Click the date to see the events happening in the Monero Village. We have a large number of speeches (highlighted green), workshops (yellow), films (blue) and fun activities (pink) scheduled this year at Defcon.

10:00-18:00

Capture the Flag (CTF) Puzzles and Getting Started with Monero Activities

We will be open to chat about Monero and other cryptocurrencies all of Thursday. We have a series of puzzles that need to be solved, and we have the space for you to work on them! Stop by our village and take a look around while most other Defcon events are closed.

12:45

Monero Plinko Giveaway

The Monero Talk show will be giving away prizes to participants of a free-to-play plinko board.

13:00-14:45

Documentary – The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.
8.1/10 IMDB, 4.7/5 Amazon.

14:45

Monero Plinko Giveaway

The Monero Talk show will be giving away prizes to participants of a free-to-play plinko board.

14:45-16:10

Documentary – Revolution OS

Revolution OS is a 2001 documentary film directed by J.T.S. Moore that traces the twenty-year history of GNU, Linux, open source, and the free software movement.
7.3/10 IMDB, 4.4/5 Amazon.

15:45

Monero Plinko Giveaway

The Monero Talk show will be giving away prizes to participants of a free-to-play plinko board.

16:00-17:00

Getting Started with Monero Workshop

Justin Ehrenhofer, Regulatory Compliance Analyst at DV Trading and Organizer of the Monero Community Workgroup

Want to sit though a lovely interactive session and see Monero used firsthand? Attend this workshop to learn the basics of Monero and to get started with a mobile or desktop wallet. Practice sending and receiving coins on the Monero stagenet, which have no value but function the same as mainnet.

10:00-10:30

Welcome to the Monero Village!

Diego “rehrar” Salazar

This talk will explain the fundamentals of Monero and explain the theme for this year: “foundations of digital money.” Diego will introduce the list of events and thank all the volunteers who contributed to make the village a reality. He will highlight important events during Defcon to watch out for.

10:30-11:30

Keynote Speech: Monero Introduction and Investor Perspective

Daniel Kim, Founder and President of Sweetwater Digital Asset Consulting, LLC

Learn the basics of Monero and its community. Monero provides benefits to society that all Defcon attendees benefit from. Daniel will express the importance of holders and advocates for cryptocurrencies. He will describe a set of concepts and frameworks to examine market data.

11:30

Monero Plinko Giveaway

The Monero Talk show will be giving away prizes to participants of a free-to-play plinko board.

11:45-12:15

Houston, we have a problem: 86(R) H.B. 4371 is a no-go!

A.J. Santos, Assistant Professor, Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, Faculty of Law

A Texas bill has been introduced that encourages the use of what is termed a “verified identity digital currency,” which is a currency that allows the true identities of the sender and the receiver to be known. In addition, the bill mandates the verification of senders’ identity when receiving funds from a non-verified currency. This talk will consider the meaning of “digital currency” with reference to Federal and State agency interpretations and relevant case law and then evaluate the potential impact of the bill on small businesses and the public at large.

12:15-13:15

Regulation Station

A.J. Santos, Assistant Professor, Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, Faculty of Law

Stop by this workshop with cryptocurrency regulation questions.

12:15-13:08

Selected Short Films

Mariana 627
Kurt is a lone technician aboard a remote monitoring outpost deep in space. Before he can leave his station, he must first train an interfacing AI system.

In:Sight
In a world where memories can be digitally recorded and replayed. A young woman discovers her true origins by viewing her father’s memories.

Eldritch Code
A dedicated IT-guy must stop a computer virus from spreading, unaware about the cosmic horrors he is about to release.

Nano
Nanotechnology administered into bloodstream can sync with apps to augment human genome. A new law mandating the procedure meets resistance from hacktivists.

