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Call for Workshops

DEF CON is planning to perform a risk assessment to help us decide, ideally by sometime in April, if we should hold a physical "last known good configuration" conference in Las Vegas for 2021. We would adhere to all health and safety guidelines, so the better we can understand them the more informed our assessment will be. Until then we need you to help us plan!

In this call for participation we have NEW questions for the COVID-19 era that will be used in deciding how much interest people have in remaining on-line only, hybrid, or in person only.

The following questions intend to answer what level of participation you are comfortable with considering these circumstances. (Feel free to elaborate if needed, you can change your mind up until we make a final decision about in person.)

Are you interested in being entirely online, with no interest if there is an in-person possibility? Y/N

Are you interested in participating if DEF CON becomes a "hybrid event" with some in-person and some on-line? Y/N

Would you be interested in doing both? Y/N

Would you be interested in only in person? Y/N

Any questions or concerns you have?

As things change we will be as transparent as possible and keep everyone up to date.


Call for Workshops


What: DEF CON Call For Workshops
When: Workshop Days TBA, held between Aug. 5-10, 2021.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: May 1st, 2021
How: Complete the Call for Workshops Form and send to workshops[at]defcon[dot]org.

Submission Instructions

To submit your workshop proposal, please cut and paste the submission form below into the body of an email or within a single .txt file and send it to workshops[at]defcon[dot]org. We request that applications are in plain text only to avoid disfiguring formatting errors. If you are submitting multiple talks, please submit them as separate emails.

If you have not received confirmation of your submission after two (2) business days of submission, please check your spam folder, whitelist defcon.org, and search for mail from magen.d.wu[at]gmail[dot]com, then contact us again at workshops[at]defcon[dot]org.

All parts of the application listed in the “Call for Workshops Form” must be fully filled out in order to be considered a valid submission.

Special Considerations

When submitting a Call For Workshop, please consider the following:
You must provide a well thought-out, complete submission to be considered for workshops.

  • Do not require the use of a special document viewer or submit an external web site.
  • Provide definitions for acronyms and examples of prior work related to the submission.
  • Workshops will be presented on the platform of DEF CON’s specification.
  • The chosen workshop platform will support breakout rooms to provide assistance, as needed.
  • Instructors are responsible for choosing workshop assistants and providing their names to the Workshop leads at least one (1) week ahead of the workshop.
  • DEF CON will provide a room monitor for the workshop to ensure instructors receive reasonable support to run their workshop.

The following are common issues identified in workshop submissions:

  • Submission is missing an adequate abstract, detailed outline, bio.
  • The outline is not significantly more detailed than the abstract and/or bio.
  • Submission did not include the form, but only attached slides, papers, or point to a URL.
  • Submissions that have withheld details, or have knowingly falsified details.

Call for Workshops Form


Overview

Primary trainer name:

Name of your group or company, if applicable:

Additional trainer information, if applicable:

Contact information for correspondence {email and phone}:

Have you taught this specific workshop before? Have you taught this workshop virtually before? If yes, where and when? Please provide a link if the course, materials, or a video is available online:

Have you taught other workshops before (in-person or virtual)? If yes, where and when? Please provide a link if the course, materials, or a video is available online:

How will you or your workshop contribute a new perspective to the content provided by DEF CON Workshops?

NEW! If your workshop is accepted, do you consent to inviting you to the official DEF CON planning project on "Basecamp"? We will use the email addresses you included on your application (unless stated otherwise). DEF CON staff, and other instructors would be able to see your email address once you accepted the invitation. Yes/No

Scheduling and Special Needs:

PRESENTATION INFO

If you need to limit your class to a specific size let us know your limit. What is your Max class size?:

How long do you think you need for your workshop?:

Name of your workshop or training class:

Prerequisites for students?:

Materials or Equipment students will need to bring to participate?:

What level of skill is required for your targeted audience (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)?:

In the event that your talk is not accepted for Workshops, would consent to having it referred to one of the villages?

Do you need to collect a fee for materials? If so, you must provide a list of materials so attendees can purchase them in advance.

