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Easterhegg 2020: Call for Artists

Auf dem kommenden Easterhegg wird es eine Lounge geben.
Wir suchen DJs!

Das Easterhegg 2020 findet in der Zeit vom 10. April 2020 bis zum 13. April 2020 statt. Auch dieses Jahr wird es wieder vier Tage Workshops, Vorträge und weitere Veranstaltungen geben. Der Call for Artists sei hiermit eröffnet und endet am 29. Februar um 24:00 CET.

Das EH ist eine familiäre Community-Veranstaltung, auf der wir neue Ideen aushecken und gemeinsam feiern, und damit die perfekte Gelegenheit, um die Besucher am Abend und in der Nacht mit eurer Musik zu unterhalten.

Wir suchen DJs, die Lust haben, zwischen 20:00 und 04:00 in unserer Lounge für je zwei Stunden aufzulegen.

DJs können sich gerne auf unserem Pretalx bewerben, gerne inklusive eines Samples via Mixcloud oder ähnlichem: https://cfp.eh20.easterhegg.eu/eh20/cfp

Alle weiteren Fragen könnt ihr hier loswerden:
cfp ätt eh20.easterhegg.eu

Meet the 36C3 track team “Resilience and Sustainability”

We’re 36C3’s Resilience and Sustainability content team and want to show you just our bit of work that helped making this year’s Fahrplan as amazing as it has turned out.

Our team consists of hackers and scientists, tinkerers and PhDs and was formed for 34C3 when we felt that the conference was developing a blind spot between complete destruction of all the IT things and the fascinations for the resulting apocalypse. We wanted to give a stage to new and shiny useful technology for a better and more resilient world – with actual prototypes!

This year’s motto “resource exhaustion” added a perspective on sustainability to the track – even though the term is rather overloaded. There’s a plethora of conferences selling you on the most recent hypes about how machine learning, crypto currencies and the cloud will save the world, but we think that it is in the spirit of this community to question everything, think and focus on technology that will last for much longer – both physically and from a software engineering point of view. We found it fitting to see how the existing resources can be used and reused, who’s building resilient technologies that can help people in emergencies, oppressive regimes or off-grid situations, and – in a broader scope – how can we build the systems of the future not riddled by the problems of our generation.

Along the way, we hope we can make software developers think about the impact of their busy-looping JS, bad communication patterns and faulty software architecture – all of which are  significantly contributing to climate change.

The concept of resilience itself – especially combined with sustainability – is rather interdisciplinary, part hacking and making, part science and politics. This puts us in competition with other track teams trying to catch the most interesting lectures for a given subject, but also allowed us to trade slots with those teams as well, once we were running out of our allotted time budget. ;)

Next year, we hope to collect the “haveyoursay” feedback much earlier so we can incorporate your feedback and follow your suggestions for valuable speakers and topics.

While we were quite pleased with the submissions we found once CfP kicked off, our curation process started way earlier: Reflecting on feedback we received after 35C3, we came together in IRC and RL, brainstormed about interesting projects we heard about in the past year, thought about relevant topics and identified speakers worth having.

Even then, the speakers we “invited” still had to go through our rigorous curation process. After all, our team received a total of 74 lecture submissions and had to narrow them down into only 15 hours (in 18 lectures) of 36C3 programme. We vetted each submitter, trying to make sense of their submission, read their papers, ask and answer questions and spend the remaining time meeting and coordinating with all the other track teams, before finally writing this blog post! If we add up all the time spent preparing our 18 lecture foot steps in the Fahrplan, we’re looking at one or two weeks full time work for each of us.

In the end we’re quite proud of the topics we could cover this year. Of course, we’re still not short of topics to cover next year :-) It’s time for more critical reflection of wastefulness within the computer nerd scene and how we can minimise the environmental impact of our C3s and Camps in the years to come.

36C3 content teams running full steam

Last Sunday at midnight the submission period for our Call for Participation ended. The last submission, by a Swiss, landed just in time at 23:59:20 UTC. Our content curation teams will now use the next two weeks to review, rate, sort, and ultimately decide on a large number of submissions. We intend to inform all submitters on November 11th on whether we found a place for them in our Fahrplan.

At the time of our coordination meeting on Sunday there were 690 pending submissions in our system. To put this into perspective: If you would want to just spend a minute to review them all, you would be busy for eleven and a half hours. Another way to look at the numbers is that nearly five percent of 36C3 participants have applied to present a lecture!

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Datenspuren 2019: Patch gehabt

Wer bei einem Patch an eine neue verbesserte Software-Version denkt, der hat natürlich recht. Aber was heißt Patch eigentlich noch? Im Englischen versteht man darunter auch ein Pflaster, ein Fetzen oder einen Flicken.
Mit Software verbinden wir Patches nur weil in der Computer Steinzeit Daten auf Loch- und später dann auch Magnetstreifen abgelegt wurden. Wenn jetzt etwas geändert werden soll dann müsste man einen Teil des Streifens herausschneiden und einen neuen einkleben – mit einem Fetzen Klebeband wurde das Band also geflickt.

Ein Patch bringt immer einen neue Version einher und daher ist einem Patch am einfachsten als eine Verbesserung der Software zu verstehen.

Auf den Datenspuren 2019 abstrahieren wir das jetzt. Bei uns heißt es diese Jahr „Patch gehabt“ weil wir uns nicht nur mit Software auseinandersetzen wollen. Stattdessen wollen wir auch diskutieren wo die Gesellschaft einen Patch benötigt.

Etwa wenn es um die Umsetzung zur elektronischen Gesundheitsakte geht. Oder wie es mit Hardware aussieht die verrammelt und verratzt ist. Als „Internet of Crap“ werden Router und andere vernetzte Geräte mit Hard- und Softwarefehlern auf die Bürger losgelassen. Diese Geräte werden dann meistens auch nicht wirklich gepatcht und der Bürger wird mit ihnen im Regen stehen gelassen. Aber auch die geprobte Abschottung von Netzen in Russland und die immer höher werdende virtuelle Mauer um China interessieren uns.

Wer denkt, dass Anti-Terror-Maßnahmen, Polizeigesetze, Datenschutzregeln und Uploadfilter dringend einen Patch nötig haben, der ist aufgerufen, Vorträge und Workshops einzureichen. Man kann aber auch einfach, wie schon vor 24-1 Jahren zu den ersten Datenspuren, zu diesem unserem jährlichen Treffen von Enthusiasten, IT-Experten, politisch Interessierten und Wissen-Suchenden auf eine Mate, einen Kaffee am 21. und 22. September 2019 im Zentralwerk in Dresden-Pieschen, auf der Riesaer Straße 32 vorbeikommen. Der Eintritt ist wie immer frei.

Chaos Bodensee lädt ein zum Technik Camp!

Vom 1. bis 4. August 2019 wird in Überlingen am Bodensee das Technik Camp stattfinden.

Technikcamp Plakat

Als Warm-up zum Chaos Communication Camp laden wir dazu ein, vier Tage lang bei uns über Mesh-Protokolle zu reden, zu diskutieren, welche Linux-Distribution die beste ist, auszuprobieren wie gut Waffeln aus einem Pizzaofen schmecken können und alles andere, was Hackerherzen höher schlagen lässt.
Ihr könnt bei uns ausprobieren, ob eure Zelte noch intakt sind und eure Camper noch funktionieren. Mit Isomatte und Schlafsack kann aber auch in einem Gebäude übernachtet werden.

Die Jahre zuvor war das “Technik Camp” das “Freifunk Camp”, wir hatten aber das Bedürfnis uns einem größeren Themenspektrum zu öffnen, und haben deshalb diesen neuen Namen gewählt.

Wie im letzten Jahr auch, sind wir auf dem Schulgelände der Waldorfschule Überlingen und haben dort das Gartenbaugelände für uns. Das ist zwar ein sehr ungewöhnliches Chaosumfeld, aber das Gelände ist von der Infrastruktur wie auch von den räumlichen Gegebenheiten ideal für unsere Veranstaltung.

Ähnlich wie das Konzept der GPN verlangen wir keinen Eintritt, sondern bitten nur um Anmeldung auf ffbsee.net/camp und vor Ort um Spenden: Damit die lokalen Hackerspaces see-base, hacKNology, Toolbox Bodensee e.V. und natürlich Freifunk Bodensee – die sich unter dem Namen Chaos Bodensee zusammen getan haben – nicht auf den Kosten sitzen bleiben. Eine Anmeldung erleichtert die Planung, denn dann wissen wir z.B. wie viele Getränke gekauft werden müssen und wie viel Frühstück verzehrt wird.

Freifunk Camp 2018 Garten

Call for Submissions

Wie jede Chaosveranstaltung suchen wir Lebewesen, die etwas inhaltliches beitragen möchten. Dies kann ein Vortrag über ein aktuelles Projekt oder den letzten Hack sein, ein Workshop oder auch das Angebot einer Diskussionsrunde. Auch freuen wir uns über Mitgestaltung des Abendprogramms. Der Einreichungslink ist folgender:

https://pretalx.ffbsee.de/camp19/cfp

Freifunk Camp 2018 Lagerfeuer

Wir freuen uns auf eine tolle Veranstaltung, vielen Dank fürs Lesen!
Die Organisatoren des Technik Camp

(Fotos: Karol Roller, “THE BEER-WARE LICENSE” (Revision 42), Plakat: ZeHa und L3D (MIT-License))

19. Gulaschprogrammiernacht

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tl;dr: Let’s do the GPN warp again! Bringt Freund*innen mit. Switch to English

Plakat der 19. Gulaschprogrammiernacht

Mit Spannung habt ihr es erwartet, ein paar panische Nachfragen haben uns schon erreicht. Jetzt ist es endlich so weit: Wir laden euch herzlich zur diesjährigen 19. Gulaschprogrammiernacht ein!

Save the date:

GPN19 30.05 – 02.06.2019 in HfG/ZKM, Lorenzstr. 15, 76135 Karlsruhe, Baden, Baden-Württemberg, Europa, Erde, Sonne, ?-Quadrant, Milchstrasse, Laniakea

# More of the same

Auf der Gulaschprogrammiernacht gibt es wieder alles, was das Hacker- bzw. Haecksen-Herz begehrt: Vorträge, Workshops, Demoshow, Blinkedingsies, Musik, die mindestens zwei Leuten viel zu laut oder zu leise sein wird, ein großes Hackcenter, Karlsruhes Jahresvorräte an Mate und Tschunk, eine epische Lounge und eine wundervolle Lavawiese. Und natürlich Gulasch – mit Fleisch und in veganer Variante! Vier Tage lang wird wieder gehackt, vorgetragen, gebastelt und diskutiert, dass die Nullen und Einsen fliegen. Willkommen sind alle, von den üblichen Verdächtigen bis zu den noch völlig Unerfahrenen, Niedagewesenen.

GPN18 CC-BY 4.0 »Florian Köhler, cheatha.de«

GPN18 CC-BY 4.0 »Florian Köhler, cheatha.de«

# Vorträge/Workshops

Wie viele Vorträge und Workshops letztendlich zur Auswahl stehen und wie interessant sie sein werden, das hängt ganz von euch ab! Wir freuen uns auf Vorträge zu bunt gefächerten Themen und einem breiten Workshopprogramm für alle Teilnehmer*innen. Eure Vorschläge könnt ihr im Pretalx cfp.gulas.ch einreichen. Wenn ihr nicht selbst etwas anbieten wollt, aber Menschen kennt, die ihr unbedingt als Speaker*innen auf der GPN sehen möchtet, dann werdet aktiv und weist sie auf diesen Aufruf und unser Pretalx cfp.gulas.ch hin.

Bitte gestaltet Vorträge und Workshops möglichst barrierefrei und für ein breites Publikum verständlich. Die Vorträge werden standardmäßig vom C3VOC aufgezeichnet und auf media.ccc.de online gestellt, ein Opt-Out ist jederzeit möglich.

