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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. 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?
October 20 - October 22. Arrival on October 19th is possible, as is leaving October 23rd. The program will be on Fri/Sat/Sun.
Where will LockCon be held?
Berckt Castle in Baarlo, the Netherlands.
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. More info will be provided later.
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 costs €190. This price includes 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. Smaller rooms are also available at additional cost.
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.
Code of Conduct (inspired by the EMF Code of Conduct)
We are committed to making LockCon a welcoming event for everyone.
Sadly, technology events have a notorious reputation for harassment. We've set these ground rules to make it abundantly clear that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable, so that everyone can feel comfortable attending LockCon.
Everyone who visits LockCon is required to abide by this code of conduct, both at the event and on any online channels. We will not tolerate harassment of participants or discriminatory behaviour of any form. Specifically:
  • Do not engage in homophobic, racist, transphobic, ableist, sexist, or otherwise prejudiced behaviour.
  • Do not harass people. Stalking, unconsented physical contact, or sexual attention is harassment. Dressing or acting in a certain way is not consent.
  • LockCon is a shared space, but every participant's personal space is their their own. If you are asked to leave someone alone, you must respect this.
  • Some attendees may not want to be filmed or photographed. Respect their wishes.
  • Aggression and elitism are not welcome — nobody should be afraid to ask questions.
If you break these rules, we may expel you from the event without a refund, and we may ban you from future LockCons.
If you are being harassed or witness a breach of this code of conduct, you can get in touch with us in the following ways:
  • Find a member of event staff (e.g. Walter or Jos) and let them know.
  • Drop us an email at bestuur@toool.nl.

Where do I get practical information?
This information has not been published yet.