LABS & Workshops

We’re adding more labs, but for now keep your schedule open for these exciting activities!  Workshops will be announced early summer.


Hands-On Hardware Hacking Labs

Returning for another year with more additions! Do you have what it takes to attempt the hardware hacks that we have in store for you during the hardware hacking challenge??? With our hardware hacking labs, you will get to try techniques utilized to hack “Internet of Things” devices.

Labs will be set up to help identify potential ports of interest on printed circuit boards (PCB), learn how to connect and enumerate those ports, find interesting information within the integrated circuits (can you say passwords), and dump the firmware with tools already set up to help gather information from the device(s). We have taken the trials, tribulations, and frustrations of having to de-solder integrated circuits from the PCB, tear apart the casings to expose the secrets, fumble through soldering headers into the board and those really tiny resistors (ughh).

With these labs, you have the opportunity to play with tools like the jtagulator, Shikra and Bus Pirate. If you are not familiar with those tools you will be after we get done with you. So, come get your hands dirty and enjoy the company of fellow hacktivists during the third annual Wild West Hackin’ Fest in Legendary Deadwood, South Dakota!!!!

A Lock Picking Gun Fight Tournament 

Jonathan Ham and Deviant Ollam introduce the basic structure of the most common physical locks, and a demonstration of the most common tools and techniques used to defeat them. Then, after some practice time with all necessary tools provided, a tournament will be held.
Several different models of Nerf(tm) Guns will be provided for gunslingers to choose from, each disabled with a commercial trigger lock. For each round of the tournament a duel will commence, players start back-to-back, then pace away towards a table with a small lock challenge. The cowboy or cowgirl able to most quickly unlock the challenge, load it Nerf Gun, and shoot his or her opponent “dead”, wins the round.
The last lockpicker/gunslinger standing will be awarded a very cool prize!


Come one come all! Do you have a really 1337 h4xx0r tool you’d like to showcase to the security community? Well this is your chance ! The Tool Shed is a chance to demo your tool to the entire Wild West Hacking Fest audience! Presenters will be given a dedicated time slot and location to present a tool and/or research project of their creation! This is a perfect opportunity to get feedback , convince people to add your tool to their hacker armory, answer questions and much more!
Only independent researchers and open source tools are allowed ! No vendors, no commercial products, no BS!
If you’re interested in presenting your tool in the Tool Shed, please complete the below form: