HacDC-incubated Project Byzantium is an Access Innovation Prize finalist!

Project Byzantium ad-hoc mesh network

A Project Byzantium ad-hoc mesh network (detail). (Image from their HOPE9 [2012] presentation; courtesy of Project Byzantium.)

Sez the Project Byzantium team,

Project Byzantium’s application was for the Blackout Resilience category. We were recently notified that we are a finalist in this category, and have been invited to New York to attend the awards ceremony on 10 December 2012. We are honored to have been selected as finalists, and will be in attendance…”

The Access Innovation Prize is a new initiative that will award 5 lots of US$20,000 to individuals, organizations or networks that have the best actionable ideas of how to use information technology to promote and enable human rights or deliver a social good outcome. $100,000 will be granted in 2012.

Congratulations to our colleagues!

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Mini Maker Un-faire DIY Fair @ MLKJr Library

MLK Library“The Adaptive Services Division of the DC Public Library will host a Mini Maker Un-faire DIY (Do It Yourself) Fair in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The Library is accessible from the Gallery Place and Metro Center subway stops.” More…

HacDC will be among the participating organizations at this event.

Admission is free. Register at http://dcdiyfair2012.eventbrite.com/

 

We’re closed Monday & Tuesday (at least)

We're closed Monday and Tuesday (at least)Since we’re battening the hatches for Frankenstorm, we’ll be closed Monday (10/29/12) and Tuesday (10/30/12).

On Wednesday we will reassess and post (if possible!!) our availability for the rest of the week depending on the power situation. As usual, if you are a non-member and stop by unannounced, call 202-556-4225 (HACK) to see if anyone’s around to let you in.

Good luck to us all!

HacDC CryptoParty

We’ve all seen headlines like “FBI denies link to leak of 12 million
Apple codes,” but not all of us know what they mean, how they affect
our daily lives, or how not to be the victim of such attacks. The
CryptoParty movement has been created to help educate and inform our
communities on practicing security in our daily lives.

“[CryptoParties are] a set of global get-togethers where more
experienced users can teach beginners how to use the commonly
available tools that tap into the incredibly powerful technology of
cryptography,” says Parker Higgins of the EFF. But not only do they
give people exposure to the tools needed to keep themselves safe, they
also introduce people to communities of security-minded individuals
allowing people to further their education in security and privacy in
a fun party environment.

On October 14th, HacDC will be holding its first CryptoParty. The
party will have many talks and workshops on different modern day
security and privacy applications and utilities and how to incorporate
them into our routine. Tor, OpenPGP, SSL, Crypto.cat, Truecrypt and
LUKS will be covered in depth as well as many, many other talks and
workshops. Pizza will be provided, and drinks will be had (BYO). Like
all HacDC events, our CryptoParty will be free and open to the public.
Bring a laptop, a mobile smartphone, and yourself. Install all
applicable updates before you come to the party. Do not bring
removable media (thumbdrives, external hard drives, etc), by
definition it can’t be trusted.

For more details on event specifics check out the meetup event for our cryptoparty: http://www.meetup.com/hac-dc/events/84193712/

Photo credit: Attribution 3.0 Unported https://cryptoparty.org/wiki/Promotional_Material

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