Big Bear


May 30 - June 1


Top Speakers

Variety of fields.

100 Seats

Space is limited.


Get the latest information about Disconnect Camp 2016.

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  • First round speakers announced!

    The CFP is rocking, and the first round of speakers is officially announced. See our Speakers Section to find out more about who will be at camp!

  • Call for participation has started!

    We are looking for talented pioneers and veterans from all industries (not just information security) willing to put in the time and effort to team others, provide insight and guidance, but most of all to join in on the camp and enjoy themselves. Don't be afraid, look over our call for participation and take the time to submit your idea(s). The first round of participants will be announced January 1st 2016, and final deadline for submissions is March 15th.

  • Camp is being prepared

    We are gathering our gear and preparing to put together another great event come Spring 2016. Keep in the know by signing up for our newsletter!

Call For Participation

We will have an open call for people looking to contribute and participate in this event via: workshops, moderating panels, or leading discussions on important topics. Unlike a typical CFP, we are not looking for someone to provide a 45 minute lecture we are focusing on bringing in people who can drive a conversation.

  • First Round deadline:
    January 1st 2016.
  • Final CFP deadline:
    March 15th 2016.
  • Final schedule released:
    April 2016.

If you are a veteran presenter and can guide a discussion in a crowd, then this is the option for you. The subject matter is up to you, but some ideas include: Legal/Historical discussions, developing open source projects, how to avoid a failure you've encountered, technology culture, end user's usage of security/technology, etc... These discussions are what made Disconnect Camp great last year and we're looking for some solid presenters to lead our discussions again this year. Submit your contact information, bio, description of the discussion you wish to cover and a quick itinerary of what topics to will cover to cfp+discussion at

Do you have a project that is hands on, do you enjoy providing a direct hands on teaching experience? Then this is the option for you. Workshops will be provided a space to do their thing, and resources as needed however please keep in mind the limitations of camping including no Internet provided. Example classes we are looking for: Locksport, reverse engineering (malware or other), software defined radio, or bring your own hands on project and give a solid demonstration/request for feedback. Send us an email to cfp+workshop at including your biography, the proposed workshop, a list of required materials and time the workshop would take to complete.

Does the sound of weak hashes cracking keep you up at night? Do you have a story from the front lines of information security about evil doings, developers behaving badly, or management without a clue? We all do! So, change the names in the story, and come tell your tale with this strictly Chatham house rules event, infosec horror stories. Either show up with your story, or submit your pitch to guarantee a slot to cfp+horrorstory at


You are free to participate in all or none of the events at this open air camp/conference.

  • Info Sec Horror Stories
  • The Joy of Miniature Painting

Spend some time around the campfire and tell your favorite horror stories of what in infosec keeps you up at night.
We are actively looking for participants for this event, if you have a story to tell please submit it to cfp+horrorstory at

Participants will be presented with a small model and the tools to paint it under the tutelage of the soft spoken instructor. Some high-level tips and techniques will be share but most importantly, people will have fun and come away with a sense of accomplishment.


From 2015


A short group of photos from last year's events.

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This year's discussions are atypically centered around not technical talks, but instead life experiences.

Dan Tentler

Dan Tentler

Dan Tentler is the founder and CEO of The Phobos Group a boutique information security services company. Dan has found himself in a wide array of environments; from blue team, red team, purple team, to "evil hacker for a camera crew".



TProphet is the author of the popular Seat 31B travel blog, has lived in four countries, and has flown for free on 6 of 7 continents (getting to Antarctica required a boat). When he's not out exploring the world, you'll find him writing for 2600: The Hacker Quarterly

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Michael Ossmann

Michael Ossmann is a wireless security researcher who makes hardware for hackers. Best known for the open source HackRF, Ubertooth, and Daisho projects, he founded Great Scott Gadgets in an effort to put exciting, new tools into the hands of innovative people.

Caleb Thompson

Caleb Thompson

Speaker, developer, painter, gamer, an eccentric eclectic. Caleb is currently coding mostly in Ruby and Go. He's not a fan of the SPA.


Mystery Speaker

Find out at camp who this year's mystery speaker is.


Mr. Sparkle

Vanquish that beast of 3d printing; spend some time with us as we take a deep technical dive into the intricacies and nuances of 3D printing.


Have questions? I hope we have answers.

  • When ?

    May 30th through June 1st, 2016. This is Monday through Wednesday.
  • Why ?

    To encourage the collaboration, camaraderie and expansion of those within the technology and security fields to broaden their knowledge and experiences.
  • Will there be Internet ?

    No Internet service will be setup or provided at the camp, most major cellular providers have some signal at Disconnect Camp however it is sporadic.
  • I have special dietary needs, is there a food option for me ?

    Probably! Just let us know when you get your ticket purchased and we will make arrangements. If you tell us after you show up to Disconnect Camp, we may not be able to help.
  • Where ?

    Near Big Bear California. Two to three hours drive from Los Angeles, it is an hour drive from the local airport Ontario (ONT). Specific directions must be followed, and will be sent via email to those who purchased tickets.
  • What should I bring ?

    This is a camping event, attendees should bring a tent, sleeping gear, and warm clothing for Disconnect Camp. Food will be covered and provided in the cost of your ticket.
  • I don't want to camp, can I get a room ?

    There are limited numbers of cabins available for purchase. They are being sold on a first come first served basis.
  • Is this one of those no-technology camps? Can I bring my phone/laptop ?

    This is not an anti-technology event, you are free to bring your phone or laptop however there will be plenty to do to keep you away from having to power on.


See previous Disconnect Camp event pages.


Break down of cost for Disconnect Camp. All tickets include meals for the weekend.

  • Ticket
  • Food/Drink
  • Rental Gear
  • Cabin
  • 24 Hour Nacho Fountain


  • Conference Attendance
  • Food/Drink
  • Rental Gear
  • Cabin
  • 24 Hour Nacho Fountain

Normal Reg

  • Conference Attendance
  • Food/Drink
  • Rental Gear
  • Cabin
  • 24 Hour Nacho Fountain

Gear Rental**

  • Conference Attendance
  • Food/Drink
  • Rental Gear
  • Cabin
  • 24 Hour Nacho Fountain


  • Conference Attendance
  • Food/Drink
  • Rental Gear
  • Cabin
  • 24 Hour Nacho Fountain

* Pre-registration will end March 1st 2016

** Gear Rental must be arranged before the event

*** Cabins currently include 3x tickets for the event


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