“The 34th Chaos Communication Congress (34C3) is an annual four-day conference on technology, society and utopia. The Congress offers lectures and workshops and various events on a multitude of topics including (but not limited to) information technology and generally a critical-creative attitude towards technology and the discussion about the effects of technological advances on society.
For 34 years, the congress has been organized by the community and appreciates all kinds of participation. You are encouraged to contribute by volunteering, setting up and hosting hands-on and self-organized events with the other components of your assembly or presenting your own projects to fellow hackers. Some basic survival guidelines might come in handy for everything not answered in our 34C3 FAQ. Updated information are covered by the CCC Events Blog or via Twitter (@CCC).”
Source: CCC Website.
Or with my own word, a collective of 12.000+ geeks under one roof, totally like a lanparty from the 90s just without the gamers and with faster internet, actually it was more like at scener-party, lots of creativity and exciting people.
And when you’ve said hackers, you will automaticly say privacy-geeks, which means that its strictly forbidden to take pictures with people in it which have not given explicit consent to the picture, which is why my pictures are without humas – this is by intention, and it was hard to get them … there where people everywhere!
We left Herning around 17 ó clock the 27th of December, my travel companion Robin and i packed my Fiat and then we headed for the Leipzig in the former East-Germany, a little 9-hours drive. We found a cheap hotel just outside of Leipzig where we could stay two persons in 4 days for only 200€, we made it to the hotel at around 4 ó clock in the Morning, giving is only a couple of hours of sleep.
Breakfast was a suprise, we did not expect anything at such a low rate … but it had eggs and meatballs, so my dietician was satisfied.
When we arived at the venue there was a huge parking lot, only 6€/day, in exchange we had to walk 500m to get the the entrance, that might sound as a joke, but my physical conditions where not suited for even such a short walk – and when we finally arrived, there was 4-5000 people in queue to get wristsbands.
Eventually though, we got in, spent most of the day talking to people we know, connecting our devices to the network with Wifi, Cables, SIP, GSM and Dect … and ofcourse with public ip adresses and phonenumber.
The food however was not impressing me, there was this absurdly grotesk focus on vegan food – but absolutely nothing to eat if you where Low-Carbing, for this reason i tried convincing Robin to spend an afternoon with me driving around to se if we could find some proper food.
But the vibe and the atmosphere was fantasic, openminded and inclusive mentality was the keyword here and i really felt welcome. Everybody was willing to talk to you, and that was fantastic, but i wanna tell you more about that tommorow.
Merry yule from Leipzig