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Call For Papers

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  • What: DEF CON 22 Call For Papers
  • When: DEF CON will take place at the Rio in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, from August 7-10, 2014. The Call for Papers will close on May 1, 2014.
  • How: Complete the Call for Papers Form and send to talks at defcon dot org

NEW for DEF CON 22:

- Honorarium Increased to $300 speaking fee or 3 Human badges. 
- (Re)Introduction of topics

DEF CON organizes talks either by clustering talks, or in the past we had specific tracks on topics such as "attack" or "defense". For DEF CON 22 we are making some changes. There will be a combination of clustering and select topics. What topics? I'm glad you asked.

Spy vs. Spy:

With all the revelations in the news about pervasive spying, targeted monitoring and custom implants this track will deal with possible responses.

Your mission is to pretend you are giving a presentation to the next generation of James Bonds. How would they detect electronic monitoring? Defeat human surveillance? Gather images and fingerprints of those searching their room? Write in invisible ink? There must be a lot of tradecraft out there, and this is the place for it.

Internet of Things:

Toaster, TVs, smoke detectors and media players. Everything is getting connected with little thought to updates, authentication, trouble shooting and security.

Your mission is to tear all this tech apart and show how half-baked it is. Call out those companies doing it right and wrong. Help people make good decisions on what is safe and what isn't.

Infrastructure:

This is the foundation of the internet. The building blocks of what everything else gets built on. If you take a liberal view it would include things such as routing, name service, email, web services, and time. Attack or defend it.

Your mission is to either help secure these building blocks, or tear them apart so they can be rebuilt stronger than before.

Life Safety:

Automobiles, airplanes, navigation systems that depend on insecure GPS data, implantable medical devices and the power grid are examples of systems that impact the direct safety of people. This is where bits meet bodies. There needs to be an extra level of scrutiny in these cases, and so far this hasn't been enough.

Your mission is to attack and document weaknesses in these systems as well as offer solutions. If industry is building weak products and government is not providing enough oversight then let's show 'em what is possible with this tech. The more pressure we can bring now the better it will be for everyone later.

Saving Cyberspace (for the future):

I wrote last year in the DEF CON conference program about the problem of offense now overwhelming defense, and how that has warped the nature of cyberspace. In military lingo cyberspace is the fifth domain of warfare, the last to join land, sea, air, and space. The difference is cyber is a man-made domain, and it will respond when attacked or used in an attack. Think about how already the IETF is working on pervasive encryption in http 2.0 as a response to blanket monitoring.

Talks in this track will deal with the theme of saving cyberspace for the future, and may focus on the social, legal, political, and technical changes that will be necessary to keep cyberspace free, open, and interoperable for future generations. The decisions and standards we make over the next 5 years will be what we have to live with for the next 20.


If your talk doesn't fit in one of these topics don't worry. They are only 5 out of the 15 tracks that happen during the con. The other 10 will be filled with the traditional clustering of topics from hardware hacking and lock picking to mobile hacking and reverse engineering.

Check out https://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-21/dc-21-speakers.html for last year's conference presentations. If you want to learn from the past and get a complete list of topics that were accepted browse our archives here: https://defcon.org/html/links/dc-archives.html.

Speaking Formats:

Choose between 20 minutes, 45 minutes, and 90 minutes (Two slots back to back)

To submit a speech:

Complete the DEF CON 22 Call for Papers Form: https://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-22/dc-22-cfp-form.html

Like always we strive to only accept those talks of ninja caliber, and we won't have time to go back and forth asking for clarifications or missing information in your submission. Submit your best, most complete form and if anything changes email us an update.

Barring a disaster of monstrous proportions, speaker selection will be completed no later than June 1, 2014. The sooner you submit the better chance you have of us give your presentation the full consideration it warrants. If you wait until the last minute to submit, you have less of a chance of being selected unless you have factored pi.

After a completed CFP form is received, speakers will be contacted if there are any questions about their presentations. If your talk is accepted you can continue to modify and evolve it up until the last minute, but don't deviate from your accepted presentation. We will mail you reminders with information on deadlines for when we need your presentation, to be burnt on the CD, as well as information for the printed program. If you want to plan ahead these dates are also listed on the CFP Form.

What do you get?

Speakers get in to the show free, get paid USD $300 or 3 Human Badges (AFTER you give a good presentation!), get a cool speaker badge, and people like you more. Most people find it is a great way to meet others interested in their topics.

Speakers can opt to forgo their payment and instead receive 3 human badges that they can give to their friends, sell to strangers, or hold onto as timeless mementos.

Receiving badges instead of checks has been a popular option for those insisting on maintaining their anonymity.

Please visit:

https://www.defcon.org/ for previous conference archives, information, and speeches. Updated announcements will be posted to news groups, security mailing lists and this web site.

https://forum.defcon.org/ for a look at all the events and contests being planned for DEF CON 22. Join in on the action.

https://pics.defcon.org/ to upload all your past DEF CON pictures. We store the pictures so you don't have to worry about web space. If you have an account on the forums, you have an account here.

Follow _defcon_ on twitter or check out the DEF CON Facebook Page to keep up to date with what's up at the con this year.

https://www.defcon.org/defconrss.xml for news and announcements surrounding DEF CON.

If you want to submit encrypted with PGP, please use: Key ID 0x42FE81FF "DEF CON talk submission" available on most key servers or directly here.

CFP forms and questions should get mailed to: talks/at/defcon.org

- The Dark Tangent