich verschiedene Gruppen bzw. Hackerspaces zusammen und organisieren und gestalten gemeinsam ihren Platz auf dem Congress, z. B. auch mit gemeinsamem Platz für kleine Vorträge und Workshops, kuscheligen Ecken für Besprechungen und Präsentationsfläche für ihre Projekte.


(english version)

Assemblies are categorized by their topics this year, based on our experience and the info you gave in the form for the orga. We want this to be a further step towards decentralization of the organisation of the Congress.

Assemblies won’t get specific tables assigned, instead they form clusters with other assemblies. Space is assigned to the clusters. This means that you have to coordinate with the other Assemblies in your cluster, agreeing who gets which tables of the allocated space. At Congress you will find a stack of assembly signs in your cluster area and it’s up to you how you spread them in the area. As usually, “Shared Spaces” are the exception: These tables are not for permanent use, they are temporary space for workshops as well as participants of Congress who don’t have a permanent space.

Some clusters are a combination of Assemblies that share the fact that they all cover unrelated, unique topics. Of course, some Assemblies in one cluster might not have a perfect thematic fit, especially if the Assembly descriptions were sparse.
We hope you will look past our errors and nonetheless create a nice area together.

Unfortunately, due to the high number of registrations, we were not able to assign the space you asked for to most of the over 200 assemblies. On the other hand: We didn’t have to decline any Assembly requests!
When assigning the space, we had to prioritize. The most relevant criterion was the visibility of your assembly: Congress is a place for communication and exchange, so Assemblies trying to showcase something were assigned space first.

The long term idea behind the cluster concept is that we hope for clusters to form themselves before registering together.
Noisy Square and Chaos West show how to do so: Several different groups or hackerspaces connect, register, gather and organize a large area under one name.
This can include a shared area for talks and workshops, cosy corners for discussions and areas for showcasing their projects.

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

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 scenes 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?

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.

A Respectful Goodbye for your Beloved Old Hardware


Do you also have that one piece of hardware,

that you just can’t say goodbye to?

You sadly can’t use it anymore
and it’s been collecting dust for a while,
but you don’t want to just bin it
because it still has some meaning to you?

Bring it to 31C3 for a majestic farewell ceremony!

Whilst mechanically destroying your hardware
you can indulge in memories
and share them with your friends
at 31C3.

Our facility can fit hardware
from the size of a microSD up to a desktop computer.

Things that might break in spectacular ways are especially welcome.

Please don’t leave behind
the remains of your valued hardware,
remember to bring a bag
suited to collect the remainders
so you can dispose of them respectfully.
We don’t have the capacity to take care
of the loved hardware
of all 31C3 visitors.

Hackerschnitzelcloud: What a wicked game to play

(English text below)

Noch eine Woche, dann beginnt der Congress und mit ihm die Nerdspiele aus der Hackerschnitzelcloud. Zum Testen Eurer eigenen Spiele steht jetzt eine App für Android im Play Store bereit. Wer lieber die brandneue App für iOS ausprobieren will, kann sich bei uns einen Invite-Link holen, einfach eine Mail an 31c3(at)toto.io senden.

test qr

Mit diesen QR-Codes könnt Ihr auch ein Testspiel starten und Euch ein Bild davon machen, wie die Spiele der Hackerschnitzelcloud aussehen können. Besorgt Euch dazu die App und registriert Euch auf der Toto-Webseite. Legt los, indem Ihr den ersten QR-Code scannt!

Wollt Ihr Euer eigenes Spiel gestaltet, findet Ihr hier alles Nötige: Welcome to the Hackerschnitzelcloud at 31C3!. Wenn Ihr Hilfe braucht oder Fragen habt: 31c3(at)toto.io

English text:

One week to go until the Congress starts and with it the games from the Hackerschnitzelcloud. You can download an Android app from the Play Store and test the games you created so far. If you want to test the iOS application, send us an email at 31c3(at)toto.io and ask for an invite link.

test qr

With these QR codes you can also start a test game to get an impression of how a game on a phone works. So get your app and register at Toto-Website. To get your first game going, simply scan the QR code.

You want to create your own game? Find all the information needed here:: Welcome to the Hackerschnitzelcloud at 31C3!. If you need any help or answers to whatever question comes to your mind, write to: 31c3(at)toto.io

31C3 Lightning Talks

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? Do you work on a cool project and want to get the word out? Was your talk one of the hundreds that got rejected? Did you come up with an awesome hack that you need to share? Well, you’re in luck because there will be Lightning Talks at 31C3.

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 speaker’s corner.

There will even be a special 180 second express round 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 31C3. Act fast to reserve your slot. The last couple of times, lightning talk slots filled up on Day 1, so better hurry!

More Lightning talk information can be found at


The submission form is at:



“Vortrag auf dem Congress? Ich? Keine Chance.” Glaubst Du das? Arbeitest Du an einem coolen Projekt und willst es unter die Leute bringen? Wurde Dein Vortrag abgelehnt? Hast Du einen großartigen Hack, an dem Du uns teilhaben lassen willst? Glück gehabt, denn es gibt die Lightning Talks auf dem 31C3!

An den Tagen 2, 3 und 4 geht es um 12:45 Uhr los mit den Sessions, es dreht sich alles um neue Hardwareprojekte, Exploits, kreativen Unfug oder merkwürdige Ideen – vor einem weltweiten Publikum! Und auch wenn Du kein cooles Projekt vorstellen, sondern lieber eine interessante selbstorganisierte Session, ein Assembly oder einen längeren Vortrag in der Speaker’s Corner ankündigen willst, bist Du hier an der richtigen Adresse.

Es gibt sogar eine Extrarunde mit 180-Sekunden-Express-Vorträgen, wenn fünf Minuten Dir zu lang sind.

Die Anmeldung läuft, also registriere jetzt schnell Deinen Lightning Talk für den 31C3! Die letzten Male waren die Slots an Tag 1 schon voll, schnell sein lohnt sich also!

Das Programm und mehr Informationen zu den Lightning Talks gibt es unter:


Einen Talk einreichen kannst Du hier: