[Dailydave] Paid-for Vendor talk .... seems legit?

Dave Aitel dave at immunityinc.com
Wed Mar 21 09:26:07 EDT 2012

Why is it that every conference has gone the full hog and decided that
you must sell keynotes? When I tried to watch the Whitman Diffie
keynote  at BH EU, it was proceeded by a 30 minute Fortigate
infomercial. RSA had like 5 paid-for keynotes for every one real
keynote. Everyone who hasn't should watch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7iM5CbBLBY to see why this is a terrible
idea. Even if the paid-for talks (and they're not just keynotes!) were
good, it should still be considered an unacceptable way to run a
technical conference.

Here's my promise about INFILTRATE 2013 - there will be no paid talks.
None. We choose talks solely based on technical content, speaking skill,
and amount of Buffy quotes.

Example (assuming you are speaking about some part of the industry
    *Xander <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xander_Harris>*: Well, how
    about this: we whip out the Ouija board, light a few candles, summon
    some ancient unstoppable evil? Mayhem, mayhem, mayhem; we show up
    and and kick its ass.
    *Giles <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Giles>* /[pauses to
    contemplate]/: A wee bit unethical.


INFILTRATE 2013 January 10th-11th in Miami - the world's best offensive information security conference.

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