Frequently Asked Questions


About the group

Q: What is DEFCON?
A: DEFCON is the largest security convention in the world. DEFCON takes place every year in Las Vegas, NV. You can read more about DEFCON here.

Q: What is DEFCON Toronto?
A: Most big cities have a DEFCON group, and we are Toronto’s group. DEFCON Toronto (code named DC416) is a community of security enthusiasts. We meet on monthly basis to talk about security, hack to learn, learn to hack, and socialize.

About the meetups

Q: How often do you meet?
A: We meet every month. Sometimes we spontaneously meet for smaller, non-formal hacking sessions.

Q: Where can I find more information on upcoming meetups?
A: We publish our events on the meetup platform. Join DEFCON Toronto’s meetup page to find out more about our upcoming events.

Q: What is the focus of DEFCON Toronto when it comes to Security?
A: We have no specific focus. Our meetups usually discuss Web Applications, Reverse Engineering, Mobile Hacking, Automobile Hacking, IOT, and more.

Q: I’m a beginner, can I join DEFCON Toronto?
A: Yes. Our attendee’s come from every walk of life and profession. it doesn’t matter whether you’re a junior or a senior security professional, you will always learn something new in our meetups.

Q: Where do you usually meet?
A: We usually host our meetups at Pivotal Labs office. Pivotal Labs are kind enough to host us on a monthly basis.

Q: I have never attended a meetup before. Where can I find presentations from past meetups?
A: We have an archive page especially for that. There, you can find presentations, Capture The Flag images, useful links and tools.

Joining DEFCON Toronto

Q: How can I be a part of DC416?
A: First and foremost, join our meetup group. This way you will be able to RSVP to our events as soon as we publish them.
Secondly, We have a Slack channel where we discuss security on daily basis. We highly recommend you to join the community, engage in interesting conversations and contribute to the success of our group.

Q: How can I join the Slack channel?
A: Send us an email. We will send you an invite as soon as we can.

Contributing to DEFCON Toronto

Q: How can I contribute to the group?
A: Reach out to us via the Contact Form or send us an email.

Q: I would like to give a presentation on a project I’m currently working on, What do I need to do?
A: Kindly prepare your agenda send it by email. Presentation are usually up to 30-35 minutes long. More instructions will be communicated over email.

Partnering with DEFCON Toronto

Q: My company would like to partner with DEFCON Toronto, Who do we contact?
A: We would love to hear more about your company and how we can work together. Send us an email and allow us up to 24 hours to respond.

Contacting DEFCON Toronto securely

Q: How can I contact you?

A: You can use the website’s contact page or send us an email. to send us a message in a secure manner, you may find our GPG public key here

Code of conduct

We are dedicate to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. read our official code of conduct, it applies to all DEFCON Toronto spaces. offline and online.