Welcome to CypherCon 2025 CypherCon VIII CypherCon 8 CypherCon 2025

The conference for technologists hackers coders hackers creatives hackers curious

Wisconsin’s Largest Technology Conference, a Cybersecurity summit & Hacker event! Join over 1750 attendees! Something for everyone! This is what you’ve been looking for: 80 +/- Speakers covering topics for Offensive (Red Team) Defensive (Blue Team), a gathering place for Executives, and a relaxed casual place to start.

Returning: April 3/4, 2025

CypherCon 2025

Baird “Wisconsin” Center
400 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Main Entrance

2025 Dates/Times:

Apr 2 – Wednesday: BSidesMKE *separately ticketed
Apr 3 – Thursday: Doors open at 11:00AM (After Party 9pm – 1am)
Apr 4 – Friday: 10:00AM-5:00PM

Awesome podcasts

CypherCon Podcast

Hacker History

Frequently asked questions

What is CypherCon?

CypherCon is Wisconsin’s largest annual hacker conference based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with 2014’s 1750 attendees, 5 speaker tracks and approximately 88 presentations. Topics include Hacking, Information Security, Privacy, Cryptography, Forensics, and other Security oriented topics. We also have tracks that dive into AI, IoT, ICS, Blue Team, Career Development, Security Leadership, Risk and Compliance, and More!

When and where is CypherCon 8 (2025)?

April 3 & 4, 2025 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Baird “Wisconsin” Center

Why does CypherCon Exist?

The event aims to lead, convene, and connect local and neighboring hacker and information security friends for an open discussion on strong cryptography, become advocacy outlet for privacy, and strive for the betterment of education of the general public in a diligent, loyal, honest manner, and not knowingly be part of any illegal or improper activities. We will accomplish this by being the interchange of knowledge and ideas, advancing the industry forward, while never forgetting our cultural hacker past.

Years 1-5 has been about immediacy & living in this exact moment.

Years 6-10 is about different paths and choices one can make in life. The 2023 theme is underground singularity(AI asking over without humans noticing) The 2024 theme is Casino Heist. 2025’s theme is “Fate or No Fate” – What can we really control?

What is there to do at CypherCon?

The conference format allows for specialized areas called villages, interesting talks, informal discussions, socializing, challenges, contests, and competitions. Technology and hacking is the primary purpose of the con but recommend divination into other related topics. Some like hacking the badge, some like capture the flag, some like the presentation topics.

Frequently asked questions

What are the ticket types?

We offer three ticket:

  1. Digital ticket which includes our standard hardware/PCB badge.
  2. Analog ticket which is our plastic pass at a discounted price.
  3. The absurd choice, the Ultimate Extreme Badge for a higher price. This comes with tricks up it’s sleeve.

All badge types include attendance to all speakers and villages on Thursday & Friday. The difference between the analog pass and the digital badge is the interactive or art LED badge. The Ultimate Extreme Badge is always a rotating mystery.

I have my CypherCon tickets, now what?

You can pickup your badges and/or shirt or hoodies at “will call” at registration desk, beginning 11:15am on Thursday.

Are CypherCon tickets transferable?

Please contact us to confirm the transfer. Each ticket is picked up at will-call, transferred tickets may have to show an ID at the door to grant entry.

You may contact us to verify existing ticket status and switch names in our system up to 3 weeks prior to the event.