Black Hat is committed to helping non-profit partners who in turn help the InfoSec community. From online safety champions, to legal advisors, to the local community in Las Vegas, Black Hat supports a broad range of partners in their efforts on behalf of our community throughout the year.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Since 2013, Black Hat has proudly donated $50,000 to the EFF to continue supporting their important work in protecting civil liberties within the digital world. Black Hat has a strong partnership with the EFF to provide pro-bono legal consultations to security researchers on the legality of any research or data they plan to present at the annual shows.

For every Business Pass sold, Black Hat will donate $100 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), up to a total of $50,000.


Black Hat Charity Shirt

Each year Black Hat donates proceeds from the sale of a one-of-a-kind t-shirt (sold at Black Hat USA) to a non-profit organization. Past receivers include Girls Who Code, Hack the Hood, and H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps.

Check back for Black Hat 2020 recipient.

Opportunity Village

Black Hat works to develop partnerships and programs to support the regions where events are located in. In Las Vegas, we partner with the group Opportunity Village, to stuff the 20,000 backpacks for Black Hat USA attendees.

Scholarships & Donated Passes

Black Hat Student Scholarship
As a way to introduce the next generation of security professionals to the Black Hat community, we award complimentary Academic Briefings Passes to student applicants. Learn more »

Diana Initiative - Hacker Summer Camp Scholarship
Black Hat has donated 10 Academic Briefings passes to benefit the recipients of the Diana Initiative's Hacker Summer Camp Student Scholarship for 2020.

Information Security is a constantly changing and evolving field. One of the best ways for us as a community to support those up-and-coming into our industry is to encourage students to attend InfoSec conferences, in this case Hacker Summer Camp (BlackHat, BSidesLV,, Diana Initiative, Queercon, Def Con). Last year, thanks to the amazing generosity of our community, we awarded 9 scholarships to students. This year we hope to increase the amount of the award and send 10 students! Learn more »

European Cyber Security Challenge at Black Hat Europe
For Black Hat Europe 2017 and 2018, Black Hat donated Black Hat Europe Briefings passes to winners of the European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC). This event hosts students from 17 countries across Europe compete in a two-day hacking competition to find the continent's ultimate cyber champions.
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Future Female Leaders Scholarship with EWF
Since 2015, Black Hat has partnered with the Executive Women's Forum to award 50 complementary Academic Passes to female university students. As we strive to minimize the gender gap among InfoSec professionals, and introduce the next generation of female leaders to the Black Hat community, our hope is to give students the opportunity to learn, network, and collaborate with the industry's brightest minds.
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INsecurity Scholarship
In partnership with the IN Security Movement, Black Hat has provided complimentary Black Hat Briefings passes to 25 women at all three events in 2019 and will continue moving forward, as we are committed to developing the next generation of security professionals and emphasizing gender diversity.

Through a grant from the UBM Community Engagement Fund, Black Hat partnered with the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) to award twenty-five (25) Briefings packages to cybersecurity students and practitioners who would have otherwise been unable to attend Black Hat USA. Packages included a complimentary Briefings pass, round-trip transportation and three-nights hotel accommodations. To apply for the program, individuals submitted 1,000 word White Papers addressing a security challenge and the approach required to combat it. You can check out all of the Winning Whitepapers online. This initiative was a part of Black Hat's continuing effort to increase the presence of women and minorities within the InfoSec community.

Singapore Educators Scholarship
In an endeavor to provide ongoing support and commitment towards the professional development of the academics in Singapore. Black Hat is pleased to provide the Educator Scholarship program to meet the growing demands placed on these individuals and to help offset the challenge of investing in a high-quality education, in order to make training and education accessible to all.

Speaker-Nominated Scholarships
In addition to the full Briefings Pass we provide each accepted Black Hat USA Briefings speaker, we also offer two complementary Briefings passes per accepted talk for students. Our goal is to enable our speakers to introduce Black Hat to the next generation of security professionals.

Passes for Veterans
Each year, Black Hat provides Review Board member Matt Devost with 10 full Briefings passes to distribute to military veterans in the Information Security community.

Association Partners

Strategic partnerships with not-for profit organizations offer resources, membership, education, and development opportunities to Black Hat attendees.

Sustaining Partners