Below are the answers to some commonly asked questions. If after reviewing our website and the FAQs below you still have questions, please direct them as follows:

General inquiries -> info@dianainitiative.org
Tickets -> registration@dianainitiative.org
Speakers -> speakers@dianainitiative.org
Volunteering -> volunteers@dianainiative.org
Sponsorship -> sponsors@dianainitiative.org
Donations -> donate@dianainitiative.org
Website issues -> webmaster@dianainitiative.org


FAQ Sections:
COVID
Donations
Tickets
Conference
Discord
Capture the Flag (CTF)
Career Village FAQ
Lockpicking Virtual Workshop FAQ
Lockpicking Village FAQ
Maker Village FAQ
Internet of Things (IoT) Village – Virtual event FAQ
Sponsor FAQ


COVID:

Do you require a mask?

Yes as stated in our [COVID policies] we require both vaccination and masking for everyone.

Do you require attendees to be vaccinated?

Yes as stated in our [COVID policies] we require both vaccination and masking for everyone.

What should I do if I test positive?

First, please do not come to the event space. If you test positive at the event or in the days after for covid – please let us know at covid@dianainitiative.org along with what track(s) or village(s) you were at to the best of your memory. We will not share your name but we will warn/update everyone using social media to test themselves if they were in those locations. We will keep a public list of the number of cases (and dates of positivity if available) for the year. You can of course watch the talks on livestream, ask question in discord, and participate in the CTF from your room. We hope you understand that we do not want anyone currently testing positive in the event space.

What should I do if I feel unwell?

First, please do not come to the event space. Next, take a covid test. If you are in the Westin let us know your room number and we’ll drop it off at your door. We will try and have extra covid tests on hand. We are providing tests to all volunteers and speakers, and will try to also supply them to any attendees who feel unwell.

Donations:

Are donations to the Diana Initiative tax-deductible?

Yes we are a US-based not-for-profit! If you choose to receive a gift for your donation (when available), you may only deduct the amount of your donation less the market value of your gift. Your email receipt should have this information included. If you donate using our donation form you should automatically get a tax receipt (please check your spam folder), if you donated at the same time as buying a ticket please reach out to registration to get a receipt if desired.

Can I get a receipt for my donation?

Thank you for the donation! Yes. If you gave a donation on the web site you should receive a receipt through email automatically. If you need another copy, or you gave a donation via EventBrite, please contact [donate@dianainitiative.org] for receipt information.

Tickets:

What does each ticket get access to??

Tickets available to everyone;

  • 1337 – $133.70 – participation both July 16th (virtual) and Aug 10-11 (in person or virtual), Swag (we can mail)
  • Human – $30 – participation both July 16th (virtual) and Aug 10-11 (in person or virtual), swag if picked up in person
  • Veteran – free – participation both July 16th (virtual) and Aug 10-11 (in person or virtual), swag if picked up in person
  • Student – free – participation both July 16th (virtual) and Aug 10-11 (in person or virtual), sorry no swag unless we have extra at the end of in person
  • Virtual Vegas Attendee – free -Aug 10-11 (virtual) only

Tickets available to volunteers only

  • Speaker – participation both July 16th (virtual) and Aug 10-11 (in person or virtual), Swag (will mail)
  • Sponsor – participation both July 16th (virtual) and Aug 10-11 (in person or virtual)
  • In Person Volunteer – participation both July 16th (virtual) and Aug 10-11 (in person or virtual)
  • Virtual Volunteer – participation both July 16th (virtual) and Aug 10-11 (in person or virtual)
  • Staff – participation both July 16th (virtual) and Aug 10-11 (in person or virtual)
  • Safety – participation both July 16th (virtual) and Aug 10-11 (in person or virtual)

Conference:

When is the conference?

The Diana Initiative will take place July 16, 2022 from 8am to 6pm PDT online, and August 10-11, 2022 from 8am to 6pm both days in Las Vegas. see our [event details] and [venue details] pages.

Who can attend?

This event is open to people of all genders and identities interested in Information Security and Diversity in the Tech landscape. Although we tend to focus on underrepresented genders, we want to make sure we are welcoming to everyone, especially our supporters and allies.

What will be available at the Virtual event July 16th?

Schedule (all times Pacific UTC-7)

What will be available In Person for the hybrid event August 10-11th?

