Trying to reboot the monthly meetup for the 2600 Magazine. You don't need to be a HackRVA member. Bring mysterious microcontrollers, locked safes, old telcom gear, and (of course) your copy of the latest edition, if you have it!
In light of HOPE 2018, it's unfortunately necessary to point out that fascists aren't welcome here and will be promptly removed. We look forward to a day where this doesn't need to be explicitly stated.
Guidelines for official meetings:
1) We meet in a public area. It's an inclusive event. There is no admission charge or dues of any sort. It's preferable to have meetings in as open a spot as possible rather than behind closed doors. This ensures that new people who don't know about the meetings will be drawn in. We have nothing to hide and we don't presume to judge who is worthy of attending and who is not. If law enforcement harasses us, it will backfire as it did at the infamous Washington DC meeting in 11/92. (You can find more information on this event in the Secret Service section of our web site.)
2) We act in a responsible manner. We don't do illegal things and we don't cause problems for the place we're meeting in. *Most* 2600 meetings are welcomed by the establishments we choose.
3) We meet on the first Friday of the month between 5 pm and 8 pm local time. While there will always be people who can't make this particular time, the same will hold true for *any* time or day chosen. By having all of the meetings on the same day, it makes it very easy to remember, opens up the possibility for inter-meeting communication, and really causes hell for the federal agencies who want to monitor everything we do. (A few meetings have slight variations on the meeting time - these are noted accordingly.)
4) While meetings are not limited to big cities, most of them take place in large metropolitan areas that are easily accessible. While it's convenient to have a meeting in your home town, we encourage people to go to meetings where they'll meet people from as wide an area as possible. So if there's a meeting within an hour or two of your town, go to that one rather than have two smaller meetings fairly close to each other. You always have the opportunity to get together with "home town hackers" any time you want.