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Nico Sell

Founder of r00tz Asylum, Co-founder of Wickr



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Nico is a serial founder of infosec and privacy-focused start-ups and non-profits, including Wickr, an end-to-end encrypted communications platform and r00tz, the largest hacker conference for kids. Nico serves on advisory boards for Center for Democracy & Technology and Center for Strategic and International Studies. She runs training initiatives for kids and adults on hacking and privacy - from Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders to Dept of Justice to Olso Freedom Forum and World Economic Forum.

Nico has helped start dozens of successful security organizations, including Network Associates, Network ICE, Network Alchemy, Foundstone, Global Council of CSOs, RSA ESAF, Black Hat Executive Briefings, Lookout, AllClear ID and Crowdstrike. For almost two decades, Nico managed zero-day vulnerabilities, government relations and press relations for DEF CON, the largest hacker gathering in the world, helping the event grow from 1,000 to 20,000+ attendees. (Photo:

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Keywords: privacy, encryption, infosec, cyber