Chaos Communication Camp 2007

David Chaum at the Camp


We are excited to announce that Dr. David Chaum, cryptographer and founder of DigiCash, accepted our invitation to come to the Camp.

He will describe his ideas for enabling voters to verify their votes, using simple cryptographic techniques to ensure election integrity. David Chaum developed the system, Scantegrity, in open source and will introduce it in a talk on Saturday at 6.30 pm in Shelter Foo.

Fun at the museum


Just a reminder: Today is the last chance to take a flight with the antonow bi-plane above the camp – they start 14:00 and continue as long as there are new customers. See the wiki page for further information.

The museum will do a guided tour within the museum today. Meet at 19:00 at the statue next to the snack bar – the tour will be held in German, but we are currently trying to get a translator.

Please give feedback on the talks you attended


We have now enabled the feedback system and kindly ask you to provide feedback on those talks that you attended.

How? It’s really simple: Locate the event in our online schedule (“Fahrplan”) at and then on the detail page for each event there is a “Give Feedback” link. Simply follow that link and fill out the form, then submit the form.

This information is hugely important and helpful both for the speaker in order to improve his or her style of presentation and to the organisers for future events!

Hacker Ethics Hotline


We don’t want the term hacker to have such a negative connotation, right? Since the first hacks are already announced ask yourself before pressing ENTER:

What happens if I 0wn that box now? Is it ethically justifiable to do this or that? And finally, one of the most important questions of hacking ethics is: How much stress will happen if things go wrong?

And with power comes responsibility. So, think about the most efficient way to handle an interesting piece of information. The Hacker Ethics Hotline offers fast and anonymous counseling on this and related topics.
Simply dial 1042 on the DECT …

Network Update


The network is all coming together now! We’ve worked hard over the past week to get top-notch connectivity to all corners of our huge campsite. Not everything is finished yet but it’s quickly getting there. The fibers are all in place, the core router is up and running and it’s already distributing the 10GE fiber backbone to various places at the site. Access switches will be placed inside the Datenklos today and tomorrow, so that everybody will be able to plug in soon.


Unfortunately we will not have as much …

Trains on strike


As German news sites are reporting, the German train drivers might be on strike beginning next Wednesday. Please plan your travel to the camp site accordingly, up to date information are to be found at a special website, and there are two hotlines up, one for Germany (08000 996633) and one for foreigners (+49 1805-334444) which will provide more help.

Strike has been forbidden, don’t panic, everything is perfect.

Besides this issue, camp preparations are going very smooth – this posting was already written via the public wireless LAN at the camp site, and the weather forecast looks just …

Reconnaissance at Finowfurt: The text adventure game


You wake up in your room. You realize that the Chaos Communication Camp, a hacker conference near Berlin, Germany, is only a few days away. You have been preparing for this event for months, going over what to pack in your head a million times. You bought a tent and locked down your computer. However, you’re still wondering what you’re going to do at the Camp. Somehow you get the feeling that today is the day your mission will come to you…

This is how “Reconnaissance at Finowfurt” starts, a classic text adventure (“Interactive fiction”) that tells the story of the camp and the spaceship …

Building the camp: Progress report


Good news, everyone! Looks like the camp site will be operational soon. Electricity and power is deployed, the POC (Phone Operation Center) people are almost done with setting up their network, and the last pieces of critical infrastructure are either being unloaded at the moment or are on their way on the autobahn.

The weather looks extremely good at the moment, beautiful and sunny, but without the unbearable heat of the Chaos Communication Camp in 2003. Let’s see if it stays that way for the next days.

So, what’s left for you to do?

  1. Pack your things for the camp
  2. If you can: come to the site …

Aufs Camp fliegen und eine gute Sache unterstützen: Rettungsflug für die Raumstation


Unsere Freunde von der Hacker Foundation, die den bereits an dieser Stelle erwähnten Flug “Hackers On A Plane” veranstalten, haben noch Plätze für den Flug vom Flughafen Düsseldorf direkt auf das Camp-Gelände (Flugplatz Finow-Eberswalde) frei. Der Clou: Mit dem Kauf eines Tickets unterstützt ihr den finanziell in Not geratenen famosen Berliner Hackerspace C-Base.:

