So, next week will see my second time as an attendee and speaker at ChicagoCon. This one is undoubtedly the best little conference that you don't know about.
The thing that I loved about ChicagoCon last time was the access that the attendees had to the speakers - there were about 100 total attendees, and the speakers were just milling around in the audience. I got to spend some time with Chris and Luke from the Tiger Team, Jack Koziol from Infosec Institute, and Matt from InGuardians. Not to mention that there was a real opportunity to get feedback from the audience and the people at the conference.
It made the conference feel more like hanging out with a bunch of friends than the typical experience of a Blackhat or RSA where the speakers are always so crowded and far away.
This time, I'm really looking forward to meeting some people in person - some of the speakers include Ed Skoudis (who I've always heard great things about but never met face-to-face), the pen-testing guys from Microsoft and my old friend Jay Graver from nCircle.
Beyond that, I'm doing something I've never done before - I'm doing a 2.5-3 hour breakout session on careers. The economy sucks right now, and people are scared. Rumors of layoffs abound, and I worked with Don to figure out how to offer the ChicagoCon attendees some value if they're in that freaked-out place.
Can you tell that I'm excited? If you're within driving distance of Chicago, this one's not to be missed. Come find me and let's grab a beer.