# Trollen

Die GPN funktioniert, wie alle anderen Chaos-Events, nur dank des tatkräftigen Einsatzes vieler Helfer*innen, die vom Infodesk bis zu den Livestreams alles am Laufen halten. Wer mitmachen will, kann sich im Trollsystem troll.gulas.ch registrieren. Bei speziellen Tätigkeiten werden Neulinge eingewiesen, sodass auch hier keine Vorkenntnisse oder besonderen Qualifikationen nötig sind.

GPN18 CC-BY 4.0 »Florian Köhler, cheatha.de«

# Wichtige Links

Meldet euch für die GPN19 an join.gulas.ch, reicht eure Vorträge, Workshops und Gameshows ein cfp.gulas.ch und berücksichtigt unsere Hinweise zu einem harmonischen Miteinander entropia.de/GPN19:Care.

Wir machen uns Gedanken zur Barrierefreiheit der GPN. Habt Ihr dazu eigene Ideen? Dann teilt sie uns mit: entropia.de/GPN:Barrierefreiheit

Trollt (mit) uns: troll.gulas.ch

Um auf der GPN mit Freunden oder insbesondere beim Trollen mit der Orga in Kontakt zu bleiben, hat sich das DECT-System etabliert, basierend auf ByoD (Bring your own DECT). Registrieren könnt ihr euch unter poc.gulas.ch.

Für alles andere gibt es das Wiki: gulas.ch

# mini-FAQ

  • „Was kostet ein Ticket?“ – Es gibt keine Tickets und der Eintritt ist frei und unbeschränkt. Die GPN ist spendenfinanziert, die Preise für Getränke und Essen sind niedrig. Um die Veranstaltung auch im nächsten Jahr zu ermöglichen, sind wir auf eure Spenden angewiesen.
  • „Warum sollte ich mich anmelden?“ – Damit wir wissen, wie viele Stühle, Tische, Gulasch- und Tschunkzutaten bestellt werden müssen. Textil-Swag muss bei der Anmeldung reserviert werden. Im Zweifelsfall kannst du aber auch ohne Anmeldung zur GPN kommen.
  • „Was sind Trolle?“ – So nennen wir unsere Helfer*innen, vergleichbar zu den Engeln bei anderen Chaosveranstaltungen. Komm vorbei und trolle mit uns!
  • „Gibt es eine Turnhalle zum Schlafen?“ – Leider nein. Im Wiki gibt es allerdings eine Schlafplatzbörse entropia.de/GPN19:Unterkunft.
  • „Ich habe noch andere Fragen!“ – Dann schau zuerst auf unserer ausführlichen FAQ entropia.de/GPN19:FAQ nach und wenn du dort keine Antwort findest, schreibe uns eine Mail an: info@entropia.de
GPN18 CC-BY 4.0 »Florian Köhler, cheatha.de«

GPN18 CC-BY 4.0 »Florian Köhler, cheatha.de«

hello world

tl;dr: Let’s do the GPN warp again! Sign up join.gulas.ch, submit your ideas cfp.gulas.ch and bring your friends.

Long awaited and often requested—the time has come. We invite all of you to this year’s Gulaschprogrammiernacht.

Save the date:

GPN19, 2019-05-30 to 2019-06-02 in the HfG/ZKM, Lorenzstr. 15, 76135 Karlsruhe, Baden, Baden-Württemberg, Europe, Earth, Sun, ?-Quadrant, Milky Way, Laniakea

# More of the same

The Gulaschprogrammiernacht has everyting for the discerning hacker: Talks, workshops, demoshow, flashing lights, lots of music (always both too loud and too quiet), two (!!!) hackcenters, enough Mate for all of us (some say it’s the years stock for Karlsruhe), tons of Tschunk, an epic lounge, and a fantastic outside lava-lawn (*lava not included). Oh, and as always: yummy goulash in a meaty and vegan edition. Once again, this is your chance for four days of collective hacking, talking, socializing, and chilling till the bytes come home. Everyone is welcome, from the ‘usual suspects’ to newbies as well as all other interested parties.

