If you are a hacker, or even marginally interested in tech/hacking/black hat stuff/white hat stuff, the event's website offers a plethora of resources and information on everything from how to hack voting machines to 'disrupting robotic homeostasis and artificial intelligence systems with electromagnetic pulse'. Needless to say, the center Strip of Las Vegas is currently a hotbed of lines (as usual), hacking activities (don't use an ATM in the area or your cell phone), and parties (of tech geeks but fun nevertheless). Even if you can't attend in person, there are plenty of ways to reap the rewards of all of the information generated by the event...
- Start with the DefCon site (you could spend days, maybe even weeks, downloading torrents/videos/workshops from this and previous year's events).
- An interesting prep guide for this and related events can be found here.
- To get a feel for the event you can peruse the official faq as well as the unofficial faq.
- Twitter and other social media sites like reddit and Instagram are good ways to follow the action in real time.
- Hackers have already posted quite a bit of info on their personal sites (example) and the media reports won't be far behind (example).
- And apparently they are already breaking Vegas.
After you have ingested so much technical information your brain hurts, you can always check out the bear cams in Alaska.