To encourage many Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HH) hackers to attend security conferences, like DEFCON, help provide those hackers with partial or full services, and provide a place for Deaf/HH to meetup and hangout.
First discussions of reaching out to the Deaf/HH community for started on January 6th, 2013 in a thread on Defcon Forums by Deviant Ollam and lady merlin. Knoll and arose4beni also volunteered to help organize the event. After many emails, texts, and proposal drafts, DEAF CON became an unofficial event for DC21.
The first meetup was a success. Various Deaf/HH and regular hackers came together in the Chillout Café. Deaf Con was able to fundraise enough money to bring Knoll and b_gret to work the con floor interpreting at some village talks. The experience was amazing and the entire team agreed to do this again.
Since then, we have expanded as a team. We now bring five to six interpreters and have a group of deaf attendees that attend Defcon. We are in the midst of establishing DEAF CON as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Moving forward, we have many new ideas and events planned for the next year!