Schedule (all times Pacific UTC-7)

  • Registration opens 7:00am each day
  • [Track 1] 8am-6pm August 10, 8am-6pm August 11 – Will be both In Person and live streamed
  • [Track 2] 9am-6pm August 10, 8am-5pm August 11 – Will be both In Person and live streamed
  • [Capture the Flag (CTF)] event 9a-5p both days – Will be both In Person and live streamed
  • [Career Village] 9:30am-6pm August 10, 9:30am-4pm August 11 – Available In Person only
  • [Maker Village] 9a-5p both days – Available In Person only
  • [Lockpick Village] 9a-5p both days – Available In Person only
  • [Birds of a Feather, Networking events]TBD may be available both In Person and in Discord
  • [Games Night] August 10th 7:00pm-9:00pmTBD may be available both In Person and in Discord
What will be available Virtually for the Hybrid event August 10-11th?

Schedule (all times Pacific UTC-7)

  • Registration opens 7:00am each day
  • [Track 1] 8am-6pm August 10, 8am-6pm August 11 – Will be both In Person and live streamed
  • [Track 2] 9am-6pm August 10, 8am-5pm August 11 – Will be both In Person and live streamed
  • [Capture the Flag (CTF)] event 9a-5p both days – Will be both In Person and live streamed
  • [Birds of a Feather, Networking events]TBD may be available both In Person and in Discord
  • [Games Night] August 10th 7:00pm-9:00pmTBD may be available both In Person and in Discord
Can I get credit for this event?

The Diana Initiative Conference should qualify for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. Specifically, we’re an “Industry Conference (in-person or virtual).” For confirmation of whether the Diana Initiative Conference meets your CPE requirements, please contact your accreditation body directly.

I’ve never done a Capture the Flag even before. Is that OK?

Yes! Our CTF is created for all skill levels and can be played as a team or individually. An introductory CTF4Noobz workshop is often held in the morning of the first day of our conference.

Does the conference have a Code of Conduct?

Yes – all speakers, sponsors, staff, volunteers, and attendees are expected to adhere to it during the event. It can be reviewed on our Policies page.

Are you requiring COVID-19 vaccinations?

Yes – all speakers, sponsors, staff, volunteers, and attendees are expected to be fully vaccinated and need to wear masks in order to attend the in-person event. Everyone should be able to provide proof of such at the event as needed. Please see our [COVID policies] page.

Do you sell your conference attendee information (emails, name, etc)?

No, we do not sell or provide attendee information to anyone other than a subset of our staff. Our staff only has access to information for the purpose of assisting with registration or sending mailing list emails (which you can opt-out of!). Although there are some emails (spam) that go around saying you can buy a list, you can’t, and shouldn’t trust those emails (they go around for many conferences that also do not sell or provide lists). We do not allow our sponsors access to our email lists or person information lists.

We do not allow our sponsors access to our email lists or personal information lists. At this time your information is collected within EventBrite (ticket sales) and/or MailChimp (mailing list). If one of those companies were to be breached someone could harvest the list but we have not yet been informed or heard of breaches of these systems this year.

For more information, please [review our Privacy Policy].


Discord FAQ

What is Discord?

Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app that’s used by tens of millions of people ages 13+ to talk and hang out with their communities and friends.

How do I get Discord?

First you must create an account [https://discord.com/register].

Next download the software [https://discord.com/download] – you can use it on a web browser as well.

How do I join the Diana Server?

You should have received a link to join in your email. (The email address you purchased your ticket with).

Next follow the directions [in this video] or

  • Click the Invitation Link
  • You should end up in #the-diana-initiative
  • Go to #verify-here and click Verify
  • You will get a direct message from Wick
  • Complete the captcha
  • You should now have access to all Attendees and Sponsors channels

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If you get an error with the invite link please make sure

  • You are using the latest version of discord (Discord > Check for Updates)
  • Make sure you are logged in

If you can not see the channels please make sure

  • You clicked “verify”
  • You reply to the Wick-bot DM
  • Your DMs are open to server (User settings cog, Privacy and Safety, Allow Direct Messages from server members = ON)

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How do I find my User Name?

Click the user settings cog, go to “My Account” – it’s the thing with #000 after it – in my example “circuitswan#5857” and yes the numbers are needed.

How do I change my Display Name on the server?

Click on the server menu, then select “Edit Server Profile”

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Here you can change the nickname and image that show up for you *only on this server*

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How do I find my Discord ID?

[Watch this video] or [Read these instructions].

How do I enable direct Messages?

[Read these instructions].

How do I submit a ticket?

[Watch this video] or;

  • go to #submit-a-ticket under “Attendees”
  • click the button for the type of ticket you want
  • click the link the bot gives you
  • provide additional information to our moderators
  • When it’s taken care of you can close the ticket

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Any general Discord advice?

