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A 57-post collection

Here's everything that goes into a massive international speaking trip

International travel can look pretty glamorous from the outside and certainly it has its moments. But what many people don't tend to see (and indeed what's less interesting to share in 140 char tweets), is just how arduous it can be. So instead of just showing the good bits, I thought I'd jot down a bit more about just how much stuff I fit into one of these trips, my fifth (and last) big international one for 2016. If you think it's all fun and games or if you're just curious about what on earth it is I do, read on and do keep reading too because whilst it'll all start out looking nice, it'll inevitably have some very hard...

Round 4 of Europe for 2016: More talks, more workshops

If you follow my Twitters, you may have noticed I can be a bit, well, "despondent" about the climate in Europe. No, not the whole Brexit political climate situation, I mean more like this: Crowds of people in Birmingham waiting for summer before they go outside: pic.twitter.com/7ImjmCt4Bf— Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) June 16, 2016 Yet I keep ending up back there so either it's my poor judgement or... I secretly enjoy it. Back in Jan (when it was much easier to complain about the weather), I was over in England, Scotland and Norway for four weeks then in May it was Belgium and Spain and last month was Norway and England again plus a few days in...

How I prepared for the NDC keynote (and other speaker tips)

I just had an absolutely sensational trip over to Europe which kicked off with my favourite event of the year - NDC Oslo. I first came to this event two years ago and talked about How I Hacked my Way to Norway which was the first big international talk I'd done. Per the link to that blog post, the talk went sensationally well, topping the charts for the event with 100% positive feedback (there's a green / yellow / red card rating system). I went back again last year and did Making Hacking Child's Play and again, it was a resounding success going right to the top of the charts. (Incidentally, these talks have helped me realise how much I love doing...

More Europe, even more again and more workshops

I just spent almost a month in Europe and did an insane number of events: 7 workshops of 2 days each, 6 conference talks, video interviews, Pluralsight courses, media events, multiple user groups and amazingly, absolutely everything went perfectly to plan! Trips like that are both very intensive and very fulfilling and whilst 27 days was longer than I’d ideally like, I had a fantastic time in Europe so I’m coming back again – twice – in the coming months. I’ve give you the tl;dr version first then explain what I’m doing after that: May 3-4, Techorama in Belgium May 5-6, private workshop in Barcelona June 6-10, NDC Oslo June 13-14,...

Oslo Events: Hack Yourself First and Security Day 2016 with ProgramUtvikling

As I wrote recently, somehow I have found myself over in Europe at the cold end of the season, including in Oslo which as I understand it is both cold and dark in Jan. But the invite to do what I‘m doing was just too tempting to say no so let me outline it here for those who may be able to get along. Hack Yourself First Workshop: Wed 20 and Thu 21 Jan I’ve written about this workshop many times before in various places, the piece here before some of my most recent travel is a good overview. In short, it’s a couple of non-stop days of teaching software developers how vulnerabilities in...

Troy’s UK (and a bit of Norway) tour dates

So a few months ago I wrote about having a little visit to London in Jan and offered to do a workshop or two while I’m there. Anyway, one thing lead to another and now I’m away for four weeks. In Jan. When it’s cold there. And hot here. But seriously, it’s wonderful there’s been so much interest in my “Hack Yourself First” workshops. I’m spending time with some really interesting organisations who are getting their developers trained up to help them avoid being the next Ashley Madison / Sony / Patreon / TalkTalk / Target / Home Depot and, well, you get the idea. I promised to publish my travel...

It’s time to visit London!

That’s right folks, I’m finally getting over to London! I’ve made so many awesome connections there over the years (hi Tesco!) and despite getting around quite a bit of late, I haven’t had the opportunity to actually spend time in the UK. All that changes in Jan and it’s thanks to the awesome guys at NDC! I actually spent a year living in London over the turn of the millennium… until I realised the weather was a bit, well, let’s just move past that and focus on the positive things. I’m going to be spending the week at NDC doing a bunch of talks and...

It’s app sec in the USA! (And “Hack Yourself First” workshops too)

I’m very happy to be heading back to the US in a couple of months, this time to keynote at OWASP’s AppSecUSA in San Fransisco. I had a great time in Amsterdam only a couple of months ago keynoting at AppSecEU as well and the whole event was just a heap of fun. It was a really good mix of security pros and developers, each bringing their own strengths to the show and making for some really interesting talks at different levels. As I did on my recent European tours, I’m making the most of the time I have stateside because frankly, everything is a long way from Australia! I’ll be at...

Dissecting a tech talk: How I topped the charts at NDC

Recent I wrote about Speaker style bingo which called out a bunch of common anti-patterns I see (and indeed have done myself) in technical talks. If I’m honest, I’m a bit surprised at how much attention that post garnered and it appears to have really resonated with people. When I wrote that post, I was back home but between speaking events in Europe so was both reflecting on the talks I’d just done and preparing for the upcoming ones. I find that writing material like that really helps me crystallise things in my mind so whilst it’s great that many people found it useful, I was also using that exercise as preparation...

.NET Rocking in Oslo!

I had a crazy trip to the Norwegian Developers Conference in Oslo this month; 2 days of workshops, a user group presentation, 2 conference talks, a podcast and a panel discussion. Despite the craziness of it all though, I was massively pleased that after the dust settled on the more than 150 speakers presenting over 200 talks, I found myself up here: Those little buzzers in front of the screen were hit on the way out and it so happened that I had a huge number of the green ones selected for my second talk on “Making Hacking Child’s Play” which put it way up in the top ranked spot. Mind you, the first talk on...