Big Bear


March 25th - 28th



A lot easier than camping

50 Seats

Space is limited.


Get the latest information about Disconnect Camp.

  • Camp Signups Closed [Mostly]

    The camp signups are closed, but we have put aside a few tickets aside for special cases. If you strongly believe that this event would benefit you, please reach out to us on twitter @DisconnectCamp and we would be glad to see if you qualify for one of these tickets.

  • Ticket Deadline!

    Please note that the ticket sales close 1 month prior to camp, you must secure your ticket before February 28th 2019!

  • Schedule Announced

    See the Schedule we have planned for camp in 2019!

  • How can I get an invitation code?

    It's as easy as reaching out on twitter to @DisconnectCamp

  • What makes Disconnect Camp unique?

    The price of the ticket includes food and campsite lodging. 3 Catered meals per day, including a snack bar and beverages available 24 hours a day.

    The event takes places at summer camp, not a hotel or restrictive venue. The entire campsite will be used exclusively for Disconnect Camp, so there will be no shared space with non-conference people.

    You will find it easy to interact with your peers or find something to do. If you want some time alone, there plenty of space on the camp grounds or you for those who are inclined, hiking trails throughout the wider area.

    With no hotel reservations, wedding parties or other events going at the same place as this conference, you will be free to relax, play some games (including a proper vector graphics asteroids box) and discuss whichever topic comes us with like minded people.

    Need I say more? How about a 24 hour nacho fountain?

  • About

    Disconnect Camp's goal is to provide a close knit environment where everyone attending regardless of why they are there, will leave with closer connections to their colleagues, peers and with any luck a renewed drive towards existing and new projects. Lace up your hiking boots, get your favorite hat out of the closet and get ready to head up to the clean air and get in some great discussions about information security and life.

    Engagement is encouraged, you will find it easy to interact with your peers during round table discussions, fire-side chats or during some of the many side events such as hiking, pool, table tennis, rock wall traversal etc... If you're just looking for some time alone there will be plenty of space on the camp grounds to sit back, relax and enjoy the outdoors --- I personally recommend bringing a hammock and setting up in the tree line for a mid-day siesta, or just wander off next to the river (just 20 yards away) and meditate to the sounds of the water.

    Attendees will be provided a place to setup camp (or bunk if requested), and food will be prepared during the event by the staff of the campgrounds. It is encouraged to bring your own personal snacks/beverages of choice, however campsite cooking is not allowed. Anyone attending who has special dietary needs can contact us when you get your ticket (or at least one month prior to the event) so special meals can be prepared (vegetarian, vegan and other dietary needs can easily be requested)

    Interested in renting a cabin? Please contact us for pricing. Cabins are extremely limited, however they are encouraged for anyone who wishes to have a group event.

    There is more than one shower. Good hygiene is strongly encouraged and with more than one communal shower, easily achieved.

  • Logistics

    Where is it?

    Near Big Bear, California. Directions and specific location details will be emailed to ticket holders. The closet airport is Ontario (ONT), the event is approximately 1 hour from ONT, and 2-4 hours from Los Angeles (LAX) or Orange County (SNA) -- depending on traffic, welcome to Southern California.

    What are the lodging arrangements?

    The event is intended as a camping event, so please bring appropriate warm clothing and sleeping gear. For anyone choosing not to tent-camp, you may feel free to find a free bunk in a shared cabin. The shared lodging cabins will have heat, water, bunks and be sheltered from the weather. Consider it hostel like sleeping space (e.g.. Bunk beds in a shared space, communal bathrooms located outside the cabin).

    Will it be safe?

    There will be safety staff at the event, each will have extensive outdoor experience and most will be CPR and first aid certified in case of any emergency needs. Local dangerous wildlife may include: Bees, Black Bears, Rattle Snakes and camp-dogs (the dogs are dangerous if you're allergic to cuteness); the camp staff will be making regular rounds to have our presence known to the wildlife and deter their entering the campgrounds.

    Due to the drought in California, bear and human interactions are a concern, as well as a fire-ban (only camp staff can manage/start fires). There is a strict policy that all food items should be stored in the lodge (there is refrigeration) and should not be left in cabins, tents or vehicles.

    What about food?

    Meals are included in your ticket purchase, see the schedule for meal times. Bringing personal snacks and food is encouraged for your personal needs and a public refrigerator is available for cold storage..

    I have special diet needs, will you be able to accommodate?

    Yes! Well, probably. Please include details when you purchase your ticket, or contact disconnect camp staff about your needs and we will see to your needs being met. Vegetarian and vegan meals are easily and regularly prepared by the camp staff.

  • Camp is being prepared

    We are gathering our gear and preparing to put together another great event come Spring 2019. Keep in the know by signing up for our newsletter!

