Welcome to the About and FAQ Page for DEFCON 201!
What is DEFCON 201?

The DEFCON 201 (or DC201) Group is a gathering point for folks interested in the alternate applications of science, technology, and other areas of information security; referred to properly as 'hacking'.

Our mission is to help people learn new things, meet new people, mentor others in areas you may be strong in, and provide some cohesion within the hacker culture and it's members in the general New Jersey area. We facillitate this through project collaborations, group gatherings, and group activities that will best serve our community and the world.



Frequently Asked Questions about DEFCON 201

Question: Do I have to be a "1337 Hacker" to Attend?

Answer:The DEFCON 201 SIG(Special Interest Group) meetings are designed to attract not only hackers but members of various technology communities and people who want to learn more about Hacking but do not consider themselves hackers. We're open to anyone regardless of their skill, age, job, gender, etc. The purpose here is to interact with people who may have different backgrounds but share the same passion for technology.

Question: What are the meeting rules?

"Don't Be A Jerk"
"Be open to learning new skills or perfecting/teaching old ones."
"Be willing to either start a project or help someone with their own."



Question: What separates DEFCON 201 from other Tech Meet Ups?

Answer:DEFCON 201 lives in harmony with other hacker, maker and tech organizations in the New Jersey/New York Tri-State Area. In fact, two of our founders are long time regulars at the NYC 2600 group. We welcome those from said groups to check us out as our goal is to be an active, hands-on, project-building group whose members bring in ideas that we help create bring to fruition.

Question: What qualifies and/or quantifies as a "Project"?

Answer:A Project is the focused application of constructive and deconstructive skill to build something in physical and/or digital space; Ideas often within the themes of...

In short, as long as you have an idea that you want to create into a realistic tangible result, please bring it and our members will try to bring it to fruition with the tools and resources at our disposal!

Question: Can I attend if I only want to meet people?

Answer:We understand if people feel overwhelmed by the idea of working on projects. If you want to show up to socialize, you are more than welcome to but to get the full experience of our group you can use your social skills to help out with projects and DEFCON 201. NEVER think that you are useless, everyone has a skill in something and if you want to learn new ones, we are more than happy to teach you. We are also looking into pure social gatherings in the near future and host short talks on various STEM subjects.

Question: When is DEFCON 201?

Answer:DEFCON 201 meets all over the Hudson County Area in Jersey City, Hoboken and Newark. Our long running home is at MakerBar in Hoboken, New Jersey. We always meet during the third weekend of every month. Venues for monthly meetings as well as specifics for special meet ups change depending on the scheudel of said venues so please check our websites, social media and MakerBar for the exact day.

Question: Where is MakerBar?

Answer:MakerBar is located on 38 Jackson Street in Hoboken, New Jersey. It is a huge hub that has various transportation methonds on how to get there. Here are a few:

Coming from NYC, Jersey City or Newark via Path Train

This image is the map of the PATH Trains serving Manhattan, Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark.

The Path train runs between Manhattan and Hudson County 24/7, with stops on the NYC side at 34th, 23rd, 14th, 9th streets along 6th Ave, Christopher st in the east village, and the World Trade Center. The correct trains will say "HOB" in illuminated letters above the train door. Once there, follow the rest of the directions under "From Hoboken terminal".

NJTransit provides the most appropriate option if coming from another part of Jersey via public transportation. You may have to transfer at Newark Penn, Newark Broad st, or Seacaucus Junction - depending on your starting point - to ensure you go to Hoboken instead of New York Penn Station. Trains run until around 1am. Follow the rest of the directions under "From Hoboken terminal" once there.

From NJ TRANSIT Trains

This is an image map of the NJ Transit Train System. Visit NJTransit.com for more information.

From Hoboken Terminal

Picture of the Hoboken Terminal, a major hub for cabs, trains, busses and PATH.

The last leg of the trip's either a quick $5 cab ride or 10-15 minute walk. Cabs line up towards the end of the street the station runs along (Hudson Pl.) and will sometimes take several people to different drop-off points. If walking, exit the station turning left on Hudson Pl., make another left onto Hudson St, and then a right onto Observer Highway. Eventually you'll make a left onto Jackson St until you find #38 with the black double doors.

This terminal services the following NY Waterways ferry routes:

Hoboken / NJ Transit Terminal - Pier 11 / Wall St.
Hoboken / NJ Transit Terminal - World Financial Center

By Vehicle

Parking Dude's mission is to educate, inform, and offer unique services to residents and visitors to help them own, operate, and park a car in the city of Hoboken, NJ. Visit this link for Hoboken Parking web resources and the Android and iOS app.

Whether coming from NYC or elsehwere in NJ, Makerbar is located right next to the Holland Tunnel, The NJ Turnpike, and a short ways away from the Lincoln Tunnel.

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