Jul 27, 2011

Where the party's at ...

So, what's a con without a party?

When I set out to organize the Brucon party this year I had a lofty goal. We all work hard enough in our day jobs. The volunteers bust their butt to make Brucon as amazing a conference as it can be. For you, for the volunteers, I wanted to host the most awesome party I could come up with. Finally, everything fell into place and I feel confident that the party will be as kick-ass as you would expect from us. Here's what we got :

IOActive is the exclusive sponsor for the Brucon party. We're very pleased to have them supporting us in what we're trying to do for and with the infosec community!

The party will be held at Havana Club Brussels (http://www.havana-brussels.com), Rue de l'Epée 4, 1000 Brussels.
It's a cuban inspired place with (at maximum capacity) 4 bars and 2 floors that will be exclusively available to the Brucon audience. As the location is modular, we will be doing a roll call a little bit closer to the event so we can make sure enough bars are open to keep you hydrated!

And then ... there's music!

You will be entertained by :
- Joernchen of Phenoelit (checkout http://www.phonoelit.org)
- Mumpi of Phenoelit (checkout http://www.phonoelit.org)
- Keith Myers (checkout http://www.myspace.com/djkeithmyers)

Now, those in the know understand that we're quite excited about this line up but most of all, we're hoping you will enjoy this part of the conference as much as all the rest of goodness we'll have to offer you!

Jul 25, 2011

Staying in Brussels during Brucon

This post is long overdue ... You are all waiting to hear from us which hotel will be the official conference hotel.

At this moment we have selected no hotel yet. The main reason for this is that we have learned that there are other events taking place in Brussels at the same time as Brucon. This has resulted in a price increase for hotel rooms (where Brussels is already not the cheapest city when it comes to hotels) and tough negotiations on our part to find the best deal. This will continue for a few more days so at this moment we want to suggest a few hotels that are ideally located in Brussels in several price categories.

Ideally located means that they are close to public transport to reach the conference venue and within walking (short cab drive) distance of the party location for Monday night (+close to the infamous Brussels nightlife)

Hotel Novotel off Grand Place
120, rue du Marché Aux Herbes
1000 Brussels, Belgium

Best Western Premier Carrefour De l'Europe
110, Rue du Marché aux Herbes
1000 Brussels, Belgium

Hotel NH Grand Place Arenberg
Stormstraat 15
1000 City of Brussels, Belgium

Hotel La Madeleine
Rue de la Montagne 22
1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Obviously there are more hotels in Brussels ... Any hotel near gare du midi is pretty much ok too.

If you can gather 4 or more people to stay together, you might want to look into a short-term rent appartment as well :

Jul 14, 2011

Last day of early bird tickets BruCON Training

You've got until 12 midnight on Friday 15th July (CET timezone) to take advantage of BruCON's early bird tickets for great trainings:
  • FAIR - Factor Analysis of Information Risk by Jack Jones
  • Corelan Live – Win32 Exploit Development Bootcamp by Peter Van Eeckhoutte
  • There’s An App For That (Pentesting Mobile Apps) by Joe McCray
  • Threat Modeling and Architecture review by Pravir Chandra
  • Dissecting Wireless Network Security by Vivek Ramachandran
Details on http://2011.brucon.org/index.php/Training

Quick Decisions Might be the Best!

The BruCON team