There’s more to Hackademic than the talks.  Throughout the weekend there will be a number of events and contests designed to engage the attendees and broaden your understanding of a variety of interesting topics.

Lockpick Village

Want to tinker with locks and tools the likes of which you’ve only seen in movies featuring cat burglars, espionage agents, or Southern California car thieves?  Then come on by the Lockpick Village, where you will have the opportunity to learn hands-on how the fundamental hardware of physical security operates and how it can be compromised.  The Lockpick Village is a physical security demonstration and participation area. This public space will consist of a workshop environment in which participants can learn about the vulnerabilities of various locking devices, techniques used to exploit these vulnerabilities, and practice on locks of various levels of difficultly to try it themselves.

Experts will be on hand to demonstrate and plenty of trial locks, picks, shims, and other devices will be made available.  By exploring the faults and flaws in many popular lock designs, you can prepare yourself not only for possible work in the penetration testing field, but also simply gain a much stronger knowledge about the best methods and practices for protecting your own infrastructure and personal property. After all, you can have the most hardened, patched, and properly-configured servers on the planet but none of that matters if someone marches them out the door without any difficulty.   ;-)

3 State Bike Ride

While not exactly security related, the location of Hackademic offers a unique opportunity.  Newark DE is located in the NW corner of Delaware… which is only a few miles from both Pennsylvania and Maryland.  Saturday June 30th, we’ll be arranging an early morning bike ride to go through all 3 states.  It sounds really impressive, but it will only be a 15 mile ride.  You don’t have to tell your friends that though.  Let them be amazed that you rode through 3 states in one day.

If you’re interested in the ride, let us know so we can plan appropriately. If you can’t bring a bike with you, we’ll point you to a local shop that you can rent from.


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