Well, it’s that time of the month again … ShmooCon ticket sales eve. The only difference is that this time it’s New Years Eve as well as your last shot to snag a barcode. We don’t really have anything new to say regarding getting tickets that we haven’t blogged before but a lot has happened over the past month since our last post.
But first to get things started, here is a summary of ticket buying lessons learned in case you missed our earlier posts.
- Read and Become Familiar with the ShmooCon Purchase Instructions
- Carefully Enter those Captches
- Look at the Bottom of the Page for the Link to Make Reservations
- Keep Refreshing to Buy Tickets Even if You Get a Sold Out Message
- Keep Trying to Buy Early Bird Tickets Even if You Were Only Able to Get Open or I Love ShmooCon Tickets
- Never, Never, Never Buy ShmooCon Tickets Through a Hungry Work Proxy
All I can say is that I will be at home with a non-proxied Internet connection this time! For all the details on these lessons learned, check out “Buying ShmooCon Tickets – Top 5 Lessons Learned” and “Ticket Buying War Story“. Also head over to PaulDotCom.com for more ShmooCon ticket buying advice in their “The Quest for a Shmoocon Barcode” post.
And here’s a direct link to the ShmooCon Registration page. Now on to some updates…
Over the past month the conference has really started to take form. We’ve had official updates like the wrap-up of the second round of tickets, several speaker announcements, and a listing of the organized contests (can you say Hack-or-Halo, Hacker Arcade, Barcode Shmarcode, TF2 Lan Party, and ShmooBall Launcher Contest?). The good news is, as usual, the community is pitching in to support the conference in many different ways. The following is a short list of some of the contributions we’ve come across.
- ShmooCon Slugs: Can’t find a way to get to the conference? Check out the ShmooCon Slugs site for connecting with people from your local area who are also heading to DC. Not sure what “slugging” is? This nice Wikipedia article comes to the rescue.
- Room Shares: Now once you get to DC, you’ll need a place to stay. The Wardman Park Marriott is running at $180 a night. And that’s the conference rate. I’m guessing they are probably sold out by now so you may even be looking at more. Enter the ShmooCon Room Shares list. This is a simple mailing list with the purpose of helping you connect with others looking to split the cost of a room.
- Twitter Speaker List: What is a con without @mubix helping out in some way? This time he’s pulled together all the announced speakers and made a corresponding Twitter list. This is a great way to quickly find out what the speakers are up to while at the conference.
And for all the official happenings, be sure to visit the ShmooCon 2010 – Latest News page. Beyond these posts, ShmooCon is also getting talked a lot about on many of the security podcasts. For information from the source, we’d recommend taking a listen to Security Justice Episode 20. It includes an interview with Bruce Potter himself. And for the basics be sure to review our ShmooCon announcement post for the regular Who, What, When, Where info.
Well as usual that is all we have for now… Is there anything we missed? Please let us know by commenting below or tweeting this post with your addition. See ya!
Be safe in your celebrations this evening, good luck to everyone tomorrow, and follow @grecs for last minute ticket reminders and other ShmooCon updates.