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CanSecWest, the world's most advanced conference focusing on applied digital security, is about bringing the industry luminaries together in a relaxed environment which promotes collaboration and social networking. The conference lasts for three days and features a single track of thought provoking presentations, each prepared by an experienced professional and talented educator who is at the cutting edge of his or her field. We give preference to new and innovative material, highlighting important, emergent technologies, techniques, or best industry practices.
The conference is single track, with one hour presentations over the duration beginning at 9:00 a.m. The registration fee includes the catered meals, and there will be a vendor display and lounge/eating area, where wireless internet access will be available (as well as in the speaking theater). The conference discount hotel room booking system can be found here.
You've been watching it on TV for the Olympics, and now you can go check it out yourself. Just after the last of the Olympics and Paralympics events finish, our expedition of infosec folks will be invading Whistler. We have booked 5 cabins with a total of 31 beds for time periods ranging from 2 nights to 5 nights starting on March 26th. Two cabins are adjacent to each other in the village proper, 600m from the Blackcomb lift (next to the Four Seasons hotel). The remaining three are ski-in/ski-out to Creekside in the swank Taluswood complex. We will again be establishing our traditional Whistler base camp at the Eagle's Nest and hosting a lavish feast there and in the adjacent cabin on Saturday night, to be prepared again by Chef Matt Davis, and his assisting elves (ask those who attended last year if our use of the description "lavish feast" is appropriate, we are confident they will rant and rave).
All of the cabins feature 4-6 separate sleeping areas, and 3-5 separate bathrooms. Each has 1-2 private decks, fireplaces, and BBQs as well as comfortable common spaces, large kitchens, and dining areas (which inevitably become laptop central with this crowd) to relax and socialize in. You can easily find a secluded spot to get some peace and quiet in the fresh mountain air or mingle with the international guests in the common spaces (at last count we had attendees from 14 countries on the trip last year). Three of the cabins have private hot tubs, and one is adjacent to the Taluswood pool complex. All of the cabins have no-charge Internet, TVs and DVDs as well as laundry facilities (The Eagle's Nest also has a pool table). Like last year, the elves will head up early and pre-stock the cabin fridges with food and some quantities of booze. Prices may vary slightly by cabin and length of stay but expect to pay around CAD$190/night (all in, incl. tax, cost is lower for couples sharing bed) which also includes the invite to our Saturday gathering. We will be arranging car pools for those without transportation for folks going up to Whistler after conference tear-down on Friday @ 6 p.m. Preference to vehicles participating in car pooling will be given at the limited garage and cabin adjacent parking spaces. There will be skiers and boarders of all levels including first time beginners, so it shouldn't be a problem to find someone of comparable level to buddy up with on the slopes. Like in previous years (this is our fifth year of formal organized post-conf expeditions, and each year has gotten better), there will likely be a group going snowmobiling (which will further sub-divide based on experience level) and there are often many who go and skip the snow-sports alltogether to focus on their apres-ski :-) and enjoying Whistler's many fine shopping and dining opportunities (Did we mention the lavish feast yet? :-).
You might be able to find accomodation for less - when we looked last night, there were a few choices for slightly less ($10-20 with tax factored in), but the majority of properties had one bedrooms ranging from $180-$300 before tax with some going as high as $400 and $500, not including the $2700/night suites at the Four Seasons and such. But we guarantee that none of them will be as much fun and have so many things taken care of for you as going with our group (who else would bring a Makerbot Cupcake CNC for folks to play with to a ski trip?). If you are interested, send some email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your planned travel dates and Yuriko will contact you to get credit card information from you to reserve a spot. First come, first served. After all the spots fill up we may try to find a spot and/or a good deal for you on hotels, but we can't guarantee availability after our cabins are fully reserved. The majority of spaces are for the weekend with Sunday or Monday departure back to Vancouver, but we have two large cabins until the following Wednesday, and some folks are staying for a full week after, so we can probably co-ordinate any length of stay you desire. This expedition is not restricted to CanSecWest attendees, you may invite guests along.