#Talks/Workshops

The amount and quality of talks and workshops at the GPN depends on you! We are eager to hear about your submissions on all kinds of topics for all the different attendees. You can submit your talks and workshops at our Pretalx cfp.gulas.chIf you don’t feel up to the task yourself but know of people you would love to see at the GPN, please talk to them and refer them to this call for participation and cfp.gulas.ch.

Please keep in mind that this event is attended by a wide range of people that may not be as well versed in your area of expertise as perhaps at a specialized conference. Please also try to make your talks accessible to the widest range of audience possible.

The talks will be recorded by the C3VOC and published on media.ccc.de. As a speaker, you can of course opt out of being recorded at any time.

# Trolling

Like all other Chaos events, the GPN only works thanks to the help of many volunteers that keep everything running, from the info desk to the livestreams. Whoever wants to lend a hand is encouraged to do so and can (soon) register with the Trollsystem troll.gulas.ch.

While most tasks can be done by anyone, training for particular tasks will be provided to those who need it.

# Important links

Sign up for GPN19 join.gulas.ch and submit your talks, workshops and gameshows cfp.gulas.ch and respect our code of conduct entropia.de/GPN19:Care

We are trying to reduce barriers at the GPN for all kinds of people. If you have suggestions, please share them with us at: entropia.de/GPN:Barrierefreiheit

Troll (with) us: troll.gulas.ch.

To stay in touch with friends and especially to coordinate with the orga during trolling we have established a DECT system that is based on ByoD (bring you own DECT). You can register your DECT at: poc.gulas.ch.

For any further information please visit the Wiki: gulas.ch

# mini-FAQ

  • “How much does a ticket cost?” – There are no tickets and admission is free. The GPN is funded by your contributions, the prices for food and drinks are kept low. To finance further iterations of the GPN, we rely on and kindly ask for your donations.
  • “Why should I register if there are no tickets?” – We need some preliminary data to estimate how many chairs and tables to book, how much Mate and ingredients for goulash to buy. Textiles and other merchandise have to be preordered during registration. You are of course free to come to the GPN without prior registration, even though it would be extremely helpful for our planning and other preparations.
  • “What are trolls?” – Trolls are all people helping us run the GPN, they are very much the same thing as the angles at other chaos-events. Come to GPN and troll (with) us!
  • “Is there going to be a gym or other accommodations to sleep?” – Unfortunately, it was (and will) not (be) possible to organize a gym or other accommodations. If you need a place to sleep, have a look at the couch exchange in the Wiki entropia.de/GPN19:Unterkunft.
  • “I still have Questions!” – Please visit our full length FAQ! entropia.de/GPN19:FAQ If you can’t find any answer to your question there, send us a mail at info@entropia.de. 

What’s new in 35C3 Fahrplan?

The Call for Participation for 35C3 is out now. For all of you just checking in to see the diff to 34C3 CfP, German version is below.

32c3, innen

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Foundations!

Congress lectures usually cover a lot of bleeding edge topics, sometimes leaving the broader scope out of sight. This year we want to enable both newcomers to Congress and folks unfamiliar with recent developments to refresh their memories or get an introduction to the basics of the field – presented by experts in the fields. And yes, this might mean you!

Time slots

In order to accommodate for the larger venue and to correct for the overly compressed half hour lectures, we changed our Fahrplan raster to sport 20 minutes intervals, making room for a default lecture of 40 minutes and extended lectures of 60 minutes with 20 minute breaks.

We will return to a scheme with two major breaks of ~45 minutes for you to relax, eat, and meet.

Double Features are gone

Double features just did not work out and introduced a lot of stress, so we skipped them.

Focus on Q&A

We will use the extra time and more relaxed breaks to allow for more Q&A. So the standard lectures are meant to be 30 minutes plus 10 minutes Q&A, the extended lectures 45 minutes plus 15 minutes Q&A.

Rooms

To make room for the more relaxed Fahrplan and our Foundation talks, we will open a fifth Saal in 35C3.

Helping hands with titles and abstracts

From this year on, our content curators will actively work with submitters to improve titles, subtitles and abstracts if we feel they will confuse our audience.

Invite Co-presenters

You can now invite other presenters to your lecture in frab, using the “Join event” button. You can see the required token (or a direct link) when clicking on “edit” for a submitted event on the bottom of the page.


