Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find information pertaining to the event. Hopefully this clears up any queries or concerns that you may have - but if not, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email or Twitter.

We’re also looking for volunteers to help us keep this thing running smoothly and lots of fun. If you can spare some time during the event or in the lead-up, please let us know via this form and we’ll be in touch. Signing up here doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on all the talks nor be occupied for the whole time(s) you volunteer for.

What and when?

CHCon is a conference for security professionals and hackers in Christchurch, NZ. Training will be run on Thursday 25th October, and presentations on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th. A CTF will be run across all three days. All official conference events will be held at the UCSA Events Centre at 90 Ilam Rd, Riccarton. Be sure to email us if there's something in particular you'd like to see happen at the con!

Who will be speaking/training?

Take a peek at the Main Event schedule to see what presentations and challenges you'll find happening on the main conference days. There are several Professional Training sessions also on offer on the Thursday.

Who is it for?

You! IT security professionals, web developers, software developers, students, wannabes, hackers, enthusiasts, [your title here].

Who is running this thing?

CHCon is being coordinated by a collaboration of people from the local ISIG and Women in Tech groups. These are two web application security and information security groups which meet regularly in Christchurch. Follow us on Twitter: @CHCon_nz.

Where is the event held?

The training and official events like the afterparty and CTF are to be held at Bentleys, in the UCSA Events Centre at 90 Ilam Rd, Riccarton (directions). The conference is to be held in the events centre itself. Don't worry, there will be plenty of signage to ensure you don't get lost!.

How do I attend?

Tickets to the conference will be available through Eventbrite.

Where can I buy merchandise?

Merchandise pre-orders are offered when purchasing your conference ticket. If you'd like to make a bulk order or didn't order your merchandise when purchasing your ticket, please contact us via email ([email protected]) at your earliest convenience. If for whatever reason you find that you haven't pre-ordered it and the conference is tomorrow, don't fret as there will be a limited amount available for purchase at the registration and on the day.

Where in CHC can I stay?

That's a tricky question to ask a local. The conference and all associated events are being run in or near Riccarton (our 'new CBD') - so we'd recommend staying around there (view options).

How can I help promote CHCon?

Spread word of the conference to anyone you think could be interested in attending, and make sure to tag @CHCon_nz in your tweets!

Code of Conduct

CHCon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion.
  • Sexual images in public spaces.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following.
  • Harassing photography or recording.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

Event organisers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!


If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.

You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

Anonymous Report

You can make an anonymous report via this form.

We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You can make a personal report by:

  • Calling or messaging this phone number: (to be confirmed). This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event.
  • Contacting a conference volunteer, identified by an orange t-shirt.
  • Email us at [email protected].

When taking a personal report, our volunteers will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event volunteers or the conference organisers to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

  • Organiser Email: [email protected]
  • Organiser Phone Number: (to be confirmed)
  • Police (Emergency): 111
  • Police (Non-Emergency): 03 363 7400
  • 24hr Sexual Assualt Support Line: 03 377 5402
  • Emergency Medical: 111
  • Non-Emergency Medical (Pegasus Health 24 Hour Clinic): 03 365 7777
  • Healthline (Medical Support Line): 0800 611 116
  • Blue Star Taxis: 03 3799 799

Get In Touch


Get in touch with the CHCon crew and fellow attendees.

The Christchurch Hackers Conference

UCSA Events Centre

90 Ilam Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch

October 25-27 2018