[= LOCKCON =]

Hello to all LockCon attendees, old and new!

After a bit of a quiet period, TOOOL-US is pleased to announce that things are looking great for LockCon in Seattle, Washington this year!

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[= WHEN =]

LockCon 2015 will be Friday November 6th - Sunday November 8th, with talks starting early and ending around dinner time each day. As always, the competitions and contests will be primarily during the evening hours, and socializing can happen around-the-clock! (Thus, many folk anticipate flying in to Seattle on the evening of Thursday, November 5th and most folk will fly home either late Sunday the 8th or early Monday the 9th.)


[= WHERE =]

Seattle was chosen as the US city to host, and we have finalized our plans around the...

Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center (click for room block booking)
618 John St Seattle, WA 98109

... this establishment has been very amenable to our terms during current negotiations (allowing outside food and drink, access to the meeting space at all hours, etc) and we finalized our contract with them. Please keep in mind, the booking link above will not show the correct, negotiated rates unless you select the proper date range.


[= SCHEDULE =]

Friday
10:00
whomever is awake
Show & Tell
11:00
the Mile High Lockpickers
TSA Keys & Government Backdoors
12:00
Tom Gross
A Brief History of Shackles
13:00
lunch
14:00
Christina Palmer
Wave Rake Design
15:00
Raimundo
Lock Pick Making (part 1)
16:00
Impressioning Contest
19:00
dinner
21:00
socializing
 
Saturday
10:00
whomever is awake
Show & Tell
11:00
Nathan Dosman
Low Cost Key Blank Duplication
12:00
Deviant Ollam
Secret Smart Key Decoder
13:00
lunch
14:00
Christina Palmer
Designing with Autodesk Inventor
15:00
Raimundo
Lock Pick Making (part 2)
16:00
Lock Picking Contest
19:00
dinner
21:00
socializing
 
Sunday
10:00
whomever is awake
Show & Tell
11:00
datagram
Lock Picking Forensics
13:00
lunch
14:00
Christina Palmer
Lock Pick Metallurgy
15:00
Peter Field
Elements of Cylinder Design
19:00
dinner
21:00
socializing
 

Show And Tell - Open Sessions with Prizes

Each morning, LockCon will begin in a manner that harkens to the simplicity of TOOOL meetings around the country and around the world... one hour of time will be set aside for any attendees to showcase whatever cool locks, tools, or knowledge they wish to share with others before the first talk kicks off. Have an interesting curio or relic? Let's see it! Have you built a new tool that's still in the prototype stage? Share your design! To encourage coolness among the offerings, there's an added bonus to the Show & Tell sessions: each morning, the attendees will decide who had the coolest bit of awesome on display for others to examine and that person will win a meal that evening... TOOOL will pick up the check for the best impromptu speaker's dinner that night (within reason) so be sure to bring some interesting gear to show off!

 

Lock Picking Forensics - Datagram (2 hour workshop)

It has been well established that most lock picking methods are forms of covert entry, not surreptitious entry. Evidence is left behind during nearly all lock picking and lock bypassing attempts. This presentation and workshop will be an in depth examination of the microscopic evidence left behind after various opening attempts. Bring your best tools, softest implements, and lightest touch, because we will invite you to pick open pristine locks that have never seen a hook or a rake, and even after the most subtle and cautious attempts, we anticipate seeing forensic marks left behind.

 

Secret Smartkey Decoder - Deviant Ollam (1 hour)

Many people in the locksport community are familiar with the fact that the Kwikset Smartkey series of locks can not be adequately considered high security. However, it may come as a surprise to many that there is a commercial tool in production for surreptitious entry against these locks. Even if you have seen Shane Lawson's manual decoder or laughed at the Major Manufacturing smasher tool, this restricted visual decoder is easier to use and leaves virtually no forensic evidence.

 

TSA keys & Government Backdoors - The Mile High Lock Pickers (1 hour)

Many in the locksport community have long experimented with decoding the "sentry safe" travel locks that are popular in the United States. The Transportation Security Administration is supposed to keep a set of master keys on hand to facilitate luggage searches and, as anyone who has watched the news lately knows, they have protected the secrecy of these keys about as well as any other secrets they're charged with keeping covered up. This talk will be a summary of the work that has been done thus far by notable figures in the lock picking world in order to decode these keys and create duplicates of various types. Rumors and misinformation will be dispelled and hopefully many sample TSA locks and keys will be on hand for people to examine, measure, and even test their own filed or 3D printed luggage keys.

 

Elements of Cylinder Design - Peter Field (3-4 hours)

Asked about his talk abstract, Peter replied, "Photos of Locks", which is like saying the Mona Lisa is just a painting. Combining high resolution photography, sectional lock cutaways, and illustrations from old patents, he describes lock mechanisms from all over the world in mesmerizing detail.

 

A Brief History of Shackles - Tom Gross (1 hour)

This presentation is an overview of the evolution of metal shackles, primarily handcuffs and leg irons from the 19th Century through the present. Included will be the classic British designs which formed the basis for manufactured shackles in America. Advice will be given about how to recognize valuable and collectible shackles, and attendees will be given resources for contacting collector networks in America and Europe.

 

Low Cost Key Blank Duplication - Nathan Dosman (1 hour)

Hobbyists often desire access to the best equipment in their field for experimentation purposes. In the locksmithing world, the existing off-the-shelf machines for key blank duplication do their jobs very well. However these machines are very expensive and not many hobbyists get access to these machines. I suspect that even a professional locksmith would have a hard time getting either of the existing machines to pay for themselves. Over the past year I’ve worked on refining a design for an affordable key blank duplicator. This talk will describe this process, what I’ve learned, and where the project is at this moment.

 

Lock Pick Metallurgy - Christina Palmer (1 hour)

An overview of the metals suitable for lock picks, understanding a stress-strain curve, the properties that make appropriate metals, the interrelationships of these properties, heat treatment, and testing.

 

Wave Rake Design - Christina Palmer (1 hour)

The mathematics and theory behind curtate cycloidal and sinusoidal wave rakes. What makes some rakes better than others? We will zoom in to overlaid translucent curves to see how they compare.

 

Designing with Autodesk Inventor - Christina Palmer (1 hour)

A live demonstration of Autodesk Inventor including sketching, specifying dimensions, using parameters, creating practical constraints, specifying curves by equation, extruding 3D parts, filleting, coils, sweeps, and lofts, and using finite element analysis to evaluate structural integrity.

 

Making Lock Picks - Raimundo (2 × 1 hour)

Live lock pick making demonstrations by the legendary inventor of the Bogota.

 

 

If you wish to attend, simply email --> lockcon@toool.us <-- and request an invite. As long as you're not a career criminal or looking to hawk a lot of newfangled and over-expensive tech to the attendees, chances are you could be put on the list.

 

 

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About LockCon and TOOOL

The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers (TOOOL) is a non-profit association of professionals, hobbyists, researchers, and academics who share knowledge about lockpicking. By examining locks, safes, and other such hardware and by discussing our findings we seek to increase public awareness and understanding of how these mechanisms work and how they can be improved.

By overseeing chapters that regularly meet around the country and around the world, TOOOL facilitates information sharing across many circles and sponsors competitions wherein enthusiasts can practice the art of lockpicking in a fun yet challenging atmosphere.

LockCon is the pinnacle of these efforts, consisting of three days of in-depth lectures by industry experts interspersed with hands-on workshops and, of course, competitions. The best sportpickers in the world – trading locksmiths and amateurs alike – go head-to-head as they see who is the fastest at lockpicking, key impressioning, and safe-cracking.