WHAT, EXACTLY, IS SHMOOCON LABS?

ShmooCon Labs is our not so secret way of getting our attendees to help us build one of the core elements of every ShmooCon – the network.

Around 40 people come together the day before the con and in just over 36 hours stand up the system that supports ShmooCon Staff, the vendors, the speakers, those at home watching the live stream of all the talks and, of course, those attendees brave enough to connect to the open wifi.  You can either utilize your foo to make things happen, or you can learn something new, or both. It’s up to you.


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.

Prior to the event, you pick the group you want to work with.  We’ll put you on the mailing list where we talk about network topology, configuration suggestions, and all the planning shenanigans.  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  Full for 2017

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 12th.  That’s Thursday, so plan accordingly.  We generally get things going around 8:30 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 fill out this form.  Labs are full for 2017.

We will respond letting you know if you are accepted into the Labs (it does fill up quick) and follow-up at a later date with the 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  Full for 2017

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).

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 (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.