"At any given moment you have the power to say: this is not how the story is going to end." - Christine Miller

The infosec community is often known for their friendly approachable culture. Sometimes however, the hacker name can get tarnished by malicious deeds of hacktivism or protest. The media is quick to make public of these stories and broadcast it to thousands.

This is not one of those times. Que Hackers Helping Hackers. After receiving word about this via Nathaniel Wakelam, I was intrigued to say the least. This is one of the single greatest and humbling contributions by the community and it will probably never reach the news. A number of people in InfoSec have selflessly donated towards helping young people break into the area by funding their flights, accommodation and tickets to Kiwicon hacking conference in NZ.

Initiatives like these have countless unforeseen effects, reflecting extraordinary people around the world who's lives have been changed dramatically after being empowered by others. Take Malala Yousafzai or even Ahmed the clock boy for example, both contributing back to the world in amazing ways we could have never imagined. Giving young hackers these kind of opportunities promotes both the ethical and helpful nature of the InfoSec community.

Hopefully we see these young people really enjoy themselves at the conference and dive into their careers with a caliber that makes everyone proud of this innovative campaign. I think I speak for all InfoSec members when I say the work we do is by far some of the most interesting and significant on hack the planet, and we're always ready to welcome newcomers to the field.

If you are interested in the Security industry and are looking for a foot in the door, please contact myself, [email protected] or any of the guys at twitter.com/HackersHelping with the following:

Name: Are you currently studying or working? If working, what are you working as? If studying, what are you studying in? Why do you want to go to Kiwicon? ( 25-100 words ) What do you intend to gain from your experience at Kiwicon?

Goodluck!