Abstract

Summarize what your training will cover, attendees will read this to get an idea of what they should know before training, and what they will learn after. Use this to section to broadly describe how technical your class is, what tools will be used, and what materials to read in advance to get the most out of your training. This abstract is the primary way people will be drawn to your session.

Trainer Bio(s)

(not to exceed 1337 characters total)

Note: This text will be used for the website and printed materials and should be written in the third person (Using your name and preferred pronouns). Cover any professional or hacker history that is relevant to you and the presentation, which may include past jobs, tools that you have written, etc. Let people know who you are and why you are qualified to speak on your topic. If you prefer, you may write your bio under a pseudonym.

Please include co-speaker bios in this section as well.

Detailed Outline

Note: This is the most important section on the application. You must provide a detailed outline containing the main points and navigation through your workshop. Show the review board how you intend to begin, where you intend to lead the class, and how you plan to get there. Your outline should be in simple text. Please do not submit slides, docs, or PDFs as an outline. The review board likes submissions that include references to prior works and research you used in developing your workshop. The more detailed your outline then the better we are able to review your class against other submissions (and the higher chance you have of being accepted).

Any Supporting File(s)

List and describe any supporting files, links, etc. that could provide additional information about your workshop.

SUBMISSION AGREEMENTS

Please read and accept these terms by inserting your name where noted. Failure to do so will render your submission incomplete. Please read these carefully as some of the terms have changed.

Grant of Copyright Use

I warrant that the above work has not been previously published elsewhere, or if it has, that I have obtained permission for its publication by DEF CON Communications, Inc. and that I will promptly supply DEF CON Communications, Inc. with wording for crediting the original publication and copyright owner. If I am selected for presentation, I hereby give DEF CON Communications, Inc. permission to duplicate, record and redistribute this presentation, which includes, but is not limited to, the conference proceedings, conference CD, video, audio, and hand-outs to the conference attendees for educational, on-line, and all other purposes. Should I decide to provide students with printed materials as part of the workshop, I understand that I will be reimbursed after receiving acknowledgment and permission from DEF CON Communications, Inc. and provide a receipt to workshops [at] defcon.org within 15 business days following the delivery of the workshop.

Terms of Speaking Requirements

1) I will submit a completed presentation, a copy of the tool(s) and/or code(s), and a reference to all of the tool(s), law(s), Web sites and/or publications referenced to at the end of my talk and as described in this CFW submission for publication on the DEF CON media server, (to be released the day of the conference), by 12:00 noon Pacific time, July 15, 2021.

2) I will submit a final Abstract and Biography for the DEF CON website and Printed Conference Materials by 12:00 noon Pacific time, June 15, 2021.

3) I understand if I fail to submit a completed PDF presentation by July 15, 2021, I may be replaced by an alternate presentation or may forfeit my honorarium. This decision will be made by DEF CON and I will be informed in writing of my status.

4) I will include a detailed bibliography as either a separate document or included within the presentation of all resources cited and/or used in my workshop.

5) I will complete my workshop within the time allocated to me - not running over, or excessively under the time allocation.

6) I understand that DEF CON will provide 1 projector feed, 1 screen, microphones, wired and/or wireless Internet. I understand that I am responsible for providing all other necessary equipment, including laptops and machines (with VGA output), to complete my presentation.[1]

7) If applicable, I will submit within 5 days of the completion of the conference any updated, revised or additional presentation(s) or materials that were used in my workshop but not included on the conference media server or conference proceedings.

As detailed above, I, (insert primary speaker name), have read and agree to the Grant of Copyright Use. I, (insert primary speaker name), have read and agree to the Terms of Speaking Requirements. I, (insert primary speaker name), have read and agree to the Agreement to Terms of Speaking Remuneration or I will forfeit my honorarium.

PRESS CONTACT

I, (insert primary speaker name) understand that DEF CON's official Press Liaison & Staff may contact me. I consent to be contacted in order to arrange interviews with the media. My contact information will not be given to third parties without my consent.
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No, I (insert primary speaker name), don't want to be contacted by DEF CON's press staff for any reason. Our policies, including our privacy policy are located here: https://www.defcon.org/html/links/dc-policy.html

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