Jessica Sexton
Senior Director, Community

Hackers take on San Francisco for the 4th Year in a Row

Hackers take on San Francisco for the 4th Year in a Row

h1-415 2020

On February 21st, almost 70 hackers participated in HackerOne’s first Flagship Live Hacking Event of the year: h1-415 2020. This is HackerOne’s fourth year hosting a live hacking event during RSA week in our home city of San Francisco. Three of those years, we partnered with our long time live hacking event partner: Verizon Media. 

Our flagship events start well before we bring hackers onsite. We begin with a nearly two week “presubmissions” window. During this time period, hackers begin recon and hacking remotely. For reports submitted during this window, bounties are split evenly for all duplicate reports (as opposed to first come, first serve) as an additional perk to our LHEs. Almost 70 hackers participated and over 400 reports were submitted over the course of those two weeks, hackers were paid over $707,000, with dawgyg as the top paid hacker from the event! Over 18 countries were represented at this event, with 8 hackers attending their first live hacking event. 

All Around the City

With a prominent party, pedicabs, and plenty of activities, HackerOne took over San Francisco during RSA. This year included something a little special. When the hackers arrived, they were greeted by familiar faces on billboards, buses, and in BART stations. Randomdeduction, nnwakelam, spaceraccoon represented the hacking community in a campaign focused on celebrating the positive power of hackers. Hacking is here for good, for the good of all of us.

Game Day

For every live hacking event, HackerOne hosts tourist activities for hackers, customers, and HackerOne team members to get to know each other in a no-pressure, casual environment. Amazing conversations, friendships, and the start of lots of collaboration happen during these activities. We’ve taken them up mountains in Vancouver at h1-604 , boat rides on the Thames in London at h1-4420, and for the first time in San Francisco: an NBA basketball game. This was a first for many of our event participants and was such a fun way to get to know each other better!

Kicking Things Off

Hosted at the Elan Event Venue, just across the street from Moscone Center and the main hub for the RSA conference, hackers arrived to wall to wall h1-elite comic posters, and amazing HackerOne and Paranoids swag. 

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