dc312 is Chicago's local DEF CON group, focusing on learning new things, meeting new people, and working on technically interesting projects in ways that define the word "hacker". We're an informal grouping of hackers, defenders, and security sellouts who are in currently or formerly in the Chicago-land area. Knowledge ranges from decades of experience to just starting out with a passion. More info on DEF CON groups is available on the DEF CON website here.
There is no formal membership to dc312. Show up to meetings, get involved remotely through chat, and join in on the conversation to be an ambassador of the 312 and larger DEF CON community. dc312 is heavily focused on participation, at all levels, and is not a purely social club. View more on how to get involved and stay in touch here.
Bringing people who live in, work in, or are traveling through Chicago, dc312 meetups occur in a variety of flavors and a variety of occasions.
dc312 does not condone, promote, or facilitate the commission of illegal acts. While the term "hacker" is commonly used by media outlets to describe cyber criminals, members of dc312, as well as DEF CON itself, focus on utilizing their knowledge and experience for non-evil, be it for good or pure curiosity.
We do encourage you reach out to the other members of dc312 through the Member Resources section, either through Slack or another communication method. If you want to reach out to group leadership with questions or concerns, email ogden [at] dc312 [dot] org.