Nikita works to ensure DEF CON runs as smoothly as one can expect from a hacker conference. In addition to planning a vast array of details prior to DEF CON and thwarting issues while onsite, she also serves as the Director of Content & Coordination. In this role she systematically processes hundreds of submissions, organizes the CFP Board, and manages the entire CFP process from beginning to end. While no one relishes the job of rejecting submissions, Nikita strives to make the experience more positive with personal feedback and alternative speaking opportunities. Once talks have been selected, she weaves the final list into a comprehensive four day schedule over multiple speaking tracks. She serves as a primary point-of-contact for speakers leading up to DEF CON and acts as a liaison between speakers, press, and social media content organizers. Beyond the talks and workshops, Nikita also works full-time on various behind-the-scenes administration and project management for DEF CON. As a DEF CON goon for the past 13 years, her superpowers involve putting out fires before they spark and juggling a multitude of tasks while balancing on an over-inflated ball.