H1t M0nk3y wrote:Anyone went to the "The Next HOPE", which took place last weekend (July 16 - 18) in New York City?
I am curious to get some feedback about this conference...
I had planned on going to HOPE as I haven't been there since HOPE2K however, my scheduling is outright horrible until Sept. when I did go to HOPE2K though, sadly I didn't even stick around for the majority of the talks. Five minutes into the majority of them and we were gone. At the time I had friends from all over the US come down to hang out at HOPE and it became just that... An excuse to go out and drink, hang out in Chelsea Pier in NYC, etc. That
was time spent better than what was being talked about at HOPE.
An issue I have with HOPE is who is leading the conference (2600). I'm not a fan of 2600 and certainly HOPE is not LISA, Defcon, Blackhat or Shmoo. For the most part, I would spend my money on a different conference. HOPE just doesn't have that "gotta go there" type of content, locale, etc.. This year the overhyping came via way of Julian Assange (Wikileaks) and the melee he's into. There was nothing I could visibly see via marketing, rumor or word of mouth that gave the conference the "must attend" impression. Now ask yourself this... In most conferences (Blackhat, Shmoo, Defcon, etc) many security professionals blog about/talk about/link to/brag about that one
talk... So far, zip, zilch, nada coming out of HOPE.
Ah... HOPE2K, the memories, beer, friends, girls and who could forget Jello Biafra. Just like Biafra though, I believe HOPE may have run out of just that... Hope