Was gibt’s Neues beim 35C3?

Für alle, die nur kurz den Diff zum 34C3 aufschnappen wollen.

Foundations!

Auf dem Congress finden üblicherweise viele Vorträge zu Bleeding-Edge-Themen statt, so dass zuweilen der Überblick verlorengeht. Dieses Jahr wollen wir sowohl Neulingen als auch alten Hasen, die die neuesten Entwicklungen aus den Augen verloren haben, Gelegenheit geben, ihre Erinnerung aufzufrischen oder eine Einführung in spannende Themen rund ums Hacken zu bekommen – präsentiert von Experten im Feld. Und ja, dieser Experte könntest Du sein!

Vortragslängen

Um den weiteren Wegen im Gebäude gerecht zu werden und Probleme mit den hochkomprimierten Halbstunden-Vorträgen des letzten Jahres zu korrigieren, haben wir den Fahrplan in ein 20-Minuten-Raster überführt. Somit gibt es Standard-Vorträge von 40 Minuten, Extended-Vorträge mit 60 Minuten und 20-Minuten-Pausen.

Auch werden wir dieses Jahr zu zwei großen Pausen um die 45 Minuten zurückkehren, um Zeit zum Entspannen, Essen und Socializen zu schaffen.

Keine Double Features mehr

Double features haben selten funktioniert und viel Stress verursacht. Wir werden sie nicht weiterführen.

Fokus auf Q&A

Mit der gewonnenen Zeit in den Vorträgen wollen wir den Fokus wieder auf Q&A verstärken. Die Standard-Vorträge sind als 30 Minuten-Vortrag plus 10 Minuten Q&A gedacht, die Extended-Vorträge 45 Minuten Vortrag plus 15 Minuten Q&A.

Räume

Um für den großzügigeren Fahrplan und die neuen Foundation-Vorträge Zeit zu gewinnen, wird auf dem 35C3 erstmals ein fünfter Saal geöffnet.

Hilfe bei Titeln und Abstracts

Ab diesem Jahr werden die Trackteams aktiv mit den Einreichern daran arbeiten, Titel, Untertitel und Abstracts zu verbessern, wenn wir das Gefühl haben, dass sie unverständlich oder verwirrend sind.

Co-Speaker hinzufügen
Ab diesem Jahr könnt ihr Eurer Einreichung im frab selber weitere Speaker hinzufügen. Für die Co-Speaker gibt es auf der CfP-Seite ein “Join event” / “Event beitreten”. Das Token (beziehungsweise den Direktlink) gibt es auf der Bearbeiten-Seite für Eure Einreichung ganz unten.

35C3: Call for Participation and Submission Guidelines

35C3 – 35th Chaos Communication Congress
December 27. through 30. 2018, Leipziger Exhibition Grounds, Leipzig

34c3, messe leipzig

Bild von HDValentin.

Es gibt eine deutsche Version dieses Aufrufs.
There also is a tl;dr-diff to the 34c3 CfP.

The Event

The Chaos Communication Congress is the Chaos Computer Club’s (CCC) annual symposium and hacker party. During four days between Christmas and New Years Eve, thousands of hackers, technology freaks, artists, and utopians get together in Leipzig to communicate, learn from each other, and party together. We focus on topics such as information technology, digital security, making, and breaking. We engage in creative, sceptical discourse on the interaction between technology and society.

We’d love to see your submission for one or more of these tracks:

  • Art & Culture,
  • Ethics, Society & Politics,
  • Hardware & Making,
  • Security,
  • Science und
  • Resilience.

Apart from the official conference program, the Chaos Communication Congress also offers space for community assemblies, developer and project meetings, art installations, lightning talks, and workshops.

Foundation Talks

Congress has grown, a lot. Many of the newcomers have a great thirst for knowledge in areas that may seem mundane and basic to others. This is why we will have a focus this year on talks that convey basic knowledge. These talks will receive a clear signifier, so they are easy to recognise. Foundations talks are not only about technical topics. They can be submitted in all tracks. Every track has a number of reserved talk slots for them. It is important that you have real expertise in the subject you want to talk about and have the ability to make it comprehensible for many people. Please note in the submission what approximate level of previous knowledge is required. Submitting a Foundations Talk will not diminish your chances to get accepted with another talk.

