April 4th - 6th, 2008

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Notacon 5 was a huge success. Stay tuned here for details as we start planning for Notacon 6 in Spring 2009. Until then, read the Notacon 5 writeups

What is Notacon?

Notacon is creativity: Participate in North America's largest demoparty, Blockparty. Try your hand at powerpoint karaoke.

Notacon is technology: Rural technology, academic internet studies, personal privacy and computer security.

Notacon is music: Learn to create and use circuit bending instruments. Engage in experimental music performances.

Notacon is imagination: Move data using Anything but Ethernet.

Notacon is participation: Talk on Notacon Radio. Create a competition entry. Enjoy interactive art.

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NOTACON, an annual conference held in Cleveland, Ohio, explores and showcases technologies, philosophy and creativity often overlooked at other "hacker cons". Our desire is not to supplant other events, but complement them and strike a balance that has gone unnoticed in our community for far too long.

The Notacon 2006 Consuite
The consuite
Notacon 2006
-- Image credit Lowtek Mystik

With each new year we build upon the successes and knowledge of the previous years. Our goal is to enlighten, educate, and entertain attendees, presenters, and staff alike. We try to do this by finding new ways to apply technology to graphics, art, music, or social interaction.

Notacon espouses an ethos of exploration, participation and positive contributions. Hence, while some of the material we may cover is controversial or potentially "black hat" in nature, we feel it is important to bring light to all topics so that everyone can learn from the experience and create something good, fun or interesting from it.

Events during Notacon run from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. These include over 40 presentations, contests such as "Anything but Ethernet", game shows, prize giveaways and a whole lot of who-knows-what. Anything can happen, and usually does.

Feel free to get involved in our community now by exploring our getting involved section. Also, please join our forums, mailing lists, IRC server, and other online communities. Feel free to check out our archives (2004, 2005, 2006) from previous years as well.

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