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The Mission of our BIC Village

This village seeks to highlight Black experiences, innovations in the field, Black culture, Black history as well as provide a platform for the discussion of social justice and its impact on the progression and development of Technology.


"Social Justice and The Black Experience in Technology".

BIC Village Talk Categories:

Technology in Social Justice : Discussing and highlighting how disparity and lack of equality negatively effect the progression of Cybersecurity and/or the greater technology field.

Black Experience In Cybersecurity / Technology : Describing or narrating a cultural experience that helped shape innovation, develop a curiosity or fuel a mission.

Cyber Innovations and Advancements : Presenting a specific advancement, innovation or invention that has been preformed by a Black practitioner or has aided the Black community.

Virtual talks will premier at their appropriate times on our Youtube Channel.

While you are engaging in challenges listen to our 2023 Playlist!











For information on the BIC CTF navigate to the BIC CTF Page.

Village & CTF Theme

The year is 2323. Washington D.C.has been split into several districts, some districts inhabited, some are simply abandoned relics of the past. Where there is life, there is a sprawling metropolis! Each district has its own unique characteristics and functions. These districts represent a harmonious blend of technological advancements, sustainability, and history.


You will need to use your skills to solve challenges and discover information to use to uncover your flags!


Along the way, you will learn about social justice, privacy, civil rights and surveillance and how these can relate to communities and individuals as our world explores emerging technologies. This is a jeopardy style game with multiple categories in Cryptography, Steganography, Exploitation, Forensics, Reverse Engineering and more! 


Register for the official contest here, from here you will be able to submit scores for all of the challenge types in our multiple challenge theaters: 


  • The Physical Challenge "Abandoned Server Room" in District#9

  • The "Special" locks & Physical Challenges in District #3

  • The Scenario and Environment Challenges in Manufacturing District #2

  • The Black History OSINT in the Library District #6 

  • The Forrest District #4

  • …and much more!

BIC DEFCON 31 Village Schedule

John Threat

10:00 AM PDT August 11, 2023 

Opening Keynote

Speaker Biography:


John Lee is a world renowned computer hacker , a  writer/director, and a radical creative futurist. He’s been on the cover for Wired magazine and 60 Minutes.

He consults with several institutions and think tanks as a futurist, developing reasonable calculations of future events to both inspire creative endeavors for humanity and avoid or mitigate calamity.


John consults with a select group of entities about computer security and has appeared on the cover of magazines like Wired and on news programs like 60 minutes for his exploits and expert commentary on the hacker world.


John also develops narrative film and documentary projects about sci-fi and technology exploring the thematics of freedom and revolution.  He also works on developing technologies to help in spreading and maintaining free speech and democracy for humans world wide. 


John currently is consulting for entities like MoMa ,  Vision 2030 Futurist Collective, and [ redacted ] on security futures while developing a new film project for 2023 (Don’t Talk To Trees).

Keynote Description:


He will be speaking about history in hacking & security from a general perspective and specifically from a Black perspective.


He will be talking about great hacks from history including his own! He will talk about his journey in security and how security has evolved over the years, his theories on security going into the future and how to stay flexible in reference to new platforms and attack vectors. He will discuss all the avenues security can bring an up and coming Hacker career wise as well!

Dontae Tyler

11:00 AM PDT August 11, 2023 

Cyber Hygiene: Security Awareness Training and Education

Speaker Biography:

A community college drop-out born in Southeast Washington DC but by way of Prince Georges County, Dontae Tyler believes that success in the tech industry does not have to be traditional. With over 9 years of experience in IT, supporting various federal agencies Dontae has begun to distinguish himself as a premier advocate for GRC, Data Privacy and Security Awareness Training. He currently holds several certifications including CISM, CDSPE, CEH, SEC+. Dontae's unconventional cyber awareness training and education teaching methods seek to educate the everyday user and challenge the most experienced tech professionals on the evolving cyber threats.