12 von 38 Fluggästen und das gesamte Orga-Team von “Hackers on a Plane” haben auf ihre Sitzplätze bei einem Charterflug, der Geschichte schreiben wird, verzichtet, um Geld für die C-Base zu sammeln. Du bezahlst also nicht für einen …

CERT still looking for personal


The CERT is still looking for personal at the camp. You have a medical training (First Aid training or licence), are EMT, Paramedic or doctor? You are interested in medical health care? You are a firefighter? Feel free to contact sanifox : sanifox(at) or come to the CERT location at the Camp site. We got a shift plan so you won´t miss any lectures ;-)

Tree climbing at Chaos Communication Camp 2007


There will be on every sunny day a tree climbing workshop. If you are interested, please sign up in the public wiki. If you have any climbing equipment (belt, ropes, carabiner) from rock climbing and would like to bring it, please note this in the wiki.


Lightning Talks at Chaos Communication Camp 2007


For spontaneous short lectures there is the possibility to give a
Lightning Talk. On day 2, 21:30, as well as on day 4, 15:30 there will
be time for everyone to give a 5 minute talk. Please add your lecture
to the wiki page.

Also mail your slides in advance in PDF file format to the moderator,, to prevent the need of laptop switching during
the Lightning Talks sessions or bring them on a USB stick to the

How will the weather be like?


We all know that long-term weather predictions are not that accurate. However, considering the fact that the last report about two weeks ago matched very well the weather we currently have in Berlin, which is sadly cold and rain, the current long term weather report (German) promises perfect camp weather. It will become warmer beginning this Tuesday, up to 28°C Thursday, and they say that August will be warm and friendly with less-then-average rain and mostly influences of anticyclones from the Mediterranean Sea, according to their prediction. Doesn’t that sound good?

Camp preparations are …

Will There Be Internet?


We’ve talked about most basic human needs at the Camp, but not yet about Internet access! So here’s an update on that.

We’ve secured sponsorship from various kind companies and individuals. We will deploy a fiber-based backbone around the campsite at 10 Gbps. All around the campsite, Datenklos will be deployed, where you can have your own cable plugged into the network for easy browsing in your tent.

Also, a wireless network will be deployed for 802.11a/b/g access, especially in the lecture halls.

The uplink off the campsite to the outside world will be 1 Gbps.

Please don’t trip over the …

Arriving by train or plane?


If you are travelling to the camp by train, please mark in the wiki when you are going to arrive in Eberwalde Hbf. We urgently need those numbers to finalize our shuttle schedule.

If you are going to fly to the camp, you will need a train to Eberswalde, too*, see our Travel instructions for details.

We currently plan to start shuttle services on August 7th, and we will charge a small fee for the shuttle. However, we are aware that quite a bunch of hackers will arrive earlier, and we will work something out for them, too. Further information soon in this weblog.

(*) This does of course not …

Workshops?! Where?! When?!


At the Camp there is no central workshop room/tent with a schedule at the door. But of course many people will organize workshops all over the Camp. If you are one of them and interested in other people knowing what you are up to use the template for workshops in the wiki. It is similar to the one for villages but a bot – the neinomat – crawls the wiki for these templates and generates a list of workshops from them. Have a look at the HyperHeroes to see how it works.

There will be no central workshop tent with mike and video projector but as the hardware geeks need some tools there will be a …

Chaos Bus Tour by the Frubar People


Yet another stylish way to get to the camp just appeared:

The Frubar people have charted a bus driving through Germany taking people to the camp and back home again.

If you’re still unsure how to get there, think about coming with us and have a lot of fun.

The route is like this: Tettnang -> Lindau -> Memmingen -> Ulm -> Nürnberg -> Bayreuth -> Gera/Jena -> Leipzig -> Finowfurt

If you’r living near the lake of Constance (Bregenz, Dornbirn, Ravensburg, Konstanz, …) it is possible to pick you up at home.

Just drop us a mail at

more information about the …

We proudly present: … the Fahrplan 0.23!


After some more shuffling the schedule is out.

There are gaps in the Fahrplan as we have to sort out last issues with some speakers. Be assured that we have more than enough talks to fill them. You can find lots of interesting stuff in the Fahrplan at this stage anyway – from surveillance (1, 2, 3), the nanoscale, to attacking GSM and other security issues (1, 2, 3). More to come.

We had lots of interesting submissions to choose from. Many thanks to all the people who want to share their experiences, knowledge and opinions. The camp would be very different without you as we would have a much …

Camp ahead!


Camp-preparations really are speeding up now.. The Fahrplan is pretty much ready to be published (actually, it is finished, but we still wait for some speakers to confirm their attendance), presale is up and running smoothly, and the Wiki is filling up quite fast. The next press release will be out next week, and first infrastructure for the camp is already arriving. Camp will be just great, promised!

Right now is a rather creative time: Most of our current work is somehow related to writing, to design, and similar stuff. There is help needed there, by the way – if you feel like you want to …

Last Minute Travel Options


The fine folks over at the Metalab have organized an “all-inclusive” flight and luggage transfer from Vienna to the CCC Camp and back. If you haven’t booked your flight, there are still 8 Tickets left.

-> Campflug

Camp-Project: Temporary BookCrossing Zone


As some of you may already know, the Camp will have a Temporary BookCrossing zone. For those who don’t, I’ll tell a bit about it here.
For starters: what’s BookCrossing?**
BookCrossing is a worldwide grassroots movement by and for readers, aiming to turn the world into a library by sharing our books. And by books I mean the actual, fysical, dead tree kind.
The cool thing about BookCrossing is that it uses a mixture of old media (books) and new ones (the ‘Net): the books are registered into a giant database (currently containing over 4000.000 individual copies). They all get a number and are …

Camp-Fahrplan v0.1 ahead

Camp-Fahrplan v0.1 ahead


Fahrplan 0.1 is currently being prepared, using high-tech and complex modern algorithms:

Just some more days, stay tuned..

(please pardon the crappy mobile cam picture.)

Presale for Chaos Communication Camp started


Good news, everyone – the presale for the camp just started, and will be up until 22th July. Please pay special attention to our supporters ticket and company ticket: If you or your company are willing to support the camp, please consider buying those tickets. The camp costs in fact more than the 150 € per participant we take for the default ticket – so our current prices are already only made possible by generous donations, sponsors and the business tickets. You and our sponsors are those guys which actually make the camp financially possible. Thank you very much!

The Company Ticket even …



Well, yes. Granted, presale still is not up and running – we have some minor issues we have to clarify in advance and this takes longer than intended. It’s the bureaucracy we are currently facing, which means nothing else that we are waiting for some phone calls from the local authorities. This sucks, especially because we are unable to speed it up. And yes, we are annoyed about this as much as you are.

However, rest assured that we work as hard as possible there, and this is something which is only relevant for the presale itself. The camp is getting closer and closer, and everything looks …

Rent a Tent

Rent a Tent


You want a tent with enough space for you and your 23 friends? Some place for your village to do workshops? Or just a tent that would withstand WTHish rain? A tent like the one below?

You can rent big tents and even chairs and tables from us. We coordinate transport of the tents, chairs and tables. Buildup and dismantling has to be done by you and volunteers under skilled guidance. You can find the precise conditions at the wiki.

We need your order until Thursday, June 14th, 10am CEST (UTC+2).

You don’t know what the Camp will be like?


photos of the chaos communication camp 2003
The Camp is an event that words can’t really describe. I can write about hackers from all over the world camping on an old military airport with power and ethernet in every tent.

But can you imagine it? Things like nerds barely awake taking a shower under a fire hose, some hundred of them sitting in a big hall hacking at their computers all night long, a rocket named Fairydust illuminated with a great light installation, nerds cooking lunch on a camping stove, switches put in (empty) porta potties wrapped in silver foil to protect them from dust, heat and interested hackers, hacker kids …

A culinary journey through the villages of the Camp


Villages are a big part of the Camp experience. These places are more than just a bunch of tents put up together – here people tend to camp together under a common theme. While there are thematic villages, there are also villages with a regional focus.

It makes sense to travel together and set up a village of tents from one specific region. Being an international event, this means that you can experience a rich selection of samples of international cuisine at the Camp, as several hackers already announced to bring local food to the site.

You may want to start your day in the Austrian village, …

Chaos Communication Camp 2007: FINAL Call for Papers


The Chaos Communication Camp is an international, five-day open-air event for hackers, builders, and makers organized by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), to be held from August 8 to 12 on an old Russian military airfield near Berlin.

