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Kawaiicon 2019

October 17, 2019 - October 18, 2019


EH-Net Global Calendar - Kawaiicon 2019Kawaiicon is like taking Kiwicon and adding more color and less fire, kind of. Kawaiicon 2019 is one of the myriad technical computer security conferences in the Australia-Pacific region, and certainly the most adorable.

Organised by the masochistic Kiwicon crüe, Kawaiicon attempts to bring together everyone in the infosec industry: The suits, spooks, hobbyists, researchers, consultants, engineers, analysts, testers, and management.

We also attempt to invite in others that hover around the edges into that chaotic melting pot: the lawyers, policy nerds, developers, auditors, communications people, and co. Whether they like it or not they are part of this band of misfits.

Kawaiicon aims to have speakers from as many of these groups as we can, and have talks ranging from the deep blue sea of technical to the shallow end of the pool of interesting infosec niches.

Kawaiicon has not learned anything from the past, and will aim to fill up the Michael Fowler Centre with 2100 people again, with 50 or so amazeballs speakers, volunteers, and crue.

Kuracon – Kid Friendly Activities at Kawaiicon 2019

So we’ve been trying to pull something together to help educate our kids in the ‘hacker’ mindset for a while now. We thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool to bring our kids to Kiwicon?”

No, seriously, we did think that it would be cool, but then realised we’d have to keep them away from the flames and the rest of the pyro. So we never really got around to it.

Thankfully, someone more responsible stepped in. So thanks to @kiwisarentfruit AKA Andrew, we’re trying this out.

We’re planning a kids drop-in area held on the Friday at Kawaiicon with a variety of activities at kid-friendly levels.

Age range is pretty open, if you think your kid is interested then bring them along. You (the parent / guardian) would need to be present while your child is there, and you’ll need a Kawaiicon ticket and your child needs a Kuracon ticket.

Activities would include basic lockpicking (cuffs, progressive locks) coding, technology deconstruction, electronics, potentially a basic kids CTF, you get the idea.

It will be a fun and safe space for the hackers of tomorrow to try some things out and give it a go.

We expect that kids will attend on the Friday with an adult, there will be a small fee involved just to help cover costs, and probably kids tshirts.

More details coming soon. If you’re interested, tick the box when you purchase your ticket. Any questions, contact us.


We trialed offering childcare during Kiwicon X and it worked well, so we’ll do that again. If you have young children that need childcare then tick that box on the ticket form and we’ll be in touch. We will have this on Thursday and Friday at Kawaiicon. Again, any questions, contact us.

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October 17, 2019
October 18, 2019
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111 Wakefield St
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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