Talk Description:

Dontae Tyler developed a security awareness training called Cyber Hygiene after getting tired of sitting through boring cyber security awareness videos that were not effective. After conducting his own research, He was able to come to the conclusion that the annual security training of the past was not as effective in remediating issues related to non-technical people utilizing interconnected devices and systems to complete their work. In his training he plans to equip end users with simple yet effective mitigation strategies and tools to reduce risk to acceptable levels.



12:00:00 NOON PDT

August 12, 2023 

Dr. Fatou Sankare

1:00 PM PDT August 11, 2023 

Artificial Intelligence and Race: Security or Surveillance ?

Speaker Biography:

Fatou Sankare graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University and received her Master of Science in Cybersecurity at Fordham University. Fatou Sankare is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Cybersecurity at Marymount University.

Currently, Fatou is a government contractor working as a Cyber Crime Data Scientist. She is also an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity and Director of the Cybersecurity Labs at Capitol Technology University.

Fatou is also the founder of Datacation LLC — with a mission to increase cyber education particularly in low-income neighborhoods. Fatou is a Certified Ethical Hacker and currently holds the AWS Machine Learning Specialty Certification.

Talk Description:

Today, with the advancement of technology, investigative searches are not only physical but also digital. With electronic devices such as cellphones and computers no longer being considered a luxury device but an essential device, law enforcement is now relying on evidence extracted from these items in criminal investigations. Digital devices contain massive amounts of data that can be useful in not only criminal matters but national security-related instances as well. The problem is that the data on these devices contain information that may be deemed private to citizens. Law enforcement has been using the Fourth Amendment to justify their use of digital evidence. However, the Fourth Amendment does not explicitly factor in digital evidence. The policies are not up to date with the procedures used by law enforcement, and citizens may be paying for it through the invasion of privacy. With the increased use of artificial intelligence, the biggest question becomes is it security or surveillance, and which communities are negatively impacted or targeted?

Physical Recast BIC x MCPA - National Service Panel

2:00 PM PDT August 11, 2023 

Virtual Panel


Keith Chapman

3:00 PM PDT August 11, 2023 

Career Workshop: New Career Seekers In Cybersecurity

Speaker Biography: 

Keith Chapman is a former school teacher and has been a cybersecurity professional for the better part of a decade. He is currently a manager of U.S. Bank's global security operations center and is a reservist and emergency cyber responder for the state of Ohio as a member of the Ohio Cyber Reserve, a team of trained civilians which assists municipalities with cybersecurity vulnerabilities and fosters workforce development efforts within the state. He also participates in other cyber workforce development initiatives, including his work with Dayton Equity and Ohio high schools.

Talk Description:

Cybersecurity is a new collar job where college and/or university is optional and there are alternate methods of getting the training and development for entry level roles such as workshops, bootcamps, online courses and a wealth of cybersecurity focused certifications and certificates. Career seekers from other fields can 

This workshop is for individuals that are involved in or initiating cyber workforce development programs. It involves best practices and techniques for managing an effective and sustainable program.

RJ McCarley

Are you really eyeing my network? Network Reconnaissance for n00bs! 

4:00 PM PDT August 11, 2023 

Skill Level: Beginner

Description: During this hands-on lab, participants will learn the fundamentals of the basics of network reconnaissance in Penetration Testing. The course will focus on practical scenarios and real-world examples to ensure participants gain practical skills that can be applied in their day-to-day work.

Prerequisites: Basic understanding of computer networks, cyber security concepts, command line interface, and operating systems.


Tools Covered:

  • Nmap

  • Theharvester

  • Wireshark

  • Nessus

  • Metasploit 


D.J. Davis

11:00 AM PDT August 12, 2023 

General-purpose Languages: What Are Your Habits?

Speaker Biography: 

D.J. Davis is a Washington DC-based practitioner in information security. His background spans across IT Operations, Development, designing Wide-area networks for WorldCom, and supporting high-redundancy high-performance Linux systems. D.J. has a keen interest in what happens in computer languages down to the Assembly level.

Talk Description:

The software language we choose to use has a profound effect on the behavior of a program. Sometimes we reflexively pick a language based on the genre. But some languages are more prone to success in some circumstances and surprises in other cases. Surprises lead to certain types of bugs. Some bugs are vulnerabilities.

