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

Wim Remes wremes at gmail.com
Wed Mar 21 09:51:37 EDT 2012

FTR : BruCON has never done and will never do sponsor-paid keynotes.  While
it may be that the company where one of our speakers (keynote or not) is
employed will sponsor the conference, the keynotes are preselected by the
core organizers and the talks are selected by an independent committee
without sponsorship as a criteria for either.

So, I would argue on over-generalization but I agree that the trend is very



On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:26 PM, Dave Aitel <dave at immunityinc.com> wrote:

>  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
> perhaps?):
> *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.
> -dave
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