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Notacon 9 officially launches. Submit proposals or register now! [Jul. 23rd, 2011|09:17 pm]
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Preparations are now underway for Notacon 9, which will take place April 12th through 15th, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Hilton Garden Inn. Our great experience last year at the new hotel gave us a lot of ideas in regards to improvements in our layout, organization and traffic flow. In addition, we are going to expand our events and programming as well. Of course, PixelJam will return, with a totally revamped set of competitions and prizes.

As of today, call for proposals are open, so please start thinking about yours! We are seeking out even more cutting edge presentations, workshops and performances. If you build, break, hack stuff or philosophize about doing so, we want to hear from you! We are bending our rules this year to find people who really have new and innovative projects and ideas. As a reminder, please read our guidelines this year, as they are different than last years.

Finally, registration for the event is now live. Save money and register early! Prices are unchanged from last year. Remember, Notacon is focused on and primarily funded by you! Your registration enables us to plan and prepare. We need to spend tens of thousands of dollars months in advance to ensure a smooth running event.
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The first notacon media has been posted! [Apr. 29th, 2009|04:54 pm]
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Jason Scott has posted his presentation "Super Jason Scott Presentation 64" on archive.org. Adrian "Irongeek" Crenshaw has posted his presentation "Hacking Video Tutorial Tips: Getting the point across with screencasting computer videos" to his blog at irongeek.com. Jason has also kindly recorded and linked online his Presentation Presentation from the Thursday night Freeview.

As soon as we get everything cleaned up here at the FTS Compound we'll be putting the rest of the media files online as well as a handy-dandy torrent to pull them all from.
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Last chance to get a 2009 Notacon Shirt [Apr. 29th, 2009|04:52 pm]
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There has been enough interest to confirm a reprint of 2009 shirts! Using the responses so far we have an estimate of what sizes to order. 2009 shirt reprint orders will only be open until Monday, May 4th. Place your order now to assure sizing is available.

Order now!

Also until May 4th buy $50 in merchandise and get 10% off. Use coupon code "Save10"!
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Pre-Registration ends today! [Apr. 3rd, 2009|10:21 am]
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Today is your last chance to pre-purchase your ticket for Notacon 6! There will be admissions at the door for $100, but until the end of today you can spend only 25 dollars more and get a special limited edition Notacon bag and drink tickets for the cash bar, which will have energy drinks and soft drinks in addition to alcoholic beverages!

Or, if your budget is feeling a little tight, you?ve got a few hours to get the
same admission for only $75! A savings of 25 dollars!

Don?t forget to come to our first ever Notacon Free Preview on Thursday night
starting at 7pm. Meet a selection of speakers, hobnob with the founders of
Notacon and Blockparty!

We look forward to seeing you there.

P.S. The program goes to print in the next few days, so buy your shoutouts!
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Round two speaker selections now posted! [Dec. 9th, 2008|04:45 pm]
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[mood |excitedexcited]

We have posted our second round of presenters for Notacon 6! To date we have received a slew of excellent proposals on interesting topics that cover the whole spectrum of hackerdom. This round of releases demonstrates two trends that have seen a real re-emergence in the community as of late. The first involves hardware hacking from synthesizers to reverse engineering.

The Arduino microcontroller has really taken the community by storm. Droops and Morgellon the Lowtek Mystic will be your guides to understanding and programming the device. From hardware synthesizers to RFID and games, learn of new possibilities using this neat little chip! For those interested in reverse engineering, Travis Goodspeed would love to show you how to have fun with the MSP430 MCU. Similar to Arduino, the MSP430 also offers a host of opportunities for exploration and good, clean hackerly fun and Travis is just the guy to help you figure it out.

The second emergent theme is more an umbrella topic I can only describe as "body hacking". When most people think of hackers, nerds and geeks, the image of chips and wires often comes to mind. However, a lot of interest and research is being devoted into the one set of hardware and software that is as old as we are and just as enigmatic; our bodies and minds. Michele Martaus will be presenting on how cubicle dwellers everywhere can avoid injury and keep our bodies strong.

