Hackerschnitzelcloud: What a wicked game to play

(English text below)

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

test qr

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

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

English text:

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

test qr

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

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

On the acceptance and rejections in the 30c3 Society, Politics & Ethics track

Within the next hours, everyone who submitted a talk or lecture (not: lightning talk or workshop) should receive their notice of acceptance or non-acceptance. Some of you will be disappointed, because talks that you considered important did not make it into the program. We would like to share with you how decisions were made and by which priorities, so everyone can have a better understanding of how the final Society, Politics & Ethics program came into existence.

First, we would like to give you some background on the content team process. In previous years, there was one global content team for all tracks. This year, we had five “track teams”,  each responsible for one track. The track teams consisted of subject matter experts who reviewed the submissions thoroughly. We did this in order to (a) reduce the work load on each content team member and (b) to increase the time for reviewing each submission.

Before we started, the total number of available congress slots was split up between the tracks. The resulting distribution of slots aimed at creating a proper balance between tech/science subjects, IT security questions and politics/society topics, as well as art & beauty and making/crafting. The CCC congress has always lived from its very wide area of subjects and topics, so distributing the available talk slots among different tracks is a good way to get the right mix.

The Society, Politics & Ethics track was assigned 29 hours out of 120 hours total lecture time. This does not include lightning talks, workshops, CCC related talks or evening shows. We received a total of more than 300 submissions to the congress – more than 120 of which were aiming at a slot in the  Society, Politics & Ethics track. Many submissions asked for slots even longer than one hour.

With regards to contents, this track’s goal is to reflect on last year’s important discussions and events in order to bring forward the debate in our community and in society in general and to – and this is just as important – have a number of talks that just widen the horizon and introduce you to fields you haven’t heard or thought about much so far. The overarching goal was of course to help forming connections between different communities in the fight for digital freedoms and to learn from each other’s successes and mistakes.

So, we needed to make some hard decisions.

The track team, after reviewing all submissions, came up with some rules to ensure general fairness between submissions:

  1. Maximum slot length is one hour.
  2. A number of talks has to be condensed to thirty minutes, so we can cover more topics.
  3. No panels – unless we have contrarian, extra-ordinary, kick-ass panel members.
  4. No lectures whose sole purpose is the introduction of a specific project (we humbly ask you to do this in a workshop or lightning talk).
  5. Strong international/European focus, no predominantly US-centric talks.

As a first step, we identified this year’s general topics of interest and clustered submissions into 12 resulting sections. Within each section, submissions were then rank-ordered. Judgements were made strictly based on the talk submission’s contents. As we have emphasized on numerous occasions before the submission deadline: Submitting a weak, hastily written or convoluted description or one that does not convey what you really want to talk about, immensely reduces your chance of acceptance.

After the first round of thorough reviewing and within-section ranking, we ended up with about twice as many talks as we could fit into the available time. This means: For every submission we accepted, we had to drop at least one other submission that we had also agreed to accept. As you can tell, this was when the really tough decisions had to be made.

At this point, there were two types of conflicts:

(a) the intra-subject conflict: When there were two submissions dealing with the same (or very similar) topics, we had to opt for only one of them, in order to not discriminate other, just as important subjects. This is when we introduced speaker performance as a criterion. We looked at videos of previous talks, read through the rankings collected at previous CCC-events and asked around to hear about audience experiences with the speaker in question at other conferences.

(b) the inter-subject conflict: Even after (roughly) enforcing the one-slot-per-topic directive we had laid upon us, there was still not enough time. The only solution was to shorten submissions down to thirty minutes of length, and – ultimately – dropping them. So we sat down and made these uncomfortable decisions based on which talk might interest the bigger audience, has the higher relevance in the current situation.

In the end, only 35 submissions made it into the final program.

If your submission was accepted, please keep in mind that two other submissions had to be rejected to make space for you, one of which was originally considered indispensable by the track team. We trust that you will not disappoint our faith in you.

If your talk – or one that you feel strongly about – has not made it into the final 30C3 Society, Politics & Ethics track, don’t despair. You all were up against some very serious competition. We could have filled about twice as much time as we had and would still not have weak talks in the program. The other track teams faced similar problems, just that they had (except for the Security & Hacking track) a far less dramatic submissions to available slots ratio.

To those of you who did not make it into the final round, there is one consolation: Judged by the number of rejected obviously-unrejectable submissions, we’re sure to have compiled a kick-ass program. :)

More information at 30c3? Here: https://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/wiki/Main_Page.

