Call for Papers

Important Dates

Call for Papers Opens: January 13, 2015*
Call for Papers Closes: February 2, 2015*
Notification to Authors: March 10, 2015*
Black Hat Mobile Security Summit: June 16-17, 2015

*Dates/terms are subject to change.

Submit proposals by completing a submission form on the Call for Papers (CFP) server at All applicants must read and agree to the Call for Papers Submission Requirements prior to making a submission.

NOTE: All submissions must be received on or before February 2, 2015 at 2359 PDT.


Black Hat is excited to debut its Black Hat Mobile Security Summit on June 16-17, 2015 in London, England. This two-day summit, a part of London Technology Week and co-located with Interop London, will bring together some of the brightest minds in the industry to focus on mobile security. In a fast-paced environment, you will have an opportunity to share your research with the community and address the hot issues in mobile security.

The Black Hat Mobile Security Summit zeros in on Briefings specific to the fast-changing, high-growth mobile industry. The Briefings are vendor-neutral, allowing presenters to speak candidly about real problems and potential solutions across both the public and private sectors.


  • 25-minute presentations (traditional presentation format)
  • 50-minute presentations (traditional presentation format)


  1. The original author(s) of a presentation must submit for the Call for Papers. Third parties such as PR firms or speaker representatives may not submit materials on behalf of a potential speaker or speaking team.
  2. Black Hat does not accept product or vendor-related pitches. If your presentation is a thinly veiled advertisement for a product or service your company is offering, please do not submit.
  3. Submissions that highlight new research, tools, vulnerabilities, etc. are strