Where and when will HOPE 2020 happen?
At St. John's University in Queens, New York City, July 31-August 2, 2020.
Is it necessary to buy a ticket in advance?
It's highly recommended, both for your convenience and so that we can anticipate total attendance. There's lots of space at St. John's for all kinds of HOPE-related activity, but we don't want to overwhelm our volunteers with too many people, so it's possible that we'll close off preregistration at some point. That's why having your ticket early is a good idea if you know you want to attend.
Is it safe to buy a ticket online?
The 2600 store, hosted by Shopify, is at least as safe as any other online vendor. We've been operating our store since 1999 and have kept customer data secure throughout that period while also maintaining one of the highest ratings of customer satisfaction. Contrary to the myths perpetuated by the mass media, hackers are the ones who know about the security flaws and will take steps to protect customers.
Can I buy a ticket with bitcoins?
Yes! HOPE became the first conference in America to accept bitcoins back in 2014. You can pay for your preregistration using Bitcoin, Ethereum, PayPal, and all major credit cards at the 2600 store.
Will there be Internet access at HOPE?
In a word, yes! We started a neat little tradition at HOPE X back in 2014 when we attained the fastest Internet connection in the history of American hacker conferences (10 gigabit). Our new venue allows us to push that to 30 gigabit, with the potential to go even higher. We will have an epic wireless network and there will also be switches available for wired connections. We want to hear your ideas on how we can use as much bandwidth as possible!
My editor is sending me to cover HOPE. How do I get press credentials?
There is a tremendous amount of competition for press credentials at HOPE and we simply can't accommodate all of the requests. It's probably much easier for your organization to pay the small fee and send you as an attendee. You will have the same amount of access and you will be guaranteed entry. If you want to be considered for a press pass (and again, they are VERY limited in number) or if you're from a major news organization and plan on having a large crew covering the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will consider your request.
Are you on Twitter?
Yes, please follow @hopeconf.
What is the age limit?
HOPE has no age limit. We hope to have areas and activities designed for children. Kids who are small enough not to take up a seat are admitted free. You must be 18 to book a room at St. John's or at any hotel in the area.
Will there be people at the conference who can teach me to hack?
Yes! Or, more accurately, they will help teach you to think with a hacker mindset. The conference will be a supportive learning environment where you can get hands-on experience with different hardware and software tools and their associated skill sets. There will be keynotes, tutorials, competitions, and hands-on classes. You, too, can help to teach! Bring your own experiments and experiences, and consider providing your own knowledge to participants in discussions, tutorials, and other sessions.
What exactly is a hacker?
A hacker is someone who is curious and creative, and seeks to understand how things work, especially complicated systems. Many hackers use technology to perform their investigations, and enjoy sharing information about their findings with other people. Often, hackers are willing to exceed boundaries of expected behavior, to better understand systems they are interested in.