ShmooCon 2015 Dates

Posted On: 2014-08-12 14:47:45

ShmooCon 2015 will be January 16-18 at the Washington Hilton in Washington DC.

We'll have a more complete website update for you near the end of the month including ticket sales dates, CFP dates and sponsorship info.  

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Party Info

Posted On: 2014-01-18 17:26:09

First things first - You must have a ShmooCon badge to attend.  No exceptions.

The party is in the International Ballroom Center, enter from above the conference area on the Terrace level.

Drink tickets at the door.

Aiming for doors at 8:15.  Can't wait!  

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Streaming ShmooCon

Posted On: 2014-01-17 12:25:47

Just in case you can't make it to the con - we are live streaming the talks again.   Here's what you need to know:

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Birthday Bash

Posted On: 2014-01-12 09:42:44

So we have a little something special going on this year seeing as how it's the tenth year of ShmooCon and all (you did know that, right?)...  

Saturday night, for the first time ever, we'll be hosting the Saturday night fun on site at the hotel.  Beginning at 8:30 PM Paul and Storm will on the main stage to entertain us with their geek/nerd humor.

Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo) are known internationally and across the Internet for their original comedy music (often with a “nerd-ish” bent). In addition to their own live performances, they are co-founders of the geek-oriented variety show w00tstock, along with Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage, and co-produce JoCo Cruise Crazy. The duo’s original webseries musical, “LearningTown“, debuted on YouTube’s Geek & Sundry channel in January 2013. Also in 2013, their song “Another Irish Drinking Song” was featured in the hit movie Despicable Me 2, and in July had their guitar smashed on stage by George R. R. Martin (and deserved it).

This will be followed up with DJs Keith Meyers, Zack Fasel and Erin Jacobs - who will help us continue to rock the night away.  We can't wait!

We'll fill you in on the rest of the details at opening ceremonies, but now you know.  :)

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Metro and Closing Plenary

Posted On: 2014-01-09 16:31:28

We've learned that a number of Metro stations will be closed during the weekend of ShmooCon, including the closest station to the Hilton. Specifically on the Red line, the Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations will be closed. Buses will replace the Metro trains between Metro Center and Woodley Park. On the Green line, the Greenbelt station will also be closed--but buses will replace service between Greenbelt and College Park.

A Metro advisory will be posted next week with full details for the weekend work--including what time the changes will take effect on Friday the 17th. But, you can find initial information on the Metro's website at:

If you were planning on taking the metro to the hotel, be aware of the changes. You will still be able to get to the Woodley Park station on the Red line and walk to the hotel. Or, take a taxi or Uber from the Metro Center stop directly to the hotel.

And while you're all here, let's go ahead and announce that closing plenary, shall we?

Large Scale Network and Application Scanning
Panel: Robert David Graham, Paul McMillan, Dan Tentler, Alejandro Caceres
Moderator: Bruce Potter

From proff's strobe to modern day distributed network scanners, probing remote systems and applications to assess a system's security posture is a core part of our offensive and defensive tool kits. This panel discussion will examine the state of the art of network and application scanning. During the session, the entire Internet will be scanned at least once by the panelists… maybe even a few times. We will discuss the results of a recent scan of large scale cloud providers and the issues the scan uncovered. The panel will also examine new tools utilizing application scan results to enable real-time defenses against compromised or weak systems. Finally, the panelists will engage in a discussion on the ethics of network scanning, especially as it pertains to the modern capability of large scale, nearly instantaneous scanning of the entire Internet.

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