29C3 – Tickets and Pricing

29C3 will cost us much more than standard tickets priced at 80 EUR will pay. Thus we’ll sell supporter tickets for 100 and 120 EUR. Please consider buying one of these. Help us minimize our losses and support others who can’t afford paying much more! Thanks a lot! :)

Moving the 29C3 to Hamburg will cost a lot of money. As far as we know yet, 80 EUR for a standard ticket will not cover those costs, even if a lot more people will show up at the conference. If we wanted 29C3 to make no loss, based on our current calculation, the price for a conference ticket should be something around 100 to 120 EUR.

Anyway, we will not raise the price for a standard ticket, keeping it at 80 EUR, since we know that some of you can’t afford paying more. For those of you who can’t even pay 80 EUR, please contact 29c3-friends@cccv.de and tell us a bit about yourself, what you’re doing and how much you could pay. Be sure, we’ll find a solution.

BUT, if you feel you can afford it, and if you feel that Congress might be worth it, please consider buying a supporter ticket. We sell these in two versions, one for 100 and the other one for 120 EUR. Which one you choose, if any, depends on you.

If you want your company to buy a ticket for you, or if you’d simply like to pay a bit more, we sell business tickets for 350 EUR. Please note that this is the only ticket type that comes with an invoice including a name and an address.

Call for Participation for 29th Chaos Communication Congress

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

The Event

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

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

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

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

Submission Guidelines

For Talks, Lectures and Workshops:

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

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

For Projects, Installations and other fun stuff:

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

Language of the Presentation:

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


Audio and video recordings of the lectures will be published online in various formats. All material will be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany License.
Note that this license allows for the commercial use of the content to allow media organisations to use snippets from lecture recordings for their reporting. If you wish to use alternatively a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Germany License or if you require that your lecture is not recorded or streamed at all, please state this with your submission.
If you don’t tell us otherwise, audio and video of your lecture will be under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany License.

Travel expenses:

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

Dates and Deadlines:

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

Online Submissions only:

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

Mit der Bahn ab 89,- Euro zum 28c3

English Version

Die Deutsche Bahn für den Congress ein begrenztes Kontingent an verbilligten Fahrkarten zur Verfügung gestellt, welche von euch günstig erworben werden können. Der Preis ist dabei im Vergleich zum letzten Jahr sogar um 10 Euro gesunken.

Im Gegensatz zu letztem Jahr und zum Camp gibt es nicht nur zwei, sondern vier Fahrkartentypen: zuggebundene Fahrkarten (bei der Buchung muss sich für einen Zug entschieden werden) und zugungebundene Fahrkarten (Einsteigen, losfahren), das Ganze jeweils in der ersten oder zweiten Klasse, online und telefonisch buchbar.



    1. Klasse, zuggebunden: 99,00Euro
    1. Klasse, zuggebunden: 159,00 Euro
  • Ohne Zugbindung: + 20,00 Euro
  • Nur über +49 (0)1805 / 31 11 53 buchbar

Features von allen Tickets:

  • Gültig für eine Hin- und Rückfahrt: Beliebiger DB-Bahnhof > Berlin > Beliebiger DB-Bahnhof
  • Frühste Hinfahrt: 23.12.2011
  • Späteste Rückfahrt: 04.01.2012
  • Umtausch/Erstattung bis ersten Geltungstag: 15 Euro
  • Buchbar ab 92 Tagen vor erstem Geltungstag, frühestens aber ab 18.10.2011
  • Buchbar bis drei Tage vor erstem Geltungstag
  • Limitiertes Platzangebot für die zuggebundenen Fahrkarten. Wenn weg, dann weg.
  • Zugungebundene Fahrkarten unbegrenzt verfügbar.
  • Reservierungen sind nicht im Preis inbegriffen

Buchbar sind die Tickets ausschließlich über die sog. Veranstaltungshotline der Bahn: +49 (0)1805 / 31 11 53 (außer die Onlinetickets, die gibt es nur – wer hätte es gedacht – online). Dort das Kennwort “28C3” bzw. “Chaos Communication Congress” nennen. (Kostet wie üblich 0,14 Euro aus dem Netz der DTAG, aus dem Handynetz entsprechend teurer…).

Die Tickets müssen telefonisch bestellt und auch gleich per Lastschrift oder Kreditkarte bezahlt werden – abgeholt werden müssen die Tickets als sog. BahnTix am DB-Automaten. Onlinetickets kommen als PDF oder gegen Aufschlag per Post.

BahnCard 25- und BahnCard 50-Rabatt werden nicht gewährt. Ein Erwerb des Veranstaltungsbahntickets im Zug ist nicht möglich. Ein nachträglicher Klassenübergang ist ausgeschlossen.

