Doing Not-For-Profit Tech: The Hacker Foundation Year in Review

Presented at DEF CON 13 (2005), July 30, 2005, 4 p.m. (50 minutes)

Fresh from a year of grappling with Tsunamis, the IRS and building IT in Uganda, members of The Hacker Foundation will tell the story of their first year as a federally recognized non-profit organization while providing practical insight on doing charitable IT work throughout the world. Tips and tricks on everything from funding for free software projects to keeping a dust storm from killing your laptop will be presented. The Hacker Foundation serves as a research and service organization to promote and explore the creative use of technological resources across frontiers with a global outlook.


  • Jesse Krembs / Agent X - President, The Hacker Foundation   as Jesse Krembs
    Jesse Krembs is the Head Defcon Speaker goon, and has been involved with Defcon since 1998. He is co-founder of the Hacker Foundation and its current president. He travels widely doing radio survey work & wireless installation for Fortune 500 companies. He restores classic motorcycles and naps in his spare time.
  • Nick Farr - (THF Treasurer)
    Nick Farr spent the first decade of his career serving in non-profit management roles in academia, public radio, print journalism and computer recycling. While pursuing a new career in Public Accounting, he continues to serve in his role as Treasurer of the Hacker Foundation which he co-founded.
  • Emerson Tan - (THF Vice President)
  • Frazier Cunningham - (THF Secretary)
  • Jennifer Granick - (THF Legal Affairs Officer)
    Jennifer Stisa Granick joined Stanford Law School in January 2001, as Lecturer in Law and Executive Direcstor of the Center for Internet and Society (CIS). She teaches, speaks and writes on the full spectrum of Internet law issues including computer crime and security, national security, constitutional rights, and electronic surveillance, areas in which her expertise is recognized nationally. Granick came to Stanford after almost a decade practicing criminal defense law in California. Her experience includes stints at the Office of the State Public Defender and at a number of criminal defense boutiques, before founding the Law Offices of Jennifer S. Granick, where she focused on hacker defense and other computer law representations at the trial and appellate level in state and federal court. At Stanford, she currently teaches the Cyberlaw Clinic, one of the nation's few public interest law and technology litigation clinics. Granick continues to consult on computer crime cases and serves on the Board of Directors of the Honeynet Project, which collects data on computer intrusions for the purposes of developing defensive tools and practices and the Hacker Foundation, a research and service organization promoting the creative use of technological resources. She was selected by Information Security magazine in 2003 as one of 20 "Women of Vision" in the computer security field. She earned her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her undergraduate degree from the New College of the University of South Florida.
  • Christian Wright - (THF Board Members)
  • William Knowles - (THF Board Members)
  • James Schuyler - (THF East Africa Region Coordinator)


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