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HackMiami Offers Both Training and Opportunity (Video)

Roblimo posted about a year ago | from the penetration-testing-for-fun-and-profit dept.

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Today's video conversation guest is Alex Heid, whose HackMiami title is Senior Security Researcher. The group started as a non-profit but is now technically a for-profit company that gets work from local businesses and shares it (and the fees it generates) among HackMiami members. You're welcome to join them at one of the regular meetings they hold at Planet Linux Caffe in Coral Gables (which, for those who care, is one of few businesses in the Miami area that accepts Bitcoins) and at other local venues, or at their annual conference, although you have a pretty long wait ahead of you for that; the next one is scheduled for May, 2014. Meanwhile, if you want to start something similar to HackMiami in your area, Alex has some good tips for you, including the idea of checking out -- and listing your group on -- the Hackerspaces Web site.

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Fight Club Poster (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44102719)

Wow, a Fight Club poster in the background. That's edgy as fuck. I wouldn't want to mess with that guy, he'd beat my ass to a bloody pulp. I bet he rides a Harley.

Re:Fight Club Poster (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44102813)

He can't even count to 3, perhaps a downside of the fight club poster giving him brain damage.

Wait, wait, wait.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44102771)

ABOUT 3 of us on the board of directors???

ABOUT?????

When he was struggling to count to 3 - the moment I stopped the video.

Re:Wait, wait, wait.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44102933)

Their board of directors list keeps on getting hacked.

I work, they get paid - where do I sign up? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44103041)

>> technically a for-profit company that gets work from local businesses and shares it (and the fees it generates) among HackMiami members.

I work, they get paid? Golly gee, where do I sign up?

What's up with the sound? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44103099)

I know they're located in Miami, but I didn't know they were also in a bunker under water...

How old is this "expert"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44103107)

I know he's got the "Senior" in his title, but how much experience does this guy have? And how much did he pay to get his project promoted on Slashdot?

Homophobic conference tracks (0)

Render_Man (181666) | about a year ago | (#44103151)

I would like to point out for the record, this is the group that decided it appropriate to label thier conference tracks 'new f#gs' and 'old f#ags'.

http://www.rogueclown.net/what-are-those-track-names-again/

I'd be curious how much the tiger has changed its stripes

Re:Homophobic conference tracks (1)

citizenr (871508) | about a year ago | (#44103199)

You might have a broken keyboard there buddy, its new fags and old fags.

How do they do it? (2)

ugen (93902) | about a year ago | (#44103387)

I moved to Miami a few years ago from an area with significant technological presence. A contrast is quite striking. I see SoFla as a technological (and, really, intellectual) wasteland. There are no high tech companies to speak of (well, there is Citrix, I think). General level of education, technological and otherwise, is relatively low compared to more "hi-tech" parts of the country. Add to that a peculiar local demographics where vanity is the primary motivation, and you get an environment in which it's difficult to create or maintain a techie movement. I applaud these guys for trying, of course.

Me, I am here for the diving :)

Re:How do they do it? (1)

MrDoh! (71235) | about a year ago | (#44103913)

Hmm, I was shocked at how much there IS here (though I'm coming from a wasteland in the UK). There's a cool vc/cafe/workspace area downtown (Windwood area? I'm unsure of the names, but the place with the cool graffiti all over the place near downtown). Opposite, there's a monstrous VC/development hothouse. There's the weekend get together of geeks where people bring in Glass, HTC send devs to show new toys/get feedback. And this planetlinux cafe (that I must admit is the one place I've not been to yet). I've no idea what it's like in places like San Francisco, but I'v been shocked at how many techies and support groups there actually are in the area.

Re:How do they do it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44109345)

Hey Im in miami, where is the place you mentioned in winwood? Thanks!

Re:How do they do it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44104981)

As someone who just moved down to the South Florida area, it certainly doesn't have Silicon Valley level numbers of opportunities but I'd say it's far from a wasteland. Depending on where you live, you have access to three large counties worth of tech opportunities. Jobs north of Boca Raton have a reputation for not paying as well, but also have lower cost of living. If you can live in Palm Beach county and work in Broward, you can get the best of both worlds.

I will say this for the 40-somethings and older: Silicon Valley may have an ageism stigma but that certainly isn't a problem down here, where 65 feels middle-aged. And compared to to where I came from in the midwest, I'll take this weather (hurricanes and all) any day.

Re:How do they do it? (1)

bad-badtz-maru (119524) | about a year ago | (#44105175)

As someone who has been down here for 40 years - get the hell off my lawn!

Miami's first bitcoin biz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44103563)

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shortorder/2013/06/bitcoin_planet_linux_caffe.php

Miami (1)

rseech01 (158578) | about a year ago | (#44108243)

All things being relative, the South Florida region has seen a lot of activity, while we are not in the same league as the Valley, Austin or New York there is a lot of work being done here with startups. Co-working and knowledge sharing spaces are active (The Lab Miami, Project Lift, MEC, Pipeline, RightSpace all come to mind). Organizations like SFTA, Refresh Miami, and the Ruby group are rife with attendees. Ignite Miami, and Social Media Miami have held community focused events. This year Ray Kurzweil, and Dawkins both spoke in Miami, a few weeks ago, Isaacson held court talking about his Einstein bio. Apple just bought a biometric (last six months) company, and I know of two companies that Microsoft acquired. Granted we just lost Ed Iacobucci, but every once in a while, you can have a chat with John Sculley. One of the local universities has Donald Knuths successor on its staff, and their CS department is world class. I'd say we are working on it, and while we have a lot of people who don't have all the skills, here, we are making steps in the right direction. Slowly we are building a world class community. Yes it would be nice to have an education system here that understands the importance of a forward thinking high school curriculum, and what I wouldn't give to hear someone say sustainable knowledge economy. It would be brilliant to have more humility and less hubris, more older folks to advise the younger entrepreneurs, and less egos overall, but this is Miami, we are making progress.
Just my two cents.

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