Kiwicon 2k8 - Call For Presenters

The Kiwicon 2k8 CFP has now closed! Thanks for submitting if you did, and boo sucks to you if you didn't. Still, there's always next year!

Holy sheepshit, internets! Blanket-Man has wrung out his loin cloth and is ready to fly-tackle more nerds with large egos and irc handles. Yes, it's time to open up your ~/haxing folder and get your talk together for Kiwicon 2k8! We've put on the black t-shirts, and deflated some satellite radomes, so where, as our more criminal yet fetchingly bikini clad cousins might say, the bloody hell are you?

The Kiwicon Crüe is proud to announce the call for presenters for the second instalment of New Zealand's very own security conference: Kiwicon 2k8.

[CFP Update] - top

Despite being a community con, Kiwicon is now pleased if not delighted to the point of gratuitous Morris dancing to be able to offer financial support for travel to a limited number of speakers. More details are available in the Submission section below.

We've already had a number of great talks submitted, and slots are filling fast. Those of you attending cons this year will already be aware of the number of Kiwis presenting - AusCERT, Shakacon, Syscan, Blackhat, Defcon, Ruxcon - you should see these guys in their natural habitat. They drop more 0day, wear tighter pants, and are 30% more likely to coyly flutter their eyelashes at you.

[About] - top

Kiwicon2k8 is intended to be an informal conference, drawing on the wider security community of Australia and New Zealand. It will be held in Wellington, New Zealand, on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of September, 2008.

Kiwicon's focus is on sharing information; ideas, code, and good whisky, in a rabelaisian carnival of security, nerdery, and *nix beards.

Last year, the inaugural Kiwicon ended up being kind of a big deal: highlights included tmasky's mighty Crackstation, the debut of Beau Butler as an "ethical hacker" making Microsoft "look like turkeys", and of course the Kiwicon Hax0r Quiz, with the winner taking the grand prize of An Illustrated Guide to the Commoner Skin Diseases. Hope it came in handy for the post-con diagnosis phase, dude.

This year, Kiwicon's own Bogan is already making anti-virus vendors quake in their little signature-laden booties at Defcon's Race to Zero, and the cauldron of 0h-0h-0hday in Brett Moore's secret Insomnia lair is bubbling over with pernicious brew. If you missed last Kiwicon (not "professional enough"? couldn't convince your boss it wasn't a hoax?) then find one of the 230+ people who were there and ask them if they're just-not-gonna-bother this year.

[Venue] - top

Our hosts for the weekend will, once again, be Victoria University of Wellington. If you have any memory of last year's Kiwicon, then it'll look disturbingly familiar.

The campus has the advantage of being close to the center of the city and its' various amenities. This includes cheap accommodation, good coffee, and, more importantly, several good pubs serving good, non-Australian, beer.

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Kiwicon2k8 is a non-profit, non-commercial, non-corporate-funded event.

Attendance for the entire weekend will cost $50 for employed individuals (self-employed and salaried). There is a discounted rate of $30 for students and the unemployed. GST receipts can be issued upon request. If your management can't be convinced of the value of something that only costs $50, we're happy to issue you with some kind of personalised limited edition invitation in crayon, glitter pen, and macaroni (spray-painted gold for that luxe look) for the low enterprise-only price of $500.

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Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

There is no pre-determined talk length but we ask that speakers limit their presentation to an hour, including some question time.

Kiwicon is a non-profit organisation, so generally funding is not available for travel and accommodation. However, we have a limited number of travel support packages available:

These are available only to full length (>45min) speakers paying their own way. No speaking-in-a-corporate-capacity, no company logos on the slides and no industry weaseling. These stipends are for amateurs, crackpots, ecclesiasticals, students and other miserable doss-down-under-the-motorway-bridge-oh-my-goodness-two-cardboard-boxes-just-for-me? riff-raff. If you look too much like you should be hanging out between the pages of Men's Style magazine (and we know who you are), then we reserve the right to pick someone a trifle more threadbare. Organiser decision is final, no correspondence will be corresponded, and Sharrow has to think your existence does not constitute a putrefying abscess in the nostril of humanity.

If you are a corporate sellout, however, a formal letter will be provided for employer leverage. Either way, unless you're a complete jackoff, people will try and buy you beer.

To submit a presentation to Kiwicon2k8, send an email to with the following information:

[CFP Submissions] - top

Please submit your CFP by email to, no later than 8:47pm NZST, Sunday 17th August 2008. There will be two rounds of selection, with the first half of the talks chosen in early August, so submit early for a better chance of acceptance.

[Contacts & Further Information] - top

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Greetz and thanks to all who helped make Kiwicon 2k7 the awesomeness it was, we'll see you fuckers again this year. Thick, meaty props to Pipes for stepping up and making 2k7 happen. We would miss you, but Sharrow's just as tall, and better looking. Sorry pal.

-- The Kiwicon Crüe, 2k8 - Bogan, Metlstorm & Sharrow. \m/