BSidesIowa was founded in 2012 by Ken Johnson. In 2016 tragically Ken passed in a car accident. Since that time a few active members in Iowa InfoSec/SecDSM have taken the reigns to continue the work that Ken started.

Our Current Organizers:

Greg Hetrick
Brandon Murphy
Chadwick Smith
John Pudwill
Greg Rice
Antoinette Stevens
Arden Meyer


We have NO TOLERANCE for physical/verbal/sexual harassment of any human! Our “Code of Conduct” is “Be Excellent to Each Other” AKA the Golden Rule. Failing that, it is “Do not be an Ass,* or we will kick your ass out!”

Asking questions of a speaker during their talk, to get clarity or debate a point is NOT being an ass – heckling or haranguing the speaker IS. If you are not sure, ask, or err on the side of basic decency and common courtesy. If what they are doing would not be acceptable to have done to you, your best friend, your worst enemy, your sister, niece, daughter, brother, nephew, son, mother, father, or any human being, do not let them treat anyone else that way – whether you know them or not. If you are having an issue with a BSidesIowa participant of ANY badge type, find a radioed member of our Safety & Security Team in the red BSidesIowa t-shirts (or any staff member). They will call our Harassment Response Team, who will take an official incident report and determine next steps.

*Staff reserves the right to determine what constitutes “Being an Ass”.