Call for ShmooCon Firetalk Sponsors (a.k.a. Update 2)

Not much has changed from last week’s update… All the speaker slots are still full… We still have 2 alternative talks… Got space and support from the ShmooCon organizers… Everything is going to get recorded… And we are getting tons of support from the infosec community – thanks again to everyone… As you can tell by the title of this post, the big focus this week is sponsors.

Sponsors

We’ve gotten various support for some of the logistical props in terms of a projector and space from the ShmooCon team and recording of the sessions by Adrian “IronGeek” Crenshaw. However we are still in desperate need for sponsors of the prizes and participant give-aways. Although I would rather focus more on the the non-money aspects of the event, some have asked for general guidelines on the cost of the different prize levels so I’ve included suggested values below. Ideally, the prizes would most likely be geek toys from vendors valued at these suggestions.

  • Grand Prize: $250
  • 1st Runner-Up: $125
  • 2nd Runner-Up: $75
  • 5 Participant Give-Aways: $100 (or $20 each)

Additionally, there are still several props we are looking for including Fake Cardboard Fireplace, Countdown Timer, Gong, and Logo. So if you don’t have a big budget but would like to help out, you can always volunteer to bring one of the above items.

If you know any companies willing to support prizes, please have them contact us or mention @grecs on Twitter and point them to the Sponsors section in our master post for more details on the different options. You can pass along this longish bit.ly link we created to point to the main Firetalks post – bit.ly/nipshmoocon2010firetalks.

Speakers

Although all the official speaking spots are full, we’d like to take this opportunity to encourage others to continue submitting their ideas. As mentioned last week we have an Alternates List just in case any of the presenters are unavailable. If any of the speakers are not available, we’ll just start calling people from the top of the list. At a minimum you’ll get some PR with your name and title on the master ShmooCon 2010 Firetalks post.

To submit a talk, use the Contact Us link above. Enter your name as you want it to appear and use FireTalks as the subject. In the Message area please include the title of your talk as well as a one paragraph summary of your presentation. You can also include a link to your website or preferred social networking profile and we’ll link your name off to this site/profile.

General Logistics

We’ve been looking at the schedule and decided that we’ll probably have to extend the length of the event a little so things run a bit smoother. With this in mind we will be adding 20 minutes for a 5 minute introduction and 5 minute breaks between each of the talks. That brings our total running time to about 1 hour and 20 minutes each night.

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Well a slow week with a little progress … but progress nonetheless. Again, we’d like to thank the community for getting the word out! We really appreciate all the RTs and mentions. And if you’d like to RT this post, we wouldn’t mind that at all. Here’s even a nice link you can RT out – bit.ly/nipshmoocon2010firetalks.  See ya!

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