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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2014 CFP Metrics

Posted On: 2014-01-05 18:26:23

Like last year, we wanted to share with you a few of the submission stats.  If you'd like to know more, we'll be going into a bit more detail at the 0wn the Con session on Saturday.


Total of 182 Submissions.  Roughly 20 less submissions than last year.
35 Accepted for normal speaking slots.  4 combined into closing plenary.  2 Alternates.  
Acceptance Rate = 19.23%, w/ plenary = 21.42%, w/ plenary and alternates = 22.53%

224 unique names on submissions (some submissions had more than one author, some authors made more than one submission).

Using dubious best guess methods (based on obvious indication by name or personal knowledge):

  • 208 male
  • 16 female
  • 1 weasel 


Talks submitted per track (some talks were submitted to multiple tracks):

  • Belay It - 47 <--way down from last year, like half.
  • Bring It On - 87
  • Build It - 44
  • One Track Mind - 65
Belay It - Submissions were down this year, though still enough submissions to build a good track
Bring it On -  A lot of submissions here.  We love finding truly unique and fun Bring It On type talks.
Build It - like Belay, submissions here were a bit light.  Still enough to choose from though.
One Track Mind often gets tagged onto other submissions with a "I could shorten this" comment.  We took advantage of that and even asked some people who did not submit to the OTM track if they were willing to condense their submitted talk to the 20 minute limit.

Word Trends (How many times each word appeared in the submissions.  Many more obviously, but just a few that jumped out):

233 - security
101 - data
64 - network
60 -  information
59 - analysis
48 - attack
44 - defense
36 - code
30 - cyber <--down from last year
29 - community
29 - hacking
23 - encryption
17 - privacy
14 - professionals
10 - analyze
1 - manning-in-the-middle


Our selection committee this year was comprised of 15 people.  We use an open source system called OpenConf to collect, read and review the CFP proposals.  There are no hard rules for our reviewers, we  prefer that they read each paper with their own unique point of view and skill sets.  However, the committee keeps in mind ShmooCon's emphasis on new and upcoming speakers - both to ShmooCon and to the industry in general.  There is also a strong emphasis on never before presented material as well as talks that include the release of open source code.  Talks that have been given repeatedly or have been submitted to multiple cons in the future tend to get rated down by our reviewers.  Talks that have been given before but promise new/updated material are given more leeway.  

After the committee has finished doing their reviews the Program Chairs along with Bruce and Heidi take that information and start to build a program.  This is a game of score, topic, and track balancing and can take several days as we work across time zones. 

This year's selection committee consisted of the following people:

Ben Laurie* - Program Chair
Jon Callas* - Program Chair
Heidi Potter* - Conference Organizer
Bruce Potter*- Conference Organizer
James Arlen
Tamzen Cannoy*
Frank Clowes
Crispin Cowen*
Toby Kohlenberg*
Logan Lodge*
Todd Nagengast*
Tim Vidas*
and then those who shall not be named

*members of The Shmoo Group


Thank you.  Per the email we sent everyone who didn't get selected this year, as it bears repeating:  We very much appreciate your submission and we encourage you to submit again next year or to some alternate venue.  Many great talks were turned away and it is our hope that some of those reach audiences by other means.

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