BSidesLondon – Mentors wanted!

René Pfeiffer/ February 14, 2020/ Administrivia, Conference

Meme "How To Draw an Owl"You may have heard of the BSides London Rookie Track. It’s the track with the 15 minutes presentation slots where people who have never presented at a security conference before can give it a try. Take me word for it, preparing these 15 minutes is hard work. Even if you had your share of presentations you still have to put some thought into the structure, the material, and the way you want to make your point(s). It’s easier for veterans. It’s hell for rookies. Even with a moderately cleaned pile of information the first drafts of your presentation take ages. In addition you probably make all the mistakes we all made before. This is where the mentors come in. Mentors are experts in their field and have presented before. And mentors we want!

Why mentors? Well, Niels Bohr put it nicely: „An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.“ Rookies need some guidance to get on track. While you have experience, they are still gaining it. So if you have some time to spare and want to help someone, rush to the registration site and get involved! Don’t worry! It’s called BSides London Mentor Application 2020, not BSides London Mental Application 2020. You are safe.

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About René Pfeiffer

System administrator, lecturer, hacker, security consultant, technical writer and DeepSec organisation team member. Has done some particle physics, too. Prefers encrypted messages for the sake of admiring the mathematical algorithms at work.