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t2'16 schedule now online

Where did the last 365 days go? Time flies when you’re up all night cybering, and t2’16 is now just around the corner. The schedule for this year has been released, and we’ve reserved one slot for a wildcard – stay tuned for updates.

This week’s nation-state hackback / Counter Computer Network Exploitation / HUMINT op who-knows-what makes Peter Kosinar’s talk on Thursday more than relevant. We promise this is a total co-incidence! To prevent your C&C business intelligence server from getting compromised, coming early enough to check out the keynote is a good idea.

While t2-as-a-Service is not yet on our drawing board, opening up the registration together with the CFP seemed to be a popular move. Around 30% tickets were sold over the summer, and based on purchasing patterns of previous years, majority will be sold during the next 4-6 weeks. Last year was sold out a month before the conference – if you want to confirm your attendance, now is the time to do so.

As always, creating a conference schedule from CFP entries is not as easy as one might think. Balancing the content to cater to a varied audience means, unfortunately, leaving out quality submissions. The Advisory Board would like to thank each and everyone who submitted a talk this year – a conference is nothing without the speakers.

Call for Papers 2016

If you are tired of any of the following: 1) conferences where coffee service equals one coupon (= cup) per day, 2) conferences with crazy-ass lines making world’s busiest transit hubs seem like a pleasurable life experience, 3) conferences showcasing talks indistinguishable from sponsored content, or 4) conferences which overcharge and underdeliver, please continue reading.

t2 has throughout its history offered speakers and guests an intimate atmosphere where ideas can be exchanged with fellow hax0rz. We take pride in treating speakers as guests of honor – presenting a talk at t2 and visiting Helsinki is something we want you to both remember and enjoy.

Finland is a country, which has pioneered things such as the first web browser with a GUI[1], has no embassy in New Zealand and has introduced the world some minor tech stuff such as Linux and SMS. In case your bucket list contains BDSM with complete strangers, just submit a paper, come to Helsinki and ask for Finnish sauna [2].

While Helsinki cannot offer you sunshine, resorts or palm trees, we can compensate that with cold weather, eternal winter, darkness, and snow if you’re lucky. According to the latest OECD statistics[3], Finland has as many metal bands as France has wine producers, but more metal subgenres than there are wine regions.

t2’16 offers you an audience with a taste for technical security presentations containing original content. This is your chance to showcase the latest research and lessons in offensive offense, enterprise compromise, ambiguous APT-attribution, nation state lulz, anti-anti-anti-forensics, blacklisted research, crafting digital munitions, defense strategy and tactics that actually work, tampering anti-tamper units, competitive barbecue and/or doping in professional sports. Topics outside the listed categories are accepted as long as you promise to share love and happiness.

The advisory board will be reviewing submissions until 2016-07-01.
First come, first served. Submissions will not be returned.

Quick facts for speakers

  • presentation length 60-120 minutes, in English
  • complimentary travel and accommodation for one person [4]
  • decent speaker hospitality benefits
  • no marketing or product propaganda

Still not sure if this is for you? Check out the blast from the past:
https://t2.fi/schedules/

ps. If you are one of those dedicated hardcore t2 visitors and want to ensure your place in the audience even before speakers are announced.. The registration is now open!

How to submit
Fill out the form at https://t2.fi/action/cfp

References
[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erwise
[1] http://www.visitfinland.com/article/10-sauna-tips-for-beginners/
[2] https://www.google.com/search?q=site:oecd-nea.org+filetype:php
[3] With the exception of Charlier Miller and Chris Valasek
[4] Yes, we know

 

99 problems but a free ticket ain't one

Three and half weeks until t2’15. We’re sold out but we didn’t sell out. The hard limit of 99 attendees is the corner stone of the conference and come hell or high water, it’s here to stay.

It’s also the reason we think now is a good time to remind those who plan on attending t2’16 to sneak those figures into next year’s budget. After that, it’s just a case of “We had this discussion last October” and “Our training budget accounts for t2, lobby bar and/or random 0day”. Some of the more veteran attendees have taken this a step further and just labeled the cost as threat intel. After all, it’s the one budget category where you can pour in money and nobody questions the spending or the results.

Speaking of money, we’d like to see Lester Freamon’s take on attribution when it comes to those annoyingly pedestrian toolkits.