A Hacker / InfoSec group located in the DMV
(DC-Maryland-Virginia area)


About NoVA Hackers

NoVA Hackers is a Hacker / InfoSec group that was formed by mubix 'Rob' Fuller and Chris 'carnal0wnage' Gates in 2009. We meet monthly in the Reston Community Center and put on the ShmooCon Epilogue mini-conference.

We follow a modified AHA model of participation:
Participation is mandatory for continued membership in the group. What this means, is that to retain a subscription to the mailing list, you must contribute to the group in some form. The way to contribute is by attending the meetings and speaking about what you're working on, what your up to, etc with a prevision for special cases where participation in discussions on the mailing list are accepted on a case, by case basis.

How to Join and Rules


There are two ways to join. First, show up to one of our meetings and get added. Second, you can be invited by a current member.


We have a few rules at NoVA Hackers but they are pretty simple to follow:

  1. Participation: Presenting is the surest way to provide this participation but other accepted forms of participation are activity on the mailing list or Slack, volunteering for staff positions at ShmooCon Epilogue.

  2. Chatham House Rules: "When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed."
    One amendment to this base rule that NoVA Hackers utilizes is that the no photos, social media or other content can be created directly from the information given at the meetings without the express consent of the speaker or information giver.

  3. Respect: all members will respect each other. No derogatory, inflammatory or otherwise negative communications will be tolerated. Period.

  4. No Pitches: Vendor, sales, or recruiting pitches are not allowed. We have made concessions to this rule for ShmooCon Epilogue sponsors but uphold it strictly at meetings

When and Where

2nd Monday of every month at 6:00PM
Inflow 6:00PM - Start ~6:30PM
2310 Colts Neck Rd, Reston, VA 20191 (map)
(Reston Community Center)


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