LAST PUSH UPDATE!
We are in the final push for the BSidesVancouver 2014 Kickstarter; our organizing team would like to thank you for contributions, and your help in promoting the event!
In the next 38 hours as the event draws to a close we would love your continued support in promoting the event, and helping us bring the funds together to make this a truly awesome community driven event.
To that end, we are adding two STRETCH GOALS!
If we hit these goals, we are going to provide all of our $20 or higher backers with Security B-Sides Lapel Pins in addition to their selected rewards!
$6000 - All BSidesVancouver attendees will get a T-Shirt! Note that T-Shirt reward backers will get their Vendor-Free shirt, while attendees will get the vendor Logo shirt.
$7000 - All BSidesVancouver attendees will get Stickers and Lapel Pins!
We have also added the following backer levels:
- $250 Everyone gets Stickers! (and so do you!)
- $500 Everyone gets a Lapel Pin (and so do you!)
- $1000 Everyone gets a T-Shirt (and so do you!)
Thanks for being an amazing community and showing support for this event!
- Yvan, Darren, Colin, Alex and Ruan, your BSidesVancouver organizing team
Security B-Sides is returning to Vancouver on March 10th and 11th, 2014, and this year you have been given the chance to help make it happen!
Watch this short video to learn why Yvan and Darren worked so hard to launch BSidesVancouver last year:
This is our second year bringing this exciting, FREE, two-day information security conference to Vancouver and this year we have grown the format! In addition to the single-track of speakers we will also host registration for a set of free and low-cost (think cost-recovery for electronic parts, not profit margin!) workshops.
The speakers, workshops and ideas shared will provide the opportunity for security enthusiasts of all levels of skill and experience to learn new techniques, understand emerging threats and collaborate on opportunities to tackle these challenges as a community!
One of the key objectives is to create a low cost, sponsor funded, vendor neutral environment to share ideas and information that is useful and valuable to security enthusiasts. Don't take our word for it, look at the dozens of events happening all over the world!
By funding BSidesVancouver you will receive two benefits: the knowledge that your support of this event helps keep it free and accessible to students and the community, and a reward that recognizes your contribution!
See members of the Vancouver Information Security Community describe what they expect at BSidesVancouver 2014:
If it's free, why are you selling tickets?
Most free technical conferences are marketing events. In exchange for speaker slots, access to attendee lists, and other fun things, vendors hand over bags of money. At a Security B-Sides event the organizers try to find a balance by protecting attendees privacy, giving users control over how vendors get their information, and only permitting speaker slots that are technically relevant. The trade off is that it is very, very hard to find sponsors! In order to make this event awesome and enable community access (comparable security conferences can cost up to $1200 per ticket), we wanted to give the community the opportunity to fund the event and reduce the amount of influence vendors have.
If you want a free ticket, then by all means, register for free (ticket registration opens on January 27th), but if you really want to help us make this a community event that is by the community and for the community, you have the opportunity to help us out!
What should you expect?
Our Call for Papers and Workshops are still open, but we will start to reveal some of those talks over the coming weeks as we finalize details! If you want to see the types of talks we had last year, please take a look at the BSidesVancouver 2013 page!
Some things we are thrilled to announce:
- One of our keynote speakers this year will be Mark Curphey of SourceClear, with his talk "Jack-3: Autonomous Developer Hacking Drone"
- Drones being what all the cool kids do these days, we are pleased to announce our first approved workshop: "Build and fly your own quadrocopter!", led by Ruan Müller (This workshop has a $175 fee for hardware, but you get to keep your drone!)
- We are in talks to announce a CTF/Bughunt at our event! (more to come!)
In addition to the technical talks, last year we had a social room featuring an impromptu lock picking camp, folks from the Vancouver Hack Space demonstrating 3D printing and talking about HAM radio, and many games of Munchkin. A big part of conferences is the social aspect, meeting new people, networking, etc. Having games and activities helps smooth introductions and facilitates conversation and interaction, especially for people who are new to the scene, or don't know anyone at the event. Since the social room was a hit, so we are expanding it!
In the works:
- More Munchkin! (and other games)
- An official lock-picking camp!
- More Vancouver HackSpace folks! (with moar MACHINES!)
- Lightning talks and hackathons!
How do we know you can do this?
This isn't our first rodeo :)
We launched BSidesVancouver in 2013, and ran a two-day event for 80 people (we had more than 80 people!) with refreshments, lunch, t-shirts, programs and badges. The total cost was $6,700. This year we aim to do the same for at least 200 people, with workshops!
A special note: BSidesVancouver is a part of the larger Security B-Sides community. If we somehow manage to raise more money via crowd-funding than is needed to help out with BSidesVancouver, we will run a survey and allocate additional funds to future Security B-Sides events, either locally, or in other regions based on feedback from individuals who fund this event!
Risks and challenges
Our biggest risk is funding. This is our second iteration of BSidesVancouver, and we have secured initial funding, but with the event rapidly approaching, we hope to drive additional fundraising to help keep us independent.
Each of the rewards levels is based on quotes for local fulfillment, and online fulfillment for international orders, and are scoped appropriately based on the costs of acquiring the goods; since we will be ordering many of these items (funds permitting) for conference attendees, your contribution helps to ensure that not only you, but potentially all attendees receive the same perk!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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