July 18, 2014

All HOPE X Talks Streamed Live!

We are proud to announce that all scheduled talks at HOPE X this year will be streamed live to the world. You can watch the talks live at http://hope.net/stream.html [1] Feel free to join the community on IRC in #hope on irc.2600.net and watch the conference together. [1] http://hope.net/stream.html

July 17, 2014

Ticket availability and registration desk hours

Since closing pre-registration, we’ve received a number of concerned e-mails and tweets about ticket availability. Tickets *will* be available at the door, starting Thursday evening, for $150. Official registration desk hours: Thursday July 17: 4pm-8pm Friday July 18: 8am-8pm Saturday July 19: 9:30am-8pm Sunday July 20: 9:30am-4pm Late-night registration: Friday July 18: 8pm-midnight Saturday July 19: 8pm-midnight If you arrive during the late-night period, our security volunteers at the door will contact a registration staff member to assist you.

July 1, 2014

Talk times posted

If you're looking forward to seeing a talk and want to make sure you can attend, check out the schedule page. We've added the dates, times, and locations for all the talks.

June 26, 2014

Vendor tables still available

There are a few vendor tables left for the HOPE X event. Tables are $395, and provide an outstanding location during HOPE X to interact with attendees. Tables are available to vendors or non-profits with a hacker-related theme, product, service, etc. Email vendors@2600.com [1] for details on how to purchase a table. [1] http://blog.x.hope.netmailto:vendors@2600.com

June 26, 2014

Pre-registered ticket sales still open

There is still time to register [1] for the HOPE X event! This is less expensive than the price at the door, and guarantees your admission. Advance ticket sales are a great way to help 2600 with the challenges due to closure and rebranding of TEN: The Enthusiast Network [2] from Source Interlink, which owes 2600 for magazine distribution. Another great way is to get 2600 on Kindle [3], or on the newsstands when the July issue comes out. [1] http://store.2600.com/hopextickets.html [2] http://2600.com/?q=content/source-interlink-closure-and-rebranding-puts-2600-limbo [3] http://www.amazon.com/2600-Magazine-The-Hacker-Quarterly/dp/B004GB1WF6/2600magazi-20

June 9, 2014

First round of HOPE X talks released

We have announced the first set of talks and speaker bios for HOPE X. We're proud to host such a fantastic lineup, and will continue to release more talks as we draw closer to the conference.

June 7, 2014

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake To Speak At HOPE X

In our continuing efforts to bring noted whistleblowers to the HOPE X [1] audience, we're happy to announce that former senior National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake [2] will be a speaker at our conference this summer. Drake is a decorated U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy veteran, and was a senior executive and technical director for NSA's software engineering and implementation - where he discovered and blew the whistle on massive multi-billion dollar fraud, waste, and abuse; the failures that led to 9/11; and the widespread violations of citizens' rights through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11. After years of addressing these issues in vain thorough official channels, Drake finally went to the press - and soon became the first whistleblower since Daniel Ellsberg [3] in 1971 to be charged with espionage. (Ellsberg is also one of our keynote speakers [4] at HOPE X.) Drake faced spending the rest of his life in federal prison for defending the Constitution.  After refusing to testify against his colleagues and demanding a jury trial, the government's case of all ten felony counts collapsed in 2011 and he went free. Drake is the recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth Telling Prize, a joint recipient with Jesselyn Radack of the 2011 Sam Adams Associates Integrity in Intelligence Award, and the 2012 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He has been keenly interested in the many developments within the hacker world over the years. [1] http://x.hope.net [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Andrews_Drake [3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ellsberg [4] http://www.2600.com/?q=content/daniel-ellsberg-keynote-hope-x

April 22, 2014

CFP closes April 30

The Call For Speakers will be open until April 30! We already have a number of great submissions and slots are starting to fill up. But we know there are more of you who have some really good ideas. Visit the Speakers section for guidelines on how to submit your talk. Make sure you email it to speakers@hope.net by 4/30/14!

April 3, 2014

Daniel Ellsberg To Keynote At HOPE X

We're thrilled to announce that the whistleblower of all whistleblowers - Daniel Ellsberg [1] - will be a keynote speaker at HOPE X [2] in New York City this July. Daniel Ellsberg was the cause of one of the biggest political controversies in the history of the United States when he released the Pentagon Papers in 1971. This top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making concerning the Vietnam War was released to various newspapers. When the New York Times was stopped by a Nixon administration court order, Ellsberg leaked the 7,000 pages of documents to the Washington Post and 17 other publications. These revelations clearly showed deceptive practices by the government and played a significant role in changing the views of many Americans - and ultimately changing history. When Ellsberg turned himself in to face trial for his actions, he said, "I felt that as an American citizen, as a responsible citizen, I could no longer cooperate in concealing this information from the American public. I did this clearly at my own jeopardy and I am prepared to answer to all the consequences of this decision." After a trial which revealed massive corruption and various nefarious plots against Ellsberg, all charges were dismissed. The parallels to what has been taking place in recent years is striking. We have learned a great deal from the more recent revelations of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. Unlike Ellsberg, however, these two have been treated extremely harshly by both the government and the mainstream media. Those journalists who have published the information that was leaked to them have found themselves demonized and even threatened by those in power. It seems that there has never been a more dangerous time for whistleblowers and that information is more restricted than ever. We are honored that Daniel Ellsberg recognizes the value and importance of the HOPE X conference and it's great to know that he'll be able to speak in person to a whole new generation of individuals who will also shape the direction of the world one day. We can only hope they'll also be ready to stand up for their convictions, no matter the cost. [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ellsberg [2] http://x.hope.net

January 21, 2014

CFP now open!

The CFP for HOPE X is now open! Information and instructions for submitting a talk, panel, workshop, or artwork can be found in the "Call for Participants" menu!

January 15, 2014

Group Rates

Group rates are now available for HOPE X at the Hotel Pennsylvania! See the hotel information for details.

January 13, 2014

HOPE accepting Bitcoin

HOPE X is now accepting Bitcoins for Pre-registration! Read more here. [1] [1] http://www.2600.com/?q=content/hope-x-now-accepting-bitcoins

January 6, 2014

Pre-reg open

Pre-registration is now open! Tickets are on sale at the 2600 store [1]. [1] http://store.2600.com/hopextickets.html