Introducing - IMDB For Hacker Cons

Presented at ToorCon San Diego 20 (2018), Sept. 16, 2018, 6 p.m. (20 minutes)

This talk will introduce - a site that aims to catalog and cross-reference all hacker conferences, similar to what IMDB does for TV/movies. We'll look at what the site catalogs and expose some interesting discoveries. For instance, there are some extremely prolific presenters that aren't the characters you'd expect and a handful of presenters who've been at it for more than 20 years! We'll talk about what goes into trying to digitize and normalize data from over 30 years of cons, and how both bitrot and hackers don't always make that job easy. Finally, the audience can help with suggestions to make the site a great resource for all hacker conference fans, attendees, speakers, and organizers.


  • Tom Samstag / tecknicaltom as Tom Samstag (tecknicaltom)
    Tom Samstag (tecknicaltom) is a Principal Security Engineer at Security Innovation in Seattle and member of the Neg9 CTF team. A Perl hacker and C programmer at heart, his interests tend to gravitate towards reverse engineering, exploitation, static analysis, and other bit-fu aspects of software and security. He enjoys attending hacker conferences and has not yet figured out how to do so as a full-time job.


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