Something new for HOPE Number Six that a lot of people may not yet know about is our workshop area, where you can get hands-on with some neat technologies.
Our good friends at TOOOL will be offering all kinds of their ever-popular lockpicking activities at their area. If you want to practice the advanced techniques mentioned in the lockpicking panel, or if you want to learn how to get started, this is the place.
We’ll also be having some folks from the Graffiti Research Lab making their LED Throwies and demonstrating some of their other technologies. You may even get to take one of the throwies home!
Would you like to free your iPod from Apple’s proprietary firmware? Our workshop leader writes:
Install alternative firmware like RockBox or iPodLinux onto your portable music player. Gain the ability to play additional formats including patent- and royalty-free OGG Vorbis and FLAC while losing support for DRM and the requirement to use iTunes to copy music onto your player. With non-Apple firmware, you’ll also gain the ability to run software of your choice including hundreds of games and utilities. Both RockBox and iPodLinux are easy to use and the only hard part is installing. Just bring your iPod! You’ll leave with a liberated audio player and knowledge to help others liberate theirs. And, if you have a Sony PlayStation Portable, we’ll be working with those, too.
Watch also for a retrocomputing display of old technology, something to do with Segways, and more. Stop by the info desk for a schedule, or just drop by the workshop area and see what’s going on.
July 18th, 2006
The FCC has granted radio station callsign N6H for a special event station at HOPE Number Six. Ham radio operators will operate station N6H from the 18th floor and demonstrate how wireless voice, data, and video contacts can be made to other amateur radio stations around the world over shortwave (HF), VHF, and UHF frequencies. A special HOPE Number Six QSL card will be issued to anyone who successfully contacts or
hears radio station N6H on the air.
July 15th, 2006
We’ve posted the list and schedule of sessions at HOPE Number Six to our website. We have a lot of really exciting talks this year — check it out!
June 30th, 2006
As HOPE Number Six draws closer, so does the date when we have to close preregistration to ensure that everyone gets their tickets in time. In the United States and Canada, preregistration will end on Monday, July 10. For all other parts of the world, preregistration ends on Friday, June 30.
Preregistration is $60 for the entire weekend. The price at the door will be $75.
To make things easier for everyone, we will be accepting credit cards and euros at the door. Yes, that’s right, the European currency will be legal tender at HOPE. We expect many attendees from foreign lands and we want to do everything we can to make things convenient. The admission price in euros will be determined when we see what the conversion rates are like at the time of the conference.
We also expect the full HOPE schedule to be released in a day or two. Stay tuned.
June 28th, 2006
Listeners of 2600’s radio program Off the Hook know that we’ve been fascinated recently by some numbers stations which appear to have been popping up on the telephone network recently. These recordings, which sound eerily similar to the numbers stations which appear on shortwave and are purported to be operated by various governments’ intelligence services, have been announced by cryptic advertisements addressed to “Mein Fraulein” and appearing in the “Missed Connections” section of Craigslist.
Inspired by these phone numbers stations, the air of mystery surrounding them, and the apparent ease which with they can be created, I decided to create one of my own. …
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Continue Reading June 22nd, 2006
Are you looking for a way to get to HOPE this summer? We’ve just launched our HOPE Ride Board on the HOPE Wiki. Using it is very simple - just look for people in your state or province to share rides with. If your location is empty, be the first to fill it in with your details. It’s a great way to save money, meet people, and make the ride go a lot faster.
Note: We’ve left Hawaii off the list as we doubt anyone will be able to offer a ride from there. If someone proves us wrong we will gladly add it.
The HOPE Ride Board can be found at http://wiki.hopenumbersix.net/Ride_Board.
June 20th, 2006
We’re making available a number of tables for folks who want to be able to display or sell their wares. These tables will be located in a highly-trafficked area of the second floor. We hope that a variety of groups will be able to take advantage of this opportunity to reach our attendees, and that our attendees will be able to see some neat products they might not otherwise get to know about.
Tables cost $250 each for commercial organizations; discounted rates are available for non-profit or personal projects. The commercial rate includes admission to the conference. We will provide tables, chairs, and tablecloths if you want them. To register for a table, or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know who you are, what you are planning to sell or show, and if you will need electricity or a connection to the Internet (wireless or ethernet).
June 17th, 2006
Just a reminder: today, Friday, June 16, will be a HOPE planning meeting at the Citigroup Center in Manhattan. See you there!
June 16th, 2006
We’re happy to announce that the connectivity at this year’s HOPE conference will be the fastest we’ve ever had - and likely the fastest of any hacker conference ever in the States. Our network team has been hard at work making all of this possible. Your help at this stage can help to seal the deal.
We’ve already gotten one hell of a bandwidth donation but we still need to cover some other equipment and installation expenses to make it actually happen. If we can raise $5000 in the next two weeks, we will be assured of connectivity equivalent to an OC3 connection for the entire weekend. That’s more than 30 times what we had for The Fifth HOPE! This will make all sorts of projects possible as well as make it much simpler for HOPE attendees to stay connected.
Those interested in contributing to the cause will find a donation button on our main page which works through PayPal. Anyone who helps make this possible will be listed in the HOPE Conference Program. Donations of $1000 or more will get you listed as a benefactor, $200 or more as a contributor, $50 or more as a supporter.
This is something above and beyond what we were anticipating for this year’s conference which is why it wasn’t factored in to our original budget. This is a way for those of you who can afford it to pitch in and ensure that we have something truly spectacular and memorable this year.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation via a method other than PayPal, please contact us.
June 15th, 2006
2600 staff has heard from an inordinate number of past HOPE attendees who have expressed financial concerns about the high cost of airfare this year. Well, move over, Rick Steves! Europe is lovely, but HOPE is in North America. While Edmonds is nice, they don’t make 737’s there! It’s time for a little domestic travel advice coming to you from scenic Renton, on the south side of Lake Washington.
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Continue Reading June 12th, 2006