August 20-22, 2021 – Hosted ONLINE by DARING FLAIR

This year’s convention will continue to be an online event, allowing for all members to attend from wherever they may live, while ensuring the safety and health of all. This convention will include our typical events – a social time on Friday, speeches on cryptographical topics on Saturday, and the annual general membership meeting on Sunday. In addition, the Convention Committee is proud to offer an additional Panel Discussion and special codebreaking event on Sunday evening!

Online registration is required and will open on July 1st, 2021. Download the registration form HERE. There will be no cost to attend the 2021 ACA Convention. Members will have the option to watch (and participate) in presentations live, and most (if not all) will be posted on the ACA website for later viewing.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 20TH (All times Eastern)
Welcome and Opening – DARING FLAIR 6:00 pm
Social Time via Breakout Rooms 6:15 pm – 11:00 pm
SATURDAY, AUGUST 21ST
Opening Comments – DARING FLAIR 9:00 am
Convention Addresses – Various Members 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Cipher Solving Contest 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
“Solving the Zodiac 340-character Cipher”
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Closing Festivities
Annual Special Awards
Winners of the Cipher Contest
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22ND
2021 ACA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING 11:00 am
2021 ACA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
PANEL DISCUSSION
“Collaborative Codebreaking”
5:00pm – 6:00 pm
SPECIAL COLLABORATIVE CODEBREAKING EVENT 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

David Oranchak, Sam Blake, and Jarl Van Eycke will be joint keynote presenters for the 2021 American Cryptogram Association’s convention! Dave, Sam and Jarl made history in 2020 for finding a solution to the previously-unbroken ZODIAC 340-character cipher, an effort recognized by law enforcement as a successful completion of the codebreaking efforts by amateur and law-enforcement cryptographers for over fifty years.

David Oranchak (A RICH ZIP CODE) is a computer programmer, creator of www.zodiackillerciphers.com, and the leader of the cryptanalysis effort. Sam Blake is an applied mathematician who generated 650,000 transposition variations for automated analysis. Jarl Van Eycke is the creator of AZdecrypt, they key software tool used in the successful cryptanalysis.