To cover the other side of the equation, Tottenkoph and Selkie will discuss cognitive function, stress, caffeine and other topics as well as their long and short-term effects on the body. Likewise, Jason Viers will be revisiting a very popular topic at past Notacons and a centuries old game that we can still enjoy to keep our brains sharp in his introduction to Go. Mr. Viers will also be the lead wrangler for our new game room.

Games and diversions have always been an important part of our culture and history. Who better to dissect that history than the estimable Jason Scott, who returns to Notacon to present on a retrospective on the history, importance and groundbreaking work done in Super Mario 64. As many know, Jason keeps himself busy with numerous projects including our sister event, Blockparty. However, like most of us, he also has a keen interest in games and their significance in the bigger picture. Those familiar with his presentations know that the unexpected should be expected, but that in the end you will leave, at a minimum, entertained!

Of course, our community is all of those things and so much more. While we are excited to support those particular threads of interest, we are equally thrilled to include presentations on good old fashioned computer and network security! To that end, CG and g0ne will present on client side penetration testing. The talk will focus on justifying why one should allow client side penetration testing as well as giving penetration testers a basic methodology to conduct client side attacks during their penetration test.

We still have many, many more opportunities for presenters and Notacon and we want to hear from you! Our call for proposals closes in little more than a month and a half, so time is running out! Remember Notacon presenters receive complimentary admission to Notacon for themselves and a guest as well as other nifty goodies.

If presenting is not your speed, then make sure you register for Notacon and book your room soon!

As always, we are getting psyched about Notacon 6 and remind you to join us every Thursday at 8 PM on IRC for Notacon Lounge.
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Notacon Lounge. Weekly and online! [Dec. 2nd, 2008|03:39 pm]
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Join fellow Notacon staffers, presenters, participants and others every Thursday at 8PM Eastern on IRC!

Feel free to provide feedback from previous events, suggestions for future events and general community, technology and arts chatter. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion. Meet new people and perhaps reconnect with those you've met in the past!

To participate, simply point your IRC client to irc.notacon.org port 6667. Then, join the #notacon channel and let the conversation begin! If you have any questions or comments about this idea, or need help getting connected, feel free to leave a comment to this post!

See you Thursday!
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Notacon registration extended through Tuesday! [Mar. 22nd, 2008|07:48 pm]
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For those who have slacked on registering for Notacon until the very last moment, you are in luck! Online registration will be open through Tuesday, March 25th @ 7 PM Eastern time.

Please check our room and ride share board. There are always a lot of people who have either an extra seat in their car or who need some floorspace to crash on for Notacon. Help out those in our community by getting involved!

See you all in about 12 days!
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New Notacon Blog [Jan. 13th, 2008|11:19 pm]
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It's been awhile since anything was posted to this community!

The first few speakers have been listed on the website, events are getting planned and finalized, and in the midst of a server crash from hell the Notacon Blog was born. I'm not sure yet if we'll try to somehow synchronize blog posts and livejournal or what, but all the old information from the news feed will be posted to blog.notacon as well as other announcements and writeups as they come around.

So be sure to check out the blog!

Remember, CFP closes on January 31st!
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Notacon 5 is becoming reality! [Jul. 31st, 2007|10:48 pm]
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Prereg and Call For Proposals for Notacon 5 are open!

Let the fun begin!
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Celebrate the 4th with Notacon! [Jul. 2nd, 2007|07:11 pm]
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[mood |giddygiddy]

Not only is July 4th a celebration of the birth of the US, this year it marks exactly nine months until the start of Notacon 5! That's right, we have selected the dates for next year.

Notacon 5
April 4-6, 2008
Holiday Inn Select City Centre Lakeside

Celebrate the 4th with the founders of Notacon with our new commercial,


Or, see the craptastic YouTube version:

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