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Snort "Root this box" contest

Hurricane Labs and The Cleveland Honeynet Project will be sponsoring a weekend long Hack-a-thon at this year's Notacon. We will be giving out prizes to the person who roots our network first and at the end of the show will be reviewing the results of the challenge. It's a great opportunity to come learn and have fun.

  1. Please bring your own laptop and tools
  2. No hacking or scanning outside the given parameters
  3. No Denial of Service Attacks (where's the fun in that)
  4. You must detail you successful attacks at each level

Win NFF's T-Shirts   Hosted by NFF

NFF, in all of his glory, will be bringing back his much beloved technology and computer trivia game show. He also personally promised to bring all of the shirts he's been promising since Rubi-Con 3.

Anything But Ethernet   Hosted by Myself

Too many kids, and a fair share of old farts, think the world runs on cat-5. It just ain't so! From the first smoke-signals and drumbeats of prehistory, to modern muti-gigabit optical links, there's a lot more to communication than just Ethernet frames riding twisted pair. This contest aims to celebrate the varied history of communication.

The goal of Anything But Ethernet is to construct the:

communications link possible. Awards will be given for each of the 5 categories listed above. Each category will be scored on its own, "points" aren't comparable between categories.

Fastest: This is pretty simple, it requires computers on both ends of the link, and the goal will be to transfer a sizable file as quickly as possible. We'll probably make it a movie or some random data, so don't count on link compression to help! You'll get a point for each type of encoding or media used, multiplied by your throughput. Ethernet links are permissible, but they don't count towards your score. (Example, if you have a token-ring-to-ethernet bridge, and ethernet-to-fddi bridge, you can connect them with a short 10base-T cable, but you'll only score 2 link points, not 3.)

Slowest: No artificial slowdowns allowed! Scrounge up the most decrepit, pathetic, but awesome-in-its-heyday gear you can find. 300 baud modems are a good starting point, but never underestimate the possibilities of paper tape streaming between the punch and the reader. Scoring in this category is purely at the judges' discretion, and coolness points will be awarded for anything involving Morse code, acoustic couplers, or tin cans. Input and output need not be computerized. (A daisywheel printout of the transmission is fine.)

Longest: Similar to the fastest category, this is just link points multiplied by link distance. Your end stations can be right next to each other, as long as the data takes a very long route between them. Again, Ethernet links are acceptable as intermediaries, but they don't help your score. Hint: there's a digipeater aboard the international space station.

Most Varied: One point per segment of unique wired/cabled media. Two points per hop of radio or free-space optics. Zero points for 10, 100, or 1000base-T segments. Half a point for 10base-2 or any other obscure Ethernet format, but remember each type only counts once no matter how many times you use it.

Most Absurd: Judges' discretion. Nuff said.

Geocaching Scavenger Hunt Wardrive

Combining the elements of Geocaching, a scavenger hunt and Wardriving, contestants will be asked to collect information, tokens, objects, photographs and other interesting tidbits around Cleveland. Some items will require a lot of technological know-how to accomplish, others will involve multiple steps to complete while others will require "creative" solutions.

Prizes will be awarded to the top contestants.

Notacon Talentless Talent Show

Inspired by a last-minute talent show at Rubi-Con 5, we are bringing back this amazing and crowd-pleasing event. Contestants will have 3 to 5 minutes to perform the talent of their choice. Can you sing? Play an instrument? Belch the 1812 overture? Regurgitate Windows XP CD Keys by heart? Maybe you're good at drawing caricatures? Whatever your talent, compete with fellow con-goers for prizes and recognition. Embarrassment is almost assured, and those watching have just as much fun as the contestants themselves. On the other hand, you may also realize that some of your friends have unique talents indeed.

Top performers will go into a final round that will consist of some s00p3r-s3kr3+ tasks that will need to be performed (nothing illegal, we assure you).

Closing Ceremonies

Most of the major prizes and awards will be given out during closing ceremonies on Sunday morning. Besides the prizes for the official contests, the organizers in their sleep-deprived and delirious states will also hand out other prizes, awards and gifts to attendees. We may, for example, give out a prize to the person who traveled the farthest. We may give out a prize to the best DJ. Even more, we may give out stupid prizes such as the "least likely to attend next year" and, "Most likely to get stopped by the police on the way out the door". Who knows what we'll do or what we'll give away


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