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October 29 2019

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

October 26 2019

36C3: Anmeldung für Journalisten

[English version below]

Der Chaos Computer Club lädt, wie bereits angekündigt, vom 27. bis zum 30. Dezember 2019 wieder nach Leipzig, um die Messe mit dem 36. Chaos Communication Congress unter dem Motto “Resource Exhaustion” zu bespielen.

Journalisten aller Medien sind herzlich willkommen. Da wir eine starke Nachfrage erwarten, bitten wir jedoch darum, sich im Vorfeld der Veranstaltung per formloser E-Mail an press-accreditation@cccv.de unter Angabe der Namen des Mediums und aller begleitenden Mitarbeiter zu akkreditieren. Wenn Bild- bzw. Videoproduktion Teil der Berichterstattung ist, sind eine Akkreditierung und eine Begleitung durch die Pressebetreuung auf der Veranstaltung erforderlich. Wir bitten um einen entsprechenden Hinweis in der Anmeldung.

Um alle Anfragen vor der Veranstaltung bearbeiten zu können, endet die Akkreditierungsphase am 16. Dezember 2019. Bitte nur die obige E-Mail-Adresse verwenden, da Anfragen an andere Kontaktadressen zu oft verloren gehen. Gern beantworten wir weiterführende Fragen.

English Version

The Chaos Computer Club is happy to host its 36th annual Chaos Communication Congress, “Resource Exhaustion.” The conference will be held in Leipzig, Germany, from December 27-30th 2019.

Members of the press are welcome to attend. Since we expect a high demand we kindly ask you to send a written request beforehand. To request a press pass please e-mail your name, media credentials, and names of all accompanying employees to press-accreditation@cccv.de. Those wishing to take pictures and/or video recordings require an additional sentence or two describing its intended use added in your application and will be accompanied by a press support team during the event.

Be sure to submit your requisition for press accreditation to the email address above before December 16th, 2019. We will be glad to answer any questions via e-mail and are looking forward to welcoming you to 36C3.

Foto von waithamai, CC BY 2.0.

October 24 2019

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 :)

October 20 2019

36C3: Ressourcen sparen beim Ressourcenschonen: Günstig schlafen.

English version below

Zum 36C3 werden in Leipzig für Congress-Teilnehmer für einen geringen Obolus vom CCC organisierte Schlafplätze zu Verfügung stehen. Nach Verhandlungen mit der Stadt Leipzig wurden uns zwei Schulen zur Verfügung gestellt. Übernachten könnt ihr in Klassenräumen, zudem können die sanitären Anlagen der Turnhallen genutzt werden. Isomatte, Schlafsack etc. müsst ihr selbst mitbringen.

Vom 26.12. bis zum 31.12. stehen die Schlafmöglichkeiten zur Verfügung, sie sind rund um die Uhr geöffnet.

Die Tickets wird es an der Kasse vor Ort zum freien Erwerb geben. Der Preis steht noch nicht fest, wird aber unter 10 € pro Nacht und Person betragen. Ihr könnt dieses Jahr auch Tickets für die gesamte Dauer der Veranstaltung kaufen, um nicht jeden Tag ein neues kaufen zu müssen.

Details wie Adressen und Wegbeschreibungen werden zum Congress im Wiki veröffentlicht. Fragen bitte per E-Mail.


We now are able to announce that we can offer some low-budget sleeping accommodation in Leipzig. After negotiations with the city administration, we now have two locations available. Both are within walking distance from tram line 16. The locations are school buildings; we are able to use the class rooms for sleeping. Please bring your ohne sleeping bag and ground pad.

The locations will be available from 26th to 31st of December and are open around the clock.

Tickets will be sold at the 36C3 cash desk on site. The price will less than € 10 per night. This year, you can also buy tickets for several nights at once, so you won’t need to buy a new ticket each day.

Details like addresses and directions from the 36C3 venue will be published in the wiki before Congress. If you have further questions please contact us by mail.

October 19 2019

36C3: Tickets & Presale

[English version below.]

Lang ersehnt, verschollen geglaubt, jetzt aber doch – der Vorverkauf für den diesjährigen Chaos Communication Congress beginnt.

Wie schon in den letzten Jahren läuft der Vorverkauf für den diesjährigen Congress in zwei Phasen ab. In der ersten Phase möchten wir den aktiven Kern unserer Community einladen, am Vorverkauf teilzunehmen: Diese Phase beginnt am 21. Oktober und endet, sobald deren Kontingent erschöpft ist, spätestens jedoch am 7. November 2019. In der zweiten Phase verkaufen wir an mehreren Terminen Tickets frei nach Reihenfolge der Bestellungen. Die Termine für den freien Verkauf – Kalender gezückt! – sind:

  • 8. November 2019 12:00 CET
  • 10. November 2019 17:00 CET
  • 21. November 2019 21:00 CET

Diese öffentlichen Verkaufstermine sind in der Regel ratzfatz ausverkauft, es empfiehlt sich also, pünktlich dabei zu sein. Wir werden alle verfügbaren Tickets in den Vorverkauf geben und rechnen nicht damit, vor Ort noch welche verkaufen zu können.

Die Ticketpreise enthalten auch dieses Jahr ein Nahverkehrsticket, das während des Congress in ganz Leipzig (Zone 110 des MDV) gilt. Die Verkehrsbetriebe werden erneut die Anzahl der Nahverkehrsverbindungen zur Messe, insbesondere nachts, erhöhen.

Um einen tollen Congress zu stemmen, müssen wir einen durchschnittlichen Ticketpreis von ca. 145 € erzielen. Wir haben uns entschieden, trotzdem Tickets ab 120 € anzubieten, und bitten euch, falls möglich anderen Teilnehmern durch den Kauf eines Supporter-Tickets den günstigeren Eintrittspreis zu ermöglichen. Auf https://tickets.events.ccc.de findet ihr Details und einen Graphen, der ab demnächst den Durchschnittspreis der bisher verkauften Tickets zeigt.

Die Vorverkaufsphasen und der Vergabeprozess der Voucher sind unter https://tickets.events.ccc.de/36c3/docs im Detail beschrieben. Wenn ihr noch Fragen zum Vorverkauf habt, schaut bitte in unsere FAQ unter https://tickets.events.ccc.de/36c3/page/faq und schickt uns eine E-Mail an mailto:36c3-tickets@cccv.de, wenn sich die Frage in der FAQ nicht klären lässt.

Wenn du letztes Jahr als Engel mindestens 16 Stunden mitgeholfen und im Engelsystem eine E-Mail-Adresse hinterlegt hattest, solltest du einen Voucher per E-Mail bereits erhalten haben.

Auch CCC-Erfas, Chaostreffs und vergleichbare Gruppen haben ihre Voucher per E-Mail erhalten. Wenn ihr zu einer Gruppe gehört, die keine solche Mail erhalten hat: Guckt euch bitte um, ob eine andere Gruppe in eurem lokalen oder sozialen Umfeld Voucher erhalten hat. Wenn nicht, meldet euch bei uns.

Wir sehen uns im Dezember!

Euer 36C3-Presale-Team



It’s that time of the year again – we’re opening the presale for this year’s Chaos Communication Congress!

As in the last years, there will be two phases, with the first one starting on 2019-10-21. During the first phase, we will invite the core of our community to participate in the presale. It will end as soon as no more tickets are left in the pool for this phase, but by 2019-11-07 at the latest.

During the second phase we’ll open the presale to everybody on three dates. These dates are:

  • 2019-11-08 12:00 CET
  • 2019-11-10 17:00 CET
  • 2019-11-21 21:00 CET

Usually tickets are gone very fast on these dates, so take care to be on time. We’ll offer all tickets for presale and expect not to be able to sell any tickets on site.

Like last year, the Congress ticket includes a public transport ticket that is valid in all of Leipzig (area 110 of MDV) during 36C3. Again, there will also be more frequent tram and bus connections to and from 36C3, especially at night.

To make 36C3 as awesome as possible, we’ll need to reach an average ticket price of EUR 145. We nevertheless decided to start ticket pricing at EUR 120. Please buy a Supporter ticket if you’re able to, to allow us to continue offering the lower-priced tickets to other attendees! You’ll soon find details and a chart plotting the average ticket price of currently sold tickets at https://tickets.events.ccc.de.

If you are able to support us, please do!

You can find a more detailed explanation of the presale phases and the voucher system at https://tickets.events.ccc.de/36c3/docs. If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQ at https://tickets.events.ccc.de/36c3/page/faq or contact us at mailto:36c3-tickets@cccv.de, if your question is not answered in the FAQ.

If you were logging at least 16 hours in angel shifts last year and agreed to receiving emails from us, you should find a voucher in your mailbox.

Local CCC groups and similar entities have also received their vouchers by now. If you belong to such a group and have not received any vouchers, please check in with other groups in your local and social periphery. If none of them have received any vouchers, please get in touch.

See you in December!

The 36C3 presale team


Image by rixx from the 35C3 c3queue intro.

October 29 2019

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

October 26 2019

36C3: Anmeldung für Journalisten

[English version below]

Der Chaos Computer Club lädt, wie bereits angekündigt, vom 27. bis zum 30. Dezember 2019 wieder nach Leipzig, um die Messe mit dem 36. Chaos Communication Congress unter dem Motto “Resource Exhaustion” zu bespielen.

Journalisten aller Medien sind herzlich willkommen. Da wir eine starke Nachfrage erwarten, bitten wir jedoch darum, sich im Vorfeld der Veranstaltung per formloser E-Mail an press-accreditation@cccv.de unter Angabe der Namen des Mediums und aller begleitenden Mitarbeiter zu akkreditieren. Wenn Bild- bzw. Videoproduktion Teil der Berichterstattung ist, sind eine Akkreditierung und eine Begleitung durch die Pressebetreuung auf der Veranstaltung erforderlich. Wir bitten um einen entsprechenden Hinweis in der Anmeldung.

Um alle Anfragen vor der Veranstaltung bearbeiten zu können, endet die Akkreditierungsphase am 16. Dezember 2019. Bitte nur die obige E-Mail-Adresse verwenden, da Anfragen an andere Kontaktadressen zu oft verloren gehen. Gern beantworten wir weiterführende Fragen.

English Version

The Chaos Computer Club is happy to host its 36th annual Chaos Communication Congress, “Resource Exhaustion.” The conference will be held in Leipzig, Germany, from December 27-30th 2019.

Members of the press are welcome to attend. Since we expect a high demand we kindly ask you to send a written request beforehand. To request a press pass please e-mail your name, media credentials, and names of all accompanying employees to press-accreditation@cccv.de. Those wishing to take pictures and/or video recordings require an additional sentence or two describing its intended use added in your application and will be accompanied by a press support team during the event.

Be sure to submit your requisition for press accreditation to the email address above before December 16th, 2019. We will be glad to answer any questions via e-mail and are looking forward to welcoming you to 36C3.

Foto von waithamai, CC BY 2.0.

October 24 2019

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 :)

October 20 2019

36C3: Ressourcen sparen beim Ressourcenschonen: Günstig schlafen.

English version below

Zum 36C3 werden in Leipzig für Congress-Teilnehmer für einen geringen Obolus vom CCC organisierte Schlafplätze zu Verfügung stehen. Nach Verhandlungen mit der Stadt Leipzig wurden uns zwei Schulen zur Verfügung gestellt. Übernachten könnt ihr in Klassenräumen, zudem können die sanitären Anlagen der Turnhallen genutzt werden. Isomatte, Schlafsack etc. müsst ihr selbst mitbringen.

Vom 26.12. bis zum 31.12. stehen die Schlafmöglichkeiten zur Verfügung, sie sind rund um die Uhr geöffnet.

Die Tickets wird es an der Kasse vor Ort zum freien Erwerb geben. Der Preis steht noch nicht fest, wird aber unter 10 € pro Nacht und Person betragen. Ihr könnt dieses Jahr auch Tickets für die gesamte Dauer der Veranstaltung kaufen, um nicht jeden Tag ein neues kaufen zu müssen.

Details wie Adressen und Wegbeschreibungen werden zum Congress im Wiki veröffentlicht. Fragen bitte per E-Mail.


We now are able to announce that we can offer some low-budget sleeping accommodation in Leipzig. After negotiations with the city administration, we now have two locations available. Both are within walking distance from tram line 16. The locations are school buildings; we are able to use the class rooms for sleeping. Please bring your ohne sleeping bag and ground pad.

The locations will be available from 26th to 31st of December and are open around the clock.

Tickets will be sold at the 36C3 cash desk on site. The price will less than € 10 per night. This year, you can also buy tickets for several nights at once, so you won’t need to buy a new ticket each day.