Whether we are learning a new language as a newcomer to hacking or as a seasoned pro, the behaviors of a language can make the difference between a fun time or frustration. Every language has "gotchas". We explore a variety of behaviors and a few beginners' level "gotchas" in popular languages.

We examine and compare several current languages. There are some basic instructions to get started in running an initial program. Lastly, we explore a few ideas that allow us to craft a future of fewer bugs and vulnerabilities.

There are only a few prerequisites to this talk. It is helpful that you have viewed a program source code listing before, that you have an awareness of Compiled programs versus Interpreted programs, and you have a general awareness of using variables in a program.

Jess Hoffman

1:00 PM PDT August 12, 2023 

"Why don't we have Internet, Daddy?"

Speaker Biography: 

Jessica Hoffman, CISSP, has almost 20 years of IT experience and 15 years in cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors.  She has taught cybersecurity classes at Harrisburg University and Penn State and is a national speaker on cyber topics as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.  Jessica is a graduate of Bloomsburg University of PA and currently serves as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (“CISO”) for the City of Philadelphia.  She is also one of the founding members of the BIC Mentorship program and forever supporter of the BIC community!

Talk Description:

Did you know that TODAY there are 150 neighborhoods in Philadelphia that DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS?!?!  

Let's talk about why there is such a huge Digital divide between POC's and everyone else -- How historically blacks haven’t had access to the same technology that middle and upper class white families did. 

Hence another reason to explain the generational wealth gap,  technological restrictions in access, exposure, understanding, and the low percentage of representation in the industry. Let's talk about it!

Gaspard Baye

3:00 PM PDT August 12, 2023 

Unveiling My Journey to My First CVE: A Tale of Discovery and Achievement

Speaker Biography: 

Gaspard Baye, a doctoral student and research assistant at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Cybersecurity Center, is a prominent figure in cybersecurity with expertise in vulnerability identification and security. With certifications like OSCP and CEH, Gaspard's leadership as an OWASP AppSec Global Reviewer and experience securing software applications and fintech/banking infrastructures highlights their capabilities. He also actively contribute to FOSS projects and advocate for cybersecurity awareness, training professionals globally and driving innovation in the industry.

Talk Description:

In this captivating  talk, I will share my personal journey of obtaining my first CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) identification. I will take you through the thrilling experience of finding a security vulnerability, navigating the responsible disclosure process, and the ultimate achievement of receiving a CVE identifier.

During my talk, I will discuss the challenges I faced during my research, highlighting the technical skills and methodologies I employed to identify the vulnerability. I will delve into the intricacies of responsible disclosure, including engaging with vendors, coordinating patches, and collaborating with the security community.

Furthermore, I will reflect on the significance of receiving a CVE and how it has impacted my career and professional development. By attending my talk, you will gain insights into the rewards and growth opportunities that come with contributing to the cybersecurity community.


Join me for an inspiring journey as I share my experiences, provide valuable insights into obtaining a CVE, and showcase the personal and professional achievements it can bring.

Kevin Roberts

4:00 PM PDT August 12, 2023 

Closing Keynote

Speaker Biography: 

Kevin is a Social Media Personality who is dedicated to Technology Tips, Tricks, and Information Security Awareness!

He has a focus on making content that caters to both the tech-savvy and those just starting their journey into tech. Topics he goes over include: Internet Safety, Privacy, and Educational Cybersecurity content.

He has a growing community in Discord, called OWLsec. Currently they have over 17,000 members with a diversity of backgrounds. He boasts an inclusive community where " leaving egos at the door" and "understanding we all started somewhere " are the main focal points of their community growth.

Talk Description:

Join me as I share my tech journey!


I will share a brief insight of my origin, what sparked my interest in technology and the path that led me to where I am today! I'll reveal some of the exciting hacks and experiences I've had with friends along the way. I'll take you behind the scenes, sharing where and how I spend countless hours connecting and learning about Cybersecurity.


I will also share my exciting growing community "OWLsec" , which came to life with the help of amazing individuals!



5:00:00 PDT

August 12, 2023

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