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Next Irvine Underground Meeting
13.OCT.2017 at IHOP

2017 – August Minutes

Hello IVU!

Another great showing for our pre-meet up as well as the actual meet up! The group seems to be getting larger and larger every time. This month’s meetup covered a few topics: Epic Role, Tamper Evident, and Badge Life.

Our special guest Pappy stopped by to show off his board game Epic Role. Epic Roll is a quick-playing, dice-based, fantasy board game that is portable and simple to learn while also providing players with numerous strategic decisions and gambles.

Pappy described his thoughts behind the game and how the primary goal behind Epic Role was to merge ideas and thoughts of other games to make something that was quicker and easier to play.

The conversation quickly turned to logistics behind game making. The discussion of marketing, manufacturing became quite interesting as we learned of some of the difficulties behind making and shipping the product as well as how shelf space works for the retailer. Some deals could garner you space with the front of the box showing, where other deals may only allow the spine to be visible from the store shelf.

Because of this fantastic artwork was crucial. Having box artwork that looked enticing from the spines as well as the cover was greatly needed. Also with this great artwork was needed for the cards! Pappy also mentioned that finding good artists is valuable. Artists can be like magicians and disappear if you’re not careful!

After Pappy finished his talk we had smaller discussions at the other end of the table around the Tamper Evident village and Badge Life at DC5. Sloth, Yaxis, and Tuesday brought in some of the leftovers from Tamper Evident and spoke briefly with those curious about the Tamper Evident Village. They also brought in some of the new and shiny badges from DC25 to talk about the latest trend of Badge Life. This included the Bender badge and talks about the interconnectivity of the badges at the conference.

At our September meet up, we will be hearing from our very own JonathanWash. JonathaWash will provide an overview of password managers, what’s out there, and some best practices of use. It looks like it will be a fun discussion.

Next IVU meet up is September 8th 2017. Hope to see you there!

 

 

Disconnect Camp May 1-3 2015

Irvine Underground has been invited to the first ever Disconnect Camp happening May 1-3, 2015. This one of a kind event is at a summer camp venue located near Big Bear, California. With a unique venue comes unique approaches to how a conference is ran. All food is included, tent camping is encouraged (although cabins are available) and instead of talks you will be able to actively engage with the presenters who are coming down for the event.

Get that tent and those hiking boots out of storage (or head to your local sporting goods store and pick up a few things) and join everyone in the mountains of southern California for a weekend of tech, trees, and camping (really, glamping … food is catered for the event! and there are showers! Showers are important.)

If you would like a ticket you can use the invitation code: “iattendivu”. If you would like to coordinate sharing a cabin, come to the next IVU.

P.S. I’ve been told there is a 24/7 nacho cheese fountain.

2014 – May Minutes

Hello IVUer’s,

We had a nice sized group of people, about 15 or so.  Brandon Cholodenko treated us all by bringing a piece of legendary technology, a functional Apple I he’s been working on, thats soon to be heading to the Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum in Floyd, VA. If you missed seeing this awesome piece of equipment in person check out the photos, and just pretend like you were actually there. 

Longstanding member of Irvine Underground and constant presence at Def Con, Frazier Cunningham gave a riveting presentation that delved into the immense possibilities and ethical dangers of biohacking. We’ve made a pdf of the PowerPoint slides available for all interested parties. BioHacking PowerPoint Slides

LayerOne is security conference focused on hacking and security. This years conference will be held May 24-25 2014 in Monrovia. Amongst the talks there are also a few featured events worth mentioning including the Lock pick village, hardware hacking village, HAM testing (Get your HAM license), tamper-evident contest and the infamous capture the flag event.

Many of the Irvine Underground folks will be present at LayerOne. Come support this local conference memorial day weekend! More information at LayerOne.org

IVU Reborn!

We know you’ve been getting bored of the last rendition of the Irvine Underground site, so we’ve secretly been working the past few weeks behind the scenes… Hopefully you’ll like the new look as much as we do!

IVU at Defcon XVI

As usual we’ll be at defcon this year! Be sure to stop by the booth and do a dance for everyone!

IVU at Medieval Times

Another great get-together… IVU at Medieval Times Drinking and Yelling – Red Knight got pwned… but didn’t matter anyway since the story is different now. Read the rest of this entry »

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