If you’ve ever been to t2, you know that the atmosphere and networking is everything. In order to keep it that way, we have to limit the amount of attendees, meaning there is a total of 99 seats available, including speakers and organizers.
Although there is still plenty of time before the conference takes place we have passed the 50% mark and if you want to make sure you’ll actually have a seat, we advice you to register now.
All organizers love their own conference, it’s no secret. Looking at this year’s schedule we are both excited and humbled by the staggering number of high quality submissions received from the CFP. Today’s tweet about learning to become a real world Chloe O’Brian applies not only to Alexander Bolshev, Kokanin and Hugo Teso, but also to our other speakers. The line-up of topics is straight up Hollywood.
If the bar has been set high on previous years, this year it was even higher – we had to turn down many world class topics and want to express our gratitude to all the submitters. Not making it this time should not discourage you from submitting again in the future. Balancing the program content-wise means making hard decisions and leaving out talks we would definitely want to see.
No-holds-barred talks with important life lessons will not be the only thing keeping you warm in the late Finnish October. To celerabrate the dawning of a new t2 decade we have something special in store for this year. More about that later.
The hard limit of 99 attendees (including the speakers and t2 staff) is again in full effect. No exceptions, no excuses. Early registration is definitely recommended.
With the t2′s 10th anniversary at hand it is time to invigorate the Advisory Board and its working methods to ensure a solid foundation for the next ten years. The new Advisory Board will consist of two permanent (Tomi Tuominen and Mikko Hyppönen) and 1-2 temporary members.
The temporary members will be chosen to serve for a limited term. In addition to rotating the members, the intention is to lower the average age of the Advisory Board. While being a grumpy old man certainly has its advantages, the board also welcomes fresh blood and new ideas. The board membership is an active position requiring participation all year round.
Example tasks entrusted to Advisory Board members:
- participating in the CFP process
- taking care of the speakers’ needs
- VIP transfers and welcome ceremonies
- organizing and ensuring the timely arrival of deliveries
- social media and communication
- dealing with conference partners and service providers
- venue scouting
- designing catering arrangements and menus
- downplaying and preventing escalation of incidents during the conference (e.g. dispersing crowds gathered around popped web kiosks)
- pulling a Kansas City Shuffle
Qualifications and skills
The ideal candidate will have some or all of the following traits and attributes:
- passionate for infosec. you live and breath technical information security
- limited exposure to infosec industry and the eventual cynicism, or unnecessarily high amount of enthusiasm despite that
- sharp eye and no-nonsense attitude for separating the wheat from the chaff during “Call for Papers”
- willing to put in work (organizing a conference and making t2 succeed year after year consists of hard, and sometimes tedious work)
- impervious to bribery consisting of, but not limited to, money, controlled and uncontrolled substances, sexual favours, Dogecoins, ops on major irc channels, botnet access, political influence, depleted uranium, horse masks or discount coupons to Windows Marketplace
- ability to keep calm and carry on while APT is pwning all the cellphones in the building or hotel has double-booked the conference floor (2010 and 2013, respectively)
- a considerable stash of private 0day (weaponized) or single malt whisky (Highlands and Islay preferred) to share with the Advisory Board during the selection process
- fluent in English
- working knowledge of the Finnish language (while the conference is international, all internal and most service provider communication is in Finnish)
The following skills are preferred but not mandatory:
- leaving your submission to the webroot
- not actively wanted by the Interpol, or great disguise skills
- reverse sleeping pattern
- dynamic team-player who leverages the synergy of a vertically integrated marketplace, capable of hard real-time multitasking in adverse and emotionally hostile work environments
- one or more of the following certifications/achievements: Master Sommelier, AVN Award winner, Master of Wine, Certified TEMPEST Technical Authority, Certified Massage Therapist, BUD/S, Meilleur Ouvrier de France
- Olympic medal in biathlon
- the warm feeling, which comes from organizing a conference
- street cred for organizing a hardcore conference
- free entry to the conference and a chance to miss some of the talks
- your name on the t2.fi website (note – htmlencoding will be applied)
- unspecified opportunities not available to laymen
- possibility to gain an infinite amount of experience or a nervous breakdown, whichever comes first
- annual performance bonus: t-shirt and a handshake
The conference is organized for hackers, by hackers. Advisory Board membership is a non-paid volunteer position. Information wants to be free. The deadline for applications is March 31. Nominations will be announced in the beginning of April. The choice for application format and transmission medium is free.
Please mark your calendars – t2’14 infosec will take place in Helsinki, Finland, from October 23 to 24, 2014.
To all those who contributed to the conference either as an attendee or as a speaker: Thank You!
If you have any questions/comments/feedback please let us know – we would love to make the con even better.