What we're about

Who attends DHA? Hackers, makers, breakers, red team, blue team, purple team, developers, entrepreneurs, managers, students, retirees, recruiters, and occasionally a Fed or two ;-)

What is DHA? DHA is a monthly Con in Dallas. We typically have about 2-hours worth of short firetalks from anyone that would like to speak on a topic for around 10-minutes or less. No vendor or recruiter talks! There will be a “who’s hiring/who’s looking” at the end of the meeting. 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 an organized locksport. 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, though, 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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Prerequisite: Be fully vaccinated. If you attend and we later find out you lied it's a lifetime ban. Don't do it.

Based on current CDC guidelines and local conditions (https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/covid-19/assets/modeling.pdf) masking will be HIGHLY encouraged, but it will not be enforced.
NOTE: We will continue to monitor the situation and update requirements if necessary.

At DHA, we do not solicit vendors or speakers to present. This is a community driven event and you get out of it what you put into it. So what will you talk about this month?

Firetalks: No more than 10-minute presentations with up to 5-minutes of Q&A. Sign-up sheet near POS stand (stage right). Slides and display should be set for 1080p resolution.

CTF: Come out to learn and showcase your hacking skills.

Locksport: Picks and locks to learn/practice on are provided, or bring your own.

If you just want to eat and drink while watching us make fools of ourselves, entry is free and Family Karaoke has a great menu.

0) Be vaccinated or don't come.

  1. Don't hack the venue!
  2. Don't hack other attendees without consent.
  3. Don't enter any customer occupied rooms (even if you're invited).
  4. Don't talk about anything illegal.
  5. Don't smoke inside the venue (vape respectfully).
  6. Do tip well.
  7. Do participate.
  8. Do have fun!


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