It was always natural for people who used a BBS who were all located nearby to have gatherings and parties. In some cases, people might travel a long distance to see the faces behind the text. There was nothing better than hanging out for a while with the folks you'd talked to for months, having some great times and eating some pizza or drinking soda while the hours went on.
You can trace back the idea of "conventions" a long way back; there have been science fiction conventions, computer conventions, even phone phreak conventions... why not hacker conventions? Some started out small and have grown to thousands of attendees, with rented hotels and huge events accompanying them. Others are small and will remain so, the same small group of friends meeting regularly to share stories and get insanely, blindly drunk.
Here are some of the textfiles that have accompanied these events.
||Description of the Textfile
|23things.txt || 2342|| The Top 23 Things I Learned at DEF CON 1 by The White Ninja
||defcon.info || 26112|| Invitation to Attend DEFCON III (January, 1995)
||defcon.txt || 4806|| The DEFCON II Audio Page Information File
||defconadd.hac || 11951|| DEFCON I Advertisement (Hacker Convention, 1993)
||eslf0006.txt || 57267|| Hackers' Conference 1984, transcribed by ESLF
||hoho93.ad || 13472|| Official Announcement for the Fourth Annual HoHoCon (October 11, 1993)
||hoho93cz.hac || 13356|| The Exploits at HoHoCon 1993 by Count Zero
||hohocon.93 || 14237|| Official Announcement to Join HoHoCon (October 12, 1993)
||pumpcon.txt || 10358|| Pumpcon Was Busted! By Someone Who Was THere (October 31, 1992)
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