Dates & deadlines

  • October 15th, 2018 (23:59 UTC): Deadline for submissions,
  • November 12th, 2018: Notification of acceptance,
  • December 27th – 30th, 2018: Chaos Communication Congress.

Online submissions only

Please submit your lecture to our conference planning system at https://frab.cccv.de/cfp/35c3.
Simply follow the instructions there. If you have any questions regarding the submission, you are welcome to contact us via mail at 35c3-content(at)cccv.de.

Tracks

Art & Culture

This track awaits submissions that address, from an artistic perspective or with artistic means, the societal changes and contradictions caused by computers, the internet, robots, and general digitalization.

One can create art and beauty with computers: We’re also open to lectures that include art installations, performances, concerts, readings, etc., that involve past, contemporary, or upcoming technologies. We will try to help with the organizational side of such lectures as much as possible.

Ethics, Society & Politics

This track is dedicated to the societal, ethical and political questions posed by technology, networks and the digitization of all aspects of life.

What will our technologically enhanced future look like? What are the effects of machine learning, ubiquituous networks, digitalisation of every thing we do, automation, climate change and globalisation? How does society cope with the resulting social and political upheaval? What commercial and political interests are blocking the way forward to utopias worth living? How can we overcome them? Activist, phantastic, solidaric, and non-commercial ideas and concepts are very welcome. If you shape society with positive energy, this is the track for you. Please speak about your practical experiences!

Hardware & Making

This track is all about developing and creatively using things that allow the digital to make a physical impression.

The focus is on creating things of all kinds of (e.g. textiles, musical instruments, robots, alternative energy, medical tools, …), the expansion, repair, and liberation of proprietary systems (from the decapped smart-card to the firmware of your toaster to a modified agricultural machine), the sovereign use of technology, getting your hands dirty, and all the things we can’t imagine yet – and of course rockets!

Security

For this track we are looking for content demonstrating the influence of security aspects on users and machines. We would therefore like to request technical submissions focusing on security problems and solutions in both, hardware and software.

If you want to share your discoveries with thousands of fellow security enthusiasts, if you have developed new solutions to previously unsolved problems, or if you have found new problems which we knew nothing about, then this is the right track for you.

This year we dedicate some of our slots to beginners and people who are interested in the relevant basics. As part of this year’s foundations initiative, we are also looking for submissions with a loose connection to security. This includes topics from mathematics, networks, operating systems, web technologies, memory (mis)management, cryptography, programming languages, hardware design and other fields.

Science

The rapid development of science and technology is steadily changing our view of the world. But that doesn’t only mean that we’re profiting from new technology as a byproduct. We are also increasingly trying to understand the complex relationship between nature and society, in order to comprehend how our actions parameterize this whole system. We see science as a method of reverse engineering the world API and are interested in the newest diffs. No matter whether research centres, universities, or garage-driven science: if you explore and evaluate interesting and important developments from a scientific standpoint, then send us your submissions!

This year we’re especially interested in submissions regarding the phenomenon of climate change in its whole width and complexity. We are interested in everything from sociocultural effects to frost-resistant measurement technology, from the past to the near future, from the depth of the oceans up to the atmosphere. What are the actual effects of the technical and societal systems we have built? What will be the next Dieselgate, and which active approaches towards solving the problems are there?

Resilience

The world is developing at an increasing pace, and most of it involves computers and algorithms. Unfortunately, those developments do not necessarily equal progress. Some increase complexity; others require waiving freedoms. But many projects already incorporate recent research, like p2p gossipping networks (meaning less data accumulates at central points as everyone runs their own infrastructure), extended OS security (reducing persistence, new policies, virtualisation), or reorganised social frameworks intended to simplify life (by eliminating bureaucracy and sources of stress), and, of course, reduction of our dependency on human competition.

In the resilience track all submissions are welcome that lead to a world more worthy of living in – be they long-running projects or recent developments.

