Hacker Clothing Drive at DEF CON 25

Making an impact on Las Vegas

Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th 2017

What's this all about?

As we begin packing our bags for Hacker summercamp and get ready to see all of our virtual friends in person, I have one quick favor to ask: If you are heading to DEF CON, please pack one extra piece of clothing.

Why, you ask? Well, when you venture out of Caesars Palace during the conference, you will notice that there are many people on the street who are less fortunate and struggling. And while at times it may seemt that there are a lot of people on the strip in need of assistance, it is only a small fraction of those that need help. I think that as a community, we can accomplish incredible things. We do more than just break things or get our lulz. We are creators. We are innovaters. We are makers. And we are doers. I firmly believe that we can create positive change in every community that we come in contact with. So as we descend upon Las Vegas this year, let's do a little something for the community that has been hosting us for 25 years.

With that in mind, I have decided to organize a clothing drive to benefit Las Vegas homeless and domestic violence shelters. I've reached out to a few local shelters, and am making arrangements to have our donations delivered to them so they can distribute the clothes to those who need them.
As of right now, I am coordinating with:

  • Las Vegas Rescue Mission - Providing hope and change to the homeless, addicted, and others in need.
  • The Shade Tree - A shelter for abused women and children.

Sounds great! How do I help?

There are a number of ways you can help! ^_^ Since this is a clothing drive, we're mostly going to need people to bring clothes! Thus, if you have the room in your suitcase, please bring some new or gently used clothing that you would be willing to donate to the cause.

Or if you fancy yourself a strong lad or gal who can carry a fully loaded server rack around the datacenter without breaking a sweat, your assistance in transporting the clothes to the shelters on Saturday would be GREATLY appreciated.

If you would like to assist with logistics or have any questions, please reach out to me via Twitter.

The Details

We are very grateful to Def Con for providing us with space in various areas of the conference floor to setup our donation boxes.

What are we doing
Collecting clothing donations to benefit the victims of domestic violence and the homeless in Las Vegas.
What do we Need
Gently used or new clothing of all sizes for men, women, and children.
  • Packages of new undergarments socks are greatly appreciated and needed
  • Bonus points for profession clothing to assist with job interviews
  • When are we collecting
    Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th 2017
  • We are coordinating drop-off with the shelters at about 4:00pm on Saturday afternoon.
  • Where are we collecting
    Various locations throughout the DEF CON 25 conference floor. (Exact locations coming soon)
  • Contest Area
  • Chillout Room (Emperors Level)
  • Crypto & Privacy Village
  • Once we finish designing and building the boxes this weekend, we will post pictures right here so you know what to look for. They are going to be pretty sweet, if I do say so myself. Since it is DEF CON, there will probably be some LEDs.. maybe even some wireless. Who knows!!


    A huge THANK YOU to everybody that is making this clothing drive possible! No matter how big or small your contribution (even if it is just visiting the webpage and making note of it), I am incredibly grateful to everybody that is hleping out. However, I would be remiss if I didn't say thanks to a few key people.

  • The Dark Tangent, for your support of this initiative, putting me in contact with the right people, and throwing an awesome con!
  • Grifter, for your support of this initiative and providing key locations within the con to place the bins!
  • DEF CON for putting on a conference that draws so many brilliant and talented people.
  • The /r/DEFCON community for helping spark the idea and letting my play event organizer every year
  • DarkNet Agents... You know who you are and what you've done. Remain vigilant.
  • Petri and The Crypto and Privacy Village for providing valuable floor space and being awesome to work with year after year.
  • And last, but certainly not least, my amazing partner-in-crime and girlfriend (she hasn't chosen a cool hacker handle yet). Thank you for encouraging me, inspiring me, and loving me!