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Get in touch

If you are interested in our conference and what we are doing and would like to cover our event or would like comment, then please to get in touch with us on info@bsidesmcr.org.uk or 07748 624697

 

We'd like to tell you a bit more about BSides Manchester 2016 below.

 
Some basics:
  • The biggest Hacker Conference in the UK outside of London.

  • 400+ people who are attending an awesome conference on Information Security, Hacking, Web and Mobile Security, and much more.

  • FREE to the 400 attendees.

  • 4 Tracks of talks, workshops, training and demos in areas as diverse as the Ashley Maddison Security Breach to the security of Industrial Control Systems, and much more - see out Schedule for the latest details.

  • Supporting the growth of new people into the Information Security industry.

  • Supported by some of the biggest UK Info Security firms, see our Sponsors.

  • Setup and organised by 3 Manchester based Security Professionals (who have full time jobs in InfoSec), and put on by volunteers under a not-for-profit organisation Manchester BSides CIC.  Our way of giving back to the industry which has given us much.

 

Background

BSides Manchester 2014 was our first year and a great success.  We have a page dedicated to 2014 on our website so you can see pictures and details of the event.

BSides Manchester is a free event for the attendees, and put on by people who volunteer their time for free and run the event under BSides Manchester CIC (Community Interest Company).  We use the strap line “The FREE InfoSec conference by the community for the community”.  BSides Manchester CIC is not allowed to make profit and all income from sponsors is used to pay for and put on the BSides Manchester events.

 

Attendees

Last year our audience was made up of InfoSec professionals, people from academia, people from the IT industry, and students (mainly on InfoSec or IT/Computing degrees).  People attended from all over the UK and some from further afield in Europe and even from the USA.  This year the demand for tickets has been overwhelming.

 

Last year the make-up of attendees was mainly InfoSec professionals, people from academia, people from the IT industry, and students (mainly on InfoSec or IT/Computing degrees).  People attended from all over the UK and some from further afield in Europe and even from the USA.

 

BSides Manchester Tracks & Speakers

In 2014 we ran two main tracks and a rookie afternoon (in Track 2) for first time presenters.  In 2015 we are running three main tracks and a rookie track which may also contain lightening (on the day) presentations.  In 2015 we are also running some workshops, demos and training sessions.

In both 2014 & 2015 we have attracted speakers from many of the top UK InfoSec companies and presentations from US speakers who flew into Manchester especially to present at the Conference.  In 2014 our keynotes were from Jessie Burns (founder of iSec Partners in San Francisco), and Dr Jessica Barker.  Full details of the 2014 speaker line-up can we found on here.

 

Sponsors

We were sponsored in 2014 by the following companies and have already confirmed some to return and are speaking to the rest: NCC Group, KPMG, PortSwigger, Pen Test Ltd, Nettitude, IOActive, Pen Test Partners, CREST, CESG, Women in Security, Steelcon, Whitehat Rally, Coderdojo.

The 2015 sponsors already signed up can be found here and we are speaking to more.

 

BSides Manchester 2014 Feedback

The feedback we received from BSides Manchester 2014 was great.  Below are links to a couple of write-ups, blogs, and we’ve also included some tweets.

http://robospatula.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/bsides-manchester-experience.html

https://www.hashtagsecurity.com/bsidesmanchester-2014/

 

 

 

 

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