Sunday, May 15, 2011

What makes ROOTCON different?

Determining what really sets ROOTCON apart from others and communicating it effectively is not an easy thing to do. Considering that ROOTCON was molded through our collective efforts, volunteers from across the country, invited guest speakers and seeking sponsors to support the whole event is and will always be a learning adventure.

Technically speaking, like what I said in my previous post - ROOTCON is not associated with any of the businesses or companies in the country. Thus we make it a point from the very beginning that all the topics in our seminar tracks are not disguised as a marketing tool.

Topics that we have in every convention are not recycled. These are topics approved by our committee through our "Call For Papers". We scrutinize our speakers and so with their topics if they are obsolete or updated. Now you know that our speakers are “The Experts” with solid experience on security.

Hacking contest is also available during the conference but the targets are local NOT public servers or your production network. We set up our own private network at the venue. We also put up an FAQ section for you to review.

When asked to support ROOTCON privately, my basic question was – “What makes ROOTCON different?” My discussion with the founder was a lengthy one and I guess by now you know why I’m giving my full support. We discussed about his plans, how to share that same passion to a bigger audience and change the security mindset in the country.

Being different gets you noticed and it's undeniably true. But creating value is another thing.

If we build ROOTCON around one company or one person, then it may not last – build ROOTCON around YOU and what we can offer to people who join us in any gatherings, then it will gain the credibility for all the fantastic trainings and support we can bring to everybody and your organization (and of course, you need to make sure that you do!)

To your success! Be it on personal level or career wise!

“Hackers love technology, but crackers love to break it. Which one are you?”

About the Contributor:

A self-confessed blogger minus the coffee. He maximizes his skills in consultancy, project management, professional networking, social media campaigns and very active in conceptualizing things. To date he already conducted several IT / Information Security events as his passion since 2007. Currently he's working as a Technical Support Specialist in a local company.

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