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Missing items from the Hackerspace room.

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Immediately following Notacon this year, we learned of some items being taken from the Hackerspaces room, which was being run this year by Makers’ Alliance. We were very saddened to hear this news, as the equipment taken was available for sale from one of our big supporters, Mitch Altman. While we like to think that the thefts were purely a misunderstanding, the quantity of items taken is a great concern to Notacon staff.

While Notacon does have a visible security staff, some decisions were made which made it easier for these items to be taken. We will be correcting some of these issues in the future, but would like the community to band together to figure out who took these items. If you accidentally took a kit, not realizing the items were left there for display or for sale, please either return the items to Mitch, or send payment. For more information see the NYC Resistor blog or the Make: article.

If you did not take any of these items from the room but would like to assist Mitch in being able to restock his kits and continue his classes across the various cons, consider donating.

Notacon aftermath

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Froggy and I and the rest of the core staff are actively recovering from Notacon 7. I hope everyone else had as awesome a time as we did. As we all wind down and people start posting pictures and writeups, I’d like to encourage you to email with links to your information, so that we can share reviews on our website.

I’m in the process of prepping the page for Notacon 8, and as soon as the bills are finalized we’ll be posting more about our budget on the website, as well as details for all of you to get ready for Notacon 8!

Froggy is going to Penguicon, we will both be at @party. Make sure to say hi if you’ll be there!

DEF CON acquires Notacon and FTS Conventures

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

April 1, 2009

In a surprise move, DEF CON Communications, Inc., acquired FTS Conventures, owners and organizers of Cleveland’s Notacon (pronounced “Not A Con”) conference. DEF CON is previously known for “acquiring” the Detroit area’s former “Rubi-Con” event back in 2003.

The acquisition was made in a closed-doors meeting between DEF CON’s Jeff Moss and FTS Conventures primaries, including Paul “Froggy” Schneider, Jodie “Tyger” Schneider and Brandon “Kaospunk” Knight. Due to the state of the economy and other mitigating factors, the sale was done quickly and quietly. In the end, a final sum of $13.37 exchanged hands. Tyger was quoted as saying, “This is great! I no longer have to worry how much we tend to lose year after year!” “I will miss all of the great people and projects, though,” she added. Froggy and Kaospunk were not quoted, but could be heard muttering under their breath about who will get the extra pennies once the $13.37 was split three ways.

Details for Notacon’s future are uncertain, which is difficult for those who have pledged to attend this years event. DEF CON’s Moss has hinted already at a last minute move of the event to Las Vegas’ Alexis Park Resort Hotel, “for old times sake.” “The rust colored orange decor they have going on just drives me wild,” Moss said. Another source was quoted, “Who the heck wants to go to Cleveland? I don’t even know where Cleveland is, to be very honest, I think it’s near Canada or something. Anyway, I honestly don’t think there are many hackers there anyway… are there?”

Those registered for the event were told already that their current registrations would be good at the “new” Notacon, although their hotel reservations and travel plan changes would not be the responsibility of DEF CON. A DEF CON source was quoted as saying, “Tough patooties.”

Current Notacon presenters were informed today that their presentations could be given at next year’s Notacon, but that this year’s slate of presenters would be filled by a pre-selected list of speakers including members of GOBBLES and the 4chan community.

Questions and concerns about these recent changes should be directed to the appropriate parties within DEF CON Communications Inc.