It is with great disappointment that we must inform you that while we will be at DEF CON this year, it will not be as an official DEF CON Village. We were recently notified leadership collectively decided to not accept our village application for inclusion at DEF CON 31. While we are saddened by this outcome, we understand that they have determined we no longer meet the criteria for village participation.
As a girls' organization dedicated to promoting cybersecurity education and awareness, we remain steadfast in our belief that diversity is critical to creating a safe and secure cyber world. While some would relegate us to an affinity group, Girls Hack, and as 25% of the cyber industry, we have equal rights for space, opportunity, and representation at cybersecurity conferences. Shirley Chisholm once said if they don’t give you a seat at the table bring a folding chair.
Our organization will continue to strive towards this goal, and we are proud to announce that the Girl Hack Village mission will live on in a standalone event.
We understand that hosting such events requires resources, and we are committed to fundraising and garnering support from our community and donors to ensure that women will continue to have a seat at the table even if we have to create our own. We believe that our dedication to cybersecurity education and awareness is worthy of support, and we will continue to seek out opportunities to advance this cause.
If you agree and would like to see our mission continue, we are currently accepting donations. Any and all support is greatly appreciated. https://www.paypal.com/donate?campaign_id=ENDQNWPGWAT5Y
A special thank you to those that supported every talk, workshop and event we hosted last year. We’ll see you soon.