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WHO:

Attendees are members of the American military cyber community and those interested in it. MCPA members attend for FREE. All others must pay. Join MCPA here.

WHAT:

HammerCon 2020 is the First National Convention of the MCPA. Over the course of one day, there are multiple tracks and sessions covering topics including techniques, new solutions, legislation, research, and even a CTF. Find more details here.

WHERE:

Capitol Technology University, close to Fort Meade, Maryland. Venue details below.

WHEN:

Tuesday 23 June 2020, all day. See agenda page for details.

WHY:

Assemble the military cyber community for learning, networking, and having a great time together in a safe environment where they will not be exploited. This effort is an investment in the team that is protecting our nation in and through cyberspace.

HammerCon FAQs

Why is the MCPA convention called "HammerCon"?

HammerCon got its name since the "Order of Thor" medal is how we recognize excellence and special contributions in/to the military cyber community, and Thor wields a hammer. The hammer is like cyberspace in that it can serve as a tool with the power to build and also a weapon with the power to destroy.

Why are MCPA members able to attend for free? Why exclude others?

MCPA members are able to attend for free as a demonstration of our loyalty to this community and to fulfill our mission of developing it. Joining the MCPA is actually free for certain classes of applicants (including USG employees and honorably discharged veterans), but it does take some effort to fill out the application form and verification steps. We welcome other non-member attendees to purchase tickets, just like attendees purchase tickets for any other type of convention.

Is anyone allowed to attend?

No. In accordance with our mission, this is a convention for American military cyber professionals, the broader American military cyber community, and those interested in supporting the development of those professionals. All attendee ticket purchases are subject to review and revocation.

Why are you holding this convention by Fort Meade?

Fort Meade is home to the bulk of American military cyber professionals and we want to ensure we are catering to the needs of that specific community. It will be much less expensive in money and time for those personnel to attend this event than most other cyber-related events.

Why are you holding this convention on 23 June?

23 June 2020 is the anniversary of the Secretary of Defense directing USCYBERCOM be established (what some people have called USCYBERCOM's unofficial birthday). Read that memo here. We wanted to hold this event on a date of significance for this Command which leads the American military cyber community (whom we are dedicated to support). We also wanted it to be during summer break to allow this to be hosted at an appropriate academic institution like Capitol Technology University to ensure the educational intent of this effort is very clear.

What are the details about the scholarship?

We are planning to use the funds raised from HammerCon to support a scholarship. Initial criteria for the recipient include being the child of a MCPA member and studying a STEM related field at the college level. Additional details will be published soon.

Who will be speaking and attending?

We plan to have speakers and attendees from across the growing military cyber community of interest. That includes those firmly within the military cyber community (like various cyber units and offices across the Department of Defense), their stakeholders (like the wider defense community), and those who have a vested interest in their success (like those in Congress, industry, and academia). More specifically, we plan to have numerous senior leaders (as well as personnel from all echelons) from USCYBERCOM, NSA, the Pentagon, and beyond.

Is there a message encoded in the event logo?

Yes. It is the first step in a small adventure that culminates with a reward.

Exhibitors

We are welcoming a limited number of exhibitors that can provide information useful to American military cyber professionals. These exhibitors include military units, government offices, schools, industry, and/or nonprofits. If interested in exhibiting, contact christine@milcyber.org. Expected exhibitors include these organizations:

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Venue

HammerCon 2020 will take place at Capitol Technology University in Laurel, Maryland. We selected this location since it is close to Fort Meade, is a great partner of numerous USG entities, and has a long history of higher education very focused on STEM.