This page contains a summary of currently available talks, presentations, and lectures by Elonka Dunin, though feel free to suggest something new! To see a list of where many of these talks have been given, check here.

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Famous Unsolved Codes: Kryptos

Kryptos is an encrypted sculpture in the middle of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Composed of large copper sheets engraved with thousands of characters, it carries a series of ciphers. Three of the four have been solved, but the fourth section, 97 characters at the very bottom, remains uncracked. It is one of the most famous unsolved codes in the world, even referred to in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code-sequel The Lost Symbol. Cryptographer Elonka Dunin (namesake for the "Nola Kaye" character in Brown's novel), and one of the few people from outside the CIA to have seen the sculpture in person, will review the sculpture's history, going over the parts that have been solved, and discussing efforts to crack the famous unsolved section, K4.


Encrypted Art of Jim Sanborn

Cryptographer Elonka Dunin discusses the works of American sculptor Jim Sanborn, creator of the CIA's Kryptosi sculpture and other of his encryption-themed works of art around the United States.


Famous Unsolved Codes: The Beale Papers

Hear cryptographer Elonka Dunin (recently featured on the television series The Myth Hunters) talk about the speculation around the 19th century Beale ciphers, and the generations of treasure seekers who have sought to crack them. One of the ciphers, decoded with the Declaration of Independence, claimed of treasure buried in Bedford County, Virginia. The other two messages remain unsolved.


Famous Unsolved Codes: The Voynich Manuscript

Considered "The Most Mysterious Manuscript in the World", the Voynich Manuscript is over 500 years old, with hundreds of pages of an unknown writing system, hundreds of images of unidentified plants, and many other images of mysterious locations and contraptions. It has sparked the interest of codebreakers for generations -- Is it a hoax, a secret language, an encrypted message? Come hear more about the mystery at this intriguing talk by world-famous cryptographer Elonka Dunin.


Famous Unsolved Codes

What do all of these have in common? A sculpture in the center of CIA Headquarters. A 500-year-old manuscript hidden in Yale University's Beinecke library. A 19th century pamphlet describing a buried treasure in Virginia. An encrypted scrawl by composer Edward Elgar. They are all high on the list of the "World's Most Famous Unsolved Codes". Come hear cryptographer Elonka Dunin, namesake for one of the characters in Dan Brown's novel "The Lost Symbol", talk about these mysteries and more!


Wikipedia: Communicating with the Hive Mind

Do you have questions about the "Encyclopedia anyone can edit"? Would you like to learn more about its history, and its strange culture behind-the-scenes? Would you like to get involved, or have you ever tried to create an article, or even a single edit, and then watch it mysteriously vanish? Come hear from longtime Wikipedia administrator Elonka Dunin, who will talk about the history of the project, its hive-mind culture, and the best ways to get involved.


Geocaching: The worldwide crowd-sourced game

In May 2000, President Clinton announced that "Selective Availability" would be removed from the Global Positioning System satellites, allowing civilians to have improved accuracy with publicly available receivers. Within 24 hours, a game had begun. A geocache (a bucket full of toys) was placed in Oregon, the placer noted the latitude and longitude, posted it on Usenet, and then others went to see if they could find what he had hidden. Geocaches rapidly started showing up all over the world, and by 2005, 180,000 geocaches had been hidden. As of 2015, there are over 2.7 million geocaches, with over 6 million people around the world participating in the sport of placing and finding them. Most geocaches are "Traditional", meaning that a finder needs only to know the latitude & longitude to start their search. But many caches use puzzles and/or cryptography which a finder must first solve, in order to determine the final coordinates. In this talk, Elonka Dunin, an avid geocacher herself, will give an overview of the history and culture of geocaching, with a special focus on the types of codes and ciphers being used in this massive crowd-sourced game.


Fact and Fiction of the Knights Templar

The mysterious Order of the Knights Templar is often referred to in modern books, films, and games. How much is known about this organization? Were they really associated with the Holy Grail? The Priory of Sion? Freemasonry? Come hear Elonka Dunin, namesake for the "Nola Kaye" character in one of Dan Brown's novels, sift the facts from the rumors about this mysterious organization from the Crusades.


Turn your Tech Hobby into a Tech Paycheck or Getting a Job in the Game Industry

Elonka Dunin, 25-year veteran of the videogame industry, with decades of experience as hiring manager, gives tips on how to best tune your skills and resume to get the attention of recruiters in this exciting marketplace.


Making Mobile Games

A basic overview of the tools available for making mobile game apps, and which skills are necessary to use those tools.



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