BLACK ALPS

About Black Alps

Black Alps is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 whose main event will be the organization of Black Alps conferences. The current committee is composed of Sylvain Pasini (president), Yohan Martini (treasurer), and Maude Schneider (secretary).

Next event

BLACKALPS 2020 is maintained (Nov 5 2020)

The next edition of Black Alps will happen as planned, in autumn 2020.

Thought process regarding the special situation

We’re sharing our thought process:

The first phase of COVID-19 is getting behind us. So, it looks counter-intuitive to cancel now. However, a second wave of COVID-19 may come and we are not comfortable to organize a full event. We thought about a virtual event… but we feel that : watching awkward visioconferences, sitting at home in the sofa and chatting in hazardous virtual rooms will feel like a normal day and we want BlackAlps 2020 to feel like a special day. We are a community event and we think our added value is to gather the community by creating crucial in-person interactions. So, we decided to organize Black Alps, but in a different formula.

Note that we’ll continue to closely monitor the situation and OFSP guidances.

Schedule

Black Alps 2020 will be held on Thursday November 5th from 1:30pm to 7:00pm at Y-PARC, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.

So, it will be a special edition with conferences, rump session, and a closing aperitif. In addition, we plan to organize a networking dinner. This format will help us maintain sanitary measure and guarantee safety for everyone.

Black alps in a nutshell

BlackAlps 2020 is an event enabling to discuss the latest threats, mitigations and advances in cyber security. The event features cyber security experts from Switzerland and abroad. It is addressed to anyone with an interest in cyber security or connected to the internet, e.g., CEOs, CIOs, CISO, CTOs, developers, and researchers.

Past events

BLACKALPS 2019 (Nov 2019)

This great event was held on 7-8 November 2019 in Yverdon-les-Bains. It attracted more than 550 participants! (around 800 tickets sold in total)

Take a look on this webpage to get more about Black Alps 2019!

BLACKALPS 2018 (Nov 2018)

This great event was held on 8-9 November 2018 in Yverdon-les-Bains. It attracted more than 400 participants!

Take a look on this webpage to get more about Black Alps 2018!

Cybersecurity for SME (May 2018)

This event was held on 29.05.2018 in Yverdon-les-Bains. Cybersecurity for SME is a serie of events that aims to address different topics related to information security. These events are adressed to all people with security needs, including SMEs in our region. This includes executives as well as technical employees.

BLACKALPS 2017 (Nov 2017)

This great event was held on 15-16 November 2017 in Yverdon-les-Bains. With Y-Security event, it attracted more than 500 participants!

Take a look on this webpage to see more about Black Alps 2017!

Previous years

Black Alps is supported by the HEIG-VD, Y-PARC, and staff involved in the previous cyber security events in Yverdon:

Year Name Location
2011 Application Security Forum - Western Switzerland (#ASFWS) HEIG-VD, Yverdon-les-Bains
2012 Application Security Forum - Western Switzerland (#ASFWS) Y-PARC, Yverdon-les-Bains
2013 Application Security Forum - Western Switzerland (#ASFWS) Y-PARC, Yverdon-les-Bains
2014 Application Security Forum - Western Switzerland (#ASFWS) Y-PARC, Yverdon-les-Bains
2015 CyberSec Conference (#CYBSEC15) Y-PARC, Yverdon-les-Bains
2016 CyberSec Conference (#CYBSEC16) Y-PARC, Yverdon-les-Bains
2017 Black Alps 2017 (#BLACKALPS17) Y-PARC, Yverdon-les-Bains
2018 Black Alps - Cybersecurity for SME - 2018 Y-PARC, Yverdon-les-Bains
2018 Black Alps 2018 (#BLACKALPS18) Y-PARC, Yverdon-les-Bains
2019 Black Alps 2019 (#BLACKALPS19) Y-PARC, Yverdon-les-Bains