[Owasp-cape-town] [zacon-comm] B-Sides Cape Town 2015 Badge design

christo christo.goosen at owasp.org
Wed Jul 1 17:02:13 UTC 2015

Hi Haroon

Many 2c's gets us close to a R1.

I agree that the focus should be on the talks. One goes to a conference
for the talks primarily, plus for the sharing of ideas.

Although on the one hand the additional attractions can pull more people
to the conference. Maybe the embedded community in SA.

As with most things maybe attempt a simple badge and based on demand. If
no demand then no badge. Maybe incorporate a talk around the badges.


On 01/07/2015 18:25, Haroon Meer wrote:
> Hi guys..
> On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 11:51 AM, Yestin Johnson <yestinj at gmail.com> wrote:
>> While I do love the idea of having an electronic badge of this sort for
>> B-Sides Cape Town, at this time my opinion is that it would be more
>> beneficial to focus additional time (and perhaps money) on making the
>> conference a success.
> It's your conf, and you can do pretty much whatever you want (duh!)
> but i figured i'd let you know why i traditionally didnt love "fancy
> badges" at our confs..
> My main aim was to encourage _everyone_ to start researching and
> contributing (and a sub goal was to promote actual learning over
> conference side-shows). Guys who have done the big confs will know
> what i mean by conference sideshows (You can go to Defcon.. never
> attend a talk, and do whickeycon or pool-con..)
> Badges (for me) are border-line, because electronic kits could get ppl
> interested and hacking on them, but i've almost always found them
> being more of a distraction than anything else.. (if the goal is to
> teach ppl how to hack on the teensy/friends.. give a talk / workshop
> on it).
> Andrew and Jameel dedicated a ton of time towards badge making on one
> of the years, and i supported it (primarily because it meant that the
> 2 of them would be doing some learning/hacking). Although the badge
> evening looked like a ton of fun, i was disappointed the next day when
> tweets on the badge completely dwarfed tweets on talks.. The crowd had
> their shiny "im a hacker thing" and wanted to show it to the world
> (ignoring the "actual hacker" thing (learning)).
> Of course.. many fine cons do it, and people would do cons for many reasons..
> -shrug-
> 0.02c

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