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Press Release: The BSides Las Vegas Innovation Challenge

Aka “The Science Fair”

Produced by: A.P. Delchi


Remember the heady days of the science fair? Demo parties? People coming together to show off the amazing bits of awesome that they had made in their basement? It’s time to revive this tradition and bring it to the modern day security conference. From an open call to the world, twelve teams representing hackerspaces and maker groups will be selected to come to Las Vegas to compete in four categories in front of a panel of  judges to demonstrate what they have accomplished. Awards will be based on cash and hardware provided by sponsors and donations from across the industry. 


Get your hackerspace, maker group, or team of friends who tinker in your basement and prepare your best projects and innovations to be presented to the BSides Las Vegas conference. This is an open call to groups that have established themselves, or are up and coming and ready to amaze the world. Submission methods are up to the group, but videos, pictures and live demonstrations are suggested. The call for submissions will be seeking entries for the following categories: 

Category One: Things that make things.

Did your group build a 3D printer, laser cutter, CNC device or some other piece of awesome that helps you make other things? What did you do with it after you built it? For example some folks have built 3D printers and used them to fabricate parts from skateboard wheels to carrying cases. Show us what you built, and what you built with it!

Category Two: Biohacking

Has your group experimented in gene splicing, implants, aeroponics, automated hydroponics, biofuels or other such biologically inspired projects? Bring your beakers and your Jacobs ladders to the people who rarely hear about such things. Innovations such as a kit to test food to see if it contains GMOs, Innovative home farming methods using automation and chemistry are what we are after.

Category Three: Vehicles

Get out of the garage and in front of the people! Have you turned your ordinary car into a hackmobile? Converted an old school bus into a rolling data center? Does your car have more storage space than your home computer? We are talking more than just thumpy bumpy sound systems – we want to see your home made Batmobile. Atomic engines to power! Nessus scanners active, rolling Wi-Fi hotspots activated! Make it so!

Category Four: Demos

From the good ‘ol days of demo parties, show us what you’ve got! You will have your moment on stage to display your awesome. Remember the talent show scene from Revenge of the Nerds? We now have EL wire and wearable MIDI. Take us on a magic carpet ride of awesome that shows what your team can do. Unlike the other categories, you will perform at the awards party and no one will know until it’s over who will win this category. Clap your hands everybody, and everybody clap your hands!
Open submissions start NOW. Submissions can be anything from photographs, videos, live streaming or wherever your imagination takes you. send your YouTube links or other submissions to: [email protected]
Six months out from the event a panel of judges will select three submissions from each category for a total of twelve groups who will be invited to come to BSides Las Vegas and make their presentations. From there a second panel of judges hand-picked from the old , new, and weird school will judge the submissions with the winners being announced at an open party during the conference. 


Prize packages will be determined based on sponsor and donor contributions. At this time hundreds of trained squirrels are working to contact potential sponsors and contributors to make the rewards the best we can muster. As this develops we will keep you updated. 
In each of the four categories, the prizes will be : 
  • 1st place : Amazing package of stuff and things, to further your awesome and make your innovations come true. 
  • 2nd place : A not as amazing as first place but still enough to give you toys to take back and build, innovate and make things happen.
  • 3rd place: Guaranteed entry into the competition next year without having to go through preliminary judging. 
Prizes for the first three categories will be awarded at an awards party to be held after judging. The demo competition and awards will happen as part of that party. Plans for live bands, DJ’s and sponsor demonstrations are in the works!


Does the idea of a show of awesome and supporting hackerspaces & maker group innovation make you feel warm and fuzzy inside? Do you want to donate hardware from your company, or sponsor the event in other ways?  Let us know! We will be reaching out in every way we can to ensure that the sponsors and donors as well as the participants are recognized in the forward march of human driven innovation. Security BSides Las Vegas, Inc. is a registered Nevada non-profit educational and charitable organization and the contest organizers are ready to work with you to help make this an amazing competition. 


We want feedback!

Way back in May of 2008 a few of us banded together and launched this podcast and website.  It’s been something we’ve poured a lot of elbow grease and time into, and we absolutely love doing it.

That being said, there are a lot of lessons we’ve learned about podcasting and just being a part of the security community in general.  I don’t know why it took us this long, but we are very much interested in honest, constructive feedback (well, if you do want to throw a few f bombs our way in an nonconstructive manner, we’ve definitely had our share of f bombs on the podcast, so feel free) about the show, the website, and us.  In-between beers, we are striving to remember to come up with better organization, flow, and content for you guys without getting divorced along the way.

This year we want to make sure we get ourselves organized better, and that we present you with the best of what we’re capable of.  To help with that we are asking that you take a short survey regarding our show and website. I have embedded the survey into our site below. If that is not an option for you, please utilize this link: Click here to take survey

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NetWitness joins forces with SecuraBit!

As the SecuraBit Podcast continues to evolve and stay true to our commitment to endorse products that actually work, we’re proud to announce that NetWitness has agreed to sponsor us at the Gold level effective immediately!  By joining forces with NetWitness, SecuraBit will continue to build upon its listener base and promote products which we’ve personally used and believe the security community will also benefit from.

NetWitness Corporation is the world leader in real-time network security monitoring and automated threat intelligence solutions, helping government and commercial organizations detect, prioritize and remediate complex IT risks. NetWitness solutions concurrently solve a wide variety of information security problems including: advanced persistent threat management; sensitive data discovery and advanced data leakage detection; malware activity discovery; insider threat management; policy and controls verification and e-discovery. Originally developed for the US Intelligence Community, NetWitness has evolved to provide enterprises around the world with breakthrough methods of network content analysis and host-based risk discovery and prioritization. NetWitness customers include Defense, National Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies, Top US and European Banks, Critical Infrastructure, and Global 1000 organizations. NetWitness has offices in the U.S. and the U.K. and partners throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Also, NetWitness was named the 21st Fastest Growing Private Company in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine. Read More!

Security BSides London

If you’ve missed out on BSides in the past because you live in/around London, you’d better not miss this!  We’re helping to promote the #BSidesLondon event which will happen on April 20, 2011.  For more details visit, and you can register to get your ticket here:

If you have any specific questions, Matt Summers is organizing the event, and his website is here:

Join us live on 8/25!

We will be live at 8pm Eastern, per usual.

Bryan Sartin joins us to discuss the 2010 Verizon Data Breach Report.  We will have our usual banter as well.

Use the links on the right side of the website to listen live!

SecuraBit Episode recording live tonight!

Hey folks,

Join us tonight as we interview Chris Hadnagy who is the Operations Manager for Offensive Security!  We plan to discuss their online training courses, the BackTrack linux distribution, and more!  If you have any questions for him please hit us up on twitter, comment here, email us, or join us in our IRC channel on freenode #securabit

See you tonight around 8pm EST!