13:15-13:45

AirBNB for Retail Internet / A Distributed Internet Technology with Monero

Allan Stevo, Chief of Staff at Kraken Exchange

A New York apartment building and a Moroccan rural village share the same internet challenges - inefficient methods of distribution across the last mile. Our idea is to address this inefficiency to provide greater internet availability to the end user. This presentation will discuss the concept of micropayments with strong privacy protections that address these challenges.

14:00-14:30

Creating Cake from Scratch

Vik Sharma, Founder of Cake Technologies, LLC and President of Liberty Steel Holdings USA

In 2017, Vik launched Cake Wallet which is a popular open-source Monero wallet that allows users to hold Monero, make payments, and convert between cryptocurrencies. Although initially launched as a closed-source project but after receiving feedback from the community, Vik quickly had to learn about open-source projects and re-introduce the wallet. He will speak about the difficulties and opportunities creating a business with open-source projects and the importance of a strong relationship with the core community.

14:45-15:15

Perspectives of Privacy: Blockchain as a Boundary Object

Robin “midipoet” Renwick, Ph.D

This talk presents the methodology, findings and conclusions of a boundary theory based Information Systems research project completed at University College Cork, Ireland. Perspectives of privacy have been analyzed from five key social worlds within the blockchain industry (users, regulators, cryptographic researchers, corporate architects, and protocol developers) through semi-structured interviews, conducted in 2018. The study attempts to distinguish the similarities and differences that exist between interdependent groups of agents. Communicating benign and internecine perspectives, ideologies, and approaches to the development of privacy enhancing technologies is viewed as method through which conflict and division may be mitigated against as the industry evolves further into the 21st century.

15:15

Monero Plinko Giveaway

The Monero Talk show will be giving away prizes to participants of a free-to-play plinko board.

15:15-19:00

i2p Workshop for Cryptocurrencies

zzz, i2p Developer

Stop by for an introduction to i2p, an anonymity network, and a workshop regarding how to use i2p properly in cryptocurrency implementations. This is an excellent opportunity to speak with world-class privacy network developers who take matters seriously. This time includes a long running Q&A period, so stop by if you have any questions, cryptocurrency-related or not, for the i2p team.

15:15-16:30

How to Reach People in the Developing World

Zcash Foundation

The Zcash Foundation will be hosting a discussion on how to best reach those in the developing world. How can we give them the benefits of cryptocurrencies and share information with them? The station may continue past the allotted time.

15:15-16:15

Documentary - Code Rush

Code Rush is a 2000 documentary following the lives of a group of Netscape engineers in Silicon Valley. It covers Netscape's last year as an independent company, from their announcement of the Mozilla open source project until their acquisition by AOL. It particularly focuses on the last-minute rush to make the Mozilla source code ready for release by the deadline of March 31, 1998, and the impact on the engineers' lives and families as they attempt to save the company from ruin.
7.3/10 IMDB, 4.6/5 Amazon.

16:45-17:15

If You Like It, Then You Should Have Put a Ring Signature On It

Sarang Noether, Ph.D, Monero Research Lab

The past year has seen excellent research focused on achieving better functionality, privacy, and efficiency for spend obfuscation in digital assets like Monero. This includes CLSAG, DLSAG, Lelantus, Omniring, RingCT 3.0, and Spartan. What are these constructions, what are their tradeoffs, and what could they mean for Monero and other privacy-focused projects? This talk assumes no mathematical background and will be accessible to everyone.

17:15

Monero Plinko Giveaway

The Monero Talk show will be giving away prizes to participants of a free-to-play plinko board.

17:30-18:00

Film – Kung Fury

Kung Fury is a crowdfunded 2015 English-language Swedish martial arts action comedy short film written and directed by David Sandberg. It pays homage to 1980s martial arts and police action films.
8.0/10 IMDB, 4.7/5 Amazon.

10:00-11:00

Keynote Speech: Mass Surveillance, Mass Incarceration, and Militarized Police: We’re Creating a Dystopian Society

Jeremy Gillula, Tech Projects Director

Jeremy will be speaking about the EFF's past and ongoing efforts to encrypt the web.

