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DEF CON 28 Hacking Conference



The Call for Workshops is Now Closed!

It’s that time of year again—the DEF CON Call for Workshops is open! We’re looking for folks to send in their submissions for hands-on workshops that are four (4) hours long. In previous years, we’ve had classes for every skill level from beginner to advanced and on topics such as:

  • Wireless security and exploitation
  • Attacking and defending Docker containers
  • Mobile application penetration testing and reverse engineering
  • Exploit development
  • Cryptographic attacks
  • Industrial Control System (ICS) security
  • Hacking medical devices
  • Hardware hacking

If you are interested in becoming an instructor and delivering a workshop at DEF CON, here is a refresher on what you should know before you submit your application:

• Workshops are not recorded.

• We will be using Eventbrite again to handle pre-registration and are anticipating the same level of response that we have seen in previous years. Workshops will cost $25 to sign up in order to discourage no-shows, but otherwise will be free to attendees on a first come, first served basis (exceptions may be made for low-fee material cost).

If you submit to the Call For Workshops and are selected, DEF CON will cover three hotel room nights per workshop! This is in addition to the existing instructor honorarium.

If you are interested in running a workshop, email us at workshops (at) with the following form by May 1, 2020 (submit one form per workshop). Please be as detailed as possible so that our review board can best evaluate your submissions.

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.

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.

Still interested? Great! Below you’ll find important information for submitting your Call for Workshop proposal as well as the official form you will need to fill out, below.

What: DEF CON 28 Call For Workshops
When: August 6 to 9, 2020. The Call for Workshops will close May 1, 2020.
Where: DEF CON will take place at the new Caesars Forum, Harrah's, Linq & Flamingo in Las Vegas!
How: Complete the form, below, and email it to workshops (at)

Thank you and good luck!


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

How many instructors will there be?:

Scheduling and Special Needs:

Is there a specific day or time by when 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 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 you be consent to having it referred to one of the villages?

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) (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. Cover any professional or hacker history that is relevant to you and the presentation, you 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 and Panel Bios when possible.

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 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)?:


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] 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, 2020.

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, 2020

3) I understand if I fail to submit a completed PDF presentation by July 15, 2020. 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.

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.

Terms of Speaking Remuneration

1) DEF CON will provide 3 nights hotel per accepted workshop for the primary instructor only. The hotel will be at the DEF CON Venue properties, and of DEF CON’s choosing. I understand I will need to confirm my hotel nights and submit my preferences by the date listed in my official acceptance letter. I understand that I will be responsible for my own travel expenses, unless prior approval is made with special exception.

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.
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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: