Chaos Communication Congress

Call for Angels für den 36C3 Aufbau und Abbau

Call for Angels für den 36C3 Aufbau und Abbau

English version below.

TL;DR

Der Aufbau und Abbau des 36C3 braucht Engel!

Wenn ihr beim Aufbau helfen wollt, kommt ab dem 18.12. zum Messegelände und meldet euch beim Heaven im CCL oder in Halle 4 für Infos.

Bringt euch warme Arbeitskleidung und feste Schuhe mit. Bonuspunkte gibt’s für Sicherheitsschuhe!
Seid vorsichtig – der Aufbau ist eine Baustelle! Achtet auf euch und andere, haltet Abstand von Maschinen und Fahrzeugen und lasst eure Haustiere zu Hause! Kommt mit euren Kindern bitte nach Möglichkeit erst zur Veranstaltung.

Wenn ihr ein paar Tage länger bleiben könnt und euch ewige Karmabonuspunkte verdienen wollt, helft beim Abbau! Der Abbau startet nach der Closing Ceremony und dauert bis zum 05.01.2020, sprich weniger als die Hälfte der Aufbauzeit. Also brauchen wir im Abbau alle Engel, die wir kriegen können. Mehr Infos zum Abbau folgen auch noch in einem gesonderten Blogpost.

Für mehr Infos checkt die kommenden Posts im Eventblog.
Konkrete Fragen: 36c3@c3loc.de

long version

Wie jedes Jahr brauchen wir auch für den Aufbau des 36C3 so viele helfende Hände wie möglich, damit sich die tristen Messehallen in einen bunten Chaos Communication Congress verwandeln.
Der Congressaufbau startet dieses Jahr am 16. Dezember. Die ersten 2 Tage werden die einzelnen Teams vor allem mit Ankommen und Bootstrapping beschäftigt sein, bevor wir richtig loslegen. Sinnvoll parallelisierbar wird die Baustelle erst danach. Auch die Fülle an Aufgaben ergibt sich erst im Laufe der Zeit, sodass wir vor allem den Nicht-locals empfehlen, lieber noch ein paar Tage zu entspannen und ab dem 18. Dezember zur Messe zu kommen. Keine Sorge, Arbeit gibt es ab dem Zeitpunkt jeden Tag mehr.

Was muss im Aufbau alles gemacht werden?
Es gibt eine riesige Vielfalt an Dingen, die erledigt werden müssen, sodass alle etwas finden sollten, das ihnen liegt. Teilweise sind die Tasks geplant und stehen vorher fest, aber die meisten Aufgaben ergeben sich spontan, da wir den größeren Teil schlecht vorher planen können. Vor Allem die zeitlichen Abläufe sind im Aufbau eher variabel und können sich schnell mal ändern. Deshalb gibt es auch keine Schichten im Engelsystem. Schaut einfach vor Ort, was euch liegt und ihr gerne machen wollt. Fragt am besten im Heaven im CCL nach, was gerade erledigt werden muss, und lasst euch dort mit Infos versorgen. Falls der Heaven noch nicht aufgebaut sein sollte, kommt zum Preheaven in Halle 4.

Was muss sonst noch beachtet werden?
Die Hallen sind im gesamten Aufbau unbeheizt, bringt euch also warme Kleidung mit, die dreckig werden kann, und festes, robustes Schuhwerk. Bonuspunkte gibt es für Sicherheitsschuhe mit Schutzkappe S1 oder höher. Wir haben einen kleinen Vorrat an Schutzausrüstung mit den grundlegenden Dingen, wer aber gerne seine eigenen Handschuhe, Werkzeuge, $(Sicherheits-)Gadgets hat, ist mehr als herzlich eingeladen, diese mitzubringen.
Auch, wenn beim Aufbau oft eine entspannte Atmosphäre herrscht, ruft euch bitte trotzdem immer wieder ins Gedächtnis, dass ihr euch auf einer Baustelle befindet. Achtet auf euch und die Menschen in eurer Umgebung. Haltet großzügigen Sicherheitsabstand zu den Baumaschinen, Autos und Flurförderzeugen.
Kommt mit eurem Kind bitte nach Möglichkeit erst zur Veranstaltung. Kinder sind, insbesondere unbeaufsichtigt, in den Bauabschnitten ein enormes Sicherheitsrisiko – vor allem für sich selbst. Lasst auch eure Haustiere Zuhause. Eine Veranstaltung mit fünfstelliger Zahl verkaufter Tickets ist ohnehin nicht der richtige Ort für Tiere.

