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DEF CON China Hacking Conference

Call For Workshops

Call For Workshops

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Workshops are coming to DEF CON China [Beta]

These are tremendously popular opportunities for instructors and students, previous workshops have ALL sold out in under 3 minutes of opening registration so we anticipate the same response again.

If you are interested in becoming an instructor for one of our workshop spots, here is a refresher on what you should know before you submit your application:

  • Workshops are not recorded.
  • Workshops will be free to attendees on a first come, first served basis (exceptions may be made for low-fee material cost).
  • Trainers will be compensated with the following honorarium: 3 human badges to do with what you wish and one speaker’s badge per instructor. Regardless of the number of instructors, you only get 3 human badges.

*Deadline to submit is March 15, 2018. It is recommended you submit a submission as soon as you can, we may close early if we receive enough quality content to fill the schedule. Send to workshops ]at[ defcon [dot] org.

DEF CON will provide hotel accommodations for organizers coming from outside China, and will provide up to $800 for airfare, please contact us for details. Unless you hold an APEC travel card, you will need a visa. Contact us as soon as possible with your full passport details and birthdate in order to request a visa invitation letter from our host. Please note, It is recommended that your passport has at least 6 months validity from May 11, 2018.

For an idea of the the workshops we have chosen in the past, check out last year's lineup at:

Now on to the submission requirements!

If you are interested in running a workshop, email us at workshops (at) with the following form (submit one form per workshop). Please be as detailed as possible so that our review board can best evaluate your submissions.

Deadline to submit is March 15, 2018. It is recommended you submit a submission as soon as you can, we may close early if we receive enough quality content to fill the schedule.

After your submission is received, we will respond and let you know we got it. If you have not received confirmation of your submission after two business days, contact us again at: workshops (at) or nikita (at) . Protip: most of the time we’re in your spam box.

Thanks for helping grow DEF CON with new opportunities to help others learn and expand their knowledge. We hope that it was an enjoyable experience for those who have previously participated and we’re looking forward to continuing to grow with the community!

Thank you and good luck!

Please put yourself in the shoes of the DEF CON Review Board. You would want to read well thought out, complete, submissions without having to load special document viewers or visit external web sites. You would want to read the entire submission without having to lookup acronyms or research prior works. You would have hundreds of submissions to evaluate and so the most complete ones would stand out to you.

Special Note:
Please cut and paste your submission into the body of an email as plain text or within a .txt file. We request that applications are in plain text to avoid formatting errors. Please do not submit applications in .pdf, .docx, .odf, or any other formats or your review may be delayed. Additional supporting materials that may aid in the selection process can be attached and included in other formats.


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 done this before? If so, where?:

How many instructors will there be?:

Scheduling and Special Needs:

Is there a specific day or time by which you must hold your training? * Note: If you have special circumstances limiting when you can hold your training, please let us know ASAP or we may not be able to accept your submission.

DEF CON will provide 1 whiteboard, a screen and projector, as well as the room set with table and chairs. If you need anything else you must request it in advance, any other special needs please list them.

Do you require special equipment beyond what is listed?:


If you need to limit your class to a specific size let us know your limit. What is your Max class size?: Can your class be taught in under four hours if requested? How long do you think you need?:

Name of your workshop or training class:

Prerequisites for students?:

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

If you need to collect a fee for materials, list them in your application, you will need to provide a list so attendees can purchase materials themselves in advance.


Summarize what your training will cover, attendees will read this to get an idea of what they should know before your training, and what they will learn after. Use this to inform about how technical your class is, what tools will be used, 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):

This should be written in the third person. Cover any professional or hacker history that is relevant to the training, including past jobs, tools that you have written, etc. Let people know who you are and why you are qualified to train them on your topic.

Detailed Outline:

In order for the review board to make a well-informed decision, we’d like a walkthrough of the content you intent to present to the class. You must provide a detailed outline containing the main points and navigate us through your class - show how you intend to begin, where you intend to lead attendees and how you plan to get there.

Any Supporting File(s)?:


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.

Terms of Speaking Requirements

1) Unless an exception to exclude workshop materials has been granted by DEF CON. 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 CFP submission for publication on the DEF CON media server, to be released the day of the conference, by 12:00 noon pacific, April 15, 2018.

2) I will submit a final Abstract and Biography for the DEF CON website and Printed Conference Materials by 12:00 noon pacific, March 15, 2018.

3) 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 presentation.

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

5) I understand that DEF CON will provide a screen and projector, as well as the room set with table and chairs. I understand that I am responsible for providing all other necessary equipment, including instructor laptops/machines (with a VGA output) to instruct my class. I will be responsible for informing attendees of any special materials or equipment they will need to bring in order to participate and complete the workshop.

Terms of Speaking Remuneration

1) I understand that I will be responsible for my own travel expenses, DEF CON will reimburse me up to $800 for my airfare per instructor. Hotel will be covered for instructors coming from outside of Beijing, China.

2) My entry to the conference will be gratis, I will receive a speakers badge for myself and one for any approved co-instructor.

3) I understand that DEF CON will issue one honorarium per three-hour workshop, consisting of 3 DEF CON Human badges, received onsite at the start of the conference. If I do not pick up these badges during the conference I will forfeit them.

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.


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.

No, I (insert primary speaker name), don't want to be contacted by DEF CON's press staff for any reason.

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