KIWICON 9: CYBERWAR IS HELL
10-11 December 2015
St. James Theatre, Wellington
So we had a 9th Kiwicon. It featured cyber, flames, lasers, significant facial damage, hackers, crackers, jackers, directors, (and, as far as we know, only one creeper. Seems pretty good for 1500 people?). Also a musical saw, many mother-duckers, nuclear launch codes, the PLA, the Evil Empire, the hams, the luxuriantly-pelted, the talented, the tasty, and the inspiring. Clearly Kiwicon has transcended mere conference and is now well shark-jumped into Variety Show; one description we heard was "infosec Sesame Street" (which we like because it suggests both eductional and entertaining, and our alpaca does look plausibly like big bird, and Peter Gutmann already cameoed as the grouch) while another wit said that we "take the act of not-taking-themselves-seriously very seriously".
We enjoyed putting on the show for you, and it appears that you enjoyed it too. Thanks for your support and patronage, and we won't see you next time, because it's always the last Kiwicon...
The Kiwicon Crue
Oh jeez, its almost con time. Us Kiwicon Crue are running around frantically, so this'll probably be the last update to the site until after 'con. For real-time information, follow comms channel TWTR.
If you're in town already, the Malthouse is opening at midday to premiere the Kiwicon CYBEER, please don't drink it all before we get there. On Wednesday, we'll be setting up for Early Registration at Forward Operating Base MEOW from 2pm; pick up your tickets and merch here to avoid the queue on Thursday morning.
Your final approach checklist:
See you in the trenches of CYBERWAR.
The Kiwicon Crue
That's a big ten-four on the "sold out" status of Kiwicon tickets.
We set a lofty goal of filling the St James theatre (of war) with hackers and we managed to do that in 29 days. We're expecting around 1400 cyber-warriors. Eep.
Merch sales are closed now - You can't order any more merch. You may be able to pick up a tshirt at the conference, but hoodies are not for sale, however we will have other interesting things for sale at the con so bring your cash money (no eftpos!)
In the meantime, why not book some training - there are still a few spots available on some courses.
We'll be sending a cyber-communication in the coming weeks giving updates on the things you need to know.
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:
We're also including a "People's choice" cyber-talk slot in the schedule this year. See the event page for more info.
Today we announced the first set of teaser talks, put training on sale (remember half the training seats are free too!), and read the terrible news of the misfortune that befell our Kiwicon sheep (circa Kiwicon 5 - Kiwicon 7) at the hands of the GUBMINT. We're very pleased that we managed to save enough over the years to purchase our very own model sheep new (its the most expensive thing on the Kiwicon Heavy Industries asset register) so we don't have to share with the perverts at MBIE.
Ticket sales are past 50%, with 766/1400 sold. Don't delay - call in a CyberMASH helicopter to get you to the ticket cart before they bleed out.
And the answer is, Cyber the hell out of it, and watch the money roll in.
So here we are, Kiwicon 9: Cyberwar Is Hell, the cyber-est cyber con that ever donned a robe and wizard hat. We hope you enjoy it.
Ticket sales will hopefully begin this week, 14 or maybe 15th Oct, depending on us testing it a bit more so as to make sure we're up to the grade of our McAfee Hackersafe Seal that we applied for. Merchandise will follow soon after.
See you in december, Cyber chums!