As noted before, for some reason beyond my understanding I am going to be speaking at both SOURCE Barcelona and Brucon in September, as well as in Excaliburcon in China (you guys must really like this whole crime meets state thing huh?).
So, down to business, SOURCE Barcelona is going to be awesome – Itâ€™s going to be my first SOURCE Iâ€™m really looking forward to getting back together with some of my friends (Chris, Wim, Jayson… the old Wuxi pwnage team en-scale), and meet people I wanted to pick their brains in person (Brian Honan – especially because Iâ€™ll miss his talk…).
Next up is Brucon. Iâ€™ve said enough about Brucon in the last conference schedule update, nevertheless, itâ€™s shaping up to beat itâ€™s last yearsâ€™ reputation. Expecting great talks, great crowd, and awesome beer! As far as talks Iâ€™m looking forward to – will definitely catch up with Joe which I missed at DefCon, Craig whoâ€™s Skylab is of a personal/professional interest to me, Dale with the HeadHacking talk, and Fabianâ€™s GSM one. Obviously there are many more, but as Iâ€™ve learned over the years – donâ€™t be greedy (especially not at conferences)…
Last but definitely not least, Excaliburcon is going to happen after all! This year the location is going to be just outside of Beijing. We will all miss Wuxi a lot, but Iâ€™m really looking forward to checking out more of China. It was a great experience last year and Iâ€™m setting up my hopes pretty high for December as the speaker list is getting pretty hot!
The common threat across these three conferences is that unlike the â€œbig onesâ€, they all allow the attendants a very close interaction with the talks. This really enables more information sharing and knowledge transfer, and Iâ€™ve really learned a lot more from smaller conferences such as these than from the big ones that sport a dozen tracks at the same time (think RSA… you are not going there for the content anymore…).
If you happen to be at one of those, feel free to ping me (or even better – buy me a beer 🙂 )!