Dear hacker family:
In our last statement on the global health crisis, we promised to update you with any new developments and information about our plans for 2020 as they emerged. Today’s announcement is one we don’t want to make, but things being how they are, we have to focus on what’s in the best interest of our participants and our staff.
The Security BSides Las Vegas Board of Directors has decided to cancel BSides Las Vegas 2020.
If you have reserved a hotel room at the Tuscany on the BSidesLV block, please contact them directly in order to cancel or change your reservation. Their number is 877-TUSCAN1.
There have been encouraging signs that social distancing has flattened the COVID-19 curve in many places.
Yet, several factors have brought us to this decision: (1) the possibility of on-going waves of infection; (2) the uncertainty of when international borders could open up; (3) and the likelihood that large gatherings will continue to be prohibited or discouraged for several months to come. These things are primarily what prompted the Board of Directors to reach this decision well ahead of our June 5, 2020 deadline.
We understand and share in everyone’s hope that things will return to normal soon, but we have to be realistic. It would be unfair to ask our staff to go forward with preparations while knowing there is a high probability their efforts would be wasted. Likewise, we don’t want to put our donors and sponsors through the process of contributing their funds, only to wait while we process refunds.
In addition, we know many of our regular participants and staff are being forced to use vacation time they would usually take to attend and/or have been told their employers will not subsidize travel to Las Vegas this summer. These financial pressures were another thing the Board of Directors considered in their decision.
We are heartbroken. We have a lot of great ideas for ways to continue to improve the BSidesLV experience for all of us. We’re looking forward to sharing them with you in 2021.
We would like to thank our venues, Tuscany Suites and Casino and The Platinum Hotel and Spa, and all our external vendors for making it painless for us to cancel this year’s event. We have amazing relationships with these companies. We know that it is an impossible time for hospitality and convention businesses. We look forward to coming home next year.
Stay safe and stay healthy, family. We can’t wait to see you again!