News and info about the con.
It took a while, mostly due to me being slow at getting things sorted out, but Bliss got their share of the £1600 that we raised this year. A huge thanks to everyone who bought from the bring and buy, entered the raffle or just threw cash into the collection bucket.
Robin and the crew.
We’ve finally got all the media from the event online, here are the links to it all:
What made it even better was the live streaming on the day for those who couldn’t physically attend.
Due to “age restriction problems” on Flickr we’ve moved to hosting the photos with Google this year. We will probably move the old archives over at some point as well.
Last year we ran a “bring and buy” table for IT and security related books, raising £100 for the premature baby charity Bliss.
We are running the table again this year and extending it to include hardware. Do you have old kit lying around at home, collecting dust that you think might be valuable to someone else? If so, bring it along. If there is something special about what you are bringing, such as the power supply is dead or there is a loose connection somewhere, then please bring a note to put on it so people know what they are buying.
If you’ve nothing to bring, make sure you’ve got some cash on you and space in your bag or car so you can take something home, as all proceeds will go to charity.
For the last two years your ticket has granted you access to a day full of amazing talks, a lunch including ice cream from one of the best producers in the country, a true northern dinner and enough free drinks at the party to make everyone merry, but this year we are going a step further, we are adding workshops!
We are going to make Friday afternoon Workshop Time. At the moment, the plan is to run between four and five sessions between 1PM and 5PM but depending on numbers this might open up to the morning as well.
So as well, as looking for CFP submissions for talks, we also want workshop submissions. We want either two or four hour sessions and are looking for anything hacker related. We are expecting the usual “this is how to hack product X” but, in line with our range of talks, would also like some on soft skills and other none technical topics. These all have to be carried out in university provided rooms so please consider this when coming up with ideas, if you are not sure if something is appropriate then please get in touch and we will make a decision.
Once we have the schedule sorted out we will open ticketing to let you book your seats and, as said before, this is all in the one ticket, this is not an extra cost, just reserving seats for bums.
After a lot of hard work by Luke, Cal and Tom we’ve finally got the videos sorted and uploaded. Not all the talks were recorded and not all the recordings have made it through to being published, this is because, despite all the work put in on the day and in post production, the quality is no where near what we would have liked due to a number of problems including:
- Cameras failing
- Memory cards filling up
- Microphones not picking up what they were supposed to
- Picture in picture accidentally being turned on during recording losing a chunk of screen space
- Poor lighting in track 2
- Various other little niggles
We’ve learnt a lot from this and plans are already in place for next year where we hope to be able to do live streaming, this should mean problems are picked up straight away and the recordings are ready for release within days not months.
Apologies to the speakers whose hard work didn’t make it through, if you want to see what we have we can send you what we have of your talk, just get in touch.
Since I moved house I’ve had a pile of tech books stacked under my desk that I know I’ll never read but don’t want to give to the local charity shop as I doubt they’d sell. So I was thinking, I might just bring them along to the con, put them on a table and if anyone wants one they can put some cash in a charity donation bucket. I’m sure there will be someone from a hackerspace there at the end who be happy to take any left overs away and if not then I’ve tried and Oxfam can have them.
If anyone else wants to bring along any that they don’t want then feel free, better given to a good home than collecting dust and taking up space.
To keep the fun going into the evening, Jess Barker has volunteered to put together an infosec quiz for us which we are going to mix in with some rounds of PowerPoint karaoke MC’d by Freaky Clown. For those unfamiliar with PowerPoint karaoke, we pull a selection of slide decks from the internet and each presenter is given a random one to present on sight, how they do it and in what style is up to them.
All this topped off with a good helping of Northern cuisine and a nice large bar tab courtesy of Nettitude should make it an evening to remember.
PS for those brave enough, the SteelCon shots will be making a return. For those who weren’t involved last year you’ll have to wait for the night to find out our secret ingredient.