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DEF CON 27 - SpellCheck: The Hacker Spelling Bee

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A year ago, under dystopian conditions, one worthy speller lifted the champion’s belt above her head. The ascent of that gleaming trophy parted the clouds of confusion and brought with it the promise of a new day. Through the bee, the Cybersecurity Style Guide strengthened the emerging union between humans and technology. Now, that hope-filled guide has spawned an itty-bitty helper — a fierce little dictionary to augment your word processor’s native spell check list.

In celebration of a blossoming age of digital-analog cooperation, we’re taking time this golden summer to revisit the high drama and awkward humor of the good old-fashioned spelling bee.

We’ll use the most recent version of the Cybersecurity Style Guide for the official spelling of each term. Rounds will increase in difficulty and eventually include saying proper capitalization out loud for tricky everyday terms and rare attack vectors alike.

25 challengers can compete! Sign up in advance by emailing [email protected] before August 7, or just come to the event a little early and volunteer on the spot. All spellers will get participation badges, and the winner will receive a unique prize.

It’s a lovely day. Take a stroll with us down random-access memory lane.

Brianne Hughes revives her hacker spelling bee at DEF CON 27.

Brianne Hughes

About the speaker, Brianne Hughes

Technical Marketing Writer

Brianne Hughes, a Bishop Fox alumna, is a technical marketing writer. Brianne led the compilation and curation of the Bishop Fox Cybersecurity Style Guide. She has spoken at CactusCon, SOURCE Mesa, and DSNA-21 about the guide. She designed and hosted SpellCheck: The Hacker Spelling Bee (based on the style guide) at The Circle of HOPE in 2018 and DEF CON 26. Brianne pursues research on cutthroat compound words and shares her linguistic findings at conferences. She is Assistant Executive Secretary for the Dictionary Society of North America (DSNA), an Odd Salon Fellow, and is on the board of directors for Wordnik Society, Inc.

Prior to joining Bishop Fox, Brianne worked as a freelance copy editor and as a technical editor for IHS Inc. Brianne holds a Master of Linguistics from the University of York.

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