Call For Participation

We will have an open call for people looking to contribute and participate in this event via: workshops, moderating panels, or leading discussions on important topics. Unlike a typical CFP, we are not looking for someone to provide a 45 minute lecture we are focusing on bringing in people who can drive a conversation.

  • First Round deadline:
  • Final CFP deadline:
  • Final schedule released:
    Available now!

If you are a veteran presenter and can guide a discussion in a crowd, then this is the option for you. The subject matter is up to you, but some ideas include: Legal/Historical discussions, developing open source projects, how to avoid a failure you've encountered, technology culture, end user's usage of security/technology, etc... These discussions are what made Disconnect Camp great last year and we're looking for some solid presenters to lead our discussions again this year. Submit your contact information, bio, description of the discussion you wish to cover and a quick itinerary of what topics to will cover to cfp+discussion at

Do you have a project that is hands on, do you enjoy providing a direct hands on teaching experience? Then this is the option for you. Workshops will be provided a space to do their thing, and resources as needed however please keep in mind the limitations of camping including no Internet provided. Example classes we are looking for: Locksport, reverse engineering (malware or other), software defined radio, or bring your own hands on project and give a solid demonstration/request for feedback. Send us an email to cfp+workshop at including your biography, the proposed workshop, a list of required materials and time the workshop would take to complete.

Does the sound of weak hashes cracking keep you up at night? Do you have a story from the front lines of information security about evil doings, developers behaving badly, or management without a clue? We all do! So, change the names in the story, and come tell your tale with this strictly Chatham house rules event, infosec horror stories. Either show up with your story, or submit your pitch to guarantee a slot to cfp+horrorstory at

  • Event Starts

    You are welcome to arrive early and will be guided by staff as to where you can setup your camp, or which cabins have bunks available.
  • Camp Orientation

    Get the basic information as to where things are in the campgrounds, meet the camp staff and get the down low on any last minute additions to the schedule.
  • Dinner

    Dinner in the main lodge (Tri-Tip Steak, Salad, Sides).
  • Evening Events

    Campfire, good company, good music, good times, all in the outdoors. Everything that makes camping enjoyable.
  • Breakfast/Brunch

    Early risers will get access to the breakfast buffet, those who arrive later will still be able to snag continental brunch (fruits, cereals, coffee, etc..).
  • Camp Kick-Off
    A quick kick-off for the camp

    Join us fireside or in the lodge for a quick run down on how to get the most out of camp over the next few days!
  • Workshop: Guided Relaxation
    Instructor: Dr. Niyrak "XORShac"

    Join Dr. Nyirak in a quiet group setting (hunter's cabin) for a guided relaxation workshop. Learn that you can find peace and relaxation, all in a safe setting.
  • Lunch
    Location: Main lodge

    Enjoy lunch in the main lodge.
  • Think Tank: Hackers and Psychology

    Join in a group discussion about psychology and hackers, with hackers and psychologists. Bring your questions about what type of therapy works best, ask how psychology can improve your social engineering game, ask to learn, answer to share. An introduction to free thought debate style will be provided and used in moderation while we talk about issues from all viewpoints.
  • Free Time

    Hike, play games, read a book, find the solution to the mystery in the woods, or practice skills taught in the morning! This time is your time.
  • Mystery in the woods
    Oracle: Funsized

    Something strange has occurred in the woods around camp, with the clues provided can you solve the mystery in the woods? Multiple clues will be provided during the "free time" period each day, and all players are encouraged to compete or share their knowledge to solve the mystery.
  • Dinner

    Enjoy dinner in the main lodge. Tonight's dinner will be tri-tip steak, served with sides (vegetarian options available if you notify camp 1 month before the event)
  • Evening Events

    Campfire, good company, good music, good times, all in the outdoors. Everything that makes camping enjoyable.
  • InfoSec Horror Stories

    Gather around the campfire (or hunters lodge) to share and swap horrors stories from the information security, and hacker world. Be it, terrible events at work, horribly insecure choices in corporations, or surprising 0days found while researching.
  • Breakfast/Brunch

    Early risers will get access to the breakfast buffet, those who arrive later will still be able to snag continental brunch (fruits, cereals, coffee, etc..).
  • Workshop: Zen and the Art of Lock Picking
    Instructor: Robert "lei"

    Learn how to apply mindfulness and zen practices to the art of lock picking. We will show you basic lock picking instructions, then show you how every challenge in life is like a lock: Some are solved easily, some not so easy. The point of this workshop is the practice of opening the locks, not the action of opening the locks themselves. If that sounds confusing, then I hope to show you a whole new perspective on dealing with problems in life.
  • Agile Lifestyle Development:
    Utilizing agile methodologies to treat depression, PTSD, and anxiety.

