About Area41 Conference

Established in 2010 under the original name hashdays, Area41 is Switzerland's most well-known technical information security conference. Every two years, international speakers present cutting-edge research from a variety of fields, ranging from software vulnerabilities and malware research to threat hunting and offensive security practices. Area41 attracts a diverse crowd of information security professionals, technical managers, as well as students and enthusiasts interested in the field.

Content First
Content first

Area41 actively curates a lineup consisting of international speakers as well as promising rising stars. Our talk selection focuses on content first. Our speakers, while compensated for their travel expenses, choose to share their knowledge without further compensation.
Our YouTube channel is here.

Small By Choice
Small by Choice

Since our first sold out event in 2016, we have chosen to cap Area41 at a 400 attendees maximum to ensure that the atmosphere and the ability to connect with other attendees and speakers alike remains intact. Get your tickets early or your might end up on the waitlist.


Since 2010, Area41 is a community-driven, non-profit event by the Swiss DEF CON group chapter DC4131. It is made possible by the countless hours of volunteers and the sponsors believing in our platform to make great technical content available to everyone.

2020 Edition:

Thursday June 11 & Friday June 12

Area41 is coming back in Summer 2020 for its 10th aniversary with a new location in the heart of Zurich, the Kaufleuten! We are excited to welcome you, once again, for two days of technical content, networking with peers and some surprises we do not want to spoil just yet.

The Call for Papers and Call for Volunteers will open in February 2020. Keep a close eye on this page for updates!

Tickets will go on sale on February 14th 2020, 18:00 CET

We are trying our best to make sure as many people as possible can attend Area41. However, since ticket supplies are usually lower than demand, consider getting your ticket early.

Ticket Price 2020 conference:

CHF 300

Included in price: 2-day conference ticket, access to workshops (up to capacity), catered lunch on both days, BBQ on Thursday.

coming soon

Latest News


Posted on January 7, 2020

Call For Papers

The Call For Paper (CFP) will open on February 14th 2020 and close on Monday April 13st 2020 @ 23:59 CET. We are looking for technical talks in English.

More details will follow with the CFP.


Posted on November 3, 2019

Electronic Badge

At Area41 we are proud of our electronic badges that every attendee receives for free. Ten years ago we started with an interactive badge that allowed to play games, followed up by (one of?) the first free conference badge with a full color display. We are currently playing with some ideas for the 2020 edition, so stay tuned. You can check out some of our badges here


Posted on July 15, 2019

Moving Locations

Using the nice summer weather we visited our new conference venue, the Kaufleuten. Let's hope that the weather in 2020 will be as sunny. But in anycase, we are sure there will be plenty of networking opportunities.

Our Speakers

Over the years, we had the pleasure to host many great speakers from all over the world. For the 2020 edition, we strive to live up to the expectations we established in previous years by presenting you with the best line up we can muster. Like previous years, we will compile the final lineup from a mix of a Call for Papers and Invited Speakers. Information on the Call for Paper process will be released in February 2020. Watch for announcement on this page as well as on the regular channels such as Twitter @A41CON.

Speaker at Area41
Speaker at Area41
Speaker at Area41
Speaker at Area41

Conference Schedule

Based on last edition's feedback, we have consolidated the presentation track to a single track. In addition, we will provide a variety of workshops and networking opportunities to enable attendees to make optimal use of their time while at Area41.

The schedule is tentative and subject to change. It will be finalized in the week leading up to the event.


Our Sponsors

We could not dream of putting on an event like Area41 without our generous sponsors, some of which have been with us for the past decade. If you are interested in supporting Area41 2020, please get in touch (sponsoring@defcon-switzerland.org) to receive our current sponsorship opportunities.


  • Compass Security


  • ARROW / Checkpoint


  • RedGuard


  • partner
  • partner
  • partner

Conference Venue

We are proud to present Kaufleuten as our 2020 conference location partner.

Situated in the heart of Zurich, Kaufleuten is a place full of culture with a history reaching back over 100 years. Over this period of time, it hosted Amy Winehouse, Madonna, James Morrison, and many other illustrious people. In 2020 it will provide a platform for some of the important voices of information security


Pelikanpl. 18, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland


The Kaufleuten is located in the heart of Zurich, just minutes away from Zurich Main Station HB, which can be easily reached by train when arriving from Zurich Airport (ZRH). We recommend using public transport since parking is sparse and expensive.
Nearest Parking is Talgarten 39.-/day
Nearest tram stations are:

  • Sihlstrasse (Tram 2,9)
  • Rennweg (Tram 6,7,10,11,13,17)
  • Paradeplatz (Tram 2,6,7,8,9,10,11,13,17)

Nearby Hotels

There are many hotels in Zurich. For example the following hotels are nearby:




Check out last year's keynote by Costin Raiu