LockCon

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What is LockCon?
LockCon is an international conference about ... locks. It is the first in its kind and dates back to before the turn of the century. Although we are modest people (ahum), LockCon is hosting some pretty innovative and unique presentations. (And we would like to hear from you if you have an interesting lecture you want to give). Besides these high quality presentations, there will be championships in lockpicking, impressioning and lever-lockpicking. One important issue about LockCon is that it is a place where creative energy flows and you can make friends for life (and an occasional enemy). It is the place where top lockpickers meet one another, and contacts are made between lockpickers and the lock industry. In other words: it is a unique event. To give you an idea read this, this, this and this posting on Blackbag.
When will LockCon be held in 2017?
Probably in October.
Where will LockCon be held?
We ain't telling yet :-).
How do I get there?
It will involve flying to Amsterdam Schiphol, Eindhoven, Weeze (Germany), Maastricht-Aachen or Düsseldorf (Germany), some driving or train hopping and a bit of taxying.
Who will attend LockCon?
A lot of interesting people. There will be lockpickers, safe technicians, locksmiths, 24-hour opening services, lock manufacturers, lock tool manufacturers, hackers, members of the law enforcement community, spies and an occasional beautiful girl. LockCon is the most international conference on locks. We have people attending from Germany, USA, UK, Spain, Israel, France, The Netherlands ... and the list is growing.
How Much is the entrance fee for LockCon?
We try to keep LockCon pretty cheap, considering what you get. Entry to the full event cost €165 in 2016. This price included food and three overnight stays in the hotel in rooms that will fit 6~12 people, access to all talks, workshops and competitions, badges and prizes for the winners. There are no day tickets. For 2017, the prices will be similar.
Wow, where do I sign in?
Not so fast. LockCon is an 'invitation only' party for the locksport community. It is open for members of SSDeV, Toool.US, and Toool.nl, but we reserve the right to deny people even if they are member of these organisations. If you are a member of another well respected locksport organisation there is a good chance you are welcome as well. If you are none of the above, you will need to find someone to introduce you and hope there is place left. We have set the maximum number of attendees to one hundred.
For this event we have reserved ten to fifteen seats for people we never met before. If you think you have something to contribute, or just are a very enthusiastic lockpicker who does not have the right connections yet, please mail us anyway. We are open to interesting people and might be able to work something out. Just give it a try, you might get lucky :)
Can I has T-shirt?
Even if you haven't attended, you can still order a T-shirt for LockCon 2016 yourself! Visit [link 1] for a regular shirt, [link 2] for a female version, [link 3] for a kids version or [link 4] for a hoodie. These are provided on a non-profit basis. T-shirts for LockCon 2017 are not available yet.
I want to know the program before signing up, what is it?
The 2016 program can be found at lockcon2016.ics. This will give you an idea about what to expect in 2017.
Where do I get practical information?
This information has not been published yet.