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Chaos Communication Congress 2019

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Edit: If you don't write it down right away, it's gone. Sounds like a dream. Was 36c3 a dream? I'll try to put some of my thoughts on 36c3 onto paper into file.

For me it was the first time in Leipzig. Every time I've read or heard from somebody who went to congress in Leipzig for the first time there was always one thing everybody emphasised: It's big. It's huge. It's become an incredibly big event. The (space of) the venue (that was used) is really something else compared to Hamburg or even Berlin. This has been put into words often enough by now by people wo visited or took part in Leipzig before. So I'll skip this point.

But the spirit is largely the same it was in Hamburg. I felt mostly very welcome (as someone who is not a hacker, lacks especially useful computer skills and has no interesting project of any kind to present). I've met a bunch of new people and had some intersting conversations on a variety of topics from grassroot political initiative to vintage hardware in modern networks to automotive security to social issues to stickers and, of course, the community and congress itself. Nothing especially inspiring this time. But that was certainly my fault because I treated these few days off work as what it was supposed to be: holydays. No looking for projects to get involved, no pressure to use the short time as well as possible, not much angeling. (I got a shirt anyway.)

So, even if it's nothing but a short holiday for me and even though I tend to not contribute anything except for a few angel shifts it's such a great experience, an event with a unique atmosphere (similar to Camp) that would be nearly impossible to replace, that I will definitely try to attend again this year.

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Chaos Communication Camp 2019

If you don't know what the CCC camp is, I'm not going to try and explain it. You'll find introductions and it's history explained. (See the links below)

I wnet again this year. For me it's a rather expensive vacation. But it's worth it and I'd probably even do it if I didn't know where to get food until my next salary.

There are so many thoughts about this event. It's just such a unique and overwhelming experience. It feels good to see that the community is able to create such an overstimulating and incredibly welcoming world. It does feel like a different world, and I'm sad every time it is over. I thought I'd write at least a few entries about the event. But I find it hard to put into words what Camp is for me and what it feels like. So I guess I'll leave it at that for now.

  • Event Wiki: https://events.ccc.de/camp/2019/wiki/Main_Page
  • Wikipedia Article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaos_Communication_Camp
  • CCC event blog: https://events.ccc.de/category/camp/camp-2019/
  • Decumentary "All Creatures Welcome": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNj9Vll8E1Y
  • Hackaday Article: https://hackaday.com/2019/08/30/cccamp-5000-hackers-out-standing-in-their-field/
  • Flickr Picture Search: https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=CCCAMP19
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