Events & Contests

Outside the classroom

In addition to the lecture tracks, we have other engaging activities going on at InfoSec Southwest that you may enjoy:


Open-­forum Turbo-­talks at the Alamo Drafthouse Village

During our two-hour lunch breaks on both days of the conference, InfoSec Southwest holds a completely open forum for lightning and turbo-talks that is not constrained by a speaker selection process, mirroring our wildly successful local AHA! hacker meeting format. This forum is open to anyone attending the conference to attend and/or to speak on any topic they wish in a first-come, first-speak order. As such, we invite everyone to attend and participate. Those who come and speak during the open forum will receive a complimentary drink ticket and speaker badge.

The Alamo Drafthouse is an Austin movie-going staple experience, and we’ve taken over one of the theaters at their Village location for our open forum lunches. The Alamo will have their full kitchen and bar open so we hope you’ll consider spending some or all of your lunch break with us at the Alamo.

Saturday April 8, 2017 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757


Project Mayhem

Project Mayhem is a combination scavenger hunt and pub crawl taking place Saturday night in the heart of downtown Austin’s nightlife. This is not to be missed. Details here

Saturday April 8, 2017; check-in starts at 9:00pm, game is from 10:00pm – 1:00am


Capture the Flag

Welcome to our own take on Capture the Flag. In our CTF, nearly everything goes and it’s anyone’s game. Part of the competition network will also be crowdsourced, so we can’t tell you beforehand exactly what to expect. In short, this competition will be complete CHAOS. Prizes include an iPad Mini, an Amazon Echo, a $100 Amazon gift card, and a Toucan bluetooth speaker. More details can be found on our scoreboard.


 Ongoing, Saturday April 8th – Sunday April 9th
Norris Conference Center


Pandora’s Soapbox

Up to 60 people will each be given 60 seconds to pitch themselves, their business, their startup, their job posting, or whatever to the masses during Pandora’s Soapbox. You could read your resume or politely list bullet points from a job posting or you can get creative. How much do you want to stand out in the crowd?

Do what you have to do to recruit employees, make a career change, or look for a new business partner, but do it fast because there’s no time between the pitches and we’re not going to stop the next person from jumping on stage to claim their minute in the spotlight.

Details here: Sign up, stand up, and stand out.

Saturday April 8, 2017, 3pm-4pm
Norris Conference Center


Lockpick Village

The Longhorn Lockpick Club from the University of Texas will provide a Lockpick Village in our chill area. Come practice your locksport, mingle with other lockthusiests, and attend mini-lectures on various aspects of lockpicking. Or put your skills to the test with our annual Lockpick Challenge.

 Saturday April 8th 9:00am – 6:30pm & Sunday April 9th, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Norris Conference Center


Closing Ceremonies Raffle

During closing ceremonies we’ll be raffling off a number of items graciously donated by our sponsors. Prizes include gifts from No Starch Press, Cell Phone Chargers from Amazon, Xbox One games & more! Must be present to win, so be sure to hang out with us to close out the conference!

Sunday April 9, 2017 6:30pm – 7:00pm
Norris Conference Center