The 35th Chaos Communication Congress (in short 35C3 or just Congress) officially lasted from 27th to 30th of December and is over since a while now, and left nothing than the memory of a warm feeling that a few days of utopia went by, again.
The Congress is the annual gathering of the Chaos Computer Club, a non-profit association of hackers (more in the classical sense than the Hollywood definition) in Germany and all around the globe – or as the CCC would put it: a galactic community of life forms, independent of age, sex, race or societal orientation, which strives across borders for freedom of information. If you want to know more about the CCC, I would suggest a brief look at the article on Wikipedia or the newly released documentary All Creatures Welcome by Sandra Trostel (direct link to the video on Vimeo).
35C3 was my 6th Congress in a row now and still love visiting this event (and other CCC events). There is a tremendous amount of opportunities to listen, learn, discuss and tinker in a variety of topics. Keeping those things beyond congress is not always easy but very enlightening if you manage to do so. Things which are easier to keep is material stuff, like small circuits you build or simply merchandise, but there is also another noteworthy category: stickers.
At CCC you always find a lot of stickers. Their purpose is not just to advertise for an organization – most of them, if not all, are non-commercial anyway – or a (political) cause, but also to express identity or simply just to be funny an entertaining. I love stickers not just for these reasons, but also because they resemble and reflect the culture arising around the event and the CCC in general. And of course, also because they are a good memento :)
On the way home from Congress I thought about this sticker culture at Congress a bit and came to the conclusion that it would be really nice to document some of this to give an insight and to have a comparison between events over the years. Funnily, shortly after that, I discovered a tweet by Marie Gutbub who expressed the same idea and went a step further by creating a Twitter bot that regularly posts such stickers which also get published on a dedicated Tumblr blog at https://thestickerarchive.tumblr.com/.
I like the idea of having a website for this and I have a lot of ideas like allowing users to submit their own pictures, describe, tag, and categorize them. Keeping track of multiple versions which get (re)printed over the years would also be a nice feature. The best feature would be to enable uploads of the original source files to allow individual reprinting. Additionally, it would be nice to request/order reprints over this site. For these purposes, I've already started a Django project at GitHub and even registered the domain stickerarchive.org (which currently redirects to Marie Gutbub's Tumblr site).
Until this project is ready, here is my collection of stickers from 35C3:
Stickers from 35C3
Disclaimer: These stickers were not made by me. I do not endorse their content or the organizations behind them. They appear in no particular order.
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