What: BSidesSF 2018 Call For Papers

When: BSidesSF will take place at City View at Metreon in San Francisco from April 15-16, 2018. The Call for Papers will close on January 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.

How: Complete the Call for Papers Form here!

Length: 30 minute slots

Theme: Steampunk!

Important Dates

  • December 1, 2017 – CFP opens
  • December 31, 2017 – Papers for preferential early-bird consideration due
  • January 15, 2018 – First round speakers notified
  • January 30, 2018 – Final due date for all papers
  • February 15, 2018 – Notifications sent
  • April 15-16, 2018 – BSidesSF 2018

About BSidesSF

BSidesSF is a non-profit organization designed to advance the body of Information Security knowledge, by providing an annual, two day, open forum for discussion and debate for security engineers and their affiliates. We produce a conference that is a source of education, collaboration, and continued conversation for information technologists and those associated with this field. The technical and academic presentations at BSidesSF are given in the spirit of peer review and advanced knowledge dissemination. This allows the field of Information Security to grow in breadth and depth, and continue in its pursuit of highly advanced scientifically based knowledge.

The BSides community has continuously raised the bar and put the INFO back in INFOSEC. We thank each and every member/participant/organizer of this community for their hard work, sweat, and relentless pursuit of High Quality information.

With some of the most passionate and influential infosec practitioners from around the country, and the world, coming to RSA Conference, BSidesSF is the place to be. The mix ranges from “down in the trenches” engineers, to business leaders, thought leaders, and executive decision makers of all stripes.

Suggested topics that match this year’s theme of “Steampunk”:

Magnifying Glass: Are you researching a topic that is of interest to more than just you? Are you facing a problem and solving it in a unique way? Share your research and create a collaborative and interactive talk on the topic at hand.

Flying Machines: The time has come to join forces and spread security amongst the masses. Have you created a new tool that you are open sourcing at BSidesSF or have just open sourced? Spread the world and enable others through code.

Gears: Are you tired of seeing the same bugs (*cough* vulnerabilities *cough*) in software? Have you built a tool to help eradicate these “bugs” and/or misconfigurations? Show us the path to better applications!

Class Divide: If your topic doesn’t align into the above topics, !worry. We are interested in talks in all ranges of topics and would love to hear what you propose. Don’t be shy!

Who Should Submit? New and seasoned speakers alike. We are interested in all talks, but most importantly talks that focus around fixing problems and not just finding them. We encourage individuals who have never spoken to submit and/or individuals who want to present their new research. BSidesSF is a no judgement zone.

What Not to Submit?

  • Something you are planning to do, but have not done yet (time flies and life gets busy)
  • Vendor talks - a talk centered around the product and/or company you work for
  • Something you have presented time and time again and isn’t updated
  • Talks about just breaking things - These are cool, but do not promote security the right way

What You Need

  • Speaker name(s) and contact information
  • Bio(s)
  • Talk Title
  • Abstract - Limited to 200 words
  • Detailed Outline or description of your topic. Tell us what your presentation is really about and why people will want to attend. Your abstract is not enough information.
  • List of conferences at which submission has been presented or submitted.
  • Why do you feel this submission is a good fit for BSidesSF?
  • Are you a potential first time presenter at BSidesSF? Have you spoken at any other conferences? If yes, which ones?

Sound good? Complete the Call for Papers Form here!

As always – Questions? E-mail cfp [at] bsidessf.org