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Round two speaker selections now public

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 at 4:17 pm in Announcements, Notacon by froggy

We have posted our second round of presenters for Notacon 6! To date we have received a slew of excellent proposals on interesting topics that cover the whole spectrum of hackerdom. This round of releases demonstrates two trends that have seen a real re-emergence in the community as of late. The first involves hardware hacking from synthesizers to reverse engineering.

The Arduino microcontroller has really taken the community by storm. Droops and Morgellon the Lowtek Mystic will be your guides to understanding and programming the device. From hardware synthesizers to RFID and games, learn of new possibilities using this neat little chip! For those interested in reverse engineering, Travis Goodspeed would love to show you how to have fun with the MSP430 MCU. Similar to Arduino, the MSP430 also offers a host of opportunities for exploration and good, clean hackerly fun and Travis is just the guy to help you figure it out.

The second emergent theme is more an umbrella topic I can only describe as “body hacking”. When most people think of hackers, nerds and geeks, the image of chips and wires often comes to mind. However, a lot of interest and research is being devoted into the one set of hardware and software that is as old as we are and just as enigmatic; our bodies and minds. Michele Martaus will be presenting on how cubicle dwellers everywhere can avoid injury and keep our bodies strong.

To cover the other side of the equation, Tottenkoph and Selkie will discuss cognitive function, stress, caffeine and other topics as well as their long and short-term effects on the body. Likewise, Jason Viers will be revisiting a very popular topic at past Notacons and a centuries old game that we can still enjoy to keep our brains sharp in his introduction to Go. Mr. Viers will also be the lead wrangler for our new game room.

Games and diversions have always been an important part of our culture and history. Who better to dissect that history than the estimable Jason Scott, who returns to Notacon to present on a retrospective on the history, importance and groundbreaking work done in Super Mario 64. As many know, Jason keeps himself busy with numerous projects including our sister event, Blockparty. However, like most of us, he also has a keen interest in games and their significance in the bigger picture. Those familiar with his presentations know that the unexpected should be expected, but that in the end you will leave, at a minimum, entertained!

Of course, our community is all of those things and so much more. While we are excited to support those particular threads of interest, we are equally thrilled to include presentations on good old fashioned computer and network security! To that end, CG and g0ne will present on client side penetration testing. The talk will focus on justifying why one should allow client side penetration testing as well as giving penetration testers a basic methodology to conduct client side attacks during their penetration test.

We still have many, many more opportunities for presenters and Notacon and we want to hear from you! Our call for proposals closes in little more than a month and a half, so time is running out! Remember Notacon presenters receive complimentary admission to Notacon for themselves and a guest as well as other nifty goodies.

If presenting is not your speed, then make sure you register for Notacon and book your room soon!

As always, we are getting psyched about Notacon 6 and remind you to join us every Thursday at 8 PM on IRC for Notacon Lounge.

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