    Agile software development frameworks have been around since the 90's and have definitely become the more popular way of doing things in the technology world as of late. The reasons are many, but the core components are around building effective teams that can rapidly write software with low friction, and adaptivity to change. In life, we have similar struggles, where events, conditions, and repeated patterns get in our way and we can't seem to develop the life we want. We get bugs that cause anxiety, depression and in some cases post-traumatic stress disorder. We then go to the mechanic, aka therapist, to help solve our problems over a timespan that isn't typically predictable or known to the people dealing with the bugs themselves. This workshop will bridge neuroscience, organizational, systematic, and cognitive psychology with software engineering management techniques to help build a more "agile" you when unexpected life events occur. The tools and techniques demonstrated have been borrowed and modified from agile frameworks to be applied for software development on the most sophisticated computers, our brains.
  • Lunch

    Enjoy lunch at the main lodge.
  • Think Tank: Talking about community

    Join in a group discussion about the infosec and hacking communities. Bring up issues you have faced with others in the community, and hear opinion from your peers on their perspective of the problems you see from yours. An introduction to free thought debate style will be provided and used in moderation while we talk about issues from all viewpoints.
  • Free Time

    Hike, play games, read a book, practice skills taught in the morning! This time is your time.
  • Mystery in the woods
    Oracle: Funsized

    Join us for day two of the mystery in the woods challenge. There will be a winners ceremony to discuss the game at 17:00 (all attendees are welcome to join)
  • Dinner

    Enjoy dinner in the main lodge.
  • Evening Events

    Campfire, good company, good music, good times, all in the outdoors. Everything that makes camping enjoyable.


Enjoy the schedule presentations which are all in "round table" format, or take a break from the talk track and have some time in the outdoors with a variety of activities including (but not limited to): Hiking, Archery, Ping Pong, Pool, Foosball, Volley Ball, Traverse Wall, or just break out a board game.

  • Meals are strictly scheduled, off hour food is limited.
  • Round Table talks encourage interaction, be polite but be engaged!
  • A variety of alternative talks/events will be posted as they are confirmed.


You are free to participate in all or none of the events at this open air camp/conference.

The camp's current event list is provided below:

Zen and the Art of Lockpicking

Have you ever encountered a seemingly impossible task? Have you ever solved a problem where you couldn't see what you need to do, but instead had to "feel it out" ? Then enjoy Zening out while picking a various assortment of locks provided.

Expand your lock picking skills into the metaphysical. Novices will be given basic picking techniques, and experience lock sporters can jump straight into the idea of using lock picking as a gateway zazen, satori and/or mindfulness practice.

Let your mind wander while picking away, the Zenful-mini-LockPicking village will be set up with practice locks and basic pick sets, available for attendees at any time they wish to take a break mentally and relax (or socialize) while their hands are kept busy with a lock to pick.

This is the place to vent, get out your worries or fears, and potentially reflect that perhaps your work place isn’t that bad after hearing everyone else’s story. Each evening, join the group around the fire to tell scary tales from the IT security field. Some Example Stories may be:

  • Do unpatched IoT devices keep you up at night?
  • Is an APT actor really all up in your organization?
  • Are all these named and heavily marketed vulnerabilities really a threat?

Infosec Horror Stories

Disconnect Camp Library

Feel free to check-out or echange a book from the Disconnect Camp library, find a shady spot by a tree or near the river and enjoy yourself reading some classics which adapt the hacker culture in the work. Some example books: Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep, 1984, Snow Crash, Blink, Tipping Point, To Have or to Be, etc...

Attendees are encouraged to also bring books for a book exchange. If you have a book you would like to contribute to the Disconnect Camp Library, bring it with you and feel free to exchange your (good condition) book for one of the Camp's.

Join us in the evenings in the main lodge for Game Night. Socialize and compete in basic board games (werewolf/mafia, and Epic Roll will be provided) to keep you entertained, this in years past has been a highlight for many attendees and provides itself as an ice breaker for social interaction.

Not into games? Then join us fire-side for Infosec Horror Stories

Game Night

Mystery in the Woods

There are rumors of unexplained behavior in the woods of Disconnect Camp. Your mission should you choose to accept it is to solve a series of challenges only a true hacker can conquer. This is a multi-day event available for anyone to participate in either solo or part of a team. All you will need to bring is your hacker skills to compete, but you’ll need to prove your tenacity to get through all of the challenges and solve the mystery at camp.

Are you curious about meditation? Or perhaps you have experience and are willing to share your process with others. In either case, from the novice to the veteran, a space and time will be set aside to discuss and practice meditation during camp. What would be better than hearing the soft ripples of the river waters flowing nearby while any negative emotions you may harbor gently trickle away like the water flows.



