CFP for ShmooCon 2014 is now closed. Thanks to all who submitted.
This information is also available as a pdf.
ShmooCon and The Shmoo Group are
soliciting papers and presentations for the tenth annual ShmooCon to be held at
the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C. the weekend of January 17, 2014.
September 16, 2013 – CFP opens
October 15, 2013 – Papers for preferential early bird consideration due
October 31, 2013 – First round
November 20, 2013 – Final due date
for all papers EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 22
December 5, 2013 – Final round speakers notified
January 17-19, 2014 – ShmooCon X
ABOUT SHMOOCON AND THE SHMOO GROUP
The Shmoo Group (TSG) is an
independent think-tank of security professionals from around the world who
donate their time and energy towards information security research and
development. Several years ago TSG had an idea. This idea has grown into a
community recognized annual security conference attended by over 1800 people.
Our goal for ShmooCon is to
educate, inform, and entertain the attendees. ShmooCon is primarily a security
conference, but we encourage innovative and interesting submissions on offbeat
WHO SHOULD SUBMIT
We are most interested in new
presentations, but updates on existing work are sometimes welcome. We are also interested
in presentations from new faces, therefore, we encourage any individual who has
not spoken at a conference before to submit a talk and attempt to make ShmooCon
their inaugural event.
ShmooCon has four tracks to
accommodate a variety of speaking styles and topics.
ONE TRACK MIND - Technical tales
in twenty minutes or less
BUILD IT - Creating inventive
software and hardware
BELAY IT – Cutting edge defensive
solutions to contemporary problems
BRING IT ON - Open discussion of
technology and security topics
One Track Mind
Friday night only
20 Minutes (hard limit)
In ONE TRACK MIND presenters have
20 minutes on Friday night to give the entirety of ShmooCon a view into their
mind. Presenters beware: You need to be diligent about your use of time as
ShmooCon staff strictly enforces the 20-minute timeline. You will have just a
few minutes for audience questions while we switch to the next talk.
Topics for ONE TRACK MIND may
include, but are not limited to:
Works in Progress
Talks that are as much about fun as they are about technology
Subjects that don’t require a full
50 minutes to discuss
Build It, Belay It, Bring It On
Tracks run concurrently on Saturday and Sunday
50 minutes (hard limit)
All presentations and discussions
in these three tracks are 50 minutes in length and presented to attendees on
either Saturday or Sunday. It is the speaker's responsibility to budget time
for audience participation and questions – Again, 50 minutes is a hard limit.
Presentations in the BUILD IT and BELAY
IT tracks are strongly encouraged to include demonstrations of personally
developed techniques, working code, and/or devices, with code and/or schematics
being open-source and released to the public for free. We’re serious about
this. We want the community to get something from your presentation, not just
50 minutes of hot air. So PLEASE, in your CFP response, indicate what you are
releasing that will be of interest. If you can’t release code or something
similar, be sure your techniques and methods are mind blowing.
Presentations in BRING IT ON are
more open-ended, but presenters are strongly encouraged to structure their talk
in a way that engages or enrages the audience.
ShmooCon presentations should be
focused on topics that are of interest to security and technology professionals
who are paying attention to current trends and issues. Presentations dealing
with new technologies are especially of interest.
Presentations that are rehashes of
old talks, primers on known technologies, or vendor pitches will be rejected
and summarily panned. We want ShmooCon to be educational and entertaining to
the attendees and the community at large. We expect our speakers to be a part
of that through talks that are well thought out and well presented.
If you feel you have a
presentation that would be appropriate but that does not meet the guidelines in
this CFP, feel free to submit it anyway as we
sometimes accept out-of-scope talks that are so cool and compelling they’ll
obviously be of interest to ShmooCon attendees. Just be sure to include
information explaining your reasoning so we can better evaluate your proposal.
Submissions with two or more
speakers are welcome at ShmooCon.
However, we reserve the right to limit the number of free speaker passes
granted to an accepted talk.
ShmooCon 2014 will continue to use
a web based submission process.
Visit HTTPS://CFP.SHMOOCON.ORG and
be prepared with the following information:
Speaker name(s) and contact
Keywords and Abstract (copied from your submission)
Document in TEXT or PDF format (all others will not be read) which CONTAINS THE
FOLLOWING IN ORDER:
- Title of Presentation
- Presenter(s) Name
- Abstract of your presentation limited to 200 words or less for use in the ShmooCon program and on the website.
- Bio limited to 100 words for you OR your group (not 100 words per person).
- Detailed outline/description of your topic. This is where you tell us what your presentation is really about. Do not rely on your abstract to be enough information. It isn’t.
- List of other conferences at which submission has been presented or submitted.
- Why do you feel this submission is a good fit for ShmooCon?
- Are you a potential first time presenter at ShmooCon? Have you spoken at any other conferences? If yes, which ones?
- If accepted, would you be willing to write a 1000 word article about your topic for the potential new ShmooCon Proceedings?
- List of facilities requested beyond what is already provided (power, projector with VGA input, sound projection, and internet connectivity).
NOTE: Submissions that do not follow the
above format exactly will be marked down no matter how exciting the content or
the reputation of the person submitting.
A sample submission can be found online athttp://www.shmoocon.org/sample_submission.
Speakers accepted to One Track
Mind will receive free admission to the conference as well as a $100 (shared)
Speakers accepted to Build It, Belay
It, or Bring it On will receive free admission to the conference as well as a
$200 (shared) honorarium OR one (1) guest admission to ShmooCon. You will need
to inform us of your choice upon being accepted.
Several alternates will also be
chosen and will receive free admission. Alternates should come to ShmooCon
prepared to speak.
HINTS ABOUT SUBMISSIONS
Again, follow the instructions
above. We cannot stress this enough.
Nothing is more annoying than opening a submission and not finding all
the information we need, in the order in which we have requested to see it.
Convince us that we should accept
your talk (see number 7 above). We get three to four times as many submissions
as we have slots. The more you can help us see how
cool/unique/timely/etc. your talk
is, the better chance it has of being accepted.
Spelling does count! Let spell check do its job and present
us with a professional looking submission. Also, sentences start with capital letters.
On that note - Spell ShmooCon and
Shmoo correctly. Your submission stands out for the wrong reasons if these words
are presented incorrectly.
Seriously, it’s like spelling the name of the school wrong on your
Members of TSG and select ShmooCon
volunteers will review all submissions. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.