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BSides Cheltenham Goes Back to the Future



Welcome to the first update of 2023. Been a bit quieter in the blog updates but that doesn’t mean that it has been slow behind the scenes. Today we launch our first 150 early bird tickets for this year’s event being held June 3rd. We are so excited to be back and there are a ton of new and exciting things for this year:

- New venue: We needed more space so this year Cheltenham BSides will be held at Cheltenham Racecourse. More room allows for more people, talks, and parking as well.

- New theme: As last year was our first year we didn’t really have a theme, while this year we are fully embracing the 80s and going back to the future.

- New rooms: This year we will be looking to have more workshops as well as a quiet space for those who just need a few minutes of peace and quiet.


As you can tell it has been full on already this year but there is so much more to come! We put together a sneak-peak of our timeline to give everyone an idea of all the exciting things happening leading up to our headline event.


March: <-- we are here

· Early bird tickets go live on March 6th at 9 am, get yours here.

· Mini-community meet up March 10th - You can get tickets here.

· Badge prototypes completed thanks to Punk Security.

· Call for volunteers opens at the end of the month.


April:

  • Call for papers closes April 15

  • The second set of tickets goes on sale April 15

  • Paper Selection Committee meets – w/o April 22

  • Sponsorship Announcements begin.

  • Speakers notified by end of the month.

May:

· Speaker and workshop schedule posted the first week of May.

· Final release of tickets goes live May 3rd.

· Call for volunteers closes May 16th.

· Volunteer meet-up for swag bag building – End of month (pizza and drinks included).


June:

· Speaker and Sponsor Drinks held on the evening of June 2nd.

· June 3rd, event day!!!!


This should help give an idea of all the great things coming down the pipeline.


We are still looking for sponsors and speakers. If you are interested in learning more about sponsoring the event you can find our sponsorship pack here. You can submit your talk here, if you are unsure about talking, whether it is your first time or just not sure about your subject, you can always reach the team at cfp@cheltenhambsides.org.uk or meet us at the community meet-up March 10th.


We can’t wait to welcome you this year, so make sure you don’t miss out! Get your first tickets here.

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