When we re-launched BSides Charlotte in 2019 with a renewed energy and concerted effort to jump start this beloved (and sorely missed) conference we had set our sights on getting a great start with 2019 only to continue that momentum into our 2020 plans.
Thank you again to ALL our participants, sponsors, and staff that made our comeback year a success.
Now on to 2020, life has changed.
Significantly for all of us, more for some, less for others, but still changed and possibly for much longer than any of us would like to see.
The BSides Charlotte board has been quiet publicly but have still held discussions, some formal meetings, and ultimately made some decisions:
- BSides Charlotte 2020 will be going virtual.
- The conference as FREE TO ATTEND.
- We also recognize that while cheaper by far, we anticipate having some expenses and would appreciate any donations that will help offset those and any remaining will directly contribute to the 2021 conference.
- We are also actively seeking sponsorship to help offset costs for 2020 and allow us to better position for 2021.
Further details will be provided as soon as we are ready.
BSides has been, is, and will always be about a community coming together for the centralized cause of cyber security; building awareness, learning new skills, making new friends, catching up with friends we haven’t seen in a while. While we will miss the in-person interactions fiercely, we believe this is the best option at this time.
We’ve watched our friends and fellow conference organizers (and some of our own board who are involved in a broad variety of conferences) grapple with how to make this current situation still work and most importantly, still keep a sense of self and community around their sliver of the security community.
There have been some good successes and a whole lot of lessons to learn from coming out of each event whether canceled or conducted. We hope that through watching what others have been able to achieve that we can, in turn, provide an enjoyable virtual conference for the BSides community.
We wish all of you good health and look forward to seeing you at the conference once again this year, virtually.