A unique blend of security, artistry, and social networking in Cleveland
this coming April....I'm the keynote speaker, too.  Anyone wishing to
present, feel free to contact the organizers for further details.



Showcasing the talent of technical and creative people

Date : Friday April 23rd through Sunday April 25th, 2004
 Cleveland, Ohio, USA

 This CFP was updated 1/30/2004 to reflect changes in the CFP, in particular
the Artistic portions.

 Important Dates
Proposals Due: March 5, 2004
Notifications: March 26, 2004
Actual Conference: April 23 through April 25, 2004


Notacon is dedicated to exploring the interesting uses of computers and
technology, focusing on as much the technical aspects as well as the
philosophy and art that make up our modern culture. It is an attempt to
break the mold of the typical computer/network security convention by
combining all elements of our culture, including those that are not by their
nature technical at all. The aim is to move past the mechanics and into the
philosophy and beauty of technology while still keeping the event grounded
and relatively the same spirit and vein as other  events.

 Notacon will be held Friday, April 23rd, through Sunday, April 25th, 2004
at the Holiday Inn Select Cleveland - City Center Lakeshore, Ohio, located
near the waterfront in Downtown Cleveland. There will be three tracks of
          An artistic/creative track
         A technical track
         An impromptu track
 Events will run concurrently and constantly throughout the conference.
There will also be birds-of-a-feather gatherings announced at the conference
in line with the impromptu track. Presenters may also be interested to know
what we will provide in terms of support and also some of the perks that go
along with presenting

We intend to:
          Provide an innovative and relevant series of technical
          Provide a stimulating set of artistic/creative
          Find a middle ground between the two
          Provide a new voice for individuals who might not have had an
appropriate forum like this to present their work.
          Provide a forum for displaying both technical and artistic
achievements related to technology and computers.
          Provide a "party-like" atmosphere while still maintaining a true
community-like spirit of self-governance and moderation.

 Artistic Track

What we are looking for

We are looking for new, innovative and creative acts, presentations or works
of art for the conference. Specifically, works or pieces that either
incorporate technology in some way or make a statement about it. Anything
with a flare for cutting-edge look or feel, or for the avant-garde is
desired. You will be performing, showing and presenting alongside a series
of technical talks with topics ranging from computer and network security to
aspects of community in a technological culture.

 All presentations should be kept to a maximum of 50 minutes, strictly
enforced. If you feel you will need more time, please let us know when
submitting your proposal.

 All artistic entries will also be juried by a small panel of judges. Prizes
will be awarded to the most innovative and interesting works. Entries are
not limited to any particular medium, but certain sub categories may be
created if interest in one particular area becomes apparent.

 Artists are also welcome to sell any of their art works at the event and
will be assigned space to do so for free on a first-come, first serve basis.
Please indicate your desire to vend your pieces when submitting your entry

 Some examples of performances/showings/presentations include:
          Musical acts (Live PAs, DJs, computer generated music, etc.)
          Performance arts (dialogs, monologues, non-vocal performance art,
avant-garde, etc.)
          Non-traditional media
          Films (digital or traditional, documentary to computer-generated
          Discussions in regards to the co-mingling of technology and art
          The history of technology in art
          The absolutely, positively bizarre

 Artists and performer as encouraged, if appropriate, to also be prepared to
talk on their piece and how it fits into the bigger picture in regards to
the community present.

 These are just a small slice of what is desired. We are expecting the
unexpected, so please share with us your idea no matter how "out there" it
may be. The only constraints are those of the venue as well local, regional
and federal laws. We also ask artists for avoid excessive profanity and
obscenity as there may be visitors to the conference under 18 years of age.
The organizers really would hate the see their party shut down.

 How To Submit

All entries should be sent to [EMAIL PROTECTED] Everyone submitting
should include at least one page on how they feel their work can be
incorporated into the whole that is this conference. Please include your
real name as well as an email address by which you can be contacted. This is
in addition to a background on yourself, as well as discography, performance
resume, etc. where appropriate.

 Be prepared to be able to give a brief presentation on their work and be
prepared to take questions and answers.

 Musicians: Please send email either with a URL containing your material in
MP3 or OGG format or to get a mailing address where you can send a CD.

 Performers : Please send email either with a URL containing your material
in MPG, WMV or QuickTime format or to get a mailing address where you can
send a VHS tape, VCD or DVD with your material may send in video.

