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Frequently Asked Questions
General Event Questions
What is a hybrid event and how can I attend?
The Black Hat hybrid event experience offers the cybersecurity community a choice in how they wish to participate. We will host both an in-person experience in Las Vegas and a virtual experience online.
When you purchase a Briefings Pass, you can select whether to attend in-person or online.
If you choose the Virtual Only Briefings Pass, you will have access to all the online and recorded Briefings Sessions, Sponsored Sessions, Arsenal Demos and the Business Hall. You will also have access to the recorded sessions for 30 days after the event.
If you choose the In-Person Briefings Pass you will have access to BOTH the in-person Briefings, Sponsored Sessions, Arsenal Demos and the Business Hall activities in Las Vegas, AND access to all the online sessions, including online access to the recordings for 30 days after the event.
Pass prices and further details can be found here
Will the content be the same at the in-person event and the virtual event?
While there will be unique elements to each, the core Briefings content will be the same for both event types. With either pass type, all paid Briefings pass holders will receive access to all recorded content for 30 days after the event, normally only made available for an additional fee.
Will Black Hat USA Trainings be hybrid?
No. This year, all Trainings will only be offered virtually. Courses will be conducted in real-time online and all instructors will be accessible throughout each class.
Black Hat ran successful and highly-rated virtual Trainings for our USA, Asia, and Europe events in 2020 and we’re bringing that same proven model to BHUSA 2021 – along with platform enhancements and additional courses.
What are the times and dates for these events?
- All event times are listed in Pacific Time (GMT/UTC – 7h) on the website
- Black Hat Trainings: July 31 – August 3
- We offer both 2, and 4-day courses so please confirm dates and times for the specific course(s) you want here
- In-Person Black Hat Briefings/Arsenal/Business Hall: August 4 & August 5
- Virtual Black Hat Briefings/Arsenal/Business Hall: August 4 & August 5
In-Person Event Questions
What will capacity look like for the in-person event?
Capacity is currently capped at a maximum of 50% of a given space’s standard capacity. Limits will be reviewed and revised at the direction of Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and Mandalay Bay.
Will Black Hat limit attendance?
It is possible that Black Hat will be required to limit attendance to ensure proper distancing is maintained and locally mandated capacity limits are adhered to. It is recommended that you secure your registration now if you know you’d like to attend in person.
There will be no limit on virtual only passes.
What health measures/protocols are Black Hat taking to ensure a safe environment on-site?
Black Hat is working closely with local health authorities and Mandalay Bay to provide a safe and healthy experience for all Black Hat participants. We will be following safety measures such as mask wearing, social distancing, traffic lanes, contactless features, regular venue sanitization and changes to capacities if applicable.
Will I be required to wear a mask? Will medical exceptions be allowed?
Masks will be required for all participants except while eating or drinking, or while presenting a session. If you are unable to wear face coverings due to medical reasons, please contact Show Management prior to arrival.
How will Black Hat maintain social distancing?
Social distancing measures may include distanced seating in conference rooms, traffic lanes in the Business Hall, more areas for food and beverage service, longer breaks in scheduling, dedicated entry and exit points, and other measures. There will be dedicated safety ambassadors onsite to ensure measures are being followed.
Will food be served and what will that look like?
Food service will be available. We are partnering with Mandalay Bay to provide a wide-ranging menu that meets the needs of our participants. Food service may look a little different than previous years to adhere to safety measures, but we intend to provide a safe and vibrant dining experience.
Will there be a Business Pass option for the In-Person event?
Yes. We plan to offer a paid Business Pass option with details forthcoming. On or around May 1, we will add the paid Business Pass option to our website.
Can I book my hotel in Las Vegas now – and how should I do that?
Yes, hotel reservations are being accepted and a link to Black Hat’s official hotel booking partner can be found on our website here.
What happens if Black Hat has to cancel the In-Person Event - can I get a refund?
While the prospects for hosting a live event in Las Vegas are improving daily, and we are optimistic that we will be able to deliver a great experience, we know some of this is out of our control. Therefore, we are offering purchase protection to everyone who buys an in-person Briefings pass.
PURCHASE PROTECTION POLICY: If, for any reason, Black Hat is forced to cancel the In-Person Event in Las Vegas, all paid passes will automatically convert to Virtual Briefings passes and the balance will be converted to a credit towards a Black Hat USA 2022 Briefings Pass. Full or partial refunds may also be requested instead—subject only to a 6% processing fee.
Virtual Event Questions
I know I can’t get to Las Vegas this year. Is the Virtual Event going to be worth my time & money?
Yes! We know this is a challenging year for travel and we are planning to make the virtual experience as valuable as possible. All our Briefings will be delivered in full on our virtual platform and our speakers will be available for live online Q&A following their presentations. Arsenal demos will be presented online, sponsors will be offering demos and swag, and we’re building more interactive tools for networking during the virtual event. You have 30 days after the event to watch (or re-watch) all the Briefings and recorded session you want.
We successfully ran BHUSA as a virtual only event in 2020 with great results and positive feedback from attendees. We have even more great updates and enhanced functionality for Black Hat USA Virtual 2021 planned.
What platform does Black Hat use to deliver the virtual event, and where can I learn more?
Black Hat USA will be delivered primarily on the Swapcard platform, with some additional links to other platforms for break-out rooms and chat/networking. For more details about our virtual platform, check out some tutorials here.
Additional information can be found on the Attendee Resources page.