11:00

Monero Plinko Giveaway

The Monero Talk show will be giving away prizes to participants of a free-to-play plinko board.

11:15-11:45

The Cost of Good Open-Source Software

Amir Montazery, Open Source Technology Improvement Fund (OSTIF)

Amir will explain a new and impactful approach toward more secure and efficient software. He will give an overview of OSTIF and how it came to be, and he will talk about going from an idea to an international coalition of individuals and organizations focused on improving critical open-source software. He will share OSTIF’s accomplishments and relationship with the Monero community. He will share some of the behind-the-scenes work that went into coordinating the security and functionality of Monero with bulletproof and RandomX audits.

11:45-13:30

OSTIF Station

Amir Montazery, Open Source Technology Improvement Fund (OSTIF)

Amir will answer questions about the Open Source Technology Improvement Fund (OSTIF), a nonprofit that help coordinate audits of open-source software and undertake other initiatives. OSTIF has helped Monero audit several important code implementations and build strong relationships within the cybersecurity space.

12:00-12:45

Monero is UGLY and DIFFICULT to use!

Diego “rehrar” Salazar

Diego will explain why Monero’s user experience needs improvement for wide adoption. He will introduce theories of good UI/UX, and he will explain how other open-source projects handle these challenges with limited resources. He will give recommendations to developers to create more accessible and friendly projects on the first pass with little additional effort, and how existing, large projects can further incorporate advanced techniques into their development plans.

13:00-13:30

What Happens when the Block Reward Runs Out? The Critical Role of the Minimum Block Reward (Tail Emission) in Monero.

Francisco “ArticMine” Cabañas, Member of the Monero Core Team

Francisco will provide an overview and review of blockchain scaling and fees in Monero. He will review the relationship between fees and the Cryptonote (now Monero) penalty with an emphasis on the impact of the block reward on fees. He will focus on rational miner behavior, and how this creates a fee market in Monero which is totally dependent upon the block reward. He will also consider the case of the block reward going to zero, how this limits the Satoshi fee market in Bitcoin and the critical differences between Monero and Bitcoin. In addition, he will consider the possible impacts of block rewards falling to zero on large block and adaptive block crypto-currencies.

13:30-15:00

Documentary – Nothing to Hide

An independent documentary dealing with surveillance and its acceptance by the general public through the "I have nothing to hide" argument.
7.4/10 IMDB

13:30-15:15

Core Team Meet and Greet

Meet Monero Core Team members and ask them questions about the Monero protocol.

13:30-15:15

Narratives of Privacy Discussion

Zcash Foundation

The Zcash Foundation will be running an interactive table where they ask people for their opinions on the best ways to explain the importance of privacy.

13:30-14:15

Hardware and Badge Demonstrations

Michael “msvb” Schloh von Bennewitz, Monero Hardware Workgroup

Learn about the latest Monero Hardware Workgroup developments and learn the cool functions that can be accomplished with the Monero badge. Badges are available for purchase throughout the event, but they go fast!

14:15-15:15

Cryptography Playtime Workshop

Sarang Noether, Ph.D, Monero Research Lab

Sarang will guide you through simply cryptographic constructions using Python. This is a great session to get started with the basics of cryptography. You can use a computer to follow along or follow the instructions in your own time.

15:15-16:15

Keynote Speech: Building a Secure, Open Smartphone

Todd Weaver, Founder and CEO of Purism

Todd Weaver will discuss the process, challenges, and successes in building the Purism Librem 5. The Librem 5 is based on PureOS and features as much open hardware as reasonably possible for the privacy conscious. Todd will share the importance of Monero software on Purism software and the shared goals between both projects.

16:15

Monero Plinko Giveaway

The Monero Talk show will be giving away prizes to participants of a free-to-play plinko board.

