Like many other things in 2020, the Chaos Communication Congress had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, for the first time, it was possible to bring Europe’s largest gathering of the international hacker scene organized by the Chaos Computer Club into your living room. Lucas Brandstätter, a regular visitor of the events, created the virtual rC3 World together with the rC3 project team: a 2D adventure game, where the specially created world could be explored during the event. Listen to the Chaosradio podcast episode (German) and hear all about the rC3 World and how it all came together.
The circumstances of the project (voluntary basis, implemented in the spare time, upstream merges, etc.) put many obstacles in the way of the project team, but with lots of energy and some nightshifts, a decent alternative to the physical event could be created.
“Being part of the rC3 was a great experience for me. I met a lot of new people and really got to know the community behind the Chaos Communication Congress. Working on rC3 has confirmed to me once again that motivation is the key to success. We were a small but incredibly motivated team and together we made things happen that we thought were impossible at the beginning. In times of COVID-19 and physical distancing, good and regular exchange was also important here. Talking to the project team in our frequent online meetings kept us motivated and connected.”
Lucas Brandstätter has been part of the Limes Security team since 2016. His focus as an IT/OT Security expert is on OT Security Management Systems (OSMS). Through his time at Siemens VAI, x-tention, Fabasoft and his studies of Information and Communication Systems at the FH Technikum Wien, Lucas has gained a lot of experience in the areas of networked systems, industrial systems and healthcare technology.
When asked what he learnt from beeing part of the Chaos Communication Congress, he answers: “Chat is often practical, but the direct exchange in a call with the team is what motivates you. This is something that I experience first hand in my day-to-day work as well. Home office is not always easy. A good structure with regular exchanges with colleagues helps a lot, even if on some days it’s just a short virtual get-together in the morning or the collective video coffee break.”