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DEF CON Hacking Conference

Call for Papers

Call for Papers is now Closed!

What: DEF CON 26 Call For Papers
When: DEF CON will take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, from August 9 - 12, 2018. The Call for Papers will close on May 01, 2018.
How: Complete the Call for Papers Form and send to talks at defcon dot org.

Speaking Formats are: 20 minutes, 45 minutes, 105 minutes (Two slots back to back).

The DEF CON 26 Theme, 1983:

1983: Welcome to the counter-future.

One of the things that makes Orwell's '1984' scary is the way it uses technology. In Orwell’s dystopia, tech is a one-sided means of control. The powers that be use machines for pervasive surveillance, to weaken your sense of self and to make real change feel impossible. Humans deprived of any private space are uniquely vulnerable, and Big Brother knows it.

The thing is, none of this is inevitable.

Technology is sharp on both sides. The fruits of spying can be picked and exploited by any dedicated student of the method. Rule by algorithm is open to capture and subversion by the hacker who groks the formula. Ubiquitous communication unites and empowers the scattered masses.

There is a counter-future. A future where our technical understanding and enthusiasm make us strong. A future where we choose to engage the machine, to reshape it in our own radically open and boundlessly curious image.

1983, then, is about the counter-future we propose, and the better world that can spring from this one."

What kind of talks do we want?

1) Attacking the algorithms, system and technology this big data, ML, predictive, well-meaning dystopia is built on.

2) Protecting yourself against the alterna-future. Ideas might include auto-generating bogus personal data to degrade it's value to corporations, building and using alternate tools that don't lock you into a proprietary system, or clothing that confuses facial recognition systems.

3) Detecting the observers. Identifying surveillance networks, battling botnets and hunting intruders on your networks. The future is full-contact and we need to get better and determining who is coming after us and kicking them off our networks.

Companies are providing cheap or free conveniences in exchange for our preferences and personas, and this will only accelerate.

4) Everything Else - Above are some suggested topics that loosely align with the theme, but being DEF CON we consider all talk subjects. If your talk doesn't fit in one of these topics don't worry, the suggested themes are just a starting point. We've dozens of speaking slots, the tracks will be filled with a clustering of subjects; hardware hacking, lock picking, mobile hacking, reverse engineering, legalities of hacking, and more.

NEW Fireside Hax

This year, DEF CON is introducing a revamp of last years "Evening Lounges" in the form of "Fireside Hax". These sessions will be pre-registered, first come, first served exclusive events you can't find anywhere else. Fireside Hax are set up for smaller, more intimate talks. Examples of these sessions would be round table or small panel discussions, an in-person Ask Me Anything, smaller group sessions in an open questions format. These sessions should have the goal in mind that attendees will learn with you, the expert, more directly and more dynamically than standard presentations or workshops. The catch? These are exclusive sessions with subject matter experts, so space is limited to host & to attend them.

So... are you in?

DEF CON is the largest sponsor free hacking conference, and does not seek or accept money to secure a speaking spot. You have to earn your speaking spot by impressing the CFP review team with your knowledge and skill, only then will you get your spot on stage in front of thousands of attendees interested in your research. Sink or swim - it's up to you, are you up for the challenge?

Note: We have noticed fewer speakers over the years using their hacking handles and almost exclusively using their real names. That's not very hacker, consider submitting under your handle!

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:

To submit a speech:

Complete the DEF CON 26 Call for Papers Form.

Like always we strive to only accept those talks of the highest 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, 2018. The sooner you submit, the better chance you have that we 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 your name is Major Kusanagi.

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?

No matter if you are accepted or rejected, the DEF CON review board will provide candid feedback on your submission. DEF CON has a team of different subject matter experts to help select presentations based on many factors, and you'll end up with a good idea how they responded to your submission.

If you are accepted, Speakers get in to the show free, get paid USD $300 or 3 Human Badges, get a cool speaker badge, and people like you more. Most speakers find it is a great way to meet others interested in their topics. You can opt to forgo the $300 payment and instead receive 3 human badges that you can give to your 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.

DEF CON will promote your presentation, link to your social media, blog, or web pages you desire, and help arrange for any interviews from interested media that want to learn what you are up to. Please let us know on the form if you want to do any interviews and we will pass on your info to our press team.

During DEF CON there is a speaker party where you can meet the staff, CFP review team, and all the other speakers before the main conference kicks off and you get swept away into the vortex of Con.

After DEF CON, your professionally recorded presentations are transcribed with English subtitles, then shared all over the planet through our web server, Bittorrent servers, ed2k, YouTube, index sites, etc.

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 26. Join in on the action.

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Good luck with your submission(s) and thank you for keeping the culture alive!

- The Dark Tangent