is an international conference about... locks. Every year, LockCon
showcases innovative and unique content from speakers around the world.
We would like to hear from you if you have an interesting lecture
you want to give... see the CFP information on the registration
page! If you're a professional locksmith with a new tool or a
researcher who has developed a new tactic or an academic with a knowledge
of lock history or even simply an amateur who has discovered something
that no one has seen before, contact us. The people who attend LockCon
do so because they want to stay abreast of the latest trends and developments
in the world of physical security and also simply because they love
the hardware and tools of the locksmithing world, both new and old.
the high quality presentations, LockCon also hosts the world
championships in lockpicking, impressioning and safe-manipulation.
Some of the best sportpickers from around the world get together in
this one place to see who is the fastest and most skilled at opening
some of the world's most advanced security hardware.
important aspect of 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 locksmiths,
sport pickers, and the lock industry. In other words: it is a unique
event. To give you an idea read about previous LockCons here,
here, and here.
was LockCon 2012 held?
toook place on July 17th, 18th, and 19th of 2012. This was right in
between the ALOA trade
show and the BlackHat technical
security conference in Las Vegas. We scheduled things in this manner
so that people who were taking time off work (and international travelers
who were coming to the United States from overseas) had the opportunity
to string events together into a single trip and attend ALOA &
LockCon or LockCon & BlackHat. Some daring attended all three...
ALOA, LockCon, and BlackHat. (Doing so gave international travelers
the opportunity to fly into and out of Las Vegas, since both the ALOA
show and BlackHat took place in that city.)
was LockCon 2012 held?
were so about this first year that LockCon was held in the United
States of America. LockCon 2012 was hosted by the prestigious Lockmasters
Security Institute in Nicholasville,
Kentucky... just a stone's throw from some of the most
renowned safe and lock manufacturing facilities in the world.
the past, the Dutch branch of TOOOL has hosted LockCon in the Netherlands.
While this has allowed for significant attendance by our Dutch and
German friends (with respectable showings also by lockpickers from
the UK, France, Spain, and other parts of Europe) the presence of
Americans at LockCon has always been difficult to achieve. This year,
we saw many of our American compatriots in attendance, given the location
just outside of Lexington.
plenty of additional details about Lockmasters and all of the amazing
things their facility offers on the venue
much does LockCon cost?
to LockCon 2012 cost $125 USD.
the past when the event was held in Holland, LockCon historically
cost €150. That price (the equivalent of about $200) granted
participants more than just admission, however. Since the conference
was held at a StayOK Hostel, lodging was also a portion of that price,
as well as some inclusive meals.
2012, people were not sleeping at the hosting venue, but rather at
either a nice hotel in town or at one of the available rental townhouses
that TOOOL arranged. While admission fees did not also cover your
lodging, they include unlimited access to the shuttle limobus services
that ran all day long, to and from the event. And, like at previous
LockCons, free meals and beer were also part of the package, along
with admission to the high-level presentations, hands-on
workshops, and exotic equipment
details about the lodging options are found on the venue
sounds amazing! How do I register?
on, there... LockCon isn't simply open to the public. It is a private
event for members of the locksport and professional locksmithing communities.
Members of recognized associations such as TOOOL.us,
International, SSDeV, FALE,
the FOOLS, ALOA
and other such groups are welcome to attend. If you are a member of
another well respected locksport organisation, law enforcement, or
military there is a good chance you would have been welcome, as well.
If not, you would have needed to find someone to introduce you.
this event we had set aside reserved ten to fifteen seats for people
we never met before, and it was terrific meeting some ALOA folks as
well as persons from the military who attended. If you think you have
something to contribute, or just are a very enthusiastic lockpicker
who does not have the right connections yet, you can always email
us. We are open to interesting people and might be able to work something
out. So, in the future, just give it a try... you might get lucky
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There is also more information about registering as an attendee or
appearing as a speaker on the CFP & Registration page.