Villages 2023

List of Villages

Startups Showcase / Embedded Systems / Mental Security / Social Engineering Contest / Hackfest Generations / Ham Radio / Palo Alto NOC / Hack your career / CyberCitizen / Bitcoin / IoT / Lockpicking / TechUnity

Startups Showcase

As part of our new Cybersecurity Startups Showcase initiative, where you can meet representatives of local and Canadian “startup” companies present during Polar and Hackfest.

Embedded Systems

Embedded systems exist at the intersection of hardware and software, built to accomplish a specific task. Often these disciplines are dealt with individually, but understanding the custom relationships between hardware and software is key to performing security research on these devices.

Mental Security

The concept of mental security was born of our team’s observation that the perception of mental health is unfortunately biased in our society and often perceived in a pejorative way.

Our idea behind the village’s presentation is to combine security and health.

Cybersecurity preserves the integrity of individuals, states and organizations, and Hackfest participants regularly witness the devastating effects of the lack or absence of security.

Social Engineering Contest

A social engineering contest by telephone where the participant must obtain privileged information via engineering discussion techniques. The goal is to get an X number of information and the best wins!

Hackfest Generations

Introductory activities in cybersecurity and programming, 3D printer, Introduction to Logo.

Ham Radio

The amateur radio village is the ideal place to learn about the technologies available to operators. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in this often little-known universe, where the possibilities are limitless. Come and talk to experienced operators on a wide range of subjects.

Palo Alto NOC

The Network Operations Center (NOC) stands as a fortress of high-security, unwavering availability, operating in one of the world’s most demanding arenas: the Hackfest event. Achieving this remarkable feat is a collective effort, combining the expertise of cyber defense specialists of Palo Alto Networks, all under the leadership of Hackfest’s esteemed NOC Team Leads. Together, this coalition fortifies the network with security, stability, and visibility that rivals top-tier enterprise networks globally.

Annually, this hand-picked team convenes months before the Hackfest event to seamlessly integrate the latest infrastructure and security solutions into a meticulously crafted network design. In the final sprint leading to Hackfest, the team reconvenes just days before the event, orchestrating a rapid deployment of a network that must be fully operational on the event’s opening day.

For those attending Hackfest, the NOC is an opportunity to witness firsthand this cutting-edge network in action. The Hackfest NOC program is a testament to the prowess of engineering and the power of teamwork, illustrating how innovation and collaboration underpin the success of this high-stakes security operation.

Hack your career

This year, the HF will be offering personalized, one-on-one 15-minute coaching sessions on professional/career issues.

CyberCitizen: alert, help, protect

As Raymond Lévesque sings in his song Quand les hommes vivront d’amour: “Aider, citoyen, bâtissons un monde meilleur, Où l’amour et la fraternité seront nos fiers moteurs, Main dans la main, ensemble, unis pour toujours, Pour que l’espoir et la paix règnent en nos jours.”

Hackfest’s CyberCitizen village will enable you to report any cybersecurity problems you may have encountered: breaches, leaks, bugs, etc. We don’t want to know who you are, so we won’t ask any questions about who you are.


Various topics revolving around Bitcoin and technologies that can lead to greater individual sovereignty. Topics will include mining, economics, hardware and p2p social networks (NOSTR) in presentation and workshop format.

Click below for schedule and other details.

AliZon s’en vient sur la Rive Sud. Vrai ou fake ? (IoT)

AliZon doesn’t exist, but the scenario is possible, and it’s the subject of our immersive workshop on the security of connected objects.

François Bedonant is the site manager, and he’s particularly proud of his new security system based on cloud connected objects.

Will you reassure him, or give him cause for concern?


Unfortunately, the Lockpick village will not take place due to transport problems beyond our control

Lock-picking workshop. Come try your skill at picking locks with a variety of tools. Tips and tricks with lots of different locks to try.

TechUnity: Giving Laptops a Second Life for Ukrainian Students

Join us in a warm and supportive initiative at Hackfest! Presenting our special “TechUnity” booth, we invite all participants and companies to contribute to a cause that transcends digital and physical borders.