Pass the SALT 2018.
Security And Libre Talks.
July 2-4, 2018 - Lille, France.

A free Security & Free Software conference.

Building bridges between Security communities and Free Software hackers!

More information!



2018 Pass the SALT has currently reached this stage:

January 8, 2018: launch of the 2018 Pass the SALT
January 23, 2018 : opening of the Call For Papers
March 31, 2018 : closing of the Call For Paper
April 15, 2018 : notification to the speakers
April 30, 2018 : publication of the program
May 16, 2018 : opening of the booking interface
(entrance is free but due to the capacity of the room, booking is required).
July 2-4, 2018 : the conference :-)

Practical information

Conference dates

conference start: Monday July, 2nd 2:00PM
conference end: Wednesday July, 4th 5:30PM

Conference venue

venue: Polytech Lille engineer school
address: Avenue Paul Langevin
59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq
map: Openstreetmap / Google Maps

Lille <--> conference venue

Polytech is ~20 min away from the center of Lille using the metro line 1 ("4 Cantons Stade Pierre Mauroy" stop).
The last meters are the easy part. On the roundabout near the metro stop, the direction to Polytech school (conference location) is indicated, just follow the "Polytech Lille" on the traffic signs.
The center of Lille or the "Vieux Lille" district in the North are quiet good areas for your hotel due to the beauty of these districts and the quality of the restaurants and bars available there ;-)

Coming to Lille from Paris or Brussels

Important: note that these trains require reservation, book your ticket ahead of time!
To book trains in Belgium :
To book trains in France :

from Paris, Gare du Nord train Station

take TGV train to Lille Europe or Lille Flandres stations : 1 hour

from Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG)

take TGV train at Charles de Gaulle 2 train station inside the airport
to Lille Europe station : 50 min.

from Brussels National airport (BRU)

use a national train to reach Brussels Midi station (30-40 min) and then ...

from Brussels Midi train station

take a TGV or Thalys or Eurostar train to Lille Europe station : 35 min



Talks will be about Free Software and Security.
All the talks shall be given in English so as to open the conference to non-French speaking speakers in the most comfortable manner.
Have a look at the schedule!
28 talks, grouped in 8 sessions, are waiting for you to attend :)


For this first edition, Pass the SALT hosts 5 workshops to discover new security-related free software projects.
Network security, theat intel and IAM are on the agenda this year.
Enjoy and practice!


Exchange experiences, create new relationships with approachable attendees or speakers. People have very different profiles: hackitivists, professional security reversers, Free Software enthusiasts, etc. All of that in a warm and open-minded ambiance :)

The team

Pass the SALT has been brought to you by a small but enthusiast and dedicated team:
core team : @cbrocas, @doegox, @follc and @moutane
on-site volunteers: @_cryptocorn_, @acervoise, @cdpointpoint and @Sebdraven
remote support: kolter
local Polytech contacts: Benjamin Richez, Julien Cartigny
video team: @ubicast_video


PLATINIUM sponsors


GOLD sponsors



SILVER sponsors

Zextras Services





Venue, association and media partners

Polytech Lille



Editions Diamond

Hosting kindly provided by OVH and TLS certificate by Let's Encrypt. Thanks!

Resources : sponsoring document

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