Joe Grand (@joegrand), also known as Kingpin, is a computer engineer, hardware hacker, product designer, teacher, advisor, runner, daddy, honorary doctor, TV host, member of legendary hacker group L0pht Heavy Industries, and the proprietor of Grand Idea Studio (grandideastudio.com). He has been creating, exploring, and manipulating electronic systems since the 1980s.
In a time when tinkering with technology was a guarantee for ridicule and torment, a small group of curious explorers were connecting to computer systems, traversing the telephone network, and occasionally causing mischief.
To kick off this year’s CypherCon, Joe will tell previously unheard stories of his early days as a hacker, phone phreak, and troublemaker, following a rebellious path towards the eventual redirection of his passion to serve the greater good.
Due to the sensitive nature of this content, some portions will not be recorded.