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We are excited to get back to “Real Life” in 2021. If this is your first time joining us, or if this is your 20th year participating in this event, we have an amazing conference being planned for you this year. In the coming days and weeks, this website will be filled with all of the details about each event, and we hope you return often to keep up on the latest.

The theme for SAINTCON 2021 is “In Real Life” which is a reference to our desire to get back together with members of our community and share stories, experience, and teach each other. We have a lot to talk about, many new faces have joined our community, and we are exited to get back together.

SAINTCON remains supported by YOU the attendees, our local security communities and groups, and our participating sponsors without whom we would not have “nice things”.

It takes an army of people to produce SAINTCON each year, and this year is no different.  With nearly 20 committee members, and their staff of 25 individuals supported by almost 60 volunteers.  All these support the nearly 85 presenters and 1200 attendees.  In the end YOU are the reason we make this happen every year.  It is truly our labor of love and community!

I sincerely hope that you enjoy SAINTCON 2021.

We Are SAINTCON


Founded in 2001


The Vision

SAINTCON is an annual technology security conference presented by the Utah chapter of the Security Advisory and Incident Network Team (“UtahSAINT”)

SAINTCON is focused on providing great technology security instruction and training.  Topics and activities at SAINTCON provide all levels of security training from fundamentals to advanced techniques.

The Evolution

SAINTCON started in 2001 as the Security Summit. Three years later, the conference was renamed the “UtahSAINT Conference.” Later in 2015, the conference found its permanent and well-known name.

SAINTCON was grown out of a need for better security practices in local public education agencies but has grown significantly since that time. As the conference continued to outgrow its education target audience, the UtahSAINT Board of Trustees and SAINTCON Committee decided to expand SAINTCON’s reach by including non-education government agencies and private industry.

SAINTCON’s expansion of its target audience has enabled the sharing of cybersecurity knowledge and skills well beyond the confines of the educational community.

SAINTCON is now a significant influence throughout the Intermountain West and has created a worldwide name throughout the cybersecurity industry.

The Committee


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Attendee Services

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Sponsers

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Badge Development

Jup1t3r

Founder / Chair

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Social Media

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Contests and Events

Mike’s Wife

Kids Night

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Audio / Visual / Lighting

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Store / Swag

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Keynotes / Audio / Visual

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Artwork

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Logistics

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Keynotes / Presenters / Trainings

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Registration / Development

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Media / Security

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Network / Wireless

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Quartermaster

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Hackers Challenge

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Villages / Communities

THANK YOU!


We wish to thank all the volunteers who dedicate their time and talents to make SAINTCON a success every year.

If you see a committee member, staff member, or volunteer, give them a big thank you. None of these individuals are paid to run SAINTCON, and some of them dedicate hundreds of hours to the conference every year.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is SAINTCON?

SAINTCON is an annual technology security conference presented by the Utah chapter of the Security Advisory and Incident Network Team (“UtahSAINT”). This conference has been held for 20 years throughout the State of Utah. Prior to 2013 the conference was called the “UtahSAINT Conference”, but was renamed to be more recognizable and could flourish on it’s own.

SAINTCON is focused on providing great technology security instruction and training. Topics and activities at SAINTCON provide all levels of security training from fundamentals to advanced techniques.

What happens at SAINTCON?

Most people come to listen to the Presentations and Trainings, but year by year we continue to bring more and more elements into the conference. While the presentations are great, we provide a rich experience that allows attendees to focus on things that interest them the most.

Games and Contests are a major part of SAINTCON. Many people spend their entire time at the conference (and in their hotels) playing the Hackers Challenge game. Hackers Challenge was originally used to provide “Something else to do” during less interesting presentations, but has become a serious and high skills driven game that the attendees love to play.

Is SAINTCON for State Government entities only?

No! SAINTCON has of course grown from a strong interaction from Public Education but is not limited to this mission. We continue to expand the conference to include private corporations and non-education entities. We feel that this strengthens our conference and the UtahSAINT Organization. SAINTCON is open to anyone and everyone who would like to attend.

We will always continue however to have an education focus in key areas, however Network Security does not differ significantly in application.

Im not a Security Professional, should I come to SAINTCON?

Maybe… SAINTCON is not just for security and IT professionals, but is for anyone who has an interest in computer security. If computer security, hacking, security research, or other similar things interest you, you will likely enjoy SAINTCON.

Can I safely use the Internet Connection at SAINTCON?

We understand that being an IT or security professional often means being tethered to the office via phone and Internet. So we generally provide a robust and highly capable wireless network running at the Conference. You should consider it semi-hostile. Make sure you use appropriate VPN or other secure methods of communication because it is a security conference after all, and we’re sure people are listening. It should be more than adequate for you to keep things running back at the office.

Is there an Age Limit to attend SAINTCON

No, In fact we encourage you to bring younger attendees to SAINTCON. We have expanded this option in recent years, and have found that much of what we do and discuss is beneficial to High School students and younger. Student Groups are also welcome and if you contact us prior to registration, we can sometimes work out discounts on registration costs for groups of students.

All attendees younger than 18 years old, MUST be accompanied by an adult.

How many people can attend SAINTCON?

SAINTCON has always been limited by the number of seats we have available. The conference has SOLD OUT every year we have had it since 2009. We continue to find larger and larger venues, provide more seats and we somehow seem to fill them. In 2019 we had nearly 1500 attendees, this year we plan to fill it again! We still anticipate selling out the con.

How can I get involved in SAINTCON?

Involvement in SAINTCON is an organic thing. Many of the people involved in the conference just seem to show up and start helping. Soon after, they realize what they have gotten themselves into, but by then it’s too late. These days however, we strive for a little more organization than we have in the past. To get involved all you need to do is be willing to help, and reach out to one of the members of the Conference Committee.

How can I present or speak at SAINTCON?

You can submit a response to our Call for Papers. All entries are evaluated by the conference committee and those chosen are notified soon after the CFP closes.  CFP for SAINTCON is generally done in two phases:

  • Phase 1 – Open Call for anyone to submit.
  • Phase 2 – Finding presenters for content gaps.
How are you handling COVID-related issues?

UtahSAINT and SAINTCON are very concerned about the health and well-being of our community.  Although we are having an in-person conference this year, we will be requiring our attendees to follow guidelines in place by the time of our conference:

  • Center for Disease Control
  • Utah County Health Department

We expect these to not change much from the time of registration launch, but will monitor this situation closely and communicate any changes to policy as the event becomes closer.

Contact Us

We do not have a super-direct way of interacting with everyone.  The best options for contacting us is through email for official communications.  You can also try us on Discord.

Registration

For questions or issues with Registration, please contact us via email to: register@saintcon.org

Sponsors

For questions or issues with Sponsorships, please contact us via email to: sponsor@saintcon.org

General

For general questions, please contact us via email to: contact@saintcon.org.

SAINTCON is a production of the UtahSAINT Organization which is a 501(c)(6) non-profit.
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