12 years of TOG – Holiday Hack Challenge Redo (part 1)

So, as promised we are going to start SANS Holiday Hack Challenge Redo run by Counter Hack Team. We will start with the latest 2020 challenge . You will need a valid email to create user account, which is instant. You can start straight away on your own or watch a couple helpful videos.

The first video that I would like talk about, it’s Ed Skoudis 2020 Hack Challenge Intro. Video is a great overview of this year challenge.

Second video is aimed at Hack Challenge first timers, it’s walk through the login page and the starting interface.

And don’t forget to join discussion later today at a dedicated Discord Channel https://discord.gg/MqCQkSzG. We start at 5pm today đŸ™‚

This month we are going to focus on 2 objectives.

To help with starting the first objective you can watch this video:

Or read this article with helpful techniques. The online photo editor can be found here.

Watch the video below for the start of the second objective overview:

See you at Discord after 5pm GMT today, we will try to finish Objectives 1 &2 together.

12 years of TOG – a perfect time to do some hacking :-)

For the last five years I was getting more and more anxious the closer it was till the end of the year. Why so? The answer is very simple – the SANS Hack Challenge (https://holidayhackchallenge.com/2020/index.html) run online by Counter Hack Team (https://www.counterhack.com/expert-pen-testers). I have learnt plenty and had an immeasurable amount of fun while solving hacking challenges. This winter I found myself helping others with their tasks by giving hints and I discovered that I have learnt even more. The best part was seeing others to grow and to learn how to beat the tasks.

Unfortunately, SANS hack challenge is only once a year and I didn’t always managed to find enough spare time to solve all the puzzles. Luckily, there is a way to fix that.

So, this year to celebrate 12th birthday of Tog, there will be a pleasant surprise. A walk through a past SANS Holiday Challenges. We will start on the 23rd of January, all info will be posted online. So, keep an eye on our website and reserve time between 5 pm and 7 pm on the day to join the discussion on a dedicated Discord channel https://discord.gg/322Kw4bkQK.

Science Week – November Livestream

We are delighted to be taking part in Science Week now in its 25th year. We always like to take part in these national weeks to promote science and education. We have lined up of talks for you on Thursday the 12th of November from 7 pm streaming on our Youtube channel. This year we are teaming up with the Young Engineers Society to bring you a night of interesting lightning talks.

Link To Live Steam

Talks

Project Title: Tell me more about the fungus under the kitchen table…
Project Description: After seeing an ad on twitter for a box of grow your own oyster mushrooms, TrĂ­ona is now the proud owner of a box of oyster mushrooms. Not liking mushrooms, she thought growing mushrooms would be the most interesting part of the project, but then Jeffrey asked her to talk about them for Science Week…
Speaker: Dr. TrĂ­ona O’Connell. Twitter.

Project Title: DIY Solar Install 
Project Description: In an effort to make an office unit more environmentally friendly Christian will detail his DIY Solar Install. This 4.7 KW install faced a number of challenges refitting an ageing office unit, setting up a power management system while all on a budget.
Speaker: Christian Kortenhorst. Twitter.

Project Title: IoT Weather Station
Project Description: Weather is the most talked about topic. This project aims for these chats to be more informed by having very localized weather data. This DIY IoT weather station talk will go over how to install your very own weather station and share your local data.
Speaker: Jeffrey Roe. Twitter.

There are lots of Science Week events happening all over the country you can find more of them listed here -> https://www.sfi.ie/events/

Check our friends Dublin Maker week of events featuring plenty of Tog members. -> http://www.dublinmaker.ie/maker-a-day-at-science-week/

This event is in collaboration with the Young Engineers Society

Science Week: Lightning Talks

Science Week takes place this year from 10th till the 17th of November. Events are happening all over the country that ranges from workshops, site visits, lectures and everything in between.

In Tog, we are teaming up with Young Engineers (YES) – Engineers Ireland to host a night of lightning talks on Thursday the 14th of November from 7 pm. Each talk will last just 15 minutes where the speakers will talk about what they are passionate about. We will have a diverse range of topics with six speakers on the night.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite to give us an idea of numbers by following this link.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/science-week-lightning-talks-tickets-79190556085

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Tech Won’t Build It: Technology Ethics and Activism

Tech Won’t Build It visit Tog Dublin on Wednesday, September 18 from 7PM to 9PM, to host a discussion on current happenings in technology: activism, ethics, unionisation, regulation and the law are all in scope.

Our regular discussion series on current happenings in technology: activism, ethics, unionisation, regulation and the law are all in scope.

We have guests from the Game Workers Unite union joining us for Q+A this month.

Other potential discussion topics will be posted to the #twbidiscuss hashtag on twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/twbidiscuss?src=hash


Tech Discussion: Technology Ethics and Activism (journalists welcome)

We are hosting the Tech Won’t Build It community for a discussion on current happenings in technology: activism, ethics, unionisation, regulation and the law are all in scope.

The organisers will bring some topics to kick off the conversation, but we hope you bring your own, too.

Aaron Rogan, a journalist with the Sunday Business Post who often covers technology, is going to kick us off with a short talk about tech journalism.

Possible topics include:
– Should the EU ban mass surveillance and ‘citizen scoring’?
– The Wayfair walkout
– Gorgon Stare
– Dublin city council tracking devices in parks
– Working conditions of social media moderators

See this thread: https://twitter.com/TWBIIreland/status/1145790251878797322and the #twbidiscuss hashtag on twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/twbidiscuss?src=hash

Journalists and others are welcome to this event every other month (this is the journalist-friendly edition), but Chatham House rules always apply to discussions – they should not leave the room.

The event kicks off at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd of July, no need to prebook.