--[ Welcome to AvengerCon

AvengerCon is a free security event hosted every fall by Maryland Innovation and Security Institute to benefit the hackers of the U.S. Cyber Command community and the U.S. Army 780th Military Intelligence Brigade. The event is open to all service members and employees of U.S. Cyber Command and Department of Defense personnel supporting cyberspace missions. AvengerCon features presentations, hacker villages, training workshops, and much more.

The event is open to all service members and employees of U.S. Cyber Command and Department of Defense, and related partners supporting cyberspace missions. It will include a keynote speaker, presentations, and villages, currently scheduled for 1 December, and workshops hosted on 30 November.

To learn more about our previous events, check out these Ars Technica articles about AvengerCon III and AvengerCon IV, as well as these 780th MI BDE BYTE magazine articles about AvengerCon V and AvengerCon VI!

--[ Latest Announcements

----[ Conference and workshop registration closing soon!

This is a heads up that registration for the AvengerCon VII conference and workshops will be closing soon.

Main Event Registration Closes 27 November!

Registration for AvengerCon VII will close at 2359 EST on Sunday, 27 November! Register here today - don't miss this year's event!

NOTE: If you are not MIL/GOV affiliated, you are still welcome to register but we cannot guarantee approval at this time due to the short time frame between now and the event. Registration for attendees requiring manual approval closed on 18 November.

Workshop Registration Tentatively Closes 23 November!

Workshop registration for AvengerCon VII will be tentatively closing at 1700 EST on Wednesday, 23 November! Our partners at MISI are hosting AvengerCon's workshop registration here! You can find descriptions of this year's workshops here!

Remember to register for the main event before registering for workshops! We strongly recommend registering for workshops using the same email that you used to register for the main event so your registration status can be easily verified.

NOTE: Registering for a workshop does not guarantee attendance; registration requests will be reviewed and confirmed by AvengerCon staff. Priority will be generally first-come/first-serve but we will also seek to maximize the number of people that can attend at least one workshop if all slots are filled. You need to register for the main event in order to be granted a seat in a workshop!

----[ AvengerCon VII Panel - Crowdsourcing Security

At this year's AvengerCon, we are honored to host Katie Moussouris (CEO & Founder, Luta Security), TJ O'Connor (LTC Ret. and Professor, Florida Institute of Technology) and Colin Ahern (Chief Cyber Officer, New York State) for a panel discussion covering "Crowdsourcing Security"! The panel will be moderated by MAJ Steve Rogacki of the 780th MI BDE.

In this 45 minute discussion, our panelists will explore our event theme "crowdsourcing conflict" from a defensive perspective. If "IT armies" are able to crowdsource attacking computer systems, can we crowdsource our security as well? What are the methods we can use to crowdsource our security, and can such methods keep up with crowdsourced attackers and other evolving threats?

You can read more about panelists and discussion topic here.

----[ Workshop registration now open!

Workshop registration for AvengerCon VII is open as of 14 November!

Our partners at MISI are hosting AvengerCon's workshop registration here.

You can find the descriptions of this year's workshops here.

Make sure you register for the main event before registering for workshops! We strongly recommend registering for workshops using the same email that you used to register for the main event so your registration status can be easily verified.

NOTE: Registering for a workshop does not guarantee attendance; registration requests will be reviewed and confirmed by AvengerCon staff. Priority will be generally first-come/first-serve but we will also seek to maximize the number of people that can attend at least one workshop if all slots are filled. You need to register for the main event in order to be granted a seat in a workshop!

----[ Conference Registration Reminder

This is a reminder that registration is open for AvengerCon VII, and it's only two weeks away!

We request that everyone planning to attend AvengerCon this year register before 1700 EST on Friday, 18 November!

Registering by 1700 EST on Friday, 18 November will allow us to review all requests to attend that require manual verification and allow our partners at MISI to prepare for the correct number of in-person attendees.

While we intend to keep registration open until the start of the event, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to review all requests to attend received after 18 November. Early registrants will also get priority for receiving event swag if AvengerCon's attendance this year exceeds the available supply. Remote attendees are also encouraged to register early so that they have time to prepare their Discord accounts for joining the remote event!

----[ AvengerCon VII CTF

We are happy to announce that this year's AvengerCon will feature an official CTF thanks to the generous support of Prof. T.J. O'Connor, the Florida Institute of Technology, and our AvengerCon volunteers!

The AvengerCon VII CTF is a Jeopardy-style event designed for individual competitors. The CTF will start at 0900 EST on 30 November 2022 (workshops day) and end at 1500 EST on 01 December 2022 (the main event day).

CTF challenge categories include web, reverse engineering, pwn, crypto, and forensics!

All AvengerCon attendees are welcome to participate and compete to win, practice your skills, and learn something new! It will be Internet-accessible, allowing both in-person and remote attendees to participate.

As AvengerCon VII approaches, we will send out follow-on instructions on how AvengerCon attendees can register and participate in the CTF!