16:30-17:00

Improving Monero’s Release Schedule

Justin Ehrenhofer, Regulatory Compliance Analyst at DV Trading and Organizer of the Monero Community Workgroup

Monero has a biannual major release schedule, but it has been hit with setback after setback despite the best efforts of the community. Justin will discuss how borrowing small changes from other projects to work smarter, not harder, will improve Monero’s release schedule without compromising on centralization. Creating clear policies, procedures, and timelines, even if they are flexible, will improve Monero’s release process and encourage outside development efforts and allow important stakeholder feedback.

17:15-18:00

InfoSec v Hacker: The War for the Soul of a Technology

Allan Stevo, Chief of Staff at Kraken Exchange

As the cryptocurrency industry grows in prominence, bankers, consultants, and information security specialists have moved into the space that was once the territory of hackers, cypherpunks, and anarchists. This is a talk on the corporatization of Bitcoin, the obsessive horse race reporting on its price, and the battle lines that are today being drawn between where this technology will go and who will get it there.

This speaker will identify unmet needs in Bitcoin that bankers, consultants, and InfoSec can’t figure out. There is much work to be done and the people who can get us there are being chased from that field. If you’re creative and capable, come with your notebooks. This speaker will offer an insider’s view on a laundry list of problems that need solving.

DEF CON organizers this year issued a reminder: “DEF CON is a hacker con, not an InfoSec conference. Hackers are more focused on the joy of discovery, irreverence, novel if impractical approaches. InfoSec is more focused on enterprise, frameworks, and protecting the interests of share holders. There is great value in both types of content, but our con is a hacker con by design.” This promises to be a talk geared toward hackers.

18:00-18:15

Monero Party Announcement

Cinnamonflower and pwrcycle

Are you ready for the biggest Monero party yet, with over 20,000 square feet of space? Stop by to hear the details of the event that made news last year.

18:15-20:00

Monero Village “Warm-up” Party

18:30

Monero Plinko Giveaway

The Monero Talk show will be giving away prizes to participants of a free-to-play plinko board.

21:00-3:00

Monero Party at Chateau Nightclub at Paris Hotel

10:00-10:45

MimbleWimble, a Story of Blockchain Privacy

Gus Clarke and Leland Lee, Tari

Here we explore Mimblewimble, a blockchain construction for private transactions. How does it function and how do the three implementations in the wild differ?

10:45

Monero Plinko Giveaway

The Monero Talk show will be giving away prizes to participants of a free-to-play plinko board.

11:00-11:30

Handling broken cryptography and building a new one. Past, present, and future of Zcoin

Reuben Yap, COO of Zcoin

Zcoin launched with the Zerocoin protocol, which was riddled with critical security issues. Reuben will talk through the team’s response to these and its development and research journey.
He will share the most important lessons and what the Monero community can learn from their experiences.

11:30

Monero Plinko Giveaway

The Monero Talk show will be giving away prizes to participants of a free-to-play plinko board.

11:30-13:30

Zcoin Station

Zcoin team members will be present after their talk to answer questions about Zcoin, Lelantus, Sigma, Zerocoin, and other privacy-related questions.

11:45-12:30

Walking Through the High-Level Math Behind Bulletproofs, a Zero-Knowledge Proof

Cathie Yun, Software Engineer and Applied Cryptographer

Bulletproofs are important zero-knowledge proofs used in Monero to hide transaction amounts, but they can be used to prove other statements too. Cathie will walk through many of these applications and constructions. This talk will start at a basic level.

12:30-13:00

The Future of Accessible Mining

Kristy-Leigh Minehan, CTO of Core Scientific

Kristy-Leigh will discuss the importance of accessible mining in consumer applications and the work that she has done at Core Scientific. She will explain how Monero’s development of RandomX is the best chance yet at preserving consumer-device mining.

13:00

Monero Plinko Giveaway

The Monero Talk show will be giving away prizes to participants of a free-to-play plinko board.

13:30-14:00

Where We Go from Here: Closing Remarks and Game

Diego “rehrar” Salazar

Diego will recap the most exciting events of the Monero village. There will be a fun game for people to participate in at the end for prizes.