Classifiers

As a curtesy to reviewers and your audience, we would like you to also rate your submission by dynamic tags we call “classifiers”. Those help us to better understand the content and what your audience can expect. If, for example, your topics cover both hardware and security, you now can show us on a scale between 0 and 100 per cent – making the classic “tracks” much more fluid. You can also tell us what level of prior knowledge you expect your audience to bring.

Further Program at the 35C3

Lightning talks

Got something interesting to say but don’t want to submit a full talk? Consider doing a lightning talk instead. You will have five minutes to present your idea or project, or to do a rant. A formal submission through frab is not required; as usual, the lightning talks are organized via the public wiki. Lightning talks can be held in German or English and will be streamed, recorded and published (see below).

Assemblies

Assemblies are places where communities around a certain interest can meet, talk, exchange ideas and be inspired. Assemblies play a huge part in creating the special “congress atmosphere.” They are comparable to villages at the Chaos Communication Camp. We will have lots of space, so some bigger installations will be possible.

To further the exchange and the get-together of communities and groups, we will cluster the assemblies at the 35C3 along key subjects. We will link these key subjects to bigger workshop areas / stages / auditoriums which will be available for the assemblies connected to the subject for workshops, self-organized sessions or after talks discussion.

You and your community are interested in adopting a key subject, or your established assembly wants to take care of more space? Then write an email to c3-assemblies@lists.ccc.de and join the effort to create a great congress. Installations with up to 30m² big roofs are possible!

The usual application for assemblies will happen in due time at the public wiki.

For projects, installations, workshops, sessions hosted in assemblies and other fun stuff

A formal submission through frab is not required. There will be a wiki page to keep track of requirements for space and other resources. Simply start already considering now what you would like to make, bring, or show, and write it down once the wiki goes online. We are open to crazy and surprising stuff.

Submission guidelines

Please send us a description of your suggested talk that is as complete as possible. The description is the central criterium for acceptance or rejection, so please ensure that it is as clear and complete as possible. Quality comes before quantity. Due to the non-commercial nature of the event, presentations which aim to market or promote commercial products or entities will be rejected without consideration.

Since most participants find – or don’t find a lecture by its title, it’s important to keep it precise, accessible and comprehensible. Our teams will keep a keen eye on title and subtitle and make suggestions to change them if necessary, so please avoid insider jokes and stereotypes. It would be a shame if we would have to reject an otherwise excellent submission because the title does not tell much about the actual content.

As it is likely that there will be multiple submissions on the same topic, please show us exactly why your talk should be part of the conference. Remember that the teams are diversely staffed, and not every reviewer knows every submitter and their background. Please write something about yourself, your research, and your motivation. It does not matter if the talk has been held at another conference somewhere on this planet, as long as it is up to date and relevant.

Talks should be either 30 minutes long plus 10 minutes for questions and answers or 45 minutes long plus 15 minutes for questions and answers. Longer slots are possible if absolutely necessary, but should be an exception. Please take our limited amount of presentation time into consideration, check how much time you really need to bring home your points and then tell us the proposed length of your talk.

Language

Although the Chaos Communication Congress is an international event and a lot of content is presented in English, there will again be a translation team that will simultaneously translate most German talks into English. So if you are not comfortable with presenting in English, don’t hesitate to present your lecture in German. If your talk will be held in English, your submission should also be in English.

Publication

Audio and video recordings of the lectures will be published in various formats under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. This license allows commercial use of excerpts by media institutions as part of their reporting. If you do not wish for material from your lecture to be published or streamed, please let us know in your submission.

Note: As German law (and therefore the license) might differ from the law of your country, please let us know if you have any issues or questions regarding the exact implications. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee a perfect translation.

Travel, costs & visa

The Chaos Communication Congress is a non-commercial event where neither the organisers nor the speakers are being paid. As an accepted speaker for a full talk, you get free admission, though. If necessary, we are able to provide limited support for travel costs. If you need help applying for a visa, such as an official invitation to present to the German embassy, please make sure to let the content team know well in advance. Please be aware that the visa application procedure may take up to six weeks.

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