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Become a speaker

Our 2025 Call for Presentations current status is OPEN. Meaning, We want you to submit something in 2024 for 2025 to share with our community. You get a free speaker badge! =) First time speaker? Awesome!!! Apply! Returning speaker? Awesome!! Apply! We close our call for speakers at the end of the year each year. Submit today!

CypherCon 8.0 (2025) seeks proposals on interesting content to make this an exciting event for our attendees and beyond by sharing recordings for those that are unable to attend. CypherCon encourages submissions on all types of topics but selection emphasis will direct towards hacker topics, 2025’s theme is ‘Fate or No Fate – What can we really control?’, we are seeking topics of various types. As always, We change our theme each year, CypherCon 9.0 (2026) will have a new theme and will be noted at the 2025 closing ceremony.

Call For Artists

The CypherCon 8.0 (2025) Call for Artists is OPEN! Interested in creating unique and creative pieces? Physical or Digital Art? Make Music? Create Video? We offer free artist badges for 2025. Contact us on how to get involved.

We are seeking all types of hacker related art. Grants available.

Become a Volunteer

Have you been to three or more CypherCon events and want to do more? A ton of effort goes on behind the scenes to ensure everyone has a great time. Give back & Enrich the Wisconsin hacker community by helping run the show and meet some amazingly talented locals! We need talent of all types! Help us fill in this blank canvas! Know how to code? Are you a writer? Want to be part of a village? Have an idea or project that CypherCon should take on? We are community. Tell us how you want to get involved in 2025!

If you have not been to a CypherCon. We recommend starting by getting involved in a specialty, perhaps 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! We are happy to give you an introduction.

Create a puzzle or cypher

You made it this far down the page. You must enjoy details. Maybe you enjoy codes and puzzle creation? Interested in filling in part of our blank canvas by sharing a “hacker related” puzzle with the community? We’d love to see what you have in mind and help you publish your content. We include hundreds of puzzles during, before, or even after the event!

Our most devoted attendees seek out a deeper layer of our annual hacker event. Right in the name of the conference is “Cypher” denoting “a secret or disguised way, of writing; encoding, of codes.” Since the birth of CypherCon there has been something deeper going on beyond the top layered glamour of our hacker culture full of art and music, the many social interactions and friendships, the presentations, the villages/security specializations, competitive and tricky contests. Found throughout the CypherCon events are various storylines of puzzles series revealing themselves in slightly disguised anomalies at every direction.

Those devoted attendees beg you to help us display your ingenuity in puzzles. Join us =) Contact us! We would love to incorporate your puzzles into our CypherForest in 2025!