CALL FOR PAPERS OVERVIEW
Going into our 15th year, SAINTCON offers attendees a powerful opportunity to participate with and learn from some of the world's best security professionals. SAINTCON is a casual conference where Government, Education, Public, and Private security and technology experts come together to share and learn the latest security trends/tactics, and information.
The Conference Planning Committee works to build and present a balanced and broad schedule of content at SAINTCON. Our goals are to provide content that appeals to all attendees, while focusing on information security. The most beneficial service we provide are structured trainings for our attendees. In order to fill that demand, we are opening a Call for Papers.
With an estimated capacity of 600-800 people, SAINTCON is already the largest information security conference is the intermountain-west, but continues to grow in size every year. With this large group of people, we are looking for great trainers and presenters.
Types of Presentations
Presentations should fit into one of the following formats
- 25 Min - Presentation - Topic Briefing
This presentation is intended to be a briefing on a topic that provides the attendees an opportunity to learn about new security tactic, skill, or tool. Total Talk time is approx 25 minutes with 5 minutes reserved for Q&A and scheduling.
- 50 Min - Presentation - Topic Presentation
This style of presentation is intended for comprehensive coverage of a topic. Intended for either a deep-dive into a tool, or a broader discussion of security topics, our expectations for people we give this amount of time are high!
There are a limited number of slots for each type of presentation. Each training should be structured to fit into the timeframe allocated. We encourage you to build the training to the timeframe, and avoid cramming or stretching content to fit into the assigned time-slot.
Presentation Topic Suggestions
We are interested in a wide variety of information security and technology trainings. The following list will provide you with a basic idea of what topics interest us for SAINTCON:
- Exploit development techniques
- Telecom security and phone phreaking
- Fuzzing and application security test
- Penetration testing
- Web application security
- Techniques for development of secure software and systems
- Hardware hacking, embedded systems and other electronic devices
- Mobile devices exploitation, Symbian, P2K and bluetooth technologies
- Analysis of virus, worms and all sorts of malwares
- Reverse engineering
- Security in Wi-Fi and VoIP environments
- Information about smartcard and RFID security and similars
- Technical approach to alternative operating systems
- Denial of service attacks and/or countermeasures
- Security aspects in SCADA and industrial environments and "obscure" networks
- Lockpicking, trashing, physical security and urban exploration
- Internet, privacy and Big Brother
- Information warfare and industrial espionage
These topics are just ideas. We are willing to consider any and all security and technology related trainings or presentations for SAINTCON 2016. If you have something original, we encourage you to submit it.
- Free pass to the SAINTCON 2016 event. (Exclusive Speaker Badge)
- Access to the Trainers/Speaker Lounge (Free food/drinks available all-day)
- Some Travel Costs and Accommodations (covered by SAINTCON*)
- Everlasting Fame and Fortune**
* SAINTCON has limited funding and will choose to cover travel costs based on availability of funds.
** Speaker benefits are only for ONE presenter only. Co-presenters will need to be approved prior to speaker acceptance.
*** Does not necessarily mean you with receive fame or fortune, and if received may not be everlasting.
Submitting a Proposal
We will only accept presentation submissions through the official online form system which has been developed for this purpose.
SUBMIT A PRESENTATION PROPOSAL
Any submission NOT made through the official submission system will not considered by the evaluation team.
May 25, 2016
Call for Papers ("CFP") Launches
July 17, 2016
Call for Papers ("CFP") CLOSES
July 31, 2016
Presentations reviewed by selection committee.
August 15, 2016
Presentations selections announced and schedule posted.
September 9, 2016
Final Speakers Materials Submission to SAINTCON
October 11, 2016
SAINTCON Conference Begins
Important things to consider
- Time Management - Management of time and understanding the duration of your training or presentation is necessary. We ask that you plan on fitting your presentation into the allotted time-slot. Please ensure that you are not cramming or stretching a presentation to fit it into the timeslot. The best talks are the ones that are designed to fit into the time, and allow for 5-10 minutes at the end for questions from the audience.
- Appropriate Content - Choosing appropriate content for your training/presentation is essential. Particularly dark or miscreant focused topics are discouraged. We appreciate EXCLUSIVE content which is new or interesting. Please also ensure that you consider "responsible disclosure" of information prior to presenting it at SAINTCON.
- Language and NSFW content - SAINTCON is an environment where we encourage young hackers and interested individuals to participate. The use of strong language is discouraged. Presenting adult-style content that is Not Safe For Work ("NSFW") is prohibited.
- Materials and Information - The trainer/speaker relationship may be terminated if materials are not submitted when required. You may also be required to provide additional information to us regarding accommodations if necessary.
Duties and responsibilities
All trainers and speakers selected to participate in SAINTCON will:
- Confirmation - All selected speakers will provide a basic outline or "proof of concept" along with their election to participate in SAINTCON 2016.
- Provide Materials - Provide and send materials regarding the training/talk PRIOR to the posted deadlines.
- Slides and Content - The final slides and materials will be submitted to SAINTCON prior to the deadlines for the event and for final review
- Video Recordings - SAINTCON traditionally records and publishes talks for the conference publically. You must provide us a written request prior to the event if you intend for the session to NOT be recorded and posted. SAINTCON does reserve the right to edit content prior to posting, but reserves that right only for purposes of copyright or offensive content/speech issues.
How to Contact Us
If you have any question regarding the proposal process, or any other aspects of the "Call For..." processes, please contact us:
saintcon at utahsaint dot org