Und der Abbau?
Der Abbau beginnt an Tag 4 direkt nach der closing ceremony und dauert bis zum 05.01.2020.
Gerade im Abbau brauchen wir jede Hilfe, die wir bekommen können. Alles, was in zwei Wochen in der Messe errichtet wurde, muss innerhalb von 6 Tagen wieder auf LKW verladen und abtransportiert werden – also in weniger als der Hälfte der Zeit. Wir sind dankbar und freuen uns über alle Engel, die nach der Veranstaltung noch die Möglichkeit haben, ein, zwei oder mehr Tage länger zu bleiben und beim Abbau zu helfen.
Genauere Infos zum Abbau folgen im Laufe der nächsten Wochen als eigener Blogpost.

Für mehr Infos checkt die kommenden Posts im Eventblog.
Solltet ihr konkrete Fragen haben, wendet euch an 36c3@c3loc.de

Wir sehen uns in Leipzig!
Euer LOC


English Version

Call for Angels for the 36C3 buildup and teardown

TL;DR

The buildup and teardown of 36C3 needs angels!

If you want to help with the buildup, you can come to Messe Leipzig from the 18th of December and show up in Heaven (CCL) or in hall 4 for info.
Bring warm clothes and solid shoes. Safety shoes, if you have some.
Be careful – buildup means the halls are construction sites! Take care of yourself and others. Stay in safe distance from vehicles and heavy machines and leave your pets at home. Please don’t bring children before the official start of the event if possible.
If you can stay a couple of days longer and want to earn eternal angel karma please help with the teardown! Teardown starts after the closing ceremony and goes on until the 5th of January, which means we have less than half the buildup time. So we need every possibly available angel. We will post more info regarding teardown on this blog soon.

For further info check the Event Blog for publications.
For concrete questions: 36c3@c3loc.de

Long Version

Like every year we need as many angels as possible for the 36C3 buildup so that the boring halls evolve to one shiny colourful Chaos Communication Congress.
This year’s buildup starts on the 16th of December. During the first two days there will be mostly just team arrival and bootstrapping before it all really takes off. After this more parallelized tasks will show up every day. The majority of tasks take some time to surface. Because of that we ask especially the non-Leipzig-locals to rest some days instead of arriving early and come to the buildup from the 18th of December. Don’t worry, there will be more than enough to do and more with every day.

What needs to be done?
There is a huge amount of variety in the tasks that need to be done so that everyone should find themselves a topic that fits them. Some tasks have been planned before but the majority of things happens quite spontaneously because we cannot anticipate everything very well beforehand. Especially the time tables are very fluid and can change quickly at times. Because of that there is no angel system or online shift planning used during buildup. Just come over and pick a task that suits you onsite. Please ask in Heaven, which is located in the CCL, what needs to be done at the moment or get yourself some info. If Heaven is not running yet come to the Preheaven in hall 4.

What else must be observed?
The halls are not heated during buildup. Bring some warm clothes that don’t mind some dirt and bring solid shoes, bonus points for safety shoes S1 or higher. We have some personal protective equipment (PPE) to offer but if you can bring your own working gloves, tools, $(safety-)gadgets you are more than welcome to do so.
Despite the often chilled atmosphere during buildup please remember and be aware that the buildup is a construction site! Take care of yourself and the people around you and keep safe distance from heavy machines, cars, forklifts, trucks etc.
Please don’t bring children before the official start of the event if possible. Children are an immense safety risk in the construcion areas – mostly for themselves. Please also leave your pets at home. An event with 16.000 attendees isn’t the right place for animals anyway.

And the teardown?
Teardown starts on Day 4 directly after the closing ceremony and goes on until the 5th of January.
Especially during this phase we need every help we can possibly get. Everything brought into the halls during the two weeks of buildup needs to be brought out again within six days – which is less than half the amount of time. We are thankful and happy for every angel who is able to spend some more days onsite and help with tearing down this huge event.
More info especially regarding teardown will be posted on this blog soon.

For further info check the Event Blog for publications.
If you have concrete questions please contact 36c3@c3loc.de

See you in Leipzig!
Your LOC

Behind the scenes: Chaos Communication Congress presale

A scanner, watching you. Beep!

A scanner, watching you. Beep!

Have you ever tried to solve a problem that is completely, utterly, ridiculously impossible?

Welcome to our world! We’re the team running the Chaos Communication Congress ticket sales, and we want to follow the good example set by the content teams, and explain a bit of our work.

Now, from the outside, our problems may not seem all that impossible. In fact, you may think we have very little problems indeed: We run the presale of a conference that is notoriously sold out, and that’s generally what you want when you organise an event, right? Well, yes and no. Our primary goal is neither to sell every last ticket nor to increase our prices knowing that we’ll be sold out anyways – our goal is to invite participants in a way that is consistent with the values represented by our event and our community.

The Chaos Communication Congress is first and foremost a community event. Its unique beauty as well as its unique challenges originate in the fact that we are a huge distributed anarchical group of unpaid volunteers who manage to build an event for over 16000 people, every year. To make matters even harder, our completely self-organised decentralised structures work without a single point of authority. If you think that this cannot possibly work, you’re not alone: It’s hard to explain to people on the outside, and when we try, we’re usually met with a blank stare or disbelief.

None of our Congresses would work without two overlapping, vaguely-defined groups of people: The teams who spend inordinate amounts of time before and during the event organising and working, and the local groups and hackerspaces who do a lot of great work throughout the year that has nothing to do with Congress at all. Without the people tinkering in hackerspaces, running smaller events, creating awesome new hacks, educating people, visiting schools to talk to kids, running workshops, discussing positions and organising protests … we wouldn’t have the vibrant community that turns Congress into an event without its like.

Consequently one of our goals is to make sure that both organising teams and active people from other groups have a chance of attending Congress – but at the same time, we don’t want to limit ourselves completely to people who have already done their part. We’d be completely caught in our own filter bubble, and therefore we also want Congress to be accessible to new people.

This is a tough one. Fundamentally, there cannot be a perfect solution: We sell less tickets than people want to buy and our community grows larger every year. Period. Which means that some people will not be able to buy a ticket, no matter how much they want to, or how good a fit they’d be for the event.

Possible solutions to this are manifold: We could turn the event into a private event only for people who are already part of the community. We could just increase our ticket prices until the demand balances with the available tickets. We could go by “seniority” within the community, or by capability by introducing artificial technical barriers (a quiz? a hidden ticket sales server via ssh?). We could insist on a personal recommendation from a trusted person, or expand this into a dystopian voting system where only people with a sufficient number of votes get in. We could set certain quotas by demographics and then distribute tickets according to age, gender, social status, income, text editor, or hair color. We could make ticket sales entirely random (more on that later), or just sell as many tickets as we can, ignoring the problems that start when you let a community grow faster than it can support itself. But we don’t think any of these are a good idea.

Our current solution works like this: We don’t sell all tickets to the general public. Instead, we start by handing vouchers to all dedicated volunteers from last year’s Congress, so they can buy a ticket for this year if they want to. Simultaneously, we also give vouchers to local groups, like hackerspaces, and some activist groups. Their vouchers spawn new ones once they have been used, so that these groups can distribute the vouchers among themselves. Roughly half of our tickets are sold to somebody with a voucher. (The truth is slightly more complex, and if you like reading rule books, you can read up on them in our documentation).

Once the tickets reserved for the active community are used up, we turn to the remaining tickets, and sell those in three open presale days. They are notoriously gone within minutes, if not seconds. The technical challenges of serving several thousand requests per second in an attempt to sell tickets is interesting in its own right, but we’ll leave that as an exercise for the reader for another post.

Obviously, this is not an ideal system and it fails in a variety of interesting ways. For example, local groups may have questionable priorities when distributing their vouchers. People may have broken mailservers and will never receive their voucher. People who use a reproducing voucher may take a long time to pay, blocking people who wait for their replicated voucher. If you have very slow internet or slow reflexes or are not aware of the urgency, buying a ticket in the open presale is nearly impossible. It’s frankly heartbreaking to talk to people who will not be able to attend Congress.

And that’s a significant part of what we do: As the presale team, we answer all emails sent to our address, usually within a day. Last year, we received a total of 2690 emails and sent 1764 in 1623 threads, so roughly 10% of attendees contacted us. This excludes spam, but includes bounces – because we look at those, and try to figure out if there was a typo in the mail address, or if we know somebody who knows this person and can get in touch with them. If you write us, you don’t receive a canned response either – every response is more-or-less lovingly created by one of the four of us.

