Yakety Hack: Tech Talks and Hacker Challenges


Learn, improve, and challenge your hacker skills with workshops, CTFs, and tech talks while meeting and networking with other security professionals! All levels of experience are welcome.

Bi-monthly event, taking place at our NYC office in Soho.

At Yakety Hack you’ll learn the skills hackers use to compromise various systems and what you can do to defend against them. And, as you develop, there will be opportunities to put into practice everything you’ve learned. All levels of experience are welcome.

Join a community of like-minded cybersecurity enthusiasts every other month – with free pizza and drinks!

Why attend?

  • Learn, improve, and challenge your hacker skills with workshops, CTFs, and tech talks while meeting and  networking
  • Become part of a passionate community
  • Discover the current methods hackers use and how to defend against them
  • Hear talks on a wide range of topics, from smart contract platform vulnerabilities to game hacking (attendees are encouraged to present their own talks/research, too!)
  • Share research with peers, over pizza and drinks 


Every other month, you can expect an agenda that looks something like this:

5:30 – 6:00 – Networking (and pizza delivery!)
6:00 – 6:30 – Presentation and Q&A
6:30 – 8:00 – Beginners Workshop
6:30 – 8:00 – Intermediate/Advanced Workshop/CTF

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Want to attend? Register your interest and we’ll let you know when the next event is coming up so you can request your place.


About Yakety Hack

We believe that to defend against hackers we need to understand how they operate. Understanding the attacker’s mindset is a key principal in our approach to helping organizations and people secure themselves.

It’s also why our security consultants regularly meet for hacker nights, presenting their latest research and running challenges in what we call our ‘Playground’ environment. In early 2019, we decided to open our doors and invite fellow security professionals in NYC to join us, creating a fun community where everybody learns from each other, regardless of experience levels.

And, in the process, we’re helping to address the skills shortage in the industry.

Tech Talks and Hacker Challenges is the place to learn and develop cyber security skills in a fun and friendly space!


Accreditations & Certificates

MWR is an accredited member of The Cyber Security Incident Response Scheme (CSIR) approved by CREST (Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers).
MWR is certified under the Cyber Incident Response (CIR) scheme to deal with sophisticated targeted attacks against networks of national significance.
We are certified to comply with ISO 9001 and 14001 in the UK, internationally accepted standards that outline how to put an effective quality and environmental management systems in place.
MWR is certified to comply with ISO 27001 to help ensure our client information is managed securely.
As an Approved Scanning Vendor MWR is approved by PCI SSC to conduct external vulnerability scanning services to PCI DSS Requirement 11.2.2.
We are members of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), an organisation serving the needs of the information security sector.
MWR is a supplier to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which provides commercial and procurement services to the UK public sector.
MWR is a Qualified Security Assessor, meaning we have been qualified by PCI to validate other organisation's adherence to PCI DSS.
As members of CHECK we are measured against high standards set by NCSC for the services we provide to Her Majesty's Government.
MWR’s consultants hold Certified Simulated Attack Manager (CCSAM) and Certified Simulated Attack Specialist (CCSAS) qualifications and are authorized by CREST to perform STAR penetration testing services.