B-SidesDC 2019

Our Principles

We don't think this should be too complicated. Conduct of all who participate in our community should be based on open dialog, a willingness to learn, and helping each other out. For Security B-Sides DC, our rules of conduct, principles, and values are listed here.


We believe that there are simple rules for governance at any meeting of people striving to be a community:

  1. Don't be an asshole.
  2. Be willing to learn.
  3. Be willing to share.
  4. Be willing to help.
  5. Be willing to listen.
  6. Accept criticism.
  7. Be kind.

B-Sides DC is not an elementary school. It’s not a land full of rainbows and unicorns. Neither is it hell on earth. If you believe someone is misbehaving, acting inappropriately, or acting illegally, start by talking to that person. Confirm your perspective. If you are unable, or unwilling, to do that, that’s OK -- find a B-Sides DC Staff member and talk to them.


Security B-Sides operates under three simple principles:

  1. Expand the conversation.
  2. Enable people to join the discussion.
  3. Get people involved.

B-Sides DC supports those principles as part of our regional B-Sides operation. What that means is that B-Sides DC is your conference. It is up to everyone involved to make it happen, to engage in the debates, to speak up and give voice to the issues. Feedback to the organizers is always welcome.


Each B-Sides is a community-driven framework for building events for, and by, information security professionals. The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time. B-Sides creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next big thing are happening.

We value

We participate

We steward