What’s it all about?
The 2600 meetings were started by Emmanuel Goldstein and 2600 Magazine as an open forum for technology enthusiasts to meet, greet, teach, learn, and simply hang out. In keeping with the spirit of 2600’s meeting guidelines, we meet in a public area. It keeps things accessible to everyone.
When and where?
The meeting takes place on the first Friday of every month. Regardless of any holidays or other events it conflicts with, the day never changes, though in the case of major holidays (we fall on the Fourth of July every so often, for instance) there may be another meeting the following week to balance things out; you can keep an eye on this site for updates on those cases.
The meeting is located in the first-floor food court at Citigroup Center, at the corner of 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. For directions and more info on the location, check out our Citigroup page.
What happens there?
You can simply come in and claim a table. Or, better yet, seek out a table occupied by some hackers, introduce yourself, and join in the conversation.
If you prefer, you can feel free to introduce yourself as your nickname, screen name, or other online handle. Nobody will think it odd, or pressure you for your actual name. We understand the value of a good pseudonym, and the innumerable reasons for choosing one. We personally have some 2600 pals we’ve known for a decade, whose birth names we still don’t know. It’s not an issue.
The meeting officially starts at 5:00 PM, but sometimes things will take another hour to really start up. By around 6:00, most of the tables in the central area and scattered tables elsewhere are meeting-goers. People chat about all kinds of subjects from hacking, to phreaking, to legitimate sysadmin-ing, to conspiracies, to how many fish you can name, to what your favorite cartoon is, to absolutely anything else. You can wander around and join any conversation which catches your ear, you can sometimes chat with 2600 Magazine staff who float around, you can play with gadgets people sometimes bring, or you can just eat some overly expensive pizza. If you see any of us around, please stop by and say hi, as we love meeting new meeting goers! We’ll also be happy to answer any questions you may have to the best of our ability.
The meeting officially lasts until Citigroup starts kicking people out at around eight or nine-ish, but it tends to wind down before then.
After the meeting, some people go their separate ways. However, many regulars like to go one of a few restaurants together. Our collectively favorite place tends to change every so often, but we’ve usually got a main restaurant to go to which can handle our crowd and whose service we dig, but sometimes people will decide to try out a new place entirely. Hopping from one place to another in a big unruly group has been known to happen. People will be shouting to gather groups to head out to eat together, so if a group catches your ear, feel free to join, As always, anyone is welcome to come along.
After dinner, you might want to keep your ears open. There have been parties known to spring up here or there. We have occasionally found ourselves on spur-of-the-moment outings to a movie, cybercafe, tourist trap, aimless wandering through the City, or some other misadventure. Use your judgment when it comes to this stuff, as by this time the “official” event has ended.
Does any of this interest you? Come to a meeting! Bring a friend! Bring an enemy! Bring gadgets! Bring trash! Bring toys! Bring nothing! The only thing you really need to bring is yourself, and a positive frame of mind.