Introducing our 2022 Keynote Speaker!

Hi friends! I am honored, grateful, and privileged to introduce our 2022 keynote speaker, Elle Armageddon (@ellearmageddon)!

Elle Armageddon (they/them) is a former detection, response, and threat hunt engineer. They are currently the director of security engineering at a late-stage startup where they strive to foster an environment of mutual accountability, freely admit to not knowing everything, and trust the expertise of the engineers on their team. Their day-to-day involves a lot of having concerns and asking to see everyone’s dogs. When Elle isn’t working, they enjoy painting, singing, feeding their loved ones, and pointing out animals and medicinal herbs to whoever they can sucker into going on hikes with them. They also delight in playing games with their friends, and exercising their hugging muscles. While they pass convincingly for human, rumor suggests that Elle may actually be a pile of raccoons in a trench coat.

Con Updates!

Hi all, we’re rolling. Some exciting announcements:

Volunteer slots are filled! Thank you so much to the many people who submitted an application. You should be hearing from our volunteer coordinator soon if you were assigned.

Resume Village and Hardware Hacking village are confirmed. See villages for more information. Resume village sign up closes soon!

Yes! A CTF is in development and we will post details as soon as we have them.

We have had a fantastic keynote graciously accept our invitation and we will post details about them, and their talk very soon.

The CFP closes Thursday, as does Call for Villages. Speak now, etc, etc. Thanks for the amazing submissions so far – our review board is in for hard decisions. We do have an active CFP mentorship channel in slack and are ready to assist!

We absolutely record our talks. Our YouTube is linked in the menu above. However, to participate actively in the con chat, raffles, and Q&A, you must join our Slack, linked above.

For those reserving their schedule, our hours will be 8:45AM – 7PM, US Central (Chicago) time.

PancakesCon 3 – Info and Important Dates!

Due to the recent surge in COVID cases in the United States, and the cancellation of most in-person January conferences, we are back to keep you entertained. PancakesCon 3 will occur on Sunday, 1/16/2022. The conference will be entirely free and streamed virtually, as always.

We’re working to update our site and social media on short notice. Please note the links at the top of this page. The CFP is live and will close in exactly one week – Thursday, 1/6/2022, and notifications will go out the weekend following. This doesn’t give you a lot of lead time, but it doesn’t give us a lot of lead time either. 🙂

We are actively looking for volunteers. Please join the Slack for conference and attendance information, and if you wish to volunteer to help.

We are actively looking for villages. Please join the Slack to chat with us if you have ideas for quick wins.

We do not accept monetary sponsorships to run the conference, but we will happily raffle off prizes or provide them to event or CTF winners. This can also be discussed with the admins on Slack. We do have a swag store and it will be updated before the con. Swag sales go towards our basic operating costs (hosting, streaming, etc).

Thank you!

Thank you to our organizers, volunteers, village coordinators, and speakers.

Thank you to the 500+ people who watched our live streams and the 1800+ people who participated in Slack, villages, and the CTF. We couldn’t have made this a successful year without you.

Thank you to INE, SecurityInnovations, and PancakeBot for sponsoring us.

We are working hard to retrieve and prepare videos for posting on our YouTube channel.

We hope to see you all for PancakesCon 3.

CTF Prizes Announced, Sponsored by INE

Thank you to INE for sponsoring prizes for the top three SecurityInnovation CTF winners (1 per winning team or individual):

  • 1 $749 Annual INE Premium Subscription for a 1st place prize
  • 1 $400 eLS Certification Exam Voucher for 2nd
  • 1 $200 eLS Certification Exam Voucher for 3rd

    INE is the world’s leading provider of hands-on, role-based technical training, maniacally focused on developing experts in the areas of cyber security, networking, cloud, data science, et al. We’re experts in making you an expert.

The INE Starter Pass is 100% free and grants access to not only numerous snippets of all of our course categories but also a full, introductory security learning path, Penetration Testing Student (PTS). PTS comes with slides, videos and unlimited time in our virtual labs to prepare you for eLearnSecurity’s Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT) certification exam (not included). You’ve got nothing to lose and a life-changing career move to gain!

Pre-Conference Final Updates

Hi friends,

A few final updates prior to the conference:

  • Resume Village is now full. Thank you for your interest and the amazing response from volunteers and participants. If you reserved a slot, you should be hearing from the clinic shortly.
  • If you plan to participate in the CTF hosted by SecInnovations, you should be registered in our Slack, in the CTF-2021 channel, and signed up for the CTF per instructions in it ASAP. We cannot guarantee you a place on the day of the conference.
  • Please be aware that US time switched over last weekend, so if you want to participate in the conference and are not in US Central Daylight Time, you’ll want to check your conversion carefully.

From my whole team, we’re so excited to see you this Sunday!

Reminder – CFP Closes Sunday!

Quick reminder that the PancakesCon CFP closes Sunday at 8:30PM Central Time. Thank you for over 70 wonderful submissions already. Blind review will begin next week by our CFP board.

Car Hacking Village, CTF, and Resume Village have been announced, with details to follow soon. Several have asked for volunteers in Slack. Please contact the organizers if you’re interested in helping.

Volunteer notifications have gone out to folks selected for the A/V team and for moderation and logistics support. Please watch slack for details and thank you to everyone who volunteered!

Have an amazing weekend,

Lesley, Munin, Corinne, Tom. Angela, and Ray