Condensed History of Lock Picking

Presented by Grace Nolan
Monday 4:10 p.m.–4:35 p.m.
Target audience: Community


In the 1800s Windows 0days were extremely rare, so hackers at the time had to settle for the delicate art of lockpicking. In this short talk, we’ll learn about some of the zany lock mechanisms the aristocracy came up with to secure their valuables. We’ll talk about lock picking bounties and the transient era of perfect security. Yes, that’s right. Perfect Security. These ARE your great-great-great grandparents’ stories, so buckle up kiddo, you’re in for a wild ride.

Presented by

Grace Nolan

Grace Nolan is a recent computer science graduate of the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand and a full-time systems developer for Enable Ltd, a fibre broadband company in Christchurch. Amongst her passions for the field is a keen interest in the societal implications of technology, and the need for better representation and gender parity in CS. She gives talks to secondary students and their teachers, working closely with CS outreach organisations, and attending 'Women in Tech' workshops and conferences (such as the Grace Hopper Celebration). She's an enthusiastic choral singer, tea fanatic, and paints watercolours of flowers when she's not devouring the latest in tech news.

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