From Previous Years


A short group of photos from previous events.

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These are the people behind the camp helping in one way or another.

Dr. Nyirak

Trained in the art and science of clinical psychology, Dr. Nyirak (Xorshac) is dedicated to patching and hardening the "human operating system" not just simply against social engineering based attacks, but along with overall well being, functioning quality of life for everyone. Looking forward to Disconnect Camp so that I may continue to learn and share what I have learned (am learning) myself.

Robert "lei"

A hardened security community veteran, who has traveled the world and seen the highs and lows within the self and the community as a whole. Robert hosts the Camp supporting podcast "Fireside with lei" where he talks with many other information security and technology veteran about how they deal with life's struggles.

Zach "Funsized"

Funsized has been playing or running hacking villages since 2010. Unable to pick one hobby, he decided to try as many as he could. He enjoys robotics, software defined radios, machining, tamper evident devices, hardware hacking and juggling. He’s also an avid foodie, and will talk cooking with anyone who asks.

Lance James

Lance James is Flashpoint’s Chief Scientist and VP of Engineering. Mr. James has been an active member of the security community for over 20 years and enjoys working creatively together with technology teams to design and develop impactful solutions that disrupt online threats. In his spare time, he focuses on helping others and working with his wife on frameworks that focus on treating addiction, PTSD, and depression, as well as writing and recording music.


Mystery Camper

This could be you! Sign up for camp, or reach out to cfp -at- to offer your help.

Jaleesa James

Jaleesa James is the President of Unit221B (fast-growing cybersecurity and forensics business where she works with her husband Lance James) while attending a Doctoral Program in Neuroscience and Addiction. She currently manages Rutgers’ Perception Lab uncovering the human visual system’s perception of surface colors, primarily on an achromatic scale. Jaleesa graduated Suma Cum Laude at Rutgers University with a BA in psychology and English.


Have questions? I hope we have answers.

  • When ?

    March 25th-28th 2019.
  • Why ?

    To encourage the relaxation and mental health of people in the technology and security fields and to broaden their knowledge and life experiences.
  • Will there be Internet ?

    No Internet service will be setup or provided at the camp, most major cellular providers have some signal at Disconnect Camp however it is sporadic.
  • I have special dietary needs, is there a food option for me ?

    Probably! Just let us know when you get your ticket purchased and we will make arrangements. If you tell us after you show up to Disconnect Camp, we may not be able to help.
  • Where ?

    Near Big Bear California. Two to three hours drive from Los Angeles, it is an hour drive from the local airport Ontario (ONT). Specific directions must be followed, and will be sent via email to those who purchased tickets.
  • What should I bring ?

    This is a camping event, attendees should bring a tent (or plan to bunk in a shared cabin) , always bring warm sleeping gear (bag, blanket, pillow) , and variety of clothing (it could be very warm, or very cold) for Disconnect Camp. Food will be covered and provided in the cost of your ticket, but you're welcome to bring personal snacks and beverages (as long as they are stored in the lodge, not a cabin)
  • I don't want to camp, can I get a room ?

    This year all attendees have an option to either tent camp, or take a bunk in a shared cabin. Cabin amenities are bare (water, heat and a cot) so please bring a blanket and pillow. If you would like privacy, you can purchase a group cabin and share it with friends or just yourself!
  • Is this one of those no-technology camps? Can I bring my phone/laptop ?

    This is not an anti-technology event, you are free to bring your phone or laptop, however there will be plenty to do to keep you away from having to power on.


See previous Disconnect Camp event pages.


Break down of cost for Disconnect Camp. All tickets include meals for the weekend.

  • Ticket
  • All Meals Covered
  • Bunk in Shared Cabin
  • Private Cabin
  • 24 Hour Nacho Fountain


  • Conference Attendance
  • Food/Drink
  • Bunk in Shared Cabin
  • Private Cabin
  • 24 Hour Nacho Fountain

Normal Reg

  • Conference Attendance
  • Food/Drink
  • Bunk in Shared Cabin
  • Group Cabin
  • 24 Hour Nacho Fountain

Private Cabin**

  • Conference Attendance
  • All Meals
  • Bunk in Shared Cabin
  • Personal Cabin
  • 24 Hour Nacho Fountain

* Pre-registration will end December 31st 2018

** Cabins include 2x tickets for the event


Please input your invitation code to sign up for disconnect camp.

Registration deadline is February 28th, 2019. We need an accurate head count by this date to get adequate food for everyone.

We are sorry, but signups have closed. If you would like you can reach out to us on twitter @DisconnectCamp to see if there is a chance you can still sign up but there are no guarantees.