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DEF CON 20 Call for Papers

What: DEF CON 20 Call For Papers
When: The Call for Papers will close on May 28, 2012
How: Complete the Call for Papers Form and send to talks at defcon dot org

DEF CON will take place at the Rio in Las Vegas, NV, USA, July 26 to Sunday July 29, 2012.

DEF CON is all about thinking up cool and new ways to approach everything from the most complex modern technology to hacking grandma's toaster. Show us and the world what you have been up to and what attack exploits, defensive techniques, or unique research you have been working on.

DEF CON doesn't have specific tracks but instead we cluster topics of similar interests. We might pair two talks back to back, "how to break it" followed by "how to fix it", or pair a law enforcement panel back to back with civil liberties presentation. It has worked out so well in the past two years we are doing it again this year.

Instead of the usual long description on ideas to submit, consider this:

This is the 20th Anniversary of DEF CON.
Bring your coolest shit.

Check out 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:

Speaking Formats:
Choose between Twelve Hundred Second Spotlight (20 minutes), 50 minutes, 110 minutes, 240 minutes Thursday.

We are continuing the Twelve Hundred Second Spotlight, which is a shorter presentation that doesn't warrant a full 50 or 110 minute talk. The Twelve Hundred Second Spotlight is designed for those who don't have enough material for a full talk, but still have a valuable contribution to make. This is to ensure that great ideas that can be presented quickly don't fall through the cracks merely because they didn't justify a full length talk. Examples include research, announcements, group presentations, projects needing volunteers or testers, requests for comments, updates on previously given talks, quick demonstrations. You get the idea. Presenters will get a speaker badge which entitles them to free admittance to DEF CON, but we will be unable to pay an Honorarium.

Is 20 minutes too much time even? Maybe you should publish some commentary on our blog instead. Consider submitting your material for Speakers Corner. Speakers Corner houses DEF CON's Short stories, talk teasers, technical info and words of wisdom. If you think you might have something and 20 minutes is too much time for you to be on stage, then consider sending it to us anyway for an entry on the site. If you've got something you think we should share or promote, such as a new hacker space, collaborative project, or a DIY hardware hack "how to" then send it to us. This is the perfect venue for "hacker groups" (you know who you are, and the FBI has a nifty file with your name on it) discuss what you're up to, what your mission is, upcoming or past projects, and parties/conferences you are throwing. We want to hear about it and share in the shenanigans.

To submit a speech:
Complete the DEF CON 20 Call for Papers Form:

This year we will 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.

There will be two rounds of speaker acceptance:
Round 1 Early - May 1, 2012
Round 2 Final - June 4, 2012
Materials due for CD - July 2, 2012

We will have two major rounds of speaker acceptance. In the first round we will fill about half of the schedule before the submission deadline, and the remaining half afterwards.

Barring a disaster of monstrous proportions, speaker selection will be completed no later June 4. 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 CDROM, 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 (AFTER you give a good presentation!), get a cool badge, and people like you more. Most people find it is a great way to meet other people interested in their topics.

Speakers can opt to forgo their payment and instead receive two 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: for previous conference archives, information, and speeches. Updated announcements will be posted to news groups, security mailing lists and this web site. for a look at all the events and contests being planned for DEF CON 20. Join in on the action. 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. for news and announcements surrounding DEF CON.

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

- The Dark Tangent