Barcode Shmarcode

As a tribute to the true essence of hacking, I took over Barcode Shmarcode as of 2014. I had just spoken at 2013 BSidesDE about InfoSec Learning Resources. On the way back home, five or six of us ended up at a restaurant including myself and Heidi. When I mentioned the contest as a great non-technical hacking competition, she suggested I take over the contest. I pulled in my good buddy DA and the contest continues! The contest was created in 2009.

2018 Captain’s Log:

Hacking: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship ShmooCon. Its mission in its fourteenth-year: to explore strange new knowledge, to seek out new information and new methods, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

Your away mission has one simple directive – your barcode must scan valid for ShmooCon 2018 registration. If it doesn’t scan, you cannot enter the contest (although we may still award points for effort, so you know, try).

Our species of choice is the Motorola DS4308.

ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA

• Best use of theme – Show your spaciness!
• Originality – Creativity is like a tri-corder; use it for anything!
• Best use of materials – Go where no one has gone before!
The top 3 entries will each win a coveted ShmooCon barcode for ShmooCon 2019.

JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED THAT – THE TOP 3 ENTRIES WILL EACH WIN A COVETED SHMOOCON BARCODE FOR SHMOOCON 2019.

Once again @ForgottenSec are serving as your judges. Look for them near registration on both Friday and Saturday (times will be posted in the program). Winners will be announced at closing ceremonies.

2017 High Scores:

Does anyone like games?
How about video games?
We like video games and we suspect a few of you do too.
This year’s Barcode Shmarcode theme is video games.
Re-create something from a memorable game incorporating your valid Shmoocon Barcode.
Go Bananas! Use all available resources to show off your hacking skills.

RULES FOR ENTRY ARE SIMPLE

In fact, there is only one – your barcode must scan valid for ShmooCon 2017 registration. If it doesn’t scan, you cannot enter the contest (although we may still award points for effort, so you know, try).

Our weapon of choice is the Motorola DS4308 or the flak cannon.

ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA

Best use of theme – ShmooCon is about all the games this year, not just Hack Fortress! Reach your limit break and achieve Final Heaven.

Originality – Creativity is the Tetris 4-long stick of hacking. Stickers are boring like camping the spawn point… just saying “Don’t be a griefer”

Best use of materials – The BFG wasn’t made in a single day; you can score epic frags with a more little effort.

The top 3 entries will each win a coveted ShmooCon barcode for ShmooCon 2018.

JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED THAT

THE TOP 3 ENTRIES WILL EACH WIN A COVETED SHMOOCON BARCODE FOR SHMOOCON 2018.

Are you on the path of destruction? Will you make your time? Have the Ayys already won? Is your energy bar full?

Once again @ForgottenSec and @DA_667 are serving as your judges (their favorite games are public). Look for them near registration on both Friday and Saturday (times will be posted in the program). Winners will be announced at closing ceremonies.

2016 Rankings:


Bicycle. Bicycle.

You say Bar.
I say Code.
You say Shmar. I say hey man
Here’s my entry to this game.

That’s right – Barcode Shmarcode is back and you should get ready to ride. This annual event is an opportunity for you to express your geek creativity to the fullest extent. Your mission? Find the coolest, l33t3st, most hacker-ish way to print your barcode and then wow us at the con.

RULES FOR ENTRY ARE SIMPLE

In fact, there is only one – your barcode must scan as a valid for ShmooCon 2016 registration. If it doesn’t scan, you cannot enter the contest (although we may still award points for effort, so you know, try).

Our scanner of choice is the Motorola DS4308.

ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA

*Best use of theme – ShmooCon has caught the cycling madness. Use your imagination and blow this theme up! As long as it relates to the bicycle or cycling world in some fashion you’ll be pedaling down the right path.
*Originality – This one is wheely important. (See what we did there?)
*Best use of materials – No matter how how much time you spent using photoshop, a simple printed piece of paper probably isn’t going to impress us. Or it might. It just depends.

The top 3 entries will each win a coveted ShmooCon barcode for ShmooCon 2017.

JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED THAT

THE TOP 3 ENTRIES WILL EACH WIN A COVETED SHMOOCON BARCODE FOR SHMOOCON 2017.

So really, what do you have to lose?

Once again the fine folks at Unallocated Space are serving as your judges. Look for them near registration on both Friday and Saturday (times will be posted in the program). Winners will be announced at closing ceremonies.

Questions can be sent here.

Winners:
* Sarain – Unicycle with laser etched barcode on the wheel
* ArmyTra1n3d – Shmoocon Cycle Timer
* SuperSat – Slow Scan AM video through pwm’ing a LED

* Total Entries: 13
* Total /scannable/ entries: 11

Interesting Entries:

* [https://github.com/jpouellet/shmarcode-2016]Jean-Philippe Ouellet’s Entry

2015 Gadget Contest:


What is Barcode Shmarcode? What is at stake? Why the hell should you care?

Barcode Shmarcode is an opportunity for you to express your geek creativity. Find the coolest, l33t3st, most hacker-ish way to print your barcode and bring it to the con. In the past we’ve seen cakes, cross stitch, Shmeat, an airplane boarding pass, beer labels, cereal boxes, arduinos with leds, and a laser pointer with something wrapped in electrical tape attached to it (no really, it was cool).

Based on the following criteria, the top 3 contest entries will win a coveted ShmooCon barcode for next year, enabling them to bypass the F5 apocalypse and NOP SLED to victory:

* Originality – critically important
* Best use of theme
* Best use of Materials

The rules are simple:

Oh who are we kidding – there’s only one rule: Your barcode must must scan and be valid for your entry to be considered for judging. If it does not scan to a valid ShmooCon registration barcode, it is not a valid entry! We will be using a Motorola DS4208 scanner to verify your barcode – the same scanners used at registration.

We will be available near the registration desk (Look for the goons in Unallocated Space T-shirts) on Friday from 3-6PM and again on Saturday from 2-5PM. Winners will be announced during closing ceremonies.

This year’s theme is Steam Punk… We don’t know about you, but we really like Steam Punk, now let’s make our barcode displays referencing them. The theme is not required, it’s recommend you try to abide by it, but an awesome submission that doesn’t could still win. We’re all hackers here, do what comes natural.

Winners:
* Leanne Mitchell – “Captain Shmoocon”

* @ArmyTra1n3d – “Ode to Shmoo”

* @hypoweb – “Back to Shmoo”

Hypoweb’s Write-up

* Pictures of each entry:

* Other Posts:
Pace University Write-up

2014:


DC949 has a rule that they do not run any event for more then 5 years, but this year is the 6th year of Barcode Shmarcode. Heidi, the awesome organizer of Shmoocon, asked that we take over the event. DA and Forgotten organized and advertised the event and Buddy assisted during the conference to help run the table.

This year we had 24 entries. It seems some people failed to follow directions as a few entries didn’t scan, and one scanned to something that wasn’t their Shmoocon Barcode. We were impressed by the number of entries this year and we hope to as more or more next year. This years theme was “Hacker Movies”.

The winning entries were:

* Best use of Theme: Encom Badge by Chris Carpenter

Chris’ Writeup

* Most Creative: Bow to my Firewall Cake by Leanne Mitchell

* Best use of Materials: Shmootank by ArmyTra1n3d

* Honorable Mention: “Sneakers” blackbox answering machine – Nathan Heafner

Nathan’s post

Other Entries:

Older Entries


@UseNachos 2013 Winning Lego

Awesome picture of @UseNachos Entry

Irongeek_adclaser entry

2009 Entry ShmooWater

Deviant Ollam’s 2009 Entry ShmooCloves

Compilation of Entries