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We are in the process of updating all contest & event pages for 2021 – some of the information below may be outdated!

LayerOne is home to a number of events, including many contests to test your hacker mettle.

Lockpicking Village

The lockpicking village is a special area of the conference where attendees can learn about locks and how to open them. There will be mini-lectures and hands-on workshops throughout the weekend on various topics related to lockpicking, safecracking, and locksmithing. For more information see the Lockpicking Village page.

Hardware Hacking Village

The Hardware Hacking village is a special area where conference attendees can learn about electronics, soldering, and circuit design. Classes will be held throughout the weekend to teach you how to assemble the electronic L1 badge, get better at surface mount soldering, and how to design your own PCBs. For more information see the Hardware Hacking Village page.

Internet of Things (IoT) Village

The Internet of Things (IoT) village is a special area of the conference where attendees can learn about IoT devices and embedded security. This area is fully hands-on and attendees are encouraged to tinker with and hack devices! This year’s focus is on biomedical devices. For more information see the IoT Village page.

Demo Party

You’re given specific hardware with any number of restrictions – code size, available memory, processor speed. Your goal is to output audio and video that pushes the limits of what is considered possible with such limited hardware. More information available on the Demo Party page.

HAM Testing

Take your amateur HAM radio license tests at LayerOne! More information on the HAM Testing page.

Tamper-Evident Contest

Show off your tamper-evident hacking skills! Learn about tamper-evident physical security and integrity devices in this weekend-long contest. Full details on the Tamper-Evident Contest page.

Capture the Flag

Competitive hacking and penetration testing event that runs throughout LayerOne. No sign-ups or qualifications – play on-site and WIN. Full details on the Capture the Flag page.

The Intercept (Hardware CTF)

New for 2019! The Intercept is a hardware Capture the Flag (CTF) event focused on testing your skills in hardware hacking, anti-tamper technologies, programming, and more! Full details on the The Intercept page.

Hebocon Robot Battles

Crush your opponents. Hopefully. Build the best worst robot you can in this tour de force robot battle! Full details on the HeboCon Robot Battles page.

InfoSec Career Panel / Q&A

A town-hall style event where attendees can ask a panel of information security industry experts questions about their careers. What is a normal day for you? What are the best infosec job choices in the next few years? What certifications are worthwhile? Do you need a degree to find a good job? All this as well as audience questions; don’t miss it! Full details on the InfoSec Career Panel page.