ShmooCon 2010 CFP


ShmooCon VI =E2=80=93 Call for Papers

February 5-7, 2010 - Wardman Park Marriott, Washington DC, USA

The Shmoo Group is soliciting papers and presentations for the sixth =20
annual ShmooCon.


About ShmooCon and The Shmoo Group

The Shmoo Group (TSG) is an independent think-tank of security =20
professionals from around the world who donate their time and energy =20
towards information security research and development.  Six years ago =20=

TSG had an idea.  This idea has grown into a community recognized =20
security conference attended by over 1500 people.

Although ShmooCon is primarily a security conference, we encourage =20
innovative and interesting submissions on offbeat technology topics. =20
Greatest consideration will be given to new presentations, but updates =20=

on existing work are also welcome. We are particularly interested in =20
presentations from new faces, therefore we invite any individual who =20
has not spoken at a conference before to submit a talk and make =20
ShmooCon their inaugural event.


Conference Format

ShmooCon VI has 4 tracks to accommodate a variety of speaking styles =20
and topics.

One Track Mind - Technical Tales in Twenty Minutes or Less
Break It! - Technology Exploitation

Build It! =E2=80=93 Creating Inventive Software & Hardware

Bring It On! - Open Discussion of Technology & Security Topics

+++ One Track Mind (Friday Night Only) +++

In One Track Mind, presenters have 20 minutes on Friday night to give =20=

the entirety of ShmooCon a view into their mind.   Presenters beware:  =20=

You need to be diligent about your use of time as ShmooCon staff =20
strictly enforces the 20-minute timeline.  You will have just a few =20
minutes for audience questions while we switch to the next talk.   If =20=

any questions cant be answered in that time, there is space set aside =20=

for further discussion while One Track Mind marches on.

Topics for One Track Mind may include, but are not limited to:

- Updates to talks given at other conferences
- Works in Progress
- Talks that are as much about fun as they are about technology
- Anything that doesnt need a full hour to explain

+++ Build It!, Break It!, Bring It On! (Saturday and Sunday) +++

All presentations & discussions are 50 minutes in length and presented =20=

to attendees on either Saturday or Sunday. It is the speakers =20
responsibility to budget time for audience participation and questions =20=

=E2=80=93 50 minutes is a hard limit

Presentations in the Build It! and Break It! tracks are strongly =20
encouraged to include demonstrations of personally developed =20
techniques, working code, and/or devices, with code and/or schematics =20=

being open-source and released to the public for free. We=E2=80=99re =
serious =20
about this.  We want the community to get something from your =20
presentation, not just 50 minutes of hot air.  So PLEASE, in your CFP =20=

response, indicate what you are releasing that will be of interest.  =20
If you can=E2=80=99t release code or something similar, be sure your =20
techniques and methods are mind blowing.

Presentations in Bring It On! are more open-ended, but presenters are =20=

strongly encouraged to structure their talk in a way that engages or =20
enrages the audience. Gauge for yourself if being pelted by ShmooBalls =20=

(see below) is positive or negative feedback.  The audience is armed =20
and ready to fire.


And Because We Just Can=E2=80=99t Say it Enough

ShmooCon presentations should be focused on topics that are of =20
interest to security and technology professionals who are paying =20
attention to current trends and issues.  Presentations dealing with =20
new technologies such as cloud computing or large-scale virtualization =20=

or new takes on existing methods and techniques are of interest.  =20
Presentations that are rehashes of old talks, primers on known =20
technologies, or vendor pitches will be rejected and summarily panned. =20=

We want ShmooCon to be educational and entertaining to the attendees =20
and the community at large.  We expect our speakers to be a part of =20
that through talks that are well thought out and well presented.

If you feel you have a presentation that would be appropriate but that =20=

does not meet the guidelines in this CFP, feel free to submit it =20
anyway but be sure to include information explaining your reasoning so =20=

we can better evaluate your proposal.



ShmooCon VI continues the tradition of arming attendees with =20
ShmooBalls.  One of the major objectives for ShmooCon is to facilitate =20=

a frank and open discussion of opinions rather than just a one-way =20
flow of information from the speaker to the audience. Speakers are =20
encouraged to present innovative ideas that not everyone agrees with.  =20=

Audience members are encouraged to throw their ShmooBalls at the =20
speakers if they disagree.  The balls are basically soft and light =20
enough to not hurt but heavy enough to get range from the back of the =20=

conference rooms.


Submission Procedure

ShmooCon VI will continue to use a web based submission process.  This =20=

might be a bit different than what you are used to.  PLEASE don=E2=80=99t =
just mail us your CFP response.  Visit and be =20=

prepared with the following information:

Speaker name(s) and contact information
Presentation Title
Track preference
Keywords and 2-3 sentence abstract
Document in Text or PDF format (got that? Text or PDF) which contains =20=

the following, preferably in order:

a.Presenter(s) Name
b.Bio limited to 100 words for you OR your group (not 100 words per =20
person) =E2=80=93 this limit will be strictly enforced.
c.Abstract of your presentation limited to 200 words or less.
d.Detailed outline/description of your topic.
e.List of other conferences at which submission has been presented
f.List of facilities requested beyond what is already provided (power, =20=

projector with VGA input, sound projection, and internet connectivity).

Accepted speakers will receive free admission to the conference, as =20
well as a $100 (One Track Mind) or $200 (Build It!, Break It!, Bring =20
it On!) honorarium after evaluation of their completed presentation. =20
Several hot-alternates will also be chosen and will receive free =20
admission. Hot-alternates should come to ShmooCon VI prepared to speak.

The Shmoo Group and select ShmooCon volunteers will review =20
presentation proposals.



Please check the web site for updates:

September 11, 2009 - CFP opens.  Let=E2=80=99s get this party started!
November 1, 2009 - Papers for preferential first round consideration due
November 20, 2009 - Final due date for all papers
December 15, 2009 - All speakers notified

We look forward to receiving your submissions as well as seeing you at =20=

ShmooCon VI!

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