At long last, another CodeCon

Posted 28 Jan 2009 at 22:00 UTC by Bram Share This

The much-anticipated next CodeCon has now been announced, and the Call For Presentations is out -

CodeCon 2009 April 17-19, 2009 San Francisco CA, USA

Call For Presentations

CodeCon is the premier showcase of cutting edge software development. It is an excellent opportunity for programmers to demonstrate their work and keep abreast of what's going on in their community.

All presentations must include working demonstrations, ideally accompanied by source code. Presentations must be done by one of the active developers of the code in question. We emphasize that demonstrations be of *working* code.

We hereby solicit papers and demonstrations.

* Papers and proposals due: February 15, 2009 * All Authors notified: March 1, 2009

Possible topics include, but are by no means restricted to:

* community-based web sites - forums, weblogs, personals * development tools - languages, debuggers, version control * file sharing systems - swarming distribution, distributed search * security products - mail encryption, intrusion detection, firewalls * malware analysis - detection, compensation, and mitigation of emerging threats


As a new feature this year, CodeCon will be presenting a Biohack! track. While we will continue our tradition of presenting only one talk at a time, a portion of one of the days' talks will be reserved for interesting biotechnology hacking projects. A key requirement for these presentations is ease of reproduction with minimal access to expensive laboratory equipment.

Example topics include:

* Purifying DNA using common household items * Developing genetically-modified bacteria in a kitchen laboratory * Using specially-designed software to assist in bioengineering * The use of simple bioengineering techniques to solve real-world problems.

Ideal Biohack! Track submissions will have a strong emphasis on the "hack" portion of the talk -- in the last few years, there has been a strong growth in the community of biology hackers; we aim to bring these hackers together to discuss their techniques for inexpensive, at home experimentation in biological engineering research.


Presentations will be 30 minutes long, with an additional 15 minutes allocated for Q&A. Overruns will be truncated.

Submission details:

Submissions are being accepted immediately. Acceptance dates are February 7th and March 1st. After the first acceptance date, submissions will be either accepted, rejected, or deferred to the second acceptance date.

The conference language is English.

The conference venue is open to all ages.

Ideally, technical demonstrations should be usable by attendees with 802.11b connected devices either via a web interface, or locally on Windows, UNIX-like, or MacOS platforms. Cross-platform applications are most desirable. Biohacking demonstrations should be viewable with a presenter-provided camera, or prepared movies for projection.

To submit, send mail to including the following information:

* Project name * Code track or Biohack! track * url of project home page * tagline - one sentence or less summing up what the project does * names of presenter(s) and urls of their home pages, if they have any * one-paragraph bios of presenters, optional, under 100 words each * project history, under 150 words * what makes the project novel -- how it differs from similar projects * what will be done in the project demo, under 200 words * slides to be shown during the presentation, if applicable * future plans

General Chairs: Jonathan Moore and Bram Cohen Program Chair: Jered Floyd and Len Sassaman

Program Committee:

* Jon Callas, PGP, USA * Bram Cohen, BitTorrent, USA * Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project, USA * Jered Floyd, Permabit, USA * Ben Laurie, Google, UK * Nick Mathewson, The Tor Project, USA * David Molnar, University of California, Berkeley, USA * Jonathan Moore, Mosuki, USA * Meredith L. Patterson, Osogato, USA * Andrew S. Peek, Integrated DNA Technologies, USA * Len Sassaman, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE

* Cliff Skolnick * Paul Syverson, Naval Research Laboratory, USA * [Others may be added]


If your organization is interested in sponsoring CodeCon, we would love to hear from you. In particular, we are looking for sponsors for social meals and parties on any of the three days of the conference, as well as sponsors of the conference as a whole and donors of door prizes. If you might be interested in sponsoring any of these aspects, please contact the conference organizers at

Press policy:

CodeCon provides a limited number of passes to qualifying press. Complimentary press passes will be evaluated on request. Everyone is welcome to pay the low registration fee to attend without an official press credential.


If you have questions about CodeCon, or would like to contact the organizers, please mail Please note this address is only for questions and administrative requests, and not for workshop presentation submissions.

thank you!, posted 1 Feb 2009 at 18:08 UTC by lkcl » (Master)

appreciate the notification, bram.

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