Where and when will A New HOPE happen?
At St. John's University in Queens, New York City, July 22-24, 2022.
How much are tickets?
Tickets will be $200 for the weekend. More info on availability will be posted on this site.
Is it necessary to buy a ticket in advance?
In all likelihood, tickets will only be available in advance. This allows us to plan accordingly and to close off sales entirely if we decide to limit attendance. It also provides us with the funds that are needed to hold the event and make it as good as we can. There are numerous ways you can buy tickets through our online store, including cryptocurrency.
Is it safe to buy a ticket online?
It's at least as safe as any other type of online purchase. 2600 has an online store since 1999 and has kept customer data secure throughout, and also gets one of the highest ratings of customer satisfaction. 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.
Do I need to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
Yes, that is required by us, St. John's University, New York City, and New York State - so there's really no getting around it. Attendees will show proof of vaccination upon check-in. This will be separate from registration and we will NOT save that information. (This allows you to attend the conference under an alias while filling the above requirement.)
What is the refund policy?
Normally, all sales are final but tickets can be transferred or resold if something comes up that keeps you from attending. Since these are exceptional times, we've added a couple of exceptions. In the unlikely event that the conference is canceled for any reason (not just a global pandemic), you will be given a full refund or credit for the next conference (your choice). If you are unable to attend because you've tested positive for COVID-19, we will issue you a credit for the next conference.
What will be different about this year's HOPE?
In short, EVERYTHING. We've all just gone through some traumatic times and this is our first chance to get together in person in four years! And we're in a brand new space, one that will finally give us some breathing room. St. John's has plenty of space for our main speaker tracks; a huge number of rooms for breakout sessions, workshops, and seminars; a tremendous amount of infrastructure; and, most importantly, a supportive environment conducive to the atmosphere of learning and teaching that goes on at HOPE conferences.
Is it hard to get to St. John's?
Let's put it this way. Over the past few years, many of us have visited the site on a number of occasions and nobody has had any difficulty at all getting to it. In fact, most would agree that it's much more convenient than trying to get to midtown Manhattan. We've put together a comprehensive Travel page on this site which we'll be updating regularly. In short, St. John's is close to two major New York City airports (JFK and LaGuardia), is reachable by mass transit in many different ways, and is very easy to drive to. In fact, we can even offer free parking to our attendees!
What about accommodations?
We will be announcing special deals at two local hotels in the next few days. These hotels are minutes away from the conference site, easily accessible by bus, taxi, or Uber/Lyft. We can even look into offering a free shuttle if there's sufficient demand. In addition, there will be on-campus accommodations, the details of which are also coming soon to this site.
What is a hacker?
Hackers are explorers, thinkers, tinkerers, and teachers. They are curious and creative, and seek to understand how things work, especially complicated systems. Many hackers use technology as part of their quest for knowledge 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. Curiosity remains one of the main motivations for hackers everywhere.
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.
Can I volunteer to help at HOPE?
Absolutely! Our volunteers are the key in making HOPE possible and there are so many ways to help out. Experience isn't necessary - only a desire to help make HOPE a great conference. Of course, if you do have experience in a particular field that you'd like to help out in, just let us know. Anyone interested in volunteering can email firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the Volunteer button.
Is there a way to register in advance for workshops?
Workshops are all first come, first served, and there is no way to register in advance.
What about speaker submissions and workshops?
The CFP for speakers is open. Please send in your submissions for talks, panels, workshops, and other presentations. More info is on the Call for Participations page.
How can I get my question answered?
Send your question to email@example.com and, if it's the kind of question that's asked frequently, you'll see it here in the FAQ. Otherwise, we will do our best to get back to you with an answer.
How can I stay up to date about A New HOPE?
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