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DEF CON 31 Hacker Jeopardy

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

Hacker Jeopardy: A DEF CON Tradition


For many in the hacking community, DEF CON, held annually in Las Vegas, isn’t just a conference; it’s a reunion. Among the many events and challenges that make DEF CON a unique experience, one stands out for its blend of knowledge, wit, and alcohol: Hacker Jeopardy.



What is Hacker Jeopardy?


Inspired by the classic TV game show “Jeopardy!”, Hacker Jeopardy puts contestants’ cybersecurity knowledge to the test. But there’s a twist: while the format is similar, with answers provided in the form of a question, the content is all about hacking, the culture around it, and some of the inside jokes of the community.


A Blend of Fun and Knowledge


Hacker Jeopardy is notorious for its raucous atmosphere. Audience participation is encouraged, with attendees often shouting out (sometimes incorrect) answers, and even occasional playful boos. Another key element? Drinking. While not mandatory, many contestants choose to imbibe, and there’s even a special category dedicated to drinking.



Culturally Significant


While on the surface it might seem like just a fun game, Hacker Jeopardy is also an important reflection of hacker culture. The questions cover a range of topics from the history of hacking, to tools, techniques, and notable figures in the community. It’s a way for attendees, both new and old, to test and expand their knowledge.



Why You Should Watch or Participate



If you’re attending DEF CON, Hacker Jeopardy is a must-see. Not only is it entertaining, but it’s also a way to gauge your own knowledge and perhaps learn something new. For those brave enough, participating is a way to achieve a small piece of DEF CON fame.


Conclusion


Hacker Jeopardy, with its mix of humor, knowledge, and camaraderie, embodies the spirit of DEF CON. It’s more than just a game; it’s a celebration of hacker culture.

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