DEFCON one of the world’s largest hacker conventions, held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the first DEF CON taking place in June 1993. Many of the attendees at DEF CON include computer security professionals, journalists, lawyers, federal government employees, security researchers, students, and hackers with a general interest in software, computer architecture, hardware modification, and anything else that can be “hacked”.
Equal parts boot camp and road trip, StartupBus is an annual competition designed to empower the tech community - challenging top tier talent to hop on a bus and conceive, build and launch a startup in just 5 days.
At the beginning of the year I spent some time manufacturing some devices to help keep my houseplants alive, which I named In-Plants. After originally publishing my write up on Hackster.io, my efforts were noticed by the hardware company Particle.io. They happily worked with me to republish my blog post on their website.
I’ve been making side projects religiously for the past 3 years and it’s been a remarkable experience. I went from making hacked together kindergarten level phone applications that only DJKhaled would like - to making projects that I am incredibly proud of.
Spent a few weeks working with cybersecurity researcher Josiah Bryant making a device to allow users to quickly and securely share files locally. For example, imagine you were having a get together with friends to talka bout your last big trip. If you all had tons of images/videos which you wanted to share with each other but you didn’t want to publish it to a coporate cloud like Google, you could just utilize our solution to privately share those files amongst each other.