Bei Fragen wendet euch bitte direkt an Martin per Mail (martin@muc.ccc.de) oder hinterlasst einen Kommentar.

The German railway company, Deutsche Bahn, has kindly allotted us a quota of special price train tickets. Additionally, they are even cheaper then last year.

Compared to last year, you can now choose between four types of tickets: fixed tickets (you have to choos a train at the time of booking your ticket) and regular tickets (you hop on every train you like), bookable on- and offline, first or second class.



    1. class, fixed: 99,00Euro
    1. class, fixed: 159,00 Euro
  • Regular ticket: add 20,00 Euro
  • Only bookable by calling +49 (0)1805 / 31 11 53

Features of your train-ticket:

  • Valid for a round-trip: Any DB-Station > Berlin > Any DB-Station
  • Earliest possible day of travel: 23.12.2011
  • Last possible day of travel: 04.01.2012
  • Exchange/Refund-fee before first day of ticket-validity: 15 Euro
  • Bookable 92 days before first day of travel, at earliest the 18.10.2011
  • Ticket can be purchased until 3 days prior departure
  • Fixed tickets only available while supplies last
  • Regular tickets are available without limitation.
  • Seating-reservation is not included and subject to further charges.

The tickets may only be booked by calling the following DB-Hotline: +49 (0)1805 / 31 11 53 (except online-tickets. Those can – obviously – only be booked online). State “28C3” or “Chaos Communication Congress” at time of booking. (This call costs you 0,14 Euro from German landline, cellphone and foreign calls may be a lot more expensive).

All booked tickets have to be payed by direct debit or credit card – afterwards you can collect them as “BahnTix” at any DB-vendingmachine near you. Onlinetickets will be delivered as PDF or (with additional costs) by snailmail..

BahnCard 25- and BahnCard 50-rebate is not granted on this tickets. You can’t buy this tickets on board of the train. Change of class is not possible.

If you have any questions concerning this offer, please contact Martin directly by Mail (martin@muc.ccc.de) or leave your message in the comments.

Mit der Bahn für 99,- Euro zum 27c3

English Version

Hallo zusammen!

Auf Nachfrage hat die Deutsche Bahn uns für den Congress ein unbegrenztes Fahrkartenkontingent zur Verfügung gestellt, welches für einige wohl etwas an Ersparnis bedeuten dürfte…

Es gibt zwei Fahrkartentypen: zuggebundene Fahrkarten (bei der Buchung muss sich für einen Zug entschieden werden) und zugungebundene Fahrkarten (Einsteigen, losfahren), das Ganze jeweils in der ersten oder zweiten Klasse.

  1. Klasse, zuggebunden: 99 Euro (“Basisticket”)
    Keine Zugbindung: +20,00 Euro
  2. Klasse: +60,00 Euro

Features von allen Tickets:
– Gültig für eine Hin- und Rückfahrt: Beliebiger DB-Bahnhof > Berlin > Beliebiger DB-Bahnhof
– Frühste Hinfahrt: 25.12.2010
– Späteste Rückfahrt: 2.1.2010
– Umtausch/Erstattung bis ersten Geltungstag: 15 Euro
– Buchbar bis drei Tage vor erstem Geltungstag
– Die Tickets sind mit “CCC”, “Chaos Computer Club”, “27C3” oder “Chaos Communication Congress” bedruckt und machen sich so super als Sammelobjekt ;)

Buchbar sind die Tickets ausschließlich über die sog. Veranstaltungshotline der Bahn: +49 (0)1805 / 31 11 53. Dort das Kennwort “27C3” bzw. “Chaos Communication Congress” nennen. (Kostet wie üblich 0,14 Eurogoldcent aus dem Netz der DTAG, aus dem Handynetz entsprechend teurer…).

Die Tickets müssen telefonisch bestellt und auch gleich per Lastschrift oder Kreditkarte bezahlt werden – abgeholt werden müssen die Tickets als sog. BahnTix am DB-Automaten.

BahnCard 25- und BahnCard 50-Rabatt werden nicht gewährt. Ein Erwerb des Veranstaltungsbahntickets im Zug ist nicht möglich. Ein nachträglicher Klassenübergang ist ausgeschlossen.

Dieses Angebot wird Ihnen präsentiert und organisiert von Martin. Zu Risiken und Nebenwirkungen befragen Sie Ihren Arzt oder Martin@muc.ccc.de.

Das hier ist kein offizielles Angebot der 27c3-Orga und des CCC, sondern wurde von Martin privat organisiert. Bitte keine Rückfragen an uns, die das Angebot der Deutschen Bahn betreffen. An dieser Stelle wollen wir nicht vergessen zu sagen: Danke Martin!