 Medium artists : Please send a URL to photographs (digital). Real
photographs may be submitted to the committee, please email for further

 All of the above information should be sent in a single email to
[EMAIL PROTECTED] If you need to submit anything non-electronically,
email us and request a mailing address or arrange some means of getting the
material to us.

 If your presentation involves any medium which could in any way damage the
venue, you must let us know what preventative measures we can take together
to prevent this damage. We will not accept presentations or art pieces that
include any of the following:
          Volatile, dangerous or otherwise hazardous chemicals
          Flames, fire or explosives
          Bodily fluids
          Obscenity or undue vulgarity
          Any illegal drug
          Anything else deemed illegal or unduly dangerous

 Obviously, films and music are exempted from most of these descriptions.
Film makers, though, are encouraged to avoid subjects involving nudity as
members of the audience may be under the age of 18. Likewise, we will
discourage pieces that are extraordinarily heavy or immobile such that
housing the exhibit would put undue strain on the organizers.

 However, pieces may deal with all but one of these subjects (the exception
being obscenity) and artists are welcome to discuss or make comment on them
through their art.

 Technical Track

We welcome proposals for talks or presentations on a wide range of topics.
Presentations will be 50 minutes long each, strictly enforced. Sample topics
include, but are not limited to:
          Network Security Infrastructure
          Systems Security Penetration
          New Security Technologies
          Code / Programming Security
          Novel Uses of Technologies
          Applications of Technology in the Realms of Art and Music
          Technology/Computer/Hacker Culture and History
          Interesting and Fun Uses of Technology (wardriving, geocaching,
          Radio (Lower power FM, Amateur)
          Robotics / Battlebots
          Advanced Graphics / Demo scene
          Good introductory talks
          Community based technical cooperatives or consortium
          Scholarly analysis of technology
          The Absolutely, positively bizarre

 How to Submit

If you are interested in presenting at Notacon, please send an email to
[EMAIL PROTECTED] Please include:
          Your REAL name and any handle you want to be known or referred to
as. Please let us know if you would only publicly like to be referred to by
your handle.
          A brief (1 to 3 paragraph) biography as it pertains to your
          Brief description / abstract of what you would like to talk
          An email address you can be contacted at.
 As stated previously, we will notify you by March 26th in regards to
whether or not your presentation has been accepted.

 Impromptu Track

The impromptu track will be exactly what it sounds like -- impromptu.
Nothing will be pre-planned for this track. There will be a sign-up
available at the conference. Feel free to sign up to talk about any topic
you feel would be interesting to other conference attendees. This track is
open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. Although conference
organizers reserve the right to veto impromptu track suggestions, we will be
very lenient and hope to let this track evolve into whatever the conference
attendees would make it.

 What We Will Provide For Presentations

Anyone chosen to participate as a presenter or artist at this conference
must be prepared to provide Audio/Video equipment if the we at the
conference venue and are not planning on already providing it.

 We intend on providing, at a minimum the following:
          DVD and CD player
          LCD projector
          Projection screen or sheet
          Whiteboard and markers or other appropriate writing surface
          Microphone and line-in as well as small PA system
          The ability to lock up all art in the evenings to prevent theft.
(However, the organizers of the conference will not accept responsibility
should something happen. You will be required to sign a waiver.)

 Admission and "extras" for individual speakers, artists and performers

Individual speakers, artists and performers will be given complementary
admission to the conference and one reduced priced admission for one
companion. Admissions for groups/brands will be considered on an individual

 Please remember that there will be many other exciting events taking place
and encourage everyone to stay with us the weekend to join in the
festivities. Games with prizes, contests, movies, live music, etc. will be
available throughout the weekend at no additional charge. Perhaps the best
"extra" will be opportunities to mingle with other attendees. Anyone into
social networking and/or community building is encouraged to stay out of
their hotel rooms! Likewise, discounts and coupons will be available for
attractions in and around the Cleveland area. There will also be a con
network so feel free to bring computers, demos, etc.

 Speakers and presenters will also be given badges different from regularly
attendees to denote them as valued members of our little gathering.


Registration will be on Friday evening at the front desk. Speakers and
presenters should bring their confirmation numbers with them for quick

 All talks/presentations/performances will be audio and/or videotaped as
appropriate and as funding permits. Anyone that does not wish for their
presentation to be recorded must let the organizers know at least one week
prior to the beginning of the event. A presenter's willingness or
unwillingness to have his or her presentation recorded will not affect the
choice of the committee for deciding what presentations are selected.

 Presenters must furnish their own laptops.


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