HacDC Cryptoparty 2017 (01/28/2017)

It’s 2017 and cybersecurity affects our society daily. Come by HacDC in the morning for a layperson’s introduction to cybersecurity and gain some insight to the problems and solutions behind recent headline-grabbing hacks. Then, after lunch, we’ll delve into more advanced technical topics and some policy discussions with a lineup of invited speakers. Details below.


Morning (10:30am): The introductory session in the morning will introduce concepts and terminology of computer security that will help you make sense of recent news headlines and policy discussions surrounding cybersecurity. We’ll start by explaining software flaw concepts exploited by malicious software, and go over common online scams that deliver malicious software and enable cyberattacks. We’ll go over what you can do to stay safer online. We’ll introduce technologies that already help keep us safe every day like encryption and digital certificates, and technologies for secure, private messaging.


Afternoon (1:00pm): In the afternoon we’ll delve into more advanced technical topics and host invited speakers for presentations on burgeoning security concerns, internet freedom, security law and policy. Guest speakers and participants are Micah Sherr of Georgetown University, Lindsay Beck of Open Technology Fund, Ross Schulman of the Open Technology Institute and guests from Mozilla and CommunityRED.

Bring your questions!


HacDC is located inside St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at:

1525 Newton St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010. (2.5mi due North of the White House)

RSVP (helpful but optional) on MeetUp.com:

Cryptoparty, Morning Session

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017, 10:30 AM

1525 Newton St NW, Suite 212 (use lot entrance) Washington, DC

20 Hackers Attending

It’s 2017 and cybersecurity affects our society daily. Come by HacDC for a layperson’s introduction to cybersecurity and gain some insight to the problems and solutions behind recent headline-grabbing hacks.We will introduce concepts and terminology of computer security, common scams, how to improve your security, how encryption works and how it’…

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Cryptoparty, Afternoon Session

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017, 1:00 PM

1525 Newton St NW, Suite 212 (use lot entrance) Washington, DC

14 Hackers Attending

After the morning’s introduction to cybersecurity, join us for an afternoon of presentations and discussions on online privacy, security, US policy, law and other topics.Micah Sherr of Georgetown University will share his work on “Hidden Voice Commands,” which is becoming more and more relevant with services like Siri, OK Google and Amazon Echo.L…

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Combined Federal Campaign 2016 Ends

As the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign season ends, HacDC thanks the federal employees who donated to HacDC. The CFC is a mechanism for federal employees to donate to qualified charities, and HacDC is charity # 32991. Last year’s CFC season resulted in over $550 in donations to HacDC. Thank you!

More than 300 organizations come together to launch Nation of Makers

From Nation of Makers .

MARYLAND (November 15, 2016) – The grassroots Maker Movement has, and continues to, impact entrepreneurship, education, economic and workforce development, manufacturing, community revitalization and technology inclusion in the U.S. To build upon existing efforts and to continue to grow the coalition of diverse organizations supporting the maker community, we are proud to announce the creation of an independent non-profit called Nation of Makers. The organization will serve and represent a wide variety of spaces, events, and institutions serving makers, including non-profit organizations, museums, libraries, science centers, educational institutions, foundations and for-profit companies.

Nation of Makers is working with leaders from the maker community in all 50 states and has received more than 300 letters of support from hackerspaces, makerspaces, companies, libraries, local government and economic development agencies across the U.S. who have already experienced the positive impact of the Maker Movement locally, and are committed to continuing to foster the growth and inclusivity of the maker community. In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week USA, Nation of Makers celebrates the entrepreneurship represented by the American maker community.

“Giving more Americans the opportunity to make, invent and create is critical to our future,” said Tom Kalil, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “Making can inspire more young people to excel in STEM education, promote entrepreneurship in manufacturing, and empower more people to solve problems in their communities.”

Makers are developing innovative solutions to important local and global problems, creating new products that are produced locally and building vibrant communities where small businesses can thrive. Some examples of the ways these efforts are taking shape include efforts in:

  • Chicago, IL,  where makers from the broader Chicago community are prototyping everything from energy storage devices and wearable electronics to food packaging and furniture at The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago.
  • Anchorage, AK, where the MAKE Partnership is matching federal dollars to support trainings and workshops hosted by the Anchorage Makerspace that are geared towards manufacturing start-ups and maker entrepreneurs.
  • Macon, GA, where SparkMacon is empowering entrepreneurs to launch businesses in the broader Macon-Bibb county.
  • Brookings, SD, where Brookings Economic Development Corporation has opened Brookings Area Makerspace located at South Dakota State University, a shared workshop and creative space open to students, faculty and community members.
  • Kingsport, TN, where the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is supporting and celebrating the creation of a new makerspace at the Kingsport  Public Library.

Founding Board Members of Nation of Makers include makers Harley DuBois, co-founder of Burning Man, Pamela Jennings, Professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Winston-Salem State University, Adam Savage, head of Tested.com, and Stephanie Santoso, former White House Senior Advisor for Making.

Nation of Makers will support the full range of organizations that impact makers by encouraging connections, broadly sharing resources, facilitating funding opportunities, engaging in policy development, and advocating for the Maker Movement. The organization will help maker organizations amplify the passion, innovation, creativity, and diversity of the maker community, and maximize both its local and global impact.

For more examples of the amazing ways makers are making a difference in their local communities, please visit the Nation of Makers website at www.nationofmakers.us