I , Praveen Kumar, Soni Lonari and Prasad Mukhedkar on behalf of Red Hat got to attend Nullcon 2015.
Red Hat also was a badge sponsor. The idea of nullcon was generated from null – The open security community registered not for profit society.. nullcon is functional since 2010 usually structured as exhibition, talks, security trainings, workshops, bugbash and job fairs. Nullcon 2015 was conducted at the Bogmallo resort in Goa. A perfect place selected with solitude which allowed a lot of networking opportunity and an experience to remember.
Nullcon 2015 was a five day effort which included 2 days of training and 3 days of conference. Indeed a very extensive and a well planned training and conference style.
Red Hat was given a table space as a booth and we reached on the 6th Feb. The registration was very well managed with pre- made badges which had a floppy drive as Nullcon is known for geeky and innovative badge ideas. The best part was the swag sling which left smiles on attendees as they slowly pulled out the swags with curiosity.
The Red Hat booth got a lot hits the moment it was set since a lot of people had questions about Red Hat’s security strategy, about Fedora 21 and features. To add more to the swag experience we also had Red Hat stickers and Fedora DVD’S for distribution which were fast moving right from the onset. A few people enquired about jobs, Its always good to have your recruiters with you. 🙂
The handout made by Nullcon was detailed and had insights on all the speakers with their bio’s. It was interesting to read through the CXO corner and it was quite resonating to see Harish Pillay from Red Hat there. It was all the more enriching to see him on the panel discussion. However there was clash with Rahul Sasi’s session which left people to make a difficult choice to attend.
Networking: On this conference my networking experience was splendid and the venue was so apt for it. A sea facing sit out along a pool side couldn’t get better for the purpose. Few interesting people I met were Joerge Simon who was a fedorian and was one of the trainers who took 2 day training on coral 2. He is so collaborating and enthusiastic that he can bring the best out in others in no time. Had great discussion with him on Fedora, Upcoming FUDCon 2015 in Pune, his experiences with his visits in India and how he was so curious to know about so many cultural aspects. Another such meet was with Harish pillay who is a Red Hatter but I met him for the first time and it was so nice to see his zeal on almost everything be it I python, or CTF for women by info-sec girls, for that matter upcoming FUDCon 2015. Looking forward to meet him there. Another interesting group of ladies were who have recently formed Infosec girls an initiative to increase women in information security. Sneha Rajguru Shruti Kamat and Anupama Giri are doing a nice job on this initiative. The organizers had a nice invite only networking party arranged at the venue followed by a JAZZ band the next day leaving the attendees all the more relaxed to grasp more the next day.
Follow ups and Take away: It was enriching to know during the CTF session by the women for the women was taken by Sneha Rajguru that formed a infosec girls group to encourage more women into this field and also to know more about the security threats that exist in the digital world. I and Soni Lonari from Red Hat got in touch with them for a follow up session in Red Hat and to see how it could foster further
Cut Throat Highlight: was the emc defenders league which had a cash prize of INR 5,00,00 and Winja ( CTF by women for women).
All put together was a great experience which is going to last through the year only to eagerly wait for the next one. Kudos to the organizers on a successful, complete, thoughtful and a lasting experience. I look forward to the next one:)