WHAT, EXACTLY, IS SHMOOCON LABS?

The TL;DR version:

Learn and teach by getting your hands dirty putting together all of the pieces of a (hopefully) reliable conference network in (hopefully less than) 36 hours. We have networking/ security vendors (aka Labs Sponsors) bringing their latest and greatest gear and with your help we make everything contentedly work.

In other words:

Labs is a cool way to getting attendees help us build a very important part of every ShmooCon: the network that will have the bits flowing to the interwebs for speakers, contests, video streaming,  some vendors and mostly important the attendees.

We are a big happy family of 40 people or so (and yes, a family because a few Labs folks keep coming back no matter what we do to get rid of them).  On top of the (non-packet-switching) networking and possible job opportunities, there are some unofficial side events that some labs folks put together making this event even more than what you see here.  It’s fun!


DO YOU REALLY BUILD THE NETWORK FROM THE GROUND UP?

Well, we used to.  The past couple of years we noticed that people are no longer too interested in switching/routing and that slogging through that portion of the set up just delayed the rest of the fun. So, from 2016 onwards we are starting with some basic core wired network with DHCP/DNS and internet working.  Don’t think that’s going to make this any easier – there’s still A LOT to do.

As one can imagine, there is a lot of planning to do prior to arriving at the conference. In a planning mailing-list: staff, vendors and you discuss  network topology, configuration suggestions, and all the planning shenanigans.  This same mailing-list is also the place you’re going to finally get to confirm what technology you’ll be helping with.  We suggest that you pick something new to you, so you learn.  Trust us, if something is not working right and we need help with something you’re familiar with, you will be helping with that as well.

Once you show up at the Labs, you and your teammates are responsible for getting your area up and running.

The gear and technologies always vary a bit from year to year, but, the list usually goes as follows:

  • Systems (DHCP/DNS, etc.)
  • Cabling
  • Routing/Switching
  • Network Monitoring
  • Wireless
  • Wireless IDS/IPS
  • Firewalls
  • Log Management


OKAY, OKAY, I’M SOLD.   HOW DO I GET IN?

ATTENDEE

A few important things to note (aka: the RTFM):

  • You must already have a ShmooCon ticket in order to sign-up for ShmooCon Labs.
  • You will need to be at the venue on January 18th.  That’s Thursday, so plan accordingly.  We generally get things going around 8:00 AM.
  • You will need to pay an additional USD 50 fee.

So, now that you understand the rules and have already acquired your ticket, if you would like to be considered for ShmooCon Labs, please follow this link, and as Morpheus would say, find out how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

Usually we start accepting people after each round of ShmooCon ticket sales, but the final acceptance (or rejection of applications) won’t happen until after the final  round of ShmooCon ticket sales.  If you are accepted into the Labs, we will follow up with a payment link.  You’ll then get added to the ShmooCon Labs Attendees mailing-list and that’s when the fun starts.

Remember – the more you put into this, the more you will get out of it.  Ask questions, be involved.

VENDORS  

ShmooCon Labs provides a unique opportunity for vendors.  You’ll have the opportunity of showing how your equipment plays well with others in a relaxed yet fast-paced environment with a bunch of people who who will be learning about, hopefully like, and then recommend your product(s).

Labs Sponsorship has nothing to do with the regular ShmooCon Sponsorship opportunities, for that you’ll need to go here.  There is no monetary payment with Labs sponsorship.

If you are a vendor that would like to participate in ShmooCon Labs please send an email to shmooconlabs@shmoocon.org with the following information:

  • Company Name
  • Primary Contact Name
  • Name of your product offering and how you think it will compliment the ShmooCon network.

All vendors are expected to provide a product expert/engineer that is able to troubleshoot interoperability issues, possibly try new features in a real production environment as well as teach and promote your product.  That being said – this is a true labs environment, not a sales pitch.  We find that most engineers who attend have as much fun as at the attendees!

In addition to the hands-on exposure mentioned above, accepted vendors to ShmooCon Labs will receive the following:

  • Logo placement on the ShmooCon Labs badge and on Labs signage (banner outside door)
  • Logo placement on ShmooCon website and in the Labs portion of the program
  • Two ShmooCon Barcodes to attend the conference (one to be used by product expert/engineer)
  • Opportunity to place one approved item in ShmooCon Attendee swag bag

Vendor opportunities are limited.  Act now if you’d like to be considered.