Apr 28th, 2018
Well that is the big day over for this year and I am not sure it wasn’t better than the time before.
Rory and I had a tiring two days. Day one we had to drive from rural Argyll to Glasgow not once but twice with 320 delegate bags, 50 sponsor/speaker/crew bags, the CryptoCake and sundry other kit. These were the sponsor bags, filled with goodies from Scotland such as whisky, tablet and IrnBru.
And the delegate bags, kindly sponsored by Secarma.
Then we were off to the Metropolitan Bar where we entertained our sponsors, speakers and crew for a “pre-party”. Rory and I had to leave early because the next morning we were up at 5:10am and back to the venue. We were very happy that the staff brought all the bags up to our reception on a trolley as I didn’t fancy carrying them all up several sets of stairs.
Some of our crew were kind enough to turn up at the crack of dawn as well and we started handing out the goodies at 7:30. By then our sponsors had arrived and set up with some impressive stands and fun events like drone hacking. Our competition was the famous CryptoCake which was sitting in all its glory on the reception table.
Then the talks started. After Rory’s introductory remarks – Paul Midian opened up with a great discussion of the ups and downs of life as a CISO. Our packed schedule then followed with everything from Nazi hunting, Death by Internet and the Dildos and Didon’ts of Sex Toy Hacking (inevitably by Ken Munro).
Some shots of our venue at the Royal Concerts.
In the afternoon we cut the CryptoCake which seemed to go down well although I grossly over-estimated the quantities needed (the part left over has gone to Livingston Cricket Club!).
Then Jessica Barker delivered a very interesting closing keynote in the Strathclyde Suite and Rory Alsop closed the event with the handout of the prizes. As it turned out, his young daughter won our huge Heilan’ Coo for solving our cryptographic problem – which is a good thing as she had been asking about it all day 🙂 Below is Donald the Coo and myself with Iggy one of our crew.
Those people who weren’t totally exhausted (not including Rory and I) headed off across the road for Secarma’s after-party and CTF.
It was really nice to note that since last year, the number of women attending had greatly increased from last year, and that we had some very active participation from some young people.
By the time Rory and I were back in Argyll we were total tired out – but it was a great day and we have had huge positive feedback.