Other than that, what do we do? We usually deal with requests for vouchers from various groups, which has served to expand our knowledge of geography. Occasionally we help settle local conflicts when one group won’t talk to the other – it’s the Chaos *Communication* Congress, after all. To keep our workload at an unreasonable-but-possible level, we try to send vouchers to only one place per city, region, or thematic community. We also help people who found one of several tempting ways to make errors in their ordering process (typos in email addresses or payment references are the favourite). We help with payment difficulties and supply people with documentation for their visa application. We prepare the on-site ticket checkin – scanning this many tickets is a challenge of its own, of which we have written more here. We also administrate the servers, which is especially challenging when preparing for the open presale days, which can see request spikes of more than 16.000 requests per second, and requires a bit of careful planning. Before the presale starts, we negotiate conditions with the local public transport company, and help determine the ticket prices and what average ticket price we need to reach – you can always see the chart of average ticket prices here.

We’re also constantly looking for ways to improve the presale. Every year we make some minor changes and adjustments that go mostly unnoticed (which is good!). We have experimented with simulating parts of the presale, to get a feeling for the results that we would introduce with different replication rates, spawn times, and distribution mechanisms. This also involves talking to lots of people to help us balance the needs of different groups: Within Germany and from abroad, from within the community and newcomers, marginalised groups and people who have been around for most of CCC’s history, people who cannot participate in a regular presale for health reasons, and so on.

We’re nearly always happy to discuss your ideas, and we only have two requests if you want to let us know what you think: First off, please assume that we’re trying our best – because we are, and people who send us very angry mails about our malice or our incompetence just make us sad, but won’t improve the presale process.

Secondly: Please do not suggest that we try a lottery. We know, it’s tempting – it’s the first solution that springs to mind to solve this problem, but it’s also just not going to happen. The short explanation is: Any lottery that can’t be cheated easily will require us to check people’s IDs at the entrance, and that’s not something we are willing to do – both due to the logistical challenge of slowing down the entire check-in process extremely, and because we follow the principles of minimal data retention. We don’t care about your official names, we don’t want to check your ID, and we run screaming when thinking about the implications of this level of data aggregation.

A last note: While we have seen a lot of bitter, or angry, and occasionally hateful messages, we have also seen plenty of support, humour, and good-natured snark, which makes the whole effort more than worth it. Thank you!

36C3 content teams running full steam

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!

Among these submissions the most popular tracks are “Ethics, Society & Politics” with 237, the “Security” track having 194 and the “Science” track seeing 82 submissions.

The following table contrasts the numbers of submissions this year with the numbers of lectures accepted for 35C3. This means that (assuming a similar amount of lectures this year), some teams have to reject 82 percent of their submissions, sometimes heartbreakingly so. The sheer range and creativity of the submissions left us deeply impressed with the energy and wisdom that is sparkling within our community. All without us offering a single cent of speaking fees.

Track Submissions Slots
Art & Culture 49 18
Ethics, Society & Politics 237 42
Hardware & Making 49 16
Resilience & Sustainability 61 16
Science 82 21
Security 194 39

To complicate things further: You gave us valuable feedback on our haveyoursay interface, which helped us identify important issues not yet covered by submissions. Of the over 2,000 comments you sent us, around a third was constructive and helpful, with some of them pointing to things other than the conference program where 36C3 could improve. So in addition of the submissions already in frab, some of this year’s content will be filled by invitations by our content curators.

What this all means: Each lecture that makes it into this year’s Fahrplan has prevailed against tough competition and each presenter we could not accept to the conference can be sure that they belong to a group of high quality submissions that had to be turned down solely due to time constraints. We simply do not have more than four days and five stages. With all high quality rejections alone we easily could fill two more conferences. And while our teams often try to explain their decisions together with their rejections, the overwhelming number of submissions makes answering each and everyone of them a time consuming effort. Also, as stated above, the most common reason not to accept a lecture is the simple lack of space in our Fahrplan. So if you receive a rejection email with that reason, please don’t take it as a cheap excuse.

