Our next annual CypherCon will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Convention Center in Spring 2021. To be successful we need help! We are now seeking volunteers of all various backgrounds!


Looking to get your brand out there? We offer extremely limited sponsor booths and recognize local companies in our community. We are seeking companies interested in sponsoring CypherCon and help create an amazing learning and socializing experiences here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. CypherCon seeks hands-on activities beyond funding as well as interesting recommendations for our attendees. Please contact Michael Goetzman for sponsorship discussions and general information on how you can participate.


Our 2021 Call for Presentations is “Semi-Open”. Meaning, Lots of our previously accepted 2020 speakers will be speaking at CypherCon 5.1, however some new speakers will be announced.

CypherCon 5.1 (2021) seeks proposals on interesting content to make this an exciting event for our attendees and documented for those that are unable to attend. CypherCon encourages submissions on all types of topics but selection emphasis will direct towards hacker topics, 2021’s theme is ‘glitch’, we are seeking topics of paradigm shifts in our industry. CypherCon 6.0 (2022) will have a new theme and will be noted at the 2021 closing ceremony.

Note the blind selection committee tends not to select social engineering or other ‘soft topics’ unless you break a paradigm. If you have a passion for discovering and disclosing how things technically work/break and enjoy sharing that knowledge with the community, you have that hacker spirit we are looking for!

Provide enough information so it is clear on why attendees would find your topic interesting, fresh, and relevant. Also include a brief biography on yourself. Most speaker/panel sessions are allotted 25 or 55 minutes not including Q/A. Q/A will follow on the remaining time or off stage afterwards.

All types of presentations are considered and encouraged for submission, from solo talks, group talks, demonstrations, and/or announcements on something exciting.


The CypherCon 5.1 (2021) Call for Artists is always open! Interested in creating unique pieces? Art? Music? Video? New for 2021, we will be offering all contributing artists and content providers access to a special VIP artists cocktail social. Contact us on how to get involved.

We are seeking all types of hacker related art. Grants available. Please contact Michael Goetzman for ideas & funding information.


A lot goes on behind the scenes. Enrich the Wisconsin hacker community by helping run the show and meet some amazingly talented locals!

We recommend you get involved with a village! Into lock-picking, AI, or bio-hacking? There is a place for you! Into hardware and firmware? also a place for you! Ask us where you can get involved!

But…Sometimes we need volunteers with interesting skillsets, particularly in the following areas:

  • Writers – Are you a story maker? Our puzzles need a story. We need words in orders that make sense! Help us with your magical abilities!
  • Art/Graphics – Can you turn pixels into master pieces? We could use your wizard powers!
  • Video – We would love to play around with video, can you film/edit for us?
  • Puzzles – You enjoy solving puzzles, but do you enjoy creating them?
  • Information Gurus/Setup/Takedown – Provide orientation and information to fellow attendees, as well as disseminate vital schedule and event updates. Keep an eye on things, make sure it flows smoothly! We need muscles and brains, whether it be stringing cables, loading and unloading heavy equipment, setting up lighting, hauling audio and video equipment, or smiling faces. We could use some help!


Interested in sharing a hacker related puzzle with the community? We’d love to see what you created and publish it before, during, or even after the event! Contact us! We would love to incorporate your puzzles into the event!

New for 2021: Puzzle creators will gain entry to a special VIP puzzlers cocktail social. Interested? Contact us.


Please contact us, we are friendly.


Call for More! CypherCon invites any radical idea that might find it’s way into the Wisconsin Hacker conference. Art, music, movies, or some crazy cool idea? Want to host a new village? Do you have unique content that doesn’t seem to fit into any of the other categories? Please contact Michael Goetzman and he’ll point you in the right directions.