Hackfest 2011

Translation gracoiously done by Steven McElrea

For a third year in a row, under the new model, Hackfest has exceeded all expectations.

Here are the numbers; Over 370 attendees, 18 speakers, 32 partners, 40 people divided into 2 teams participated in Friday’s “Reality CTF” and 80 spread out over 20 teams in Saturday’s CTF. All of this makes Hackfest the largest Information Security event in Quebec and the largest organized Hacker games of it’s kind in Eastern Canada. Eric Parent and Sylvie Guerin (LogicNet) returned with another lock picking contest. Their success is measured by the constant flux of people putting their skills to the test… and this into the wee hours of the morning. During all this time the attendees were entertained by no less than 7 DJs.

Going beyond the statistics, Hackfest was an opportunity to fraternize with security professionals, and for the enthusiast to find out what’s going on in the InfoSec scene. The ambiance and energy in the conference was a buzz.

We’d like to take this occasion to thank all that permitted Hackfest’s renewed success… The partners (Altea/SourcefireTrendMicro/CompugenGardien VirtuelMalletteWatchGuardAlfaCGIInFidemno starch pressOkiokOffensive SecurityQualysWolf TechnologiesLogicNet.caSekcoreSlowCowTekSavvyCQSIASIMMDevicomHackusHackin9ISSA Chapitre de QuébecKiotrixMantorSecusUniversité LavalUniversité de Sherbrooke,the academy kids et Zataz), for their financial and logistical support, the speakers for their high quality presentations, the Hacking Games’ organizers for the exceptional challenges, to the volunteers for their excellent work. And finally, the attendees and participants who came in great numbers and made the event a success.

If you have any ideas or comments that can help us make 2012 even better, please don’t hesitate to send them our way at info @ hackfest.ca

We also invite you to visit the Hackfest website to catch up on events, read future articles and entries, and news on our monthly HackerSpace meetings and how to participate.

The Hackfest Crew