Beyond the core conference, Kiwicon week has become host (in the parasitic sense) to a number of other infosec community events. Take advantage of the timing to check out some of the other things going on run by our various chums.
Got something else that should be on this list? Email the crue at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know? Maybe something's happening in Taumarunui? Dargaville? Auckland?
Wrong Island Con
Mon 8 December, Christchurch
Last year a bunch of planes full of aussie hackers got diverted to Christchurch because of the rubbish weather in Wellington. They decided to have a con in the airport bar. This year they're on-purpose going to Christchurch, and have booked out brewpub The Twisted Hop for a bigger, intentional Wrong Island Con. Check out their website, which is much shitter than Kiwicon's site at http://wrongisland.org/
NZITF Con, SGM and Training
Mon 8 - Tue 9 December, Wellington
The NZ Internet Task Force, a non-profit association of NZ internet defence types who "improve the cyber posture of New Zealand" and are about as close as we have to an actual CERT is having their annual shindig in the days before Kiwicon. This is for NZITF members; more information at http://www.nzitf.org.nz/.
Tue 9 - Wed 10 December, Wellington
Kiwicon's free and paid training events, details are here
Wed 10 December, Wellington
Wellington Security Defender day, organised by Kirk Jackson, see http://www.well-secured.com which describes it thusly:
"The day before Kiwicon, in the Wellington CBD, a group of application security professionals will be meeting up for the first time, for informal sessions discussing all aspects of application security"
12-16 January 2015, Auckland