Security B-Sides is a community driven effort a little over 3 years old. In that time it has grown to 5 continents, 9 countries and 34 events. Jack Daniel introduced a brief overview of the history, past and present challenges in an extremely transparent manner. The organizers of Security B-Sides around the world are passionate about growing participation in the security community and deeper engagement in lacking areas in places like Latin America, India, the mid-west and south of the USA. So ardent are the organizers that in many cases they have devoted their own funds in addition to a significant amount of time. This has resulted in a stunningly successful program.
My personal involvement has been a brief encounter with Security B-Sides Berlin in December 2011 and volunteering for the Security B-Sides this year in Las Vegas. The conferences host presentations, workshops, discussions and allow open engagement with others in the community at no cost. Let me repeat that, no cost. The only catch is space is limited due so you must check the wikis and reserve a spot to attend. If you are unable to get a ticket I highly recommend volunteering to assist in this effort as I have this week and plan to for future events. Additionally, if you wish to be a speaker and are new to presenting many of the events have a mentor program to help you get started in sharing.