• About Kernelcon

    Kernelcon is the result of many motivated information security professionals who recognized the opportunity to create an awesome security conference in Omaha. The idea for Kernelcon started within the local DEF CON Group, DC402, with lots of help from other members of other local security groups such as NebraskaCERT and OWASP. We are inspired by many other conferences including DEF CON, DerbyCon, ShmooCon, etc., and wanted to bring those same experiences to the Mid-West here in Omaha.

    Our goal is to make Omaha an annual destination for security professionals around the world that want to have a unique conference experience.

    We hope you enjoy the conference as much as we did planning it.

  • Code of Conduct

    Kernelcon provides a forum for open discussion between participants, where radical viewpoints are welcome and a high degree of skepticism is expected. However, insulting or harassing other participants is unacceptable. We want Kernelcon to be a safe and productive environment for everyone. It's not about what you look like but what's in your mind and how you present yourself that counts at Kernelcon.

    We do not condone harassment against any participant, for any reason. Harassment includes deliberate intimidation and targeting individuals in a manner that makes them feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or afraid.

    Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. We reserve the right to respond to harassment in the manner we deem appropriate, including but not limited to expulsion without refund and referral to the relevant authorities.

    This Code of Conduct applies to everyone participating at Kernelcon - from attendees and exhibitors to speakers, press, volunteers, and Kernelcon Crew.

    Anyone can report harassment. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, you can contact a Kernelcon Crew member, go to the registration desk, or info booth.

    Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel security, local law enforcement, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of Kernelcon.

    Remember: The CON is what you make of it, and as a community we can create a great experience for everyone.

  • Organizing Committee

    Aaron Gunning
    Aaron Gunning
    Logistics Chair
    Adam Schaal
    Adam Schaal
    General Chair
    Dan Browder
    Dan Browder
    Resume And Print Chair
    Heather Lawrence
    Heather Lawrence
    Marketing Chair
    Jason Lehr
    Jason Lehr
    Vice General Chair
    Jeremiah Hoferer
    Jeremiah Hoferer
    Electronic Badge
    Justin Williams
    Justin Williams
    Chillout Village Chair
    Sarah Noles
    Sarah Noles
    Speaker Liason
    SecurityShrimp
    SecurityShrimp
    WiFi Fox and Hound Organizer
    Tim Vidas
    Tim Vidas
    Program Chair
    Trent Williams
    Trent Williams
    Communications Chair
    Tyler Rosonke
    Tyler Rosonke
    Electronic Badge
    Wacey Lanier
    Wacey Lanier
    Volunteer Coordination Chair
  • A Yes you should. Kernelcon is not just for hackers and IT professionals, it is for anyone who has an interest in computer security, hacking, malware research, or electronics. If those or other similar things interest you, you will likely enjoy Kernelcon.
    A Of course! How else are you going to be able to post pics of all the fun at Kernelcon to IG? We aim to provide a robust and highly capable wireless network. You should consider it semi-hostile. Make sure you use appropriate VPN or other secure methods of communication because it is a security conference after all, and we’re sure people are listening.
    A No, while there is not content scheduled that is specifically focused on younger hackers, children are allowed. If they are under 14 years old, they receive free admission with a paid adult purchase. All minors must be accompanied by a parent.
    A
    • 100% ticket or sales refund if cancelled before March 1st, 2019.
    • 50% ticket or sales refund if cancelled between March 1st and March 29th, 2019.
    • 0% ticket or sales refund after March 29th, 2019.
    A No, but we smile when talks include core parts of a operating system, a softer typically edible part of a nut, cereal, grain, fruit, corn, a convolution matrix, classes of algorithms like SVM, or an unmarked linguistic string.
    A There are currently no plans for this.
    A Yes! If you have an issue but still want to register early, please contact us at info@kernelcon.org. We will be accepting cash at the door. Keep in mind that registering early guarantees you swag, that clothing is appropriate size, that workshops you want aren't full, etc.