But who are those in charge of selecting 36C3 content? At the moment, lectures are curated by six teams with three to ten main curators and an extended set of reviewers – all in all around sixty people now eagerly working through all those submissions. Some of them have introduced themselves in this blog in the past.

Some team members have introduced themselves on their social media accounts and actively work on encouraging potential speakers to submit (just monitor #36c3 to find out who they are), while others prefer to just help anonymously. And a lot of work is needed: Starting even during CfP submission periods, around 250 lectures needed to be fixed up, their durations, event type or tracks corrected, questions answered by email, co-speakers manually added, and typos corrected. With those bureaucratic nuisances out of the way, all submission now have the best chance to shine by their merits.

Over the next two weeks, our curators will now have to dive into the actual details: analyse the substance, verify claims made in the submissions, clustering them by rough topics, researching presenters regarding their expertise and ability to present – and to verify they do not accidentally invite PR drones, intelligence service, or military personnel on stage. So if you see storms of visitors on your social (business) media accounts, just smile and wave at our curation teams. ;)

Our teams are made up of experts in their respective fields, sometimes working in their domains for decades, who can tap into their vast networks to help estimate a submitter’s history. We want the speakers to present their own work, we want them to present for their enthusiasm for the topic, not money. We want them to be role models, not rock stars. So it is important that our teams find out who the speakers have been working for in the past, where they have presented and how that turned out, and if the conduct in their communities might raise objections to having them on our stages.

In the end we need to find a balance between novelty and community traditions, presentation skills and domain knowledge, entertainment value and soundness, allowing newcomers and tapping into weathered experts, presenting utopists and realists, as well as topics with global impact and niche expertise we think will be important soon.

With so many knobs to turn, we know it’s impossible not to be disappointed with the outcome of certain promising choices, and in the end each 36C3 participant brings a slightly different set of interests, so it might very well be that you find parts of the Fahrplan uninteresting and some lectures worth being replaced with others that you might find more interesting. But keep in mind, there are 16,000 other attendees who might disagree.

One last thing: While the content teams curating the main stages have the longest traditions, they’re by far not the only teams working on content presented at 36C3: As usual there will be self-organised lightning talks, which you can submit at https://c3lt.de/ once its 36C3 section is live. Also there are at least three decentralised stages at 36C3 assemblies that await your submission now: Chaos West will be running a stage at their asssembly, you can submit to here https://fahrplan.chaos-west.de/36c3/cfp, the Freifunk community has kicked off their CfP here https://talks.oio.social/36c3-oio/cfp and, last but not least, ChaosZone just opened theirs as well https://cfp.chaoszone.cz/36c3/cfp.

Oh, and one more thing: If the stars align just right, this year there might be a Hacker Jeopardy again!

Image by Florian Kleiner, CC BY-SA 2.0

36C3: Call for Assemblies

English version below.

Tl;dr: Lest auf jeden Fall den Teil unter “Wichtig” und registriert eure Assembly so schnell wie möglich unter signup.c3assemblies.de, spätestens aber bis Sonntag, den 24. November.

[Strg-C, Strg-V]

Dieses Jahr wollen wir so viel wie möglich von dem anwenden, was wir in den letzten beiden Jahren in Leipzig lernen konnten. Um die Gelegenheit zu nutzen, Erfahrung und Wissen zu konsolidieren und weiterzugeben, möchten wir bei den Assemblies in diesem Jahr möglichst wenige Änderungen zum Vorjahr vornehmen. Wenn ihr im letzten Jahr ein Assembly gestaltet habt, rechnet bitte mit den gleichen Flächen, Anforderungen und Infrastrukturversorgungen wie im letzten Jahr. Auch vermeintlich kleine Abweichungen führen teilweise zu einem großen Overhead in Planung und Vorbereitung, den wir in diesem Jahr schlichtweg nicht leisten können.

Zur Erinnerung

Im Moment ist die Halle leer, still, ruhig. Ein (fast) unbeschriebenes Blatt. Es liegt an Euch, dort Räume zu erschaffen, diese mit Licht, Ton und Atmosphäre füllen, mit Hacks, Spielzeug und Menschen. Erweckt sie zum Leben und lasst die Chaosmagie wirken. Zeigt eure Projekte, eure Ideen, eure Kreativität. Kommt zusammen, Vernetzt euch, bildet Banden, erschafft Strukturen und Habitate, bringt all die Wesen zusammen zu einem großen Ganzen! Macht euch auf, ob mit ein paar Freunden oder als großer Chaostreff, und kommt nach Leipzig. Zeigt eure Projekte, teilt eure Ideen, bringt tolle Sachen mit, stellt Fragen, haltet einen Vortrag, veranstaltet Workshops und zu guter Letzt: Lehnt euch zurück, schaut euch um und seid neugierig.

