35th Annual FIRST Conference | Empowering Communities

Additional Programming Details

Additional Programming Information

Birds of a Feather (BoF)

Bird of a Feather ("BoF") talks and activities are informal meetings that take place during the annual conference and are based on the interest of attending participants. Non-members are welcome to submit.

BoFs are scheduled throughout the conference week at the discretion of FIRST organizers. BoF topics must be submitted for review and approval using the form link found below. A list of approved BoFs will be listed on this website towards the end of May.

Only registered delegates will be able to submit a BoF talk. The email used during your registration must match in order to receive an access code.

Please have the following information ready for submission:

  • Talk Title
  • Abstract
  • Brief Bio of the Intended Presenter (if multiple, please add names of all presenters + bios in the text box)

The open submission period will open in April 2023.

Keep In Mind...

  • BoFs are NOT conference presentations and do not take place in any of the session breakout rooms.
  • BoF space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

SecLounge SIG Annual Capture the Flag

The first annual Capture the Flag ("CTF") event launched at the 24th Annual FIRST Conference in Malta 2012. The activities were organized by a collobarative effort between FIRST members and the now retired Dragon Research Group. In 2018, the FIRST SecLounge SIG was chartered to design, develop, and conduct security challenges and competetition exercises for the FIRST community.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the SecLounge SIG hosted the CTF competitions completely online. The online editions of the CTF were open to the community at large, with more than 800 participants from around the world.

For the 2023 edition, the SecLounge SIG will again be offeingr a hybrid event allowing both remote and on-site participation. The SIG is excited to welcome a set of new challenge contributors to the group this year and hope to keep this year's CTF players engaged throughout the conference week.

The hybrid CTF will run from Monday to Thursday (June 5-8, 2023). You must be a registered conference attendee (in-person or virtual) in order to participate.

Registration and additional information will be provided April 2023.

PGP Key Signing Party at the Conference

Additional details to be provided as we approach the conference week. View more information at https://www.first.org/pgp/