Harder, Faster, Better, Stronger: The (Re)Evolution of the Hacker Con

Our industry is strange – our gatherings even stranger.

With more security conferences than there are days in the year, there is literally a security event for everyone. From the madness of Defcon, to the family-friendly outdoor summer camps of the CCC. From the straight laced, suits-only events of Asia to the party atmosphere at Ekoparty, a «security conference» can mean a lot of different things.

Conferences have changed, morphed and evolved from a gathering of like minded individuals sharing their work, to platforms where the l33t gather to show off their skillz, and the place to land your next job or sell your next 0day.

From the hacks of future past, join me in this brief look at the evolution of our «tribal gatherings» – the question is not where we have come or where we are, but where to next?

Dhillon (L33tdawg) Kannabhiran


Dhillon (L33tdawg) Kannabhiran is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hack in The Box. Prior to quitting his day job to lead the HITB team on crazy adventures around the world, Dhillon started off at the height of the dotcom craze as a technology journalist with PC World, ZDnet, MIS Asia and CNet. When the bubble burst, he moved on to a Malaysian telco as Chief IT Officer to spend his days in the world of Cisco AS5300s, in a land of packet switched networks at a time when Asterisk did not just mean *. Today, he spends his days surrounded by emails, spearheading all of the HITB strategic efforts and driving the HITB team crazy. In his limited spare time, he dabbles with machine learning and computer vision and is currently working on building an autonomous R/C car - because why not?

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