Bloomsburg’s annual digital forensics, cybersecurity, and hacking conference — held each spring — features a variety of speakers, unique workshops, and cybersecurity challenges.

BloomCON

Bloomsburg’s annual digital forensics, cybersecurity, and hacking conference — held each spring — features a variety of speakers, unique workshops, and cybersecurity challenges.

8th annual BloomCON Forensics and Security Conference

 

BloomCON RegistrationCFP Submission

 

March 1-2, 2024

Bloomsburg’s annual digital forensics, cybersecurity, and hacking conference — held each spring — features a variety of speakers, unique workshops, and cybersecurity challenges.

Location

The event will be held on the Bloomsburg University campus in the Kehr Union Building. We're inviting attendees from other universities in the region and also expect some forensics and infosec professionals from across the country, such as U.S. Bank.

Bloomsburg has around 230 digital forensics majors who traditionally attend this event. In its seven years, BloomCON has attracted more than 4,000 attendees. For these and other reasons, we anticipate a large percentage of attendees will be seeking entry-level employment and internships within the industry. This should be a great opportunity for companies wanting to hire the best and brightest.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is available at the following levels:

Double Diamond $10,000:
  • Listed as a double diamond sponsor in all event materials
  • VIP access and swag
  • Largest booth space (if desired)
  • Up to ten free DD badges
  • Most say in what you sponsor
Diamond $5,000:
  • Listed as a diamond sponsor in all event materials
  • VIP access and swag
  • Largest booth space (if desired)
  • Up to ten free badges
Platinum $2,500:
  • Listed as a platinum sponsor in all event materials
  • VIP access and swag
  • Larger booth space (if desired)
  • Five free badges
Gold $1,500
  • Listed as a gold sponsor in all event materials
  • Standard booth space (if desired)
  • Four free badges
Silver $1,000
  • Listed as a silver sponsor on website
  • Standard booth space (if desired)
  • Three free badges
Bronze $500
  • Listed as a bronze sponsor on website
  • Standard booth space (if desired)
  • Two free badges
Copper $200 (non-profits only)
  • Listed as a copper sponsor on website
  • Standard booth space (if desired)
  • One free badge

Conference Organization

The conference is being run by Bloomsburg's Digital Forensics Club, which is a hub of activity for the university's 200-plus digital forensics majors.

Dates

To ensure that sponsors are properly listed in conference materials, sponsorship contracts and funds should be received no later than Feb. 15, 2023. Sponsorship contracts and funds will be accepted up until March 16, 2023, but the conference cannot guarantee the sponsor will be listed in all materials, especially any apparel which might be produced.

Online Sponsorship Payment

For your convenience, you may pay for your sponsorship at giving.bloomu.edu/donate/bloomcon-sponsorship-donation-form

Questions

Contact Dr. Phil Polstra, Professor, Digital Forensics at ppolstra@bloomu.edu to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Those with an '*' will be presenting via Zoom. CTF Villages are BYOD.

Friday

Registration: 7:45-8:50
Welcome Speech: 8:50-9
Anna Albraccio (Keynote): 9-10
Why Documenting Evidence Truly Matters

Track A

*Aaron Thomas | 10:15-11:15
The basics of BitTorrent
Break 11:15 - 11:30
Philip Polstra | 11:30 - Noon
Aviation Security
LUNCH BREAK Noon-1
*Keye Arestad | 1-2
Land a job in cybersecurity (It's actually a fun and interesting field!)
Break 2 - 2:15
*David Cook | 2:15 - 3:15
Words Matter: Not Everything Is OSINT

Track B

Damon Hacker | 10:15 - 11:15
A Closer Look at Career Choices in Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity
Break | 11:15 - 11:30
Jessica Hoffman | 11:30 -noon
Access Control: The Only Door That Needs to Be Left Open to be Owned
LUNCH BREAK Noon-1
Brian Martin | 1 - 2
Job Hunting in 2024 for Graduates
Break 2 - 2:15
Ihor Marchenko & Devin Britton | 2:15 - 3:15
Software Defined Radio for Security

Villages

BCDC & DF Club | Lock picking | All Day
Chris Grube | CTF | All Day
BCDC & DF Club | CTF | All Day
Connor Davis (Davis Photography) | Headshots | All Day

Closing

See you tomorrow | 3:15 - 3:20

Saturday

Registration: 7:45-8:50
Welcome Speech: 8:50-9
Timmydoomsday (Keynote): 9-10
To Host or Not to Host: that is the expensive question

Track A

David Pany | 10:15 - 11:15
MFA: The Silver Bullet In My Heart
Break 11:15 - 11:30
Korey Young | 11:30-noon
Weaponizing 1 Day Vulnerabilities
LUNCH BREAK Noon-1
r0guer4t & YouStayGold | 1- 2
Bots: uncovering one of the most utilized and underutilized IM app features
Break 2 - 2:15
Adam Rogers | 2:15 - 2:45
Digital Forensics and e-Discovery

Track B

*Darin Fredde | 10:15 - 11:15
Nights in the Cloud: Unveiling the Dark Skies of Law Enforcement - A Tale of Helicopter Feeds, OSINT, and Penetration Testing
Break 11:15 - 11:30
Stephen Larson | 11:30-noon
Don't Forget the Log Files
LUNCH BREAK Noon-1
Stephen Nelson | 1-2
Holistic Approach to Attack Surface Management: Protecting Your Personal and Corporate Digital Realms
Break 2 - 2:15
Joe Sarkisian | 2:15 - 2:45
It’s Breach O’Clock! Do You Know What Your MSSP is Doing?

Villages

TOOOL | Lock picking | All Day
Chris Grube | CTF | All Day
BCDC & DF Club | CTF | All Day
Connor Davis (Davis Photography) | Headshots | All Day

Closing

Goodbye and thank you | 2:45 - 2:50

We're officially accepting presentation and workshop submissions. We'll be hosting multiple speaking and workshop tracks. We're looking for talks of 25 or 50 minutes in length.

If you have something you would like to share please send the following to CFP

If you present at the BloomCON, you will receive

  • free BloomCON admission for you and three adult guests
  • whatever speaker swag we can muster with our limited budget
  • transportation to/from IPT or AVP and Bloomsburg, PA if required
  • minimal fame, glory, and possibly even notoriety
  • bragging rights for speaking at BloomCON

Please be aware that we are unable to sponsor travel accommodations at this time. That said, your company (if any) will be listed as a bronze sponsor in all event materials and will be permitted a booth at the event. We may have limited funding to cover hotel rooms if needed.

Lock picking at BloomCON
  • Lock picking
  • Hardware hacking
  • Internet of Things
  • Car hacking
  • Drone Hacking and Flight Control (see DroneWars.bloomu.edu)
  • Social engineering
  • Digital forensics
  • WiFi hacking
  • Capture the Flag
  • Lock picking
  • Social engineering
  • Digital forensics
  • WiFi hacking
  • Capture the Flag
  • Open source intelligence (OSINT)
  • Hardware hacking
  • Networking party with Dual Core
illustration of Carver Hall
Drone wars at BloomCON

Drone Wars Competition

Drone Wars, done in conjunction with the Department of Mathematical and Digital Sciences and U.S. Army, is included with BloomCON. The goal is to take over a Wi-Fi connected drone and fly it through an obstacle course in the shortest amount of time.

Hack4Kidz event at BloomCON

Hak4Kidz Conference

BloomCON's Hak4Kidz conference is an expo of STEM and critical thinking challenges. The conference is informal and fun with come-and-go stations and exciting workshops that families can experience together.

BloomCON Contacts