Defcon may be the worst and best place to learn anything in that way - the environment is hopelessly chaotic, with two talks happening inches away from each other, and only feet from a DJ pumping out house music. But perhaps the best environment to learn in is the one in which you are most inspired?
The above is an excerpt by Dave Aitel’s recent entry to the Daily Dave mailing list. In just a single paragraph it completely captures what the experience of DEF CON is.
DEF CON 30 returned to Las Vegas this year and from early reports the crowds aren’t at the same level as past years. However, looking at the schedule and the post conference analyses, it looks like the hacker ethos is still well and alive.
Long live the googley eyes
Also last week was Black Hat USA 2022 as well.