About Empire Hacking

Since we started the meetup in May 2015, we’ve been thrilled by the community that it has attracted. We’ve had some excellent presentations, shared our aspirations and annoyances with our work, and made some new friends.

Empire Hacking has been successful because it is:

Attend a Meetup

Please apply on our Meetup page. Feel free to reach out if you have any trouble.

Speak at a Meetup

Want to speak at a meetup? Send us a short abstract. We’re particularly interested in software security, cryptography, and new tools, as well as emerging security issues in law, policy, and journalism.

Host a Meetup

Hosts can pitch their company at the start of the meetup, are listed on our sponsors page, and receive a framed print of our logo as a thank you. Contact us if you’re interested in hosting a meetup.

Ideal hosts have:

Join us on Slack

We created a Slack organization for our members. That’s where we discuss meetups, the latest security news, and our open-source projects. Everyone is welcome. Join through our auto-inviter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Empire Hacking a membership-based group?

To cultivate a tight-knit community. This should be a place where members feel free to discuss private or exclusive research and data, knowing that it will remain within the group. Furthermore, we believe that a membership process increases motivation to make a high-quality contribution.

To protect against abuse. Everyone is expected to treat his or her fellow members with respect and decency. Violators lose membership and all access to the group, including membership lists, meeting locations, and our discussion board.

What is the Chatham House Rule?

You can repeat what you hear at the meetup but you can’t attribute who you got the information from. Of course, you can always ask the person to go on the record but, by default, all conversations are off the record and for background only. Read more about the Chatham House Rule.

Why does Empire Hacking use the Chatham House Rule?

We welcome everyone to apply to Empire Hacking, even journalists. But we don’t want participants to worry that their personal thoughts will be relayed to outsiders, or used against them or their employers. We enforce the Chatham House Rule to preserve the balance between candor and discretion.