Details like addresses and directions from the 36C3 venue will be published in the wiki before Congress. If you have further questions please contact us by mail.

October 29 2019

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

October 26 2019

36C3: Anmeldung für Journalisten

[English version below]

Der Chaos Computer Club lädt, wie bereits angekündigt, vom 27. bis zum 30. Dezember 2019 wieder nach Leipzig, um die Messe mit dem 36. Chaos Communication Congress unter dem Motto “Resource Exhaustion” zu bespielen.

Journalisten aller Medien sind herzlich willkommen. Da wir eine starke Nachfrage erwarten, bitten wir jedoch darum, sich im Vorfeld der Veranstaltung per formloser E-Mail an press-accreditation@cccv.de unter Angabe der Namen des Mediums und aller begleitenden Mitarbeiter zu akkreditieren. Wenn Bild- bzw. Videoproduktion Teil der Berichterstattung ist, sind eine Akkreditierung und eine Begleitung durch die Pressebetreuung auf der Veranstaltung erforderlich. Wir bitten um einen entsprechenden Hinweis in der Anmeldung.

Um alle Anfragen vor der Veranstaltung bearbeiten zu können, endet die Akkreditierungsphase am 16. Dezember 2019. Bitte nur die obige E-Mail-Adresse verwenden, da Anfragen an andere Kontaktadressen zu oft verloren gehen. Gern beantworten wir weiterführende Fragen.

English Version

The Chaos Computer Club is happy to host its 36th annual Chaos Communication Congress, “Resource Exhaustion.” The conference will be held in Leipzig, Germany, from December 27-30th 2019.

Members of the press are welcome to attend. Since we expect a high demand we kindly ask you to send a written request beforehand. To request a press pass please e-mail your name, media credentials, and names of all accompanying employees to press-accreditation@cccv.de. Those wishing to take pictures and/or video recordings require an additional sentence or two describing its intended use added in your application and will be accompanied by a press support team during the event.

Be sure to submit your requisition for press accreditation to the email address above before December 16th, 2019. We will be glad to answer any questions via e-mail and are looking forward to welcoming you to 36C3.

Foto von waithamai, CC BY 2.0.

October 24 2019

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 :)

October 29 2019

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

October 26 2019

36C3: Anmeldung für Journalisten

[English version below]

Der Chaos Computer Club lädt, wie bereits angekündigt, vom 27. bis zum 30. Dezember 2019 wieder nach Leipzig, um die Messe mit dem 36. Chaos Communication Congress unter dem Motto “Resource Exhaustion” zu bespielen.

Journalisten aller Medien sind herzlich willkommen. Da wir eine starke Nachfrage erwarten, bitten wir jedoch darum, sich im Vorfeld der Veranstaltung per formloser E-Mail an press-accreditation@cccv.de unter Angabe der Namen des Mediums und aller begleitenden Mitarbeiter zu akkreditieren. Wenn Bild- bzw. Videoproduktion Teil der Berichterstattung ist, sind eine Akkreditierung und eine Begleitung durch die Pressebetreuung auf der Veranstaltung erforderlich. Wir bitten um einen entsprechenden Hinweis in der Anmeldung.

Um alle Anfragen vor der Veranstaltung bearbeiten zu können, endet die Akkreditierungsphase am 16. Dezember 2019. Bitte nur die obige E-Mail-Adresse verwenden, da Anfragen an andere Kontaktadressen zu oft verloren gehen. Gern beantworten wir weiterführende Fragen.

English Version

The Chaos Computer Club is happy to host its 36th annual Chaos Communication Congress, “Resource Exhaustion.” The conference will be held in Leipzig, Germany, from December 27-30th 2019.

Members of the press are welcome to attend. Since we expect a high demand we kindly ask you to send a written request beforehand. To request a press pass please e-mail your name, media credentials, and names of all accompanying employees to press-accreditation@cccv.de. Those wishing to take pictures and/or video recordings require an additional sentence or two describing its intended use added in your application and will be accompanied by a press support team during the event.

Be sure to submit your requisition for press accreditation to the email address above before December 16th, 2019. We will be glad to answer any questions via e-mail and are looking forward to welcoming you to 36C3.

Foto von waithamai, CC BY 2.0.

October 29 2019

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

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