Where and when will HOPE X happen?
At the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, July 18-20, 2014. Explore x.hope.net for more information, and to register.
Is it necessary to buy a ticket in advance?
It is not necessary, but it's a good idea since it's always cheaper and usually much quicker than waiting to pay at the door. We have a huge space but if we ever managed to totally fill it, those with advance tickets would have priority as with any event.
Is it safe to buy a ticket online?
The 2600 online store, hosted by Yahoo, is at least as safe as any other online vendor. We've been operating the store since 1999 and have kept customer data secure throughout that period. We also have one of the highest ratings on the Yahoo store. Contrary to the myths perpetuated by the mass media, hackers are the ones who know about the security flaws and will take steps to protect customers.
Can I buy a ticket with Bitcoins?
Yes! HOPE X is the first conference in America to accept Bitcoins for admission!
Do you have a mailing list for updates on HOPE X?
Yes, you can subscribe right here:
Will there be internet access at HOPE X?
There will be a wireless network. There will also be switches available for a wired connection.
My editor is sending me to cover HOPE X. How do I get press credentials?
Send your name, e-mail address, affiliation, and a contact phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org - You will be contacted by our press person. You MUST pre-register for press credentials, and they are NOT guaranteed. If you're not on the Press List at the door, you must purchase a conference registration like anyone else.
- Where can I hold an interview?
Immediately after each talk after the speaker(s) step offstage, you may ask the speaker if they would consent to an interview outside the room at the other end of the 18th floor hallway where it's relatively quiet. Or downstairs on the mezzanine, in the Interview Booth adjoining Radio Statler.
Please do NOT conduct interviews in any of the conference rooms, as the next speaker must set up and start almost immediately after the preceding one and you will be interfering with that.
- You must be given consent prior to recording **anyone** in any way: audio, video, photos, phone calls, etc.
Members of the press may engage any HOPE participant and make recordings IF AND ONLY IF consent is explicitly given.
Anyone, press or otherwise, taking photos or videos of people at the conference must get consent. Likewise, if you accidentally take a photo or video and the person asks you to delete it, you must do so immediately.
If you are taking "crowd shots", please announce your intentions to the crowd, giving people ample time to understand what you are doing and look away or leave the room if they'd prefer. This is a hacker conference and we expect all published images to be harvested for facial biometric data. No kidding!
- Who can I contact to make official press statements?
HOPE asks that members of the press acknowledge that no single-hacker speaks for all-hackers.
Hackers are well known for taking strong stances against authoritarian policies, and it is considered Excellent to embody a diverse set of opinions and tactics. Please take the time to hear different views before making claims about all of us. Thank you!
- Journalists: please send us your News articles from HOPE
Please send us a link and/or copy of your news story to email@example.com
We're just as interested in exposure as you are. Sending us your articles right away lets us direct people to the latest information about our conference.
- Who can I interview from HOPE staff, specifically?
Any HOPE staff can talk on or off the record -- please do not take one individuals comments as representative for all members.
Emmanuel Goldstein (Eric Corley) founded HOPE / 2600 and is an interesting person to interview for both a historical and modern day perspective of HOPE and hacking culture.
What is the age limit?
HOPE has no age limit, but we don't at present have specific areas designed for children. You must be 18 to book a room at the Hotel Penn.
What is a hacker?
A hacker is someone who is curious and creative, and seeks to understand how things work, especially complicated systems. Many hackers use technology to perform their investigations, and enjoy sharing information about their findings with other people. Often, hackers are willing to exceed boundaries of expected behavior, to better understand systems they are interested in.
Will the conference be full of criminals?
No, the conference will be full of creative and caring people, sharing what they know. You are encouraged to attend, and to contribute your energies and ideas to help make it even better.
Will there be people at the conference who can teach me to hack?
Yes! Or, more accurately, they will help teach you to think with a hacker mindset. The conference will be a supportive learning environment where you can get hands-on experience with different hardware and software tools and their associated skill sets. There will be keynotes, tutorials, competitions, and hands-on classes. You, too, can help to teach! Bring your own experiments and experiences, and consider providing your own knowledge to participants in discussions, tutorials, and other sessions.