Behaltet im Auge, dass tausende Menschen in einer großen Halle sein werden. Zu viel Lautstärke oder Licht können hier zum Problem werden. Lasst uns gemeinsam eine Stimmung erzeugen, die für alle warm, einladend und angenehm ist. Ansonsten ist so ziemlich alles möglich. Ihr verlasst euren Chaostreff nicht ohne euren guten alten Cray 90? Kein Problem, Starkstrom ist vorhanden. Ihr wollt eine Kuppel für eure Assembly bauen? Klar doch, solange das Material als “B1 Schwer entflammbar” klassifiziert ist und ihr weniger als 30qm überbaut, okay. Bitte meldet es aber bei der Registrierung an. Vielleicht ahnt ihr es schon, es gibt ein paar Technische Regeln, die ihr bei euren Bauten einhalten müsst, bevor ihr groß plant. Schaut euch diese Regeln an. Und keine Sorge, wenn ihr nur mit Rucksack und ein paar kleinen Projekten anreisen wollt. Wir stellen auch wie bisher Tische und Stühle zur Verfügung. Bringt mit was ihr habt, nehmt Platz, gestaltet, trefft Andere und tauscht Euch aus.

Wichtig!

  • Eine Bauabnahme für größere Strukturen wird stattfinden. Bitte kommt nicht mit größeren Aufbauten, ohne vorher Bescheid gesagt zu haben.
  • Wenn ihr Hilfe in Sachen Lager braucht, oder Fragen zu Aufbau und Materiallieferungen habt, meldet euch beim LOC via 36C3 [at] c3loc.de.
  • Musik: Bei der Registrierung werdet ihr gefragt, ob ihr in eurer Assembly Musik spielen wollt. Überlegt euch das genau. Falls ja, wird euch das Assembly-Team Infos an die Hand geben, was es in Sachen GEMA zu beachten gibt.
  • Meldet eure Assembly unter signup.c3assemblies.de bis spätestens am 24.11.2019 an.
  • Wenn ihr noch Fragen habt, schreibt eine Email an 36C3 [at] c3assemblies.de.
  • Vergesst euer Congress-Ticket nicht.
  • Die Assembly Registrierung ist offen bis Sonntag, den 24. November. Registriert eure Assembly also so früh wie möglich.

Das C3 Assemblies Team

Ach so, noch eine Bitte: bringt doch Eure Hackspace/Erfa-Stempel mit, es gibt viele Hackerpässe die gerne gestempelt werden möchten :)


English version

Tl;dr: Read at least the “Important” part and register your assembly on signup.c3assemblies.de as soon as possible, but not later than Sunday, November 24th.

[Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V]

This year we want to apply as much as possible of what we have learned in the last two years in Leipzig. We want to seize the opportunity to consolidate and share experience and knowledge. Therefore, we would like to make as few changes to the previous year as possible. If you’ve been organizing an assembly last year, please expect the same space, requirements, and infrastructure as last year. Even supposedly small deviations sometimes lead to a large overhead in planning and preparation, which we simply can’t afford this year.

As a reminder:

For now, most of the exhibition hall is void. Calm. (Mostly) Unwritten. It’s up to us to create spaces, to fill it with lights, sound and atmosphere, with hacks and gear and people. Make it alive and let the chaos-magic happen. Bring projects to show, ideas to amaze, furniture to lounge – manifest yourself and create a diversity of habitats to connect all the people that make the dream real. Get up, little groups of friends as well as huge amalgamations, and come to Leipzig again. Show your projects, share your ideas, bring your stuff, pose a question, host a session, do workshops and maybe, finally, sit down and listen.

Have in mind that there will be thousands of people in one big hall. Too much noise or light can become an issue. So lets make it a warm, welcoming, and comfortable situation which will be a source of energy for all of us. Considering this, very much anything is possible: You never leave the house without your good old Cray 90? No problem, heavy current is available. Always wanted to build a dome for your assembly? No problem, just keep it “B1 flame resistant”, stay below 30square meters roofed and let us know in your registration. You might have guessed it, there are some technical regulations. Check them first, before you plan big. And no worries, we provide tables and seats as usual for all groups who come with a backpack and smaller things to show and hack. Bring what you have, take a seat, create, get feedback, meet others and team up.

