BSidesCleveland 2014 is a grassroots initiative dedicated to producing a cutting-edge, pop-up IT security conference for InfoSec enthusiasts in the Greater Cleveland, Ohio area and beyond.
CFP for 2014 is now open
What is BSides?
Each BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time. It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening.
BSides was born out of number of rejections to the CFP for Black Hat USA 2009. A number of quality speakers were rejected, not due to lack of quality but lack of space and time. Any constrained system must operate within the bounds to which it has defined itself. Conferences constrain themselves to the eight hours a day for however many days they run. Our goal is to provide people with options by removing those barriers and providing more options for speakers, topics, and events.
Much like Noisebridge, and other hacker spaces, we are a do-acracy; in other words, if you want it, then you do to it or make it happen. We do not have members, but rather participants. You are the “we” and we can only be successful if you make that happen for yourself.