ShmooCon is an annual east coast hacker convention hell-bent on offering three days of an interesting atmosphere for demonstrating technology exploitation, inventive software and hardware solutions, and open discussions of critical infosec issues.

ShmooCon provides a limited number of media passes to members of the press, including online/print journalists and editors who can verify that their organization regularly covers computer security and related topics.

There are also a limited number of passes available to those who fall into the blogger/podcaster category.

All registration requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Multiple media passes for a single organization will only be provided in specific instances and are strictly limited.


To register your interest to attend ShmooCon as a member of the press, please send an email to pressrequest@shmoocon.org with the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Job Title
  • Publication/Company
  • Direct links to recent articles you’ve written pertaining to computer security, hacking, or previous coverage of related conferences
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Have you been to ShmooCon before
  • As registered press ShmooCon would like to share your contact info with a limited audience by request (almost always speakers and/or their representatives). What email address would you like us to use?

Deadline for applications is January 1, 2024.  Requests sent after the January 1 deadline will be processed on a best efforts basis.  Accepted inquiries will be notified beginning December 10, 2023 and no later than January 5, 2024.

Requests that are sent without the above information will be considered incomplete and therefore may not be considered.


ShmooCon attendees take personal privacy very seriously. As a result we ask that you do the same at all times when attending and publishing information about the conference and the events surrounding it.

The following guidelines should be followed at all times by individuals attending on a media pass: 

  • Identify yourself:
    Wear the press tag provided at all times when working.
    Give a verbal introduction of who you are/where you work.
  • Ask Permission:
    Ensure you have the permission from anyone you photograph, record or quote – this includes those in the background. “Crowd shots” are frowned upon.
  • No photo/video/audio recording in any of the presentation rooms.

If these expectations aren’t met, your access to the con will likely be revoked and future access to the conference may be limited.