Important

  • Build-up approval for larger structures will happen. Please don’t arrive with larger structures without telling anyone.
  • If you need storage space assistance, have questions about build up or delivering your stuff, you get guidance from the LOC via 36C3 [at] c3loc.de.
  • Music: you’ll get asked while registration if you want to play music (are you sure?!?) in your Assembly. If yes, the Assemblies Team will contact you with details about GEMA registration.
  • Register until 24.11.2019 on signup.c3assemblies.de
  • For all questions about assemblies, contact us at 36C3 [at] c3assemblies.de.
  • Pack your ticket.
  • So, go call us for a place! Assembly registration ends on Sunday, November 24rd. Better register soon.

C3 Assemblies Team

Ah, one more thing: Please bring your hackspace/community stamp, there are a lot of hacke passports waiting to be stamped :)

36C3 Bildungsurlaub [Stand: 2019-12-03]

Auch dieses Jahr strebt der Chaos Communication Congress an, als Bildungsveranstaltung in einigen Bundesländern anerkannt zu werden. Damit sind Congress-Teilnehmer in der Lage, für die Zeit der Veranstaltung Bildungsurlaub zu beantragen, und müssen nicht ihren normalen Erholungsurlaub dafür verwenden.

Bei Fragen ist das Bildungsurlaubsteam via Twitter zu erreichen: @c3edu.

BUAK_2019-12-03

Auf dieser Karte ist der aktuelle Stand der Anerkennungen sichtbar.

Bitte schaut hier regelmäßig nach, wie der Status für euer Bundesland ist und ob die nötigen Dokumente nun zur Verfügung stehen.

Wie beantrage ich den Bildungsurlaub?

TL;DR: Formular für das Bundesland in dem Du beschäftigt bist aus der unteren Liste ausdrucken, oberen Teil jetzt zum Arbeitgeber, um Urlaub zu beantragen, unteren Teil beim Congress stempeln lassen, anschließend zum Arbeitgeber, um Teilnahme zu bestätigen.

Ein für dein Bundesland passendes Formular herunterladen und ausdrucken, das musst du ausfüllen und die Anmeldebestätigung deinem Arbeitgeber zukommen lassen. Falls du schon normalen Urlaub beantragt hast, kannst du fragen, ob dieser auf Bildungsurlaub umgeschrieben wird. Hier muss man allerdings auf Kulanz des Arbeitgebers hoffen.

Wichtig: Die Teilnahmebescheinigung bringst du bitte zum Congress mit. Sie wird dir am letzten Tag abgestempelt und anschließend legst du diese deinem Arbeitgeber vor.

Häufig stellen wir auch einen Einwurfkasten zur Verfügung, bei dem du deine Teilnahmebescheinigung schon vorher abgeben kannst.

Ort und Zeit der Stempelei wird über @c3edu bekanntgegeben.

Liste der Bildungsurlaubsformulare (nach Bundesland):

Wieso gibt es keinen Bildungsurlaub für mein Bundesland?

TL;DR: Es gibt Bundesländer, die kein Freistellungsgesetz haben oder dessen Beantragung zu zeit- & kostenintensiv ist.

Obgleich sich die BRD schon 1974 verpflichtet hat, bezahlten Bildungsurlaub zum Zwecke der beruflichen oder politischen Bildung zu ermöglichen, blieb der Bund untätig.

Daraufhin haben die Bundesländer eigene Gesetze erlassen. Diese unterscheiden sich allerdings mehr oder weniger stark von einander.

Das Problem ist die mangelnde gegenseitige Anerkennung von Bildungsveranstaltungen.

In 14 der 16 Bundesländer gibt es Bildungsurlaub. Nur zwei der Bundesländer (das Saarland, Hessen) erkennen pauschal* oder vereinfacht Bildungsveranstaltungen an, die in anderen Bundesländern bereits anerkannt wurden.

Dies alles macht es sehr zeitaufwendig, die Anerkennungen für alle Bundesländer einzuholen.

