BSIDES Cape Town 2023 is upon us and we are excited to host you!

Please note that registration will only start from 08H30 (GMT+2). There will be NO ticket sales on the day. You will need to present your quicket ticket so please make sure you have it on hand.


We are pleased to announce for the first time, we are able to present THREE tracks of talks from an amazing line up of speakers. To see the full scheduled talks for Saturday 2nd of December, please go check out the speaker programme.


We are hosting multiple workshops on the Friday 1st of December and Saturday 2nd of December.

The Friday workshops are paid tickets which can be purchased here

Friday 1st December

Full-day API workshop (09H00 - 17H00) GMT+2 Elastic Security Analyst Workshop (Morning session 09H00 - 12:30) GMT+2 Elastic Security Analyst Workshop (Afternoon session 13H30 - 17H00) GMT+2

There are still tickets available for the Elastic Workshops on Friday. You can purchase a ticket over at Quicket

Saturday 2nd December

Avoiding the API security apocalyps (10H50 – 12H20) GMT+2 Defenders’ Den: Building a Reproducible Environment to Verify Cyber Defense Skills (12H50 – 14H50) GMT+2 Elastic Security Capture The Flag (15H10 – 17H10) GMT+2

Challenges and CTF

Please read carefully below and make sure you monitor our social media very closely for updates. Thanks to all those involved. We could not do it without you.

Jeopardy-style CTF

We are hosting a Jeopardy-style CTF which is filled with forensics, crypto, malware analysis and other challenge categories. The CTF will start at 00H00 (GMT+2) on 27 November 2023 and conclude at 16H00 (GMT+2) on 2 December 2023. We have some prizes up for grabs but to be eligible you would need to be an attendee to receive the prize at the conference.

To participate, register over at and use the code that was sent to you in the CTF, Workshops & Scavenger Hunt announcement email.

Should you have any technical issues with the CTF, you can reach out to us at ctf.challenges at Join the Hack South Discord to follow any updates from the CTF in the #bsides-ctf channel.

Vending Machine

Mike Davis in collaboration with Orange Cyberdefense will be operating a vending machine loaded with prizes of various sorts. You are invited to try to hack the vending machine, in a variety of ways. As a gentle introduction to the machine, try entering your Quicket number to get a snack. The vending machine will be situated on the roof terrace. Come say hi!

Scavenger Hunt

At BSides, we want there to be “Something for everyone” so on the day we will have distinctive QR codes dotted around the venue and in slides of the talks. Join the challenge by authenticating with your discord or email, and get scanning! We have also been seeding flags on social media, so you can manually enter them. On the day we will also have challenges where you will need to complete a given task, post it on Social Media and tag BSides with #BSidesCPT23. Keep an eye on your dm’s or see the Game Master on the day to get your flag.

Prizes and shenanigans for fun and profit to be had.

AI Challenge

AI prompts have been a hot favourite skillset this year! To that end, CrypticGoose has set up a AI Prompt challenge! Hack the passwords with 9 different levels with differing protections. Keep an eye on social media for more information.


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