Monthly Archives: May 2013

Believe In Film – Colby

Believe In Film

Why shoot film in the age of digital?


I’m involved with IT outsourcing at a Seattle area employer over the years and during my down time, I turn to photography as my comfort zone.

Why Your Computer Can’t Just … – Brenda

Why Your Computer Can’t Just …

Ever been mad at your computer? I bet your rant eventually gets around to this fundamental question: Why can’t it just … ? In this talk, I’ll explore our collective progress towards Do What I Mean, enumerate the requirements and obstacles, and describe where I think our quest needs to go next.


Brenda grew up in Montana and hopes she remembers how to layer. She is into most things, including Smalltalk, usability, building things, and application security. Brenda is a co-founder and the lead developer for Trike (, an open source threat modeling methodology and tool that partially automates the art of security analysis. By day, Brenda works as a security consultant for Stach & Liu, writing secure requirements, analyzing architecture security, and giving Agile and secure development advice.

Montessori Education for “Slum Dogs” – Amita

Montessori Education for “Slum Dogs”

Toorcon has generously donated laptops and funds over the past few years to Alpha School. This presentation is designed to share the amazing work that is being done in India under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

The school, founded in 2003, provides high quality, Montessori Education to children of an underprivileged community of East Delhi. The community mainly consists of low-wage-earner, labor class people such as vendors, painters and rickshaw drivers. Each family averages 5-8 members, with a combined family income of $1200 – $1500/ year. The parents of these children are illiterate. The basics of survival: food, shelter, and clothing are all they can manage to think about and provide. The education of their children is quite low on their priority list. Alpha School educates these children, who otherwise would have no opportunity in life. There are currently 60 children, ages 3- 11. One third of the children are on full scholarship and two thirds of the children are on partial scholarship, paying $5-$6/month. The impact that this education is making on these children and their families is nothing short of miraculous.


1980: Ph.D., Mol. Bio., UW, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
2006, E.C. Diploma, American Montessori Society, USA

1980 – 1992, Scientific Research, La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation and UCSD, La Jolla, CA
1993 – present, Managed accounts, Cut and Dried Hardwood, Solana Beach, CA, Owned and managed Trios Gallery, Solana Beach, CA, Currently, CFO, David Alan Collection, Solana Beach, CA

Project Develpment:
2004: Established education foundation to set up a NGO, Adhayatmic Vikas Shiksha Sanstha (AVSS) to start education for the underprivileged children in India
2005: Founded Alpha Montessori School in Delhi, India
2007: Founded IGNITE: A Foundation for Learning, a 501 (c) (3) to fund education AVSS.

Recent Award:
2010: Education Innovator Award, Lucknow, India
Hobbies: Cooking, knitting, beading, weaving, painting, reading, travel

Techniques for Persistent Command & Control – Allen & Tatiana

Techniques for Persistent Command & Control

This talk will focus on techniques for retaining remote command and control of infrastructure.

Allen & Tatiana

Allen Wilson has over 20 years experience in risk management, information security research, development, and vulnerability analysis at leading Internet and technology companies.

DIY Solar Panels – Adam

DIY Solar Panels

I’ve been making solar panels for a few years for everything from charging cellphones (and other USB devices), attaching an array of panels to the roof of a cargo van, to sending power back to the grid at home. Many mistakes have been made, including melting traces off the cells, water getting inside the panel, and shattering the glass on a panel using my steering wheel. This talk will just be the basics of how to build your own panels, what you can do with them.


Founder of dc949, co-founder of Open Capture The Flag and ran that for 5 years. I’ve simply been interested in learning how things work, and helping others learn, and I found that the hacker community is a good fit. I’ve been interested in clean energy for quite some time, and enjoy experimenting with hacking together contraptions from random parts that I find lying around.

ToorCon Seattle CFP and Registration Open!

5914184353_77ca78f4b3_mToorCon Seattle was created as a small get together for ToorCon staff, supporters and past speakers to meet up and have fun in Seattle. To try and keep it a small conference we made it invite only and limited the number of people who have received challenge coins from previous events. If you feel like you contributed to ToorCon and didn’t get a challenge coin, please let us know. Otherwise, ToorCon in San Diego has always been open to the general public is extremely affordable and does not have a cap on attendance.

This year ToorCon Seattle will be happening once again! We’re scheduling the conference for the weekend of July 5th-7th where we’ll kick off the event with a block party at Ada’s Technical Books and Metrix Create:Space on Friday night, talks once again at Neumos on Saturday with festivities at the lo-fi on Saturday night, and we’ll finish off the weekend with hands-on workshops at various locations around the city on Sunday as well as other social activities happening around town.

So this is your chance to submit the newest cutting edge research you want to present to your peers or register to be one of the 150 attendees of ToorCon’s most exclusive security conference.


Introduction to GNU Radio – Tempest Void

Introduction to GNU Radio

A primer on GNU Radio and SDR (Software Defined Radio) in general. What it is and how to go about using it. Hands-on workshops to follow.

Tempest Void

Electrical engineer, freelance consultant, often working on spiffy projects that don’t exist.

Stupid whitehat tricks – Robert

Stupid whitehat tricks

This talk will be a light hearted look back at some amusing hacks from my past.


Focused on computer forensics and information security defense. Earlier this year I moved back to Chicago to take a senior position on the security team of a US fortune 500 company. For the previous six years I lived and worked in Germany as a member of a computer emergency response team for a US government contractor. I split my time between working, hacking on technology, attending hacker conferences, and traveling the world. The best time are when I get to combine all four at once.