I had the great opportunity to attend ShmooCon 2012 two weekends ago. As most of you know, the con offered various hacker models and infosec discussions. Friday and Saturday night activities concluded with a series of 15-minute sessions known as Firetalks in which the presenter cuts to the chase and discuses the core content of their presentation.
Here are some of my lessons learned for the next Shmooby…
Program Confusion: As a first timer, I was obviously confused about the whole program. It took me a while to figure out what I needed to do first and the different locations of the various activities and talks.
Talk Overload: It’s ok … you do not have to attend all the talks. This is extremely exhausting and you miss all the other fun stuff like lock picking, Hack Fortress, and so forth. The sessions are usually recorded so you can always catch-up on what you missed later.
Stressful Commute: If you are a local, I recommend staying at the hotel if possible as it ensures you do not get burned out with the commute each day. This also gives you extra cycles to network with others in the evening as well as adequate time to get ready for talks in the morning.
Unintelligible Content: Don’t feel bad if you attend a talk and don’t understand the content. We all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the different subjects in the infosec world.
That’s it for now. Do you have any more advice for the next Shmooby? Please let us know in the comments below. Today’s post image is from the EFF.com.