I went to Defcon 2 years ago and had some interesting mixed feelings about the event.
I’m not looking to slag off the event or my time there and equally not to try and convince others to go, I’m just keen to find out if I did the event in the correct way or didn’t fully embrace it.
Rather than writing a review that you can easily google let me provide my pros and cons.
Thousands of hackers/sec peeps in one place.
Interesting talks like the 101 track.
Cool swag- all of the goodies and hoodies I could ever want. (Cash only).
Cool venders from music to tech and swag (cash and card).
Meet bloggers that I follow online (mubix)
It’s in Vegas… there is so much to see and do!!
It should be called que con… there was about 20 thousand people there.
The talks were good but you can’t get to all the ones you want to due to que’s everywhere. I met someone on the second day who said he don’t go to any and just watched them on youtube…
Vegas, It’s an expensive trip! 10 dollars per bottle of Budweiser! Plus hotel, plus flights I must have spent over £2k (GBP).
So the interesting people… I didn’t meet anyone unfriendly but due to the amount of people I actually felt a bit on my own, I had little idea what I was meant to be doing. Again I was told everyone feels this way the first time…
This year the event is over three locations… I feel like I would be lost even more now.
So have you guys been, what do you think of the event?
Other than BSIDES what events would you recommend?