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November 13, 2012
1111 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623 [Directions] at the Doubletree Hotel

Hackerfest is a yearly conference put on by Dox Electronics, Inc at the Doubletree Hotel in Henrietta. It consists of a small show floor with various security related products from vendors and a series of talks (mostly in the form of sales pitches) for these products. The event fee depends on your relationship with Dox and provides a catered lunch. The event is only for people that work for companies [not college kids] and are not competitors of Dox electronics.


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2006-10-31 12:18:22   Even though the event is just a gather of vendors pushing products, they are eager to give out free goodies and trial versions of their product and Microsoft even made a showing with their upcoming Sharepoint 2007 & Office 2007 suites. —TravisOwens

2007-09-05 14:10:23   I went to Hackerfest last year and was planning on going again this year even though it was just a big vendor room with private areas for hour long sales pitches. This year I received a call from someone representing Hackerfest that said that my name had been taken off of the list because I worked for a consulting company that is in competition with Dox.

After just coming back from Defcon, I'm offended at the use of the term "hacker" AND "fest." It's not a festival of hackers at all. It's a bunch sales reps talking to sys admins and hackers are not anywhere to be seen. —SteveMcmasters

2007-09-05 14:21:42   "Hackerfest" a totally commercial pitch by Dox Electronics to get people to show up to their vendor presenations. The best part of Hackerfest is their free lunch. The content here is usually minimal as far as a learning experience. They do on occasion have a decent keynote speaker, but after that, you get bombarded with sales pitches. Last year I had a friend that got kicked out because he worked for the competition. This goes against hacker ethic, where the whole idea is to spread knowledge, open source, open ideas.

Dox Electronics should really change this to Doxfest or something similar. Although I have attended this as a student and representing my company, I am dissuaded by the way they treat my peers who want to attend and learn about current technology. —PunkRokk

2008-09-25 22:57:35   I work for Kodak and signed up for Hackerfest. I was contacted by Dox and told that I could not attend as they do not allow Kodak employees to attend Hackerfest as Kodak does not spend money with Dox. This was a completely classless thing to do. I am glad my company does not do business with Dox. I am glad we have more sense than they seem to. —Jonas

2010-10-18 12:03:46   I requested to go but you're not allowed if you're in any type of competing business with Dox. As far as I can tell only from the year I was permitted to enter, there is nothing related to hacker and they should call it something else. I wouldn't even mind it if it was called Dox Fest or something like that but mis-using the word hacker to pull in more people is offensive to me. —Antitree