Each BSides is a community driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time. It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening.
For our first con (and hopefully you've picked it already), we are pushing for a 'Cyber Punk' and 'Dystopian' theme. We are hoping to use this to theme all elements of the event, from the CTF room through to the badge.
While we aren't strangers to organising smaller community focused events, this will be our first proper grown up conference. It won't all be perfect, in fact I would be surprised if any of it really is, but we will be busting our ass to make sure everyone that attends gets the most out of it as they possibly can, and that everyone has a blast.