HOPE is back! For the first time in six years, the Hackers On Planet Earth conference will be taking place in person and (hopefully) without being overshadowed by COVID restrictions. It will be happening from July 12-14 2024 at our new home: St. John's University in Queens, New York City.

Our 2022 conference took place here and, despite all of us having to wear masks, our new location was hugely popular with attendees. This year, we’re making it even better based on attendee feedback and all that we’ve learned from our first conference in this setting.

The Call for Participation is now open!

SUBMIT YOUR HOPE PROPOSAL

Talks & Panels

Speaking at HOPE is a magical and unique experience. We encourage people of all backgrounds and experience levels to pursue their ideas for talks. We often have discussions by professors and intelligence experts sharing the schedule with presentations from young people who are just getting started. HOPE is filled with diverse thought, opinion, and experience. That’s why your ideas are welcome here.

We have some tips on making your proposal as good as it can be. The conference will have multiple simultaneous speaker tracks for solo talks, panel discussions, keynotes, and more. Email speakers@hope.net with your completed proposal. If your proposal is accepted, you will hear back from us in the coming weeks. Regardless, we hope to see you in July!

Workshops

Over the three decades of HOPE conferences, workshops have become a big part of what makes HOPE a unique, interactive, and fun experience. Perhaps you have knowledge or skills that are best shared in a hands-on environment. Perhaps you’re presenting a talk and want to give a follow-up workshop for your audience to learn more. We welcome your proposals!

Past HOPE conferences have each hosted several dozens of workshops that were enjoyed by many - in a small room, or large, in a more intimate environment or a large open area. We have tips and guidelines that will help you make your workshop submission more likely to be accepted. Workshops at past HOPE conferences include such diverse topics as: electronics, coding, how to submit FOIA (Freedom of Information) requests, hacking Wi-Fi routers, making tea, dealing with COVID, improving education, music synthesis, brain-computer interfaces, and much more. Send your proposal (one proposal per email!) to workshops@hope.net.

Other

* Villages. The conference has space for groups to set up thematic gathering places for attendees to congregate and socialize. Proposals will have the name of the village and what will be featured there. If you have an idea for a village, email us at village@hope.net.

* Performances. HOPE has settings for music and other performances. If you’re a musician/artist who would like to perform in front of the HOPE crowd, email us at perform@hope.net. Be sure to tell us something about your performance ideas. If you have recorded material, links to that would be very helpful.

* Exhibitions and Installations. We have all kinds of space for art and exhibits. If you have an idea for something that you think could fit in here (such as futuristic art inspired by the hacker and phreak ethos or works that examine society from a technological angle, etc.), email us at artspace@hope.net with details.

* Vendors. For a small fee, vendors with hacker-oriented wares will be able to set up a table and sell to attendees. All vendors are subject to approval by HOPE staff and must be relevant in some way to the hacker community. If you're interested, email vendors@hope.net for more details.

* More! Your ideas that don’t fit into any of these categories are welcome. Email hope@hope.net and tell us about them. We’re always looking to try something new.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

No matter what part of HOPE you choose to be involved in, you will encounter all sorts of hacker-related themes. If you find yourself interested in any of the topics below, then you’ll definitely have fun at HOPE! And if you have anything you want to share from this small list, we encourage you to submit a speaker and/or workshop proposal using the instructions above.

Programming

Intrusion Methods and Defense

Spying, Counterintelligence, and Tradecraft

Social Engineering

System Architecture, Design, and Circuitry

Social Impacts of Technology

Hacker History

Hacker Morality

Cryptanalysis, Cryptology, Cryptography

Election Security

Artificial Intelligence

Infrastructure

Green Tech

Retrocomputing

Telephony

Ham Radio

Quantum Computing

Censorship

Linux

Biometrics

Anonymity

Engineering

DMCA

Forensics

Net Neutrality

Right to Repair

Cyberterrorism

Biohacking

VPNs

Hackerspaces

Ransomware

Government Institutions

Privacy

SQL Injection

Exploits

Mechanics

Surveillance and Countersurveillance

Coding

Pentesting

Tiger Teaming

Trashing

Bluetooth

Cybercrime

Malware

Military

GDPR

Mesh Networks

Log4J

Blockchains

Whistleblowing

Shodan

Smartphones

Viruses

Robotics

Phreaking

Script Kiddies

Car Hacking

Hacktivism

Piracy

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