Hacker expo and all-women keynote line coming to Hack In The Box

Hack In The Box has announced HITB2014 Amsterdam will feature an all-new Haxpo – a massive Hacker Expo open for free to professionals and the public. Haxpo will be running alongside the popular HITB conference which will feature – for the first time – an all-women keynote lineup of leading security individuals.

“2014 marks our 5th year in the EU and we want to commemorate this with a large celebration. A chance for us to do something “different’ that we think has not been done before – and we like doing things like that”, said Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran, Founder and CEO, Hack In The Box.

Haxpo will run from the 28th to the 30th May 2014 at The Beurs van Berlage in Amstedam. To encourage the spirit of inquisitiveness and innovation, Haxpo will showcase cutting edge technology and security solutions for industry professionals alongside fun, hands-on tinkering and hacking exhibits.

The exhibition will include the Capture the Flag (CTF) battle, HackWEEKDAY developer hackathon, a hackerspaces village with an area dedicated to makers and builders, plus a lock picking area and a social engineering challenge – all under one roof.

Entrance to HITB Haxpo will be free and HITB is also encouraging all builders and hackerspaces to apply for exhibition space which will be free for non-commercial entities.

Haxpo will run alongside the popular annual HITB conference which will introduce the first ever all-women keynote lineup of leading security individuals. Keynote speakers include:

  • Katie Moussouris (Lead, Microsoft Security Response Center)
  • Kristin Lovejoy (GM, IBM Security Services Division)
  • Pamela Fusco (CISO, The Apollo Group)
  • Jennifer Steffens (CEO, IOActive)
  • Mischel Kwon (Former Director of US Computer Emergency Response Team)
  • Jaya Baloo (CISO, KPN Telecom).

“We’ve never had an all-women keynote line-up and with 2014 being our 5th year anniversary in the EU, we thought it was a perfect time to do so. Though there are still an insufficient number of women leaders in the IT sector, we want to use this occasion to highlight a handful we feel have made tremendous contributions. Most importantly, they all offer a different point of view in an industry dominated by men,” added Dhillon.

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