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!

Workshop howto

Before we get started…

There are a few simple rules for the Workshop registration and participation at BruCON.

Please see below:

  • BruCON attendees may only register to one workshop per timeslot
  • BruCON attendees who have registered to a workshop are requested to be present 15 min before the official start time of the workshop
    • Please be present at the Workshop Room entrance
  • 10 min before the official start time of the workshop, we will call out the names of the registered participants
    • Please be sure to answer when your name is called
    • If you don’t hear your name being called, notify yourself to the BruCON volunteer
  • 5 min before the official start time of the workshop, registrations are considered void, and the access is on a first come first served basis, up to the maximum capacity of the Workshop.

Registration Opening

The registration to the workshops will open on the:

A total of 30 slots for each workshop will be made available on a first come first served basis.
As indicated above, these will be open in 2 waves of 15 slots each.
Please refer to the guide below on how to proceed to register (once the registrations are opened) and to the FAQ at the end if you have any questions.

Where to start?

The first thing to do is to go on the BruCON sched page located at: TO BE ANNOUNCED

Once you arrive on the webpage, you should see something similar to this:

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In order for you to be able to register to a workshop, you will need a account.

To do so, click on the “Sign Up” button located on the top right corner of the webpage.

Note: The account you are about to create is on the website. This account is not affiliated or linked to the BruCON website.

If you already have a account, you will need to be logged in with it to be able to register to a Workshop.

Once logged in with your account, the webpage should look something like this:

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Registering to a Workshop

The notable difference (apart from the “please login” message) is that little white circle next to each item.

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If you click on the title of the item (in this example: “BruCON Workshop Registration Demo”). It will open a page with more details about this specific item:

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To register to a workshop, click on the small white circle on the left of any of the items.

Once clicked, the white circle should change into a little black circle with a white checkmark, like this:

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Congratulations! You have successfully registered yourself to a workshop.

Note: You can quickly check if you are registered to a workshop on the website, by looking at the icon on the left of each item name. Like this one:

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Note2: You can also register by directly clicking on the little white circle on the left of an item from the main page.

How to cancel a registration

In order to cancel your registration to a workshop, click on the small black circle with the white checkmark in it.

Once it turned back into a white circle, this mean you have cancelled your registration to the workshop.

Beware: Once you cancel a registration, your position in the list of attendees is lost /!\

What if the workshop is full?

If the maximum number of participant to a workshop have registered, you will no longer be able to register to the workshop.

However, there is still a possibility for a spot to free itself on the day of the workshop.

Reminder: A registration guarantees your access to the workshop up till 5 minutes before the workshop’s official start time. If you arrive later than that, you will lose your reservation, and any person present at the entrance will be given your spot in a first come first serve basis.

Do I need to have a account to register to workshops?

Yes. We are using the services to make our list of participants, and it is only possible to register to a workshop when logged in with your account.

Do I need to have a account to attend BruCON?

No. You do not need a account to come to BruCON. You will be able to enter the conference and all the talks without the need of a account. (For Workshops, see previous question)

Do I need to be registered to a talk to see it?

No. Registration is mandatory only for Workshops.

Can I register to more than one workshop?

Yes, you can.

Note: You will not be able to register to multiple workshops which occur in the same timeslot.

Note2: please make sure you register only to the workshops you intend to follow.

If I cancel my registration, can I re-register again later?

Yes, this is possible. However, as the registration is a first come, first serve; if you cancel you registration, you will lose your slot. If no slots are available when you register again, you will no longer be able to register to the workshop.

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 A day in September 2020.

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.

The StudentCTF organisation is supported by Tijl Deneut and Hendrik Derre (Howest), and Steven Wierckx (Toreon)

Hall of Fame

Student CTF 2019

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!