The camp probably is the best place for some of the most interesting inhabitants of the planet to meet, greet, and discuss. If you’ve ever wanted to meet some of the masterminds behind tomorrow’s technology and social structures while they’re sunbathing, cooking or launching a kite, this is your chance.

Till June 5th there’s still a chance to send in lectures or …

CfP-end delayed


Due to weird technical issues with pentabarf, the deadline for our CfP will be rescheduled – you still can submit your papers during the weekend. The current problems with the software will hopefully fixed soon are fixed. Don’t panic.

Hackers on a Plane


Was würde ein Hacker-Camp an einem Flughafen vollkommen machen? Natürlich die Anreise in einem Flugzeug. Landeanflug, Aussteigen, kurzer Fußmarsch, fertig. Klingt spannend, cool? Sollte man meinen – scheint es aber nicht zu sein: Denn unseren amerikanischen Kollegen ist das noch zu langweilig, also hat die Hacker Foundation gleich ein Mega-Paket geschnürt: Für 1337 € die Defcon in Las Vegas und das Chaos Communication Camp besuchen, inklusive Eintritt, Flug zur Defcon, Flug zurück nach Frankfurt, und von Frankfurt aus dann bis direkt auf den Flughafen Finow mit einer eigenen “Hackers on a …

POC Registration is now open


The registration for your personal phone number at the Chaos Communication Camp is now up and running.

If you want to create a phone number for one of the upcoming events, you have to sign up first and give yourself a username.
You will get an email to confirm your account. Then you can choose a phone number for your cordless phone.
That is all you need to phone other people at the event for free. You can make friends or retrieve them, when they got spread over the whole area.
If you already have an account for you only have to click login.

Currently you can create phone numbers …

Camp-Ticket Prices?


Well, yes. We know, we promised to have the final ticket prices up within April. To make a long story short: We wont make it – it will take another week, or something like that, and frankly, we are as frustrated about this fact as you are.
We are still waiting for some offers by companies supplying us with infrastructures, stuff like power, additional toilets, showers, fences, and so on. Their offers should be already here, but they apparently didn’t make it – and we are unable to make our final calculations as long as we don’t have these price estimates. It is a Chaos camp, after …

Call for villages


The Camp is divided into small villages that provide structure and give the participant to join a certain area of interest. A village might feature people doing extra workshops following their own agenda in their own tent. There is no central planning for this kind of events. If you are interested in a specific area, just place your tent appropriately and get in touch.

However: If you plan to bring big tents (more than 10 square metres), please mention this within the next two weeks in the Camp Wiki, using our Village Template (see this source for a sample how to do that), so we can plan space …

Call for Participation Chaos Communication Camp 2007


The Call for Participation for the Camp is online. Please spread the word and point interesting people to it, or, better yet, hand in your own presentation on topics like:

  • flying and non-flying autonomous robots
  • security, encryption and anonymity
  • software projects
  • technologies for the day after the climate change
  • rapid prototyping and fabbing
  • software and hardware for disaster-resistant infrastructure
  • bringing broadband to the countryside
  • politics and propaganda
  • anti-crowd-control tactics and technologies
  • lock picking
  • alternative energy systems
  • citizen surveillance, data mining technologies, …

March 24th: On Reconnaissance


We invite everybody to join us for a public visit of the location of the Chaos Communication Camp 2007 in Finowfurt. Everybody who wants to do a project, put up a really big tent, build a village or do anything special in one way or the other should come.

The visit takes places at Saturday, March 24th, 2007 at 14:00h. We will spend around two to three hours at the site depending on interest. Be careful to be on time as we won’t explain things twice. If you plan to come, please drop your name in the wiki.

Driving instructions: from Autobahn A10 (the ring around Berlin) take Autobahn A11 in …

Chaos Communication Camp 2007


The date and location for the Chaos Communication Camp 2007 is now confirmed. The event is starting August 8th lasting until August 12th 2007. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen: we are going for five days this time.

The Camp will take place at a brand new location next to the Finow airport. So if you like, you can directly fly to the Camp. You can get to the location easily with a car in the less than 30 minutes starting in Berlin and we will make sure there is a shuttle connection to the next train station.

The coordinate of the location is 52.8317, 13.6779. You can use this Google Earth …