(* Bei pauschaler Anerkennung muss die Veranstaltung den Gesetzen des spezifischen Landes genügen, dies ist nicht immer direkt gegeben.)

36c3: Have your say

umfrage

We would like to ask you, again.

The survey has been closed. Thanks for over 2000 submission!

You will be as surprised as we are: A new Chaos Communication Congress and its Call for Participation are coming up really soon now. And as we still wipe the Camp’s dust from our sleeves, we noticed that we might ask you for support.

Building a Congress Fahrplan requires working through a lot of submissions in our frab from people responding to our Call for Participation. But our restless curation teams will be also busy approaching potential speakers for topics not yet covered. However, from time to time, we were missing developments worth covering.

On the other hand, over the last years, we managed to tap into our community’s wisdom time and again to make our Fahrplans even better, you helped us with avoiding scheduling conflicts and with your preferences regarding our lecture grid. So naturally, it’s only fair to ask you again to help us out and use our tiny feedback tool you can find here https://content.events.ccc.de/haveyoursay to submit your ideas on what we could try to cover at 36C3 to make the next Congress a better experience for everyone!

Thank you!

(And please, refrain from any blockchain jokes.)

**Photo:
** Wentworht Cynthia, CC0

Refreshing Abbau

English version below.

TLDR: Moin, morgen 18:15 ist Schluss, baut ab, macht keinen Scheiß.

Hallo am Kongress teilnehmende Lebensformen,

morgen geht der 35c3 leider zu Ende und es steht der Abbau an. Dazu brauchen wir eure Hilfe.

Wir bitten alle Assemblies, pünktlich mit dem Ende des Closing-Event um 18:15 am 30.12. mit dem Abbau ihrer Assembly zu beginnen. Bitte transportiert euren Kram über die Tore 2.5, 2.6, 3.8, 3.9 und 3.10 ab. Bitte baut erst ab, transportiert dann euren Kram vor das Tor und holt danach euer Fahrzeug dort hin.

Nachdem ihr eure Assembly zurückgebaut habt, stapelt bitte Stühle sortenrein auf Stapeln. Bitte entfernt dabei die Stühle nicht von eurer/em Assembly/Planquadrant, sondern stapelt sie an Ort und Stelle. Bitte baut nur den Schukoteil der Stromverteilung ab, keine Verteiler. Auch bitten wir euch keine Bühnenelemente, Stellwände, Tische oder sonstige Deko abzubauen außer Leute leiten euch dazu an.

Mit dem Abbau der Assemblies ist es aber nicht getan, für den weiteren Abbau freuen wir uns über jede helfende Hand. Wir erstellen fleißig Abbauschichten im Engelsystem und bitten darum, euch einzutragen. Auch nachdem das Engelsystem offline geht, werden wir noch Abbau betreiben und der Abbau-Heaven wird von Halle 4 aus weiter operieren.

Auch nach dem 30.12. werden wir noch bis zum 4.1. viel Hilfe brauchen. Bitte meldet euch dafür zwischen 10 und 22 Uhr in Halle 4 und haltet nach weiteren Blogposts Ausschau.

Euer Auf-/Ab- und Raubbau Team, auch bekannt als LOC

 

English version:

TLDR: Tomorrow its over, teardown starts at 18:15, don’t do anything stupid.

Dear life forms participating in Congress,

tomorrow, 42c3 35c3 will sadly come to an end and teardown awaits. For that, we need your help.

We ask all assemblies to start dismantling their installations after the Closing Event at 18:15 on December 30th. Please use gates 2.5, 2.6, 3.8, 3.9 and 3.10 for unloading. We kindly ask you to first pack your stuff, move it to the gates and only then get your car.

After packing your stuff, please stack your chairs correctly sorted. Please do not remove said chairs from your assembly place, but stack them at the very location. Please do only tear down the Schuko part of the power distribution. We kindly ask you not to tear down stage elements, movable walls, tables or any other decorations unless you are asked to.

But tearing down the assemblies is not everything, we are happy for every helping hand. We are creating teardown shifts in the Engelsystem and ask you to sign up for them. After the Engelsystem will have gone offline, we will continue with teardown and Teardown Heaven will operate from Hall 4.

After December 30th, we will need much help till January 4th. Please come to Hall 4 between 10 and 22 o’clock and keep looking for further blog posts.

Your buildup and teardown team, known as LOC