We're glad you're interested in the Seattle 2600 meeting! 2600 meetings are held the first Friday of every month at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, which has excellent transportation connections from the greater Puget Sound area.
The Seattle meeting is one of the longest-running and most well-established 2600 meetings in the country, with an average turnout of more than twenty attendees. Most people begin to show up around 6pm. We now meet on the second floor, at the tables behind the escalators.
It's a common misconception that 2600 meetings involve lawlessness and mayhem. If these are your interests, you will not only be disappointed, but will probably be banned from the meeting by the Convention Center's Security Team. Conversely, if you are the kind of person who takes things apart to learn how they work, you delight in discovering how things operate "behind the scenes," and you question not just "how" but also "why," you're a hacker--even if you don't do anything illegal! At the Seattle 2600 meeting, unlike almost anywhere else, you won't be considered weird or dangerous for being who you are. Instead, you'll discover that you're not alone, you'll learn new things, and--most importantly--you'll have a lot of fun!
Most hackers aren't what you have heard or read about in the popular media. We have a passion for technology, a driving curiosity, and a strong belief in changing the world. In our experience, these attributes aren't learned; they're a gift. Don't worry if you're new to technology; while technologies shift constantly, the hacker spirit endures. Our community has a broad range of backgrounds, interests, and walks of life. While we are sometimes willing to bend the rules in order to learn new things, real hackers aren't inclined to deface Web pages and empty bank accounts (even though many know how to do so). While it does not make for exciting news, hackers are--as a whole--much more likely to void the warranty on a piece of equipment by taking it apart.
Thanks again for your interest. We'll look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!
The Seattle Police Department works hard to keep us safe. Across Lake Washington, the Bellevue Police Department protects us from dangerous criminals.
31 January, 2009