About DEFCON Furs
DEFCON Furs is a 501c3 non-profit group that organizes events and parties at DEF CON
for members of the infosec community that share an interest in the furry fandom. Our purpose is to promote, support,
and advance the idea that we should be free to hack our own lives in a safe and supportive environment.
Our focus is on education, organizing and providing support for individuals and groups that promote creating
and owning a life and identity that is yours.
DEFCON Furs started as a room meetup for furries that regularly attended the DEF CON hacker conference. As
word spread within the community, it turned out more furries were attending DEF CON than what could fit in
a small hotel room. So "DEFCON Furs" as an event was produced in 2017 in a dedicated public suite where everyone
at DEF CON, furry or otherwise, could come party, network, chill, work on challenges, and learn about DEF CON
and the interesting people that make up the attendees. You can think of us like a mini-furry convention as
part of the DEF CON madness. We also wanted to give back to the local vegas community so during our 2017 event
we held a fundraiser for The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada,
raising $2,000 from the DEF CON community.
Our events and fundraiser in 2017 were hugely successful. To keep it going, DEFCON Furs became part of Hack Your Lives,
a California 501c3 non-profit corporation. During 2018 our team and volunteers brought a bigger suite, more furries,
a couple of panels, another charity fundraiser, and - most notably to DEF CON attendees who had no idea
DEFCON Furs existed - the so-called "boop" badge (Wrench Fox Badge).
This year’s DEFCON Furs event will be even bigger! Stay tuned to our twitter for the latest info.