The Hacker Village concept originated with DEF CON as self-contained spaces for specific subject matter, such as lockpicking, cryptography, privacy, and Industrial Controls Systems. Many of these have now become non-profit educational organizations that operate year round, offering unique hands-on experiences and presentations. Several of these may be interesting to the savvy policymaker.

Adversary Village AdversaryVillag
Providing hands-on activities on adversary simulation, emulation, and purple teaming, and offering technical talks and workshops to further internal capacity building and real-world adversarial attack mindsets.

Adversary simulation, emulation, philosophy, tactics and purple teaming!

Aerospace Village SecureAerospace
Members of the security research community invite aviation industry leaders to work together toward safe, reliable, and trustworthy air travel.

The Aviation Village welcomes those who seek to improve aviation security, safety, and resilience through positive, productive collaboration among all ecosystem stakeholders.

AI Village aivillage_dc
From fundamental research to public policy positions, the AI Village seeks to build connections between the AI and security research communities.

We aspire to quell mounting discomfort and democratize the knowledge needed to capitalize on AI’s prodigious potential.

Biohacking Village dc_bhv
Featuring talks, as well as hands on labs for biohacking and medical device security research; creating a safe space for individuals across the healthcare ecosystem; leveraging the best technology has to offer, in the service of public health and wellness.

The non-profit Biohacking Village empowers the cybersecurity research, biomedical technology, DIY Bio, and Citizen Science communities for healthier tech and healthier people.

Blacks in Cybersecurity Village BlackInCyberCo1
Highlighting Black experiences, innovations in the field, Black culture, Black history as well as provide a platform for the discussion of social justice and its impact on the progression and development of technology.

Social Justice and The Black Experience in Technology.

Car Hacking Village carhackvillage
Security researchers work together with the automotive industry to improve the security - and safety - of modern vehicles.

Leveraging the vast amount of experience the security research community brings to the Village may increase the safety and security of vehicles on the road today and for generations to come.

Crypto and Privacy Village CryptoVillage
Bringing awareness and education about cryptography and privacy issues, with discussions from the latest technical techniques to public policy discussions.

At the Crypto & Privacy Village you can learn how to secure your own systems while also picking up some tips and tricks on how to break classical and modern encryption.

Ethics Village EthicsVillage
Studies the unique ethics posed by the emerging field of information security and hacking, drawing on medicine, law, and philosophy.

The DEFCON Ethics Village, is an ethics conference focused on fostering a discussion about ethics in the security domain.

Girls Hack Village girlshackvllg
Bringing together community members to further representation in the field with gender diverse perspectives, contributions and experiences facing women/girl hackers.

GirlsHackVillage seeks to highlight the female experience as researchers, hackers, engineers, and pentesters within the cybersecurity industry.

Hack the Sea hack_the_sea
Discussions and hands on learning about maritime security and the trillions of dollars of global commerce it supports.

Hack The Sea, [is] a three day mini-conference organized to challenge the infosec community to apply their skills, red and blue, to protect our maritime critical infrastructure and human lives at sea.

ICS Village ICS_Village
Equips industry and policymakers to better defend industrial equipment through experiential awareness, education, and training.

The ICS Village equips industry and policymakers to better defend industrial equipment through experiential awareness, education, and training.

Lockpick Village toool
One of the most hands-on experiences at DEF CON and offers a key insight into why security is a nuanced topic. Participants to learn to defeat the most prevalent physical security protections, often picking their first lock in under five minutes.

By exploring the faults and flaws in many popular lock designs, you can not only learn about the fun hobby of sport-picking, but also gain a much stronger knowledge about the best methods and practices for protecting your own property.

Misinformation Village MisinfoVillage
The Misinformation Village covers misinformation tactics, campaigns, defense, and mitigation.

Connecting the hacker community and governments that are making laws and policies that impact the security, privacy, and technology community.

As governments make policy decisions about tech, hackers need to be part of that conversation before the decisions are made, and not after policies are implemented.

Voting Village VotingVillageDC
Exploration of election security from technical and public policy perspectives.

The Voting Village ... will highlight the various aspects of election cybersecurity, including the technical components that make up our election infrastructure ranging from hardware, to software to databases.