[We found this video].


Capture the Flag (CTF) FAQ

I’ve never done a Capture the Flag event before. Is that OK?

Yes! The CTF was created for all skill levels and can be played as a team or individually.

Is there a pre-qualifier for the CTF?

Nope! It’s open to everyone, no pre-qualifiers.

What is the maximum team size permitted for the CTF?

For the virtual event, you may have teams of up to 5 people. For the in-person event you may have teams of up to 3 people.


Career Village FAQ

Can I sign up in advance for a mock interview or resume review?

Sorry sign up is only during the event, stop into the village and a volunteer will assist getting you scheduled.


Lockpicking Virtual Workshop FAQ

Can I sign up for the virtual event?

Not yet!

Where is the workshop?

It is being held on Zoom.


Lockpicking Village FAQ

Do I need to sign up?

No! Just stop in.


Maker Village FAQ

Can I buy one of the electronic bages?

Not yet!


Internet of Things (IoT) Village – Virtual event FAQ

I’ve never done anything with IoT before. Is that OK?

Yes! This was created for all skill levels!

Is there a pre-qualifier?

Nope! It’s open to everyone, just show up.

Will you be at both the Virtual and In-Person events?

We will only be at the Virtual event because we will be over at DEF CON during the in-person event. If you are at DEF CON stop by!


How can my organization become a conference sponsor?

Please visit the [Sponsorship page]. If you still have questions about sponsorship, please contact sponsors@dianainitiative.org

How do I get my Sponsors Tickets?

As part of your sponsorship benefit, we are providing you with a certain amount of complimentary tickets to our event. If you have not already received them, claim your tickets by sending an email to [sponsors@dianainitiative.org], and you will get the Eventbrite code to unlock your sponsors tickets. Once you unlock the sponsors ticket registration, an option will appear to register for your sponsors tickets. Make sure all of your attendees fill in all of the requested information.

You do not need to complete this whole process right away – if you only know two of the attendees now for example, you can get two tickets now and use the same link again in the future to get the remainder of your tickets.

What Sponsor logo format should I provide? 

If you have not yet provided us with your company sponsor logo, please send a vector version of your logo as well as the url to which your logo should point.

How do I participate in the Career Village?

Depending on your support level;

– You can post a job on our job board which is shared in our newsletter and in career village
– You can provide hiring managers and recruiters to help attendees with their resume reviews and mock interviews (and also get a chance to invite them to real interviews after!)
– Diamond, Platinum and Gold sponsors can reserve time in our interview room to host a career fair, or do on site interviews.

Can you tell me about my “High Traffic Table Space”? VIRTUAL

Diamond, Platinum and Gold sponsors receive a “High traffic Table Space”.

For the Virtual event this is your own discord channel.

For attendees, as well as employees who plan to volunteer or staff your booth you will need to create Discord accounts and install the Discord software.

For anyone who does not yet have a discord account please sign up https://discord.com/register and then download the software https://discord.com/download

Once you have an account please join our server.

Please let us know if you will be utilizing it and who (employees) you will have staffing it.

Each sponsor that requests one will get one sponsor channel in the “Sponsors” area. Please let us know the following information:

What name you want used for your channel?

When (hours) will your channel be staffed?

What (short) message would you like pinned (if any) to your channel for everyone to see?

What type of channel do you want? Your options are
-Text-chat only (you can deflect people into a voice and/or video system of your choice that you manage from the room)
-Moderated Discord voice/video channel (a stage) where one of your employees will be set as moderator to decide who can and can not speak. I will need a list of employees who will moderate.
-Unmoderated Discord voice/video channel where anyone who joins can speak.

In order to encourage attendees to visit your room we recommend having something interactive that we can have our MCs talk about – such as a raffle or a scheduled live sponsor session, demos, Q&A/AMA, or Recruiting events during our breaks or lunch. If you let us know the times you will be having events we can put them into our schedule and promote them.

Can you tell me about my “High Traffic Table Space”? IN PERSON

Diamond, Platinum and Gold sponsors receive a “High traffic Table Space”.

For the In Person event you will get a table (6′) placed near one of our speaking tracks or villages so that you can interact with our attendees. These tables come with basic table cloths from the hotel. We are not permitted to affix anything to the wall or ceiling so any signage will need to be free standing. Please note you and in a hallway so any signs or other items should be behind, directly next to or on top of your table. The tables are often against the wall with employees seated to the sides so please let us know if we have to find a way to seat your employees behind the table. We can not guarantee access to electrical outlets, and our event does not have wireless internet. We will have wired internet in the CTF village, and guests of the hotel can use the hotel wireless in some areas (like near registration) where signal is strong enough.

You can see our spaces here:
https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/lasvw-the-westin-las-vegas-hotel-and-spa/events/ We are on the second floor, utilizing all the available conference rooms.

What is a Live Sponsor Session?

In order to encourage attendees to visit your room we recommend having something interactive that we can have our MCs talk about. This could be ongoing like a raffle or a scheduled live sponsor session at a specific event.

If you would like to host a live event session at a specific time we encourage that! You can host more than one of course.

Some ideas: demos, Q&A/AMA, challenge game, puzzle, career fair, or Recruiting events

Please let us know;
-Title of the event
-Time of the event
-Short description of the event
-Location (Discord text, or voice/video, or stage, or a external system)

This way we can add it to our schedule as well as let attendees know about it in #general chat

We recommend hosting these during the breaks for best effect.

For the in person event Can we setup on the 9th?

We will be there and doing our own setup on the 9th starting at 1pm. If you need to come then please do.

For the in person event when can we arrive? When do we need to leave?

Registration opens 7am on August 10th, and opening remarks are at 8:00am followed by opening keynote. Our event ends at 6pm on the 10th, you may leave your items on the table if you wish however we recommend brining any swag or similar items into the staff room before 7pm. The staff room will open again at 7am on August 11. The event ends at 6pm on August 11th and we ask you to finish tear down by 8pm that evening.

What does“Company logo at event site” mean?

For the virtual event we’ll be displaying logos between speakers in the speaker tracks. [See an example in a recording of one of 2021’s talks on youtube.]

For the in person event we have printed free-standing signs on which we will put our sponsor’s logos.

Please provide, if possible, logos for both print (vector is great, ai, eps) as well as web (PNG, SVG or JPG, with and without transparent backgrounds if possible and permissible).

How can I provide Sponsor Swag? 

For the virtual event you will need to handle swag distribution directly. You may run collection forms or contests to get attendee information, provide codes, or simply provide digital swag assets (STL files, backgrounds, codes for stores or games, etc).

We prefer to be a swag-light event. If you still want to have swag at the in person event please let us know by sending an email to [sponsors@dianainitiative.org]. We like to keep the amount of swag minimal at our event and prefer items be reuseable and utilitarian (glasses cleaners etc!) or small and easy (stickers) as too often swag just ends up discarded after the event.

How many swags should I ship?

We are expecting 700 to 800 registrations so plan accordingly. We are concerned there will be a higher now show rate than usual however after speaking with other in person events which have occurred so far this year.

We are expecting 40 in person speakers 12 virtual speakers, we recommend 50 speaker swags to be safe with last minute additions.

Where do I ship my items?

Sponsors are responsible for transport to the hotel and distribution at their booth. Ship to receive no earlier than Monday August 8th and by Tuesday August 9th at noon. You do not need to be an hotel guest to pick up your items. To ship to the Westin hotel directly please make sure to put this information in the address label :

Hold For Guest: (your sponsor staff name that will pick it up here)
c/o Business Center at The Westin Las Vegas Hotel
160 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV, 89109
(Diana Initiative)

For liability reasons, the Diana Initiative staff cannot pick up sponsors’ items. The sponsor will have to be there at the Westin business center in person to pick their items up directly. Please be aware that shipped items sometimes get lost during shipping or arrive late or damage at the hotel.

Do I have to be a hotel guest to ship to TDI conference?

No, just make sure to put Diana Initiative below address.

When should my sponsors item arrive?

Make sure your items do not arrive earlier than Monday August 8th and ship to receive no later than by Tuesday August 9th at noon. By Tuesday August 9th at noon. The sponsor will have to be there at the Westin business center in person to pick their items up directly.

May I rent (equipment)?

We can connect you to the hotel if you need to rent additional equipment for your booth, such as a television screen.

Can you confirm the hours of the event?

The event starts at 8 AM PDT until 6 PM PDT.

Are we able to get the attendee list beforehand to curate emails to share about what we’re doing?

As we are a community driven information security event we take our attendees privacy seriously, as they have high expectations. We do not provide or sell our email lists of our attendees to anyone. At your sponsor table you can certainly encourage people to sign up to your mailing in exchange for a raffle, swag or other benefits. If you choose to host a contest or session that can be an even more impactful for collecting contact information from attendees.