Fresh Blood Wanted for BSidesLondon!

The third edition of BSidesLondon has been announced!  The crew has already started to work on the event organization and the CFP is open. Block already your agenda: April 24th, 2013 – Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall. I attended the two first editions as a speaker in 2011 and regular visitor in 2012 (my wrap-up’s are here and here). It’s a free event but “free” does not mean with a lower quality. On the contrary!

In parallel to the regular CFP, the organizers had a brilliant idea which goes in the same direction as Jason Street’s talk during Hack In Paris 2012. They are different types of information security professionals living in a “infosec hierarchy“. Most people remain below the radar (this is the “industry“). They do their 9-to5 job and go back to home. Amongst the other infosec people, we find two sub-categories:

  • The “community” : A small amount  of people who do researches, maintain blogs or simply attend conferences. They try to keep their knowledge at the higher level (which is never easy!)
  • The “scene” : This is a restricted amount of renowned people who are really contributing to the community.
This can be represented as shown in the picture below (source: Jason Street). It’s good to have top speakers (at least until they don’t act like rock stars!) traveling across the world but they are plenty of smaller conferences which could invite local / new speakers to present their researches.

That’s why BSidesLondon started the “The Rookie Track” project. If you don’t have or no experience as a speaker in security conferences, this is for you! I already spoke to different security events and, honestly, it’s never easy to talk in front of a room full of people who are expecting something new or (at least) interesting from you! The rules of the game are simple:

  • You don’t have a speaker experience
  • You’ll have a 15 minutes track assigned to you
  • In a relaxed atmosphere (no room with 500 people)
  • You’ll be helped by a mentor

Your mentor will be someone with speaking experience who will be able to help to prepare your talk (review your slides, give suggestions on content) and give you tips to give your presentation. You have a nice topic? Register now!

We need fresh blood!

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