Events to Attend While at Black Hat USA 2011

Black Hat USA 2011 LogoThere are usually a lot of events scheduled the week of the Black Hat conference. I’ll be attending some of these events, and I encourage you to attend some as well. This is a list of after parties and Black Hat sponsored special events that will keep you busy all week.

Black Hat After Parties

MANDIANT Reception: Enjoy an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and drinks while getting the opportunity to chat with some of MANDIANT’s instructors and executives.

When: Aug 3, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m
Where: Shadow Bar Inside Caesar’s Palace

Rock-It To The Moon Party: Sponsored by Rapid7, EWF, FireMon, NitroSecurity and Veracode. Come for Dual Core, DJ, open bar and dessert.

When: Aug 3, 9:00pm – 2:00am
Where: Moon Nightclub at the Palms Fantasy Tower, 52nd Floor

FireMon and FishNet Security Party: Drinks, appetizers and some Salsa Dancing. Bring your business card to be entered into the raffle.

When: Aug 3, 9pm – 12am
Where: The Rhumbar at the Mirage

ModSecurity Happy Hour: A relaxed, social setting where you can meet the ModSecurity Project Team and other ModSecurity users face-to-face.  Anyone who uses or contributes to the project should stop by for some drinks and food.

When: Aug 3, 4pm – 6pm
Where: MunchBar at the Caesars Palace

EWF Meet & Greet: Network with your peers and enjoy a few drinks. Learn more about the Executive Women’s Forum and our Cyber Security School Challenge.

When: Aug 2, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Where: Caesar’s Palace – Pisa Room

SecurityTwits Meetup: This is a cash bar event. There will not be a guest list/sign-up process. Just show up. If there is room, you’ll get in.

When: 8:00pm till whenever
Where: The Artisan Hotel in the bar/pool area

Qualys Reception: Honoring their customers in a private reception of cocktails and fine cuisine.

When: Aug 3, 7:30pm
Where: Yellowtail Restaurant at the Bellagio

The Qualys & Dell SecureWorks Party: Enjoy a night of entertainment, cocktails & dancing. Open bar available from 10pm to 2am.

When: August 3, 10pm – 2am
Where: The Bank nightclub at the Bellagio

Absolute Madness: Sponsored by MAD Security, Core Security, NitroSecurity, and RedSeal Systems.

Where: Caesars Palace Suite

nCircle Party: Another after party.

When: Aug 3, 7:30pm
Where: Caesars Palace

NetWitness Party: Yet another after party.

When: Aug 3, 8pm – 12am
Where: Jet nightclub at the Mirage

Cisco Party: The registration site for the Cisco Customer Social Event at PURE Nightclub is now closed. If you would like to register for the event, visit Cisco in booth #305.

When: Aug 3, 8pm – 12am
Where: PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace

Black Hat Special Events

Black Hat Arsenal: This year Black Hat will be offering a tool/demo area for independent researchers and the open source community to showcase their work and answer questions from conference attendees. This is not an exhibit space for big enterprise sized companies. You can find a description of the demos on the Black Hat website. And below is the schedule.

When: Aug 3-4, 10:00-18:00
Where: Caesars Palace: 4th Floor Promenade

Day 1

Black Hat Arsenal Day 1 Schedule

Day 2

Black Hat Arsenal Day 2 Schedule

Black Hat Circuit: The Black Hat Circuit will feature themed rooms from key exhibitors; offering conference delegates a venue to continue their technology conversations and networking activities. Participating Circuit sponsors will be providing food and drinks, along with opportunities to win prizes.

When: Aug 3, 19:00-22:00
Where: Caesars Palace: 3rd Floor

Hacker Court: Go behind the scenes with the Hacker Court team to discover what goes into preparing for a computer crime trial. This year, the Hacker Court team takes you behind the scenes to discuss just how much work is involved in preparing for a computer crime trial. This panel will discuss the lifecycle of prosecuting and defending against a computer crime charge: what constitutes a computer crime, how it affects businesses, how computer crime is detected and investigated, how a case is prepared and finally the theater known as Court.

When: Aug 3, 18:00-19:30

Pwnie Awards: The Pwnie Awards is an annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements and failures of the security community over the past year. The award categories are:

  • Pwnie for Best Server-Side Bug
  • Pwnie for Best Client-Side Bug
  • Pwnie for Best Privilege Escalation Bug
  • Pwnie for Most Innovative Research
  • Pwnie for Lamest Vendor Response
  • Pwnie for Best Song
  • Pwnie for Most Epic FAIL
  • Pwnie for Lifetime Achievement
  • Pwnie for Epic Ownage

When: Aug 3, 18:15-19:30

Black Hat Store: Get Black Hat branded merchandise like t-shirts, jackets, mugs, barware, lab coats and more.

When: Aug 2 – 15:00-21:00, Aug 3-4 – 08:00-18:00
Where: Caesars Palace: Emperor’s Ballroom

This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you are aware of other events planned for the week that I have not listed, let us know in the comments. Do you plan on attending any of these events? If so, which ones?


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