Thursday 20th August 2020 - CANCELLED

After careful consideration, we have taken the very tough decision to cancel BSides Manchester 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We had provisionally booked for the 20th of August 2020, but held off on any announcements when the scale and impact of the COVID-19 restrictions became apparent.

We have been hanging on, holding regular planning meetings, keeping a careful eye on the situation, and regularly speaking with our venue in hope that we would be able to host the event in August as planned.

However, it has become apparent it will not be possible to hold the type of in-person conference we want at a scale we require to make it feasible.


Therefore, we have decided to cancel BSides Manchester 2020 before we need to make a significant spending commitment, collect sponsorship, ask for submissions to our CFP and ask people to save the date/book travel/hotels etc.


Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last 6 years, and we look forward to welcoming you all back to Manchester for an epic BSidesMCR 2021 (we have already started the planningJ).

About BSidesMCR

BSides Manchester is one of the premier UK technical cybersecurity conferences.  It is run under a Community Interest Company (CIC) and is a not-for-profit company and event.  It is an inclusive event open to anyone in the InfoSec community and is organised by handful of dedicated Security Professionals volunteers who give up their own time, skills and knowledge for free.  If you think you could help organise the event, then contact us on

Sponsorship Opportunities

The last 6 years of BSides Manchester would not have been possible without the help and support of our fantastic sponsors and supporters, so a big thank you to you all. This year there are even more great sponsorship opportunities available.  Details can be found on our sponsorship pages.  Please get involved and support this community focused event.

CFP (Call for Papers)

Opening very soon.  Check here for more details.


Several batches of tickets will be released to give everyone a chance of getting one regardless of when you work, sleep, study, etc. 

Please see our Ticket page for more details.

The number of tickets we can release, the swag we can give away, the free food & drink available, and the after party bar tab are all dependent on the income (mainly sponsorship) we receive, so please encourage companies to get involved.


There will be parties :) We intend to have a Precon called "beersides" and an After Party this year. Check out our Gallery page for some highlights of previous year's.

Sponsorship of these events is available as part of our sponsorship packages. Please see our Sponsorship page for more detail. 

Get Involved

Want to get involved? Have a question? Want to become a sponsor? Or volunteer your help?

Get in contact either via Twitter @BSidesMCR or via email on

Keep up to date with us

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Also follow us on Twitter @BSidesMCR and Facebook, and join the discussion on our LinkedIn Group.


If you love BSidesMCR and would like to show your support and make a financial donation to the event, then please do so via the PayPal link below.  We really do maximise every penny donated and spend it wisely - we would welcome any amount you would be happy to donate.


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