(01. June 2013) Welcome to Area41.io, home of our new technical IT security conference.
Most of you probably found your way to this page because we redirected hashdays.ch here. Which makes sense, as Area41 is pretty much what we would call a direct successor to hashdays. But obviously, there are a couple of changes.
First of all, we changed our location and we will now run the conference in the heart of Zurich, which should make it very easy for our international guests to join us quickly and without hassle. After we sold out hashdays in 2012, we were looking for a location that can provide the cozy comfort of the Radisson Blu in Lucerne, but provide more space and opportunities for our guests. Our new location, the Komplex 457, fulfils all these requirements and more. We will be able to host more guests at a better price and we have great options for accommodation nearby.
Secondly and more prominently, we are retiring the name hashdays. While we are very, very (!) enthusiastic about our new location and looking forward to take things to a new level, we feel that hashdays belonged to Lucerne and to the specific atmosphere we created there. We will keep the hashdays brand alive by continuing to provide all archived materials, such as videos, presentations and notes available, but we decided to name our Zurich conference Area41, a name that represents our close association to DC4131, the local Swiss DEFCON group. It should also make things a little bit easier for all of you who got funny questions about the word 'hash' on your expense report...
So please, save the date for Area41, happening on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2014. If you liked hashdays, you will love Area41 and if you missed the last couple of years in Lucerne, we look forward to meet you to Zurich. Now that the event is officially announced, we will continuously publish more info on our schedule. We will open ticket sales beginning of September and we'll have a Call for Papers around December.
At this point, that's about it. Please feel free to ask questions on Twitter or via E-Mail. I am also happy to announce Halvar Flake as our first speaker for 2014. He will present the keynote on Monday morning and open for a variety of speakers from across the industry, familiar faces and newcomers.
Thanks for reading. We hope to welcome you in Zurich soon. You'll hear from us soon!
For the committee
“Under normal circumstances, Area41 can be reached within 45 minutes after leaving an airplane at Zurich Airport (ZRH).”
“Area41 will offer two tracks. A "main track" and an "underground track". Both of our stages provide a unique flair...”
“As in previous years, speakers will receive plenty of benefits. Bring your A-Game!”
“We decided to place Area41 earlier in the year for various reasons. One of them was the amazing patio and (hopefully) some warm weather. Expect BBQ.”
“We are already tossing ideas around for a neat badge. Stay tuned...”