May 19, 2020 --- HOPE 2020 will be an online event

HOPE 2020 will take place online from July 25 through August 2, 2020. Hackers from around the world will convene virtually for nine days of online presentations, workshops, collaboration and entertainment.

Health risks in 2020 make large gatherings and travel impractical for attendees. Simultaneously, there is tremendous need for the creativity and skill that hackers offer. HOPE 2020 will showcase the efforts hackers are making to seek solutions to today's biggest challenges.

Shifting to an entirely online format means HOPE attendees from around the world will convene from wherever they are to experience the same types of great content that HOPE is known for. This is a different way of doing things, and the HOPE community will be there to help presenters do a good job.

The conference will consist of scheduled sessions across the nine days. Talks, workshops, panels, keynotes, performances and more will be livestreamed on the Internet. Conference attendees will have the opportunity for live online interaction with presenters and with each other.

Email your talk proposal to Email your workshop proposal to Include a proposed title, an abstract, and a short bio for each speaker. Provide enough information so it is clear why HOPE attendees would find your topic interesting, new, and relevant. Make it clear why YOU are the right person or people to give this presentation. Most speaker/panel sessions will be allotted 40 minutes for the session, and then 10 minutes for live Q&A. Workshops can be allotted as much time as you feel is necessary. Speakers will record their own sessions in advance, and then attend the live discussion afterwards. Workshops are encouraged to be live, but it is fine to have pre-recorded portions.

All types of presentations are encouraged, from solo talks to panels, debates, workshops, demonstrations, and interactive discussions. Presenters must consider the viability of their session for an entirely online and pre-recorded presentation method. Some sessions will be entirely live.

Submissions should highlight their relevance to hacking. They should be original, and not previously presented. We encourage presenters from all age groups and backgrounds.

HOPE is an inclusive event, seeking civil discourse and education on all topics related to the hacker world. HOPE encourages all approaches and interpretations to hacking, presented by hackers, makers, developers, teachers, learners, and experimenters. If you have a passion for discovering how things work and sharing that knowledge, you have the hacker spirit.

Some topics from past HOPE events, and new topics of interest, include:

April 21, 2020 --- How Hackers are Helping Address the COVID-19 Coronavirus

The unprecedented health threats and global response to the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted everyone. Many hackers, makers, educators, and others have put their skills to use by contributing to solutions to a wide range of challenges.

These contributions are the essence of the hacker spirit: People using their skills, intelligence and energy to help other people. Hackers are helping by designing, making and distributing much-needed medical supplies. They are helping by creating communication forums, informative websites, software, and safe entertainment. They are helping by fighting disinformation, and doing research and experimentation to investigate solutions and mitigations.

We created a wiki page where we have collected links to some of the projects, products, groups, and activities that highlight how hackers are helping.

March 19, 2020 -- HOPE 2020 COVID-19 Update

You've probably received many emails concerning COVID-19 and how it's changing everyone's plans. Right now the most important thing is for you to be safe and to take the necessary precautions to ensure the situation doesn't get any worse. Check the advice on sites like and and please encourage others to.

This is something we're all in together. We'll need to support one another and be creative, both in person and online. This is something we believe the hacker community can excel in. And when this is over, we hope we all become stronger and never take for granted the little things that really matter.

We are continuing to work on organizing the HOPE conference in as safe a manner as possible. The next couple of months will be key in deciding its future. For now, we feel it's best for us to keep planning and hope for the best. We will keep you updated every step of the way and continue to send progress reports. At this point in time, we all need things to look forward to.

If you were planning on submitting a proposal for a talk or workshop, go ahead and send the best proposal you can come up with. There are no health risks in dreaming big. Keep your fingers crossed and join us in wishing for a truly joyous occasion after we get past all of this.

The HOPE Staff

Feb 4, 2020 -- HOPE 2020 Call For Participation - Workshops!

Submissions are now open for workshops, in addition to speakers and more, at HOPE 2020. Our 13th conference will take place at St. John's University in Queens, New York City from July 31st through August 2nd, 2020.

You can find more details about this on our workshops page.

Jan 26, 2020 -- Announcing discount hotel options for HOPE 2020

We are pleased to share news about two off-campus hotels for HOPE 2020, both in close proximity to the conference.

Conference rates are now available at two area hotels: The Fairfield Inn and Suites for $159/night and the Courtyard Marriott for $169/night, plus tax and fees. (The two hotels are right next door to each other.)

Both hotels are in the Fresh Meadows area of Queens, about a five minute ride from St. John's. Use:

to make a reservation at either location. We are planning a shuttle between the hotels and the conference.

Cost-effective campus housing options are also available for attendees. Visit for more information.

Tickets for HOPE are now on sale at:

HOPE 2020, July 31-August 2, 2020, St. John's University, Queens, New York City

Jan 16, 2020 -- HOPE 2020 Call For Speakers Now Open!

You can now submit your ideas for talk/panel submissions for our 13th HOPE conference, to be held at St. John's University, Queens, New York City from July 31st to August 2nd, 2020.

You can find more details about this on our speakers page.

Jan 15, 2020 -- HOPE 2020 Onsite Housing Options

As promised, we have info on housing for St. John's University during this year's HOPE conference. This is an ideal solution for those who want really affordable accommodations and the convenience of staying right where the conference is being held. If this is something you're interested in, click .

We also understand that others would prefer to stay in a nearby hotel. We're currently working out details for that option and expect to have specific information next week.

At the moment, the St. John's housing system isn't set up to take payment info, but you can register now and someone will contact you for those details later. For any questions, comments, or concerns regarding your registration and housing submission form, please feel free to reach out to or phone (718) 990-8038.

HOPE 2020 will be held from July 31st to August 2nd, 2020 at St. John's University in Queens, New York City. Tickets are currently available at .

Jan 13, 2020 -- HOPE Ticket Sales Open! Some Important Reminders

Ticket sales to HOPE 2020 officially opened today. The response has been great so far and a lot of people seem really excited by the new venue and all of the possibilities ahead of us. You can get tickets at .

Some important dates ahead:

Wednesday, January 15 - we will have info on housing options onsite at our new venue.

Thursday, January 16 - speaker submissions will officially open.

Next week - offsite hotel options will start being announced.

Other calls for participation will be going out in the days and weeks ahead. Remember, this event is defined by our attendees. Almost anything is possible, as we have more freedom and flexibility than ever before, so this can be a truly historic hacker event unlike any seen before.

HOPE 2020 will take place at St. John's University in Queens, New York City from July 31st to August 2nd, 2020.