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Who attends DHA? We are a diverse group of individuals who share the passion of curiosity. We like to learn; we like to teach; we like to listen; we like to talk. DHA started as loose group of hackers and security professionals around Dallas, but it has expanded into many other areas. There’s still a large contingency of security/privacy wonks, but we also have developers, entrepreneurs, managers, students, retirees, a few recruiters, and occasionally a Fed or two ;-)

What is DHA? DHA is a monthly Con in the Dallas area. We usually have about 2-hours worth of short firetalks from anyone that would like to speak on a topic for around 10-minutes or less. If you wish to give a talk longer than that, please notify someone on the mailing list and expect to go last. Our host, Family Karaoke, provides amazing audio/video for all your presentation needs. After everyone has had their say we'll do a quick “who’s hiring/who’s looking”. If you wish to give a talk about recruitment for your company, though, then come prepared to buy drinks/alcohol for everyone in attendance. Then, finally, it’s socializing until you feel like leaving.

All that sounds like any monthly meetup, so what makes it a Con? Well, we have a Capture-the-Flag (CTF) challenge every month, as well as a lockpick village. There’s also a room for entertaining the younger hackers, but don’t expect anyone to babysit for you.

When is DHA? We meet at 7PM on the 1st Wednesday of every month.

Where is DHA? We meet at Family Karaoke in Dallas. Check the current announcement for details or any changes.

Why DHA? The inspiration for this meetup was Austin Hackers Anonymous – AHA! There are now a number of HAs. SAHA (San Antonio), HAHA (Houston), as well as new groups in the Northwest and Northeast started by former members of DHA. HA the planet!

How can I participate? AHA! Has a strict participation requirement. If you don’t, then you’re booted from the group. At DHA we strongly encourage such engagement, but don’t enforce it. Honestly, if you don’t have anything interesting to share at least every couple of months, then are you really a hacker?

1) Show up
2) Talk to other members
3) Give a presentation
4) Post on the forum
5) Buy the leadership team a drink ;-)

Let’s hack!

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