Conference CTF

During the conference you can join our Capture the flag on the balcony!

The CTF starts on the first day of the conference and it will end on Friday 15:00. The winners will be announced during the closing talk.

Student CTF

A fully fledged CTF requires a specific set of skills, for this, BruCON will be organising a student CTF where we will guide students through a CTF competition! The student CTF covers 4 different topics each containing a number of challenges.

More information coming soon!

IOT / ICS Village

The Internet of Things (IOT) has been creeping up on us for the past couple of years and is impacting every sphere of modern life for consumer and operational technologies. The integration of these tiny computers has various functions to make our life more convenient or to make operations more streamlined with new line of services.

The IoT/ICS Village brings you a diverse environment where you can broaden your skills by attending one of the adhoc workshops we host; get your black hat on and compete in one of the Capture the Flag (CTF) contests, or simply sit back, relax and hack away.

Various components such as commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) devices will be made available for attendees to tinker with. A custom development board has been created as part of the IoT CTF and will be made available for CTF contestants.

For those that want to dive into real life examples of industrial networks that live in manufacturing environments we bring back the FacTile CTF demo environment with support of Howest University college. This physical set up allows you to get a better grip on how industrial components work and how they intertwine within an organisations’ network environment. With support of Airbus and Claroty we are also bringing an online OT CTF platform that includes various challenges ranging from solving logic gate quests to industrial forensic analysis’s.

Throughout the course of the conference, several experienced volunteers will be present to guide you through the world of IoT and the realm of control systems.

IoT is all around us, that is why we want to have fun and play with IoT equipment. Join us in the IoT village for demo’s, hands-on hacking sessions, workshops, IoT CTF and much more!

We have off-the-shelf devices that you can play with, we have a custom developed dev board for our CTF, we have real-live wireless communication services that will be shown, and much more! An entire village full of fun IoT devices that can be applied to the real-world! This makes the IoT village the place to be as it is full of fun IoT devices to inspire you for future hacking challenges.

We will also have an ICS lab available for you to play with! Ever wondered what industrial control systems look like from the inside? Ever wanted
to know how to get logic into a programmable logic controller? Ever wanted to use your security tools against industrial devices without breaking into the power plant nearby?

All of the above?! Then be sure to join us in the village!


The ICS Village organisation is supported by Tyl Deneut and Hendrik Derre (Howest), and Dieter Sarrazyn (Secudea).


As every year there will be an awesome BruCON party on Thursday night!

More info will follow once we have everything confirmed!

Student CTF

When: Sunday October 6th, 2019

Where: Monasterium,
Oude Houtlei 56
9000 Ghent

This year’s Student CTF will take place at the conference venue on Sunday October 6th 2019.

The student CTF this year will pitch students in small groups against each other trying to solve security challenges.

A wide variety of skills will be needed, so choose your time wisely if you want to win. Gather your top lock pickers, crypto analysts, coders, researchers and debuggers and prepare for a full day of sweating, swearing and cheering as you learn new skills and solve puzzles.

In order to participate in our Student CTF personal registration is needed. The actual groups can be formed at the CTF itself in case you do not have a group of 4 people. The doors open at 8h30 and the CTF starts at 9h00. The CTF will be stopped at 17h00. Lunch will be provided. Bring sufficient fluids to keep you going during an adrenaline fuelled day.

Hall of Fame

Student CTF 2018

Hacker Run

What better way is there to start the second conference day than running 10km with a bunch of hackers?

Put on your running shoes and join us at the entrance of the Novotel Gent (Blue square on the map to the left) on Friday at 7:30.

We’ll be back in time to freshen up and attend the first presentation of the day.

Word is that it’s also a good way to get rid of a hangover!

You can add this to your Schedule on!

You can reach out to @andydeweirt on twitter.

Mentor / Mentee

Are you just starting out in the InfoSec industry or in need of some good tips and tricks? Then you HAVE to come to BruCON’s third mentor / mentee Google sponsored program! This year we will try to make this a little bit more productive than our last two years, really focusing on mentoring people. 

The mentor/mentee program provides a steppingstone for people who are new to the information security scene. This program will enable you to have a face-to-face conversation with seasoned security professionals, some of which who are world renowned in the industry and are seen as role models. Our aim of this program is to bridge the gap between people new to the scene, seasoned professionals, or people interested in information security in general. 

For this edition, we ask that you register up front and that when you are participating you provide some contact info so mentor and mentees can easily contact each other. This info can be anything from a phone number to a twitter account, whatever you are comfortable with. We will be providing stickers with scannable QR codes with your info to facilitate the mentoring program. 


The mentor / mentee session will take place at the Novotel Gruuthuus from Thursday October 10th from 19:00 (7 PM) – 21:00 (9PM).


Mentors will dole out tips and tricks on how to get started in InfoSec or how to survive in InfoSec. Mentors: you choose how you want to dole out advice. Do it for a couple of hours, a week, a year or even for life if you want. It’s your advice so you get to choose how you help.

Remember how difficult it was when you started? What are some of the life lessons you would like to share? How did you got introduced to the security community, and how has it evolved over time.

On Thursday night or even during the day on Thursday and Friday, you try and find people that need mentoring. Meet new people, share a refreshing beverage, a couple of snacks, and most importantly have a good time. 

A golden tip: Dole out advice every Mondayon twitter or in person as part of #MentoringMonday.


New to the security scene? Always wanted to know how some of these so called infosec rock stars got started into the security world? Which challenges did they face? How did the infosec scene look back in the days? What are some remarkable anecdotes they experienced? 

As a mentee, don’t be afraid to speak to people and ask for advice, tips or tricks. Even if the person is a speaker or a trainer, please do not hesitate to make contact. IT Security is a friendly community and always ready to help. Get together with seasoned professionals, speakers from renowned conferences, and have a good time. It’s a great opportunity for meeting new male and female professionals, please don’t be afraid to go up to mentors and start asking questions.


Please provide us with feedback so we can improve both the way we match people and our mentor/mentee program.

If you are interested in this initiative then please sign up using the sign-up form.

Retro Gaming

What’s your favourite video game from when you where a kid?

The Awesome Retro foundation will bring over a fine selection of home computers and consoles that go back as far as the late 70’s, for your leisure and entertainment. Enjoy a friendly competition with your fellow conference-goers, try your coding skills on one of the early home computers, or try to beat your highschool highscore on one of the avail- able arcade classics. The Awesome Retro stand is located on the 2nd floor balcony, each conference day from morning to evening. Game on!