DerbyCon lived up to its top billing as one of the best security conferences to attend. It is amazing how much is going on at the conference the entire time. Five talk tracks, CTF competition, lock pick village, vendor area, and of course LobbyCon. And that doesn't include the evening festivities like Hacker Jeopardy, a showing of Hackers to hackers, or the two nights of concerts (DualCore and The Crystal Method). There was a constant roar coming from the lobby of DerbyCon each day from 8 a.m to 6 a.m.
The con was well located in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Outside of the venue is a plethora of food choices and entertainment. All within a two block radius. The farthest I ventured away from the con was about three blocks for breakfast with a group of old and new acquaintances.
Speaking of acquaintances, I got to catch up with people I've meet at previous conferences, as well as meet some new ones. That is one of the best things about attending these conferences, the connections you create and maintain (and I've made a whole bunch in the one-plus year of attending cons).
Below is the recording of my DerbyCon talk and a link to my slides.
I was pretty happy with my talk. I wish I wasn't so monotone, but part of that was nervousness and the other part was sitting down for the talk. I believe later speakers stood up with microphone, which is something I should have done. Sitting down to give my talk sucked some of the energy from it. Looking past the lack of energy, I have gotten good feedback on the talk. Everyone that I talked to about the talk said it was good and useful, which was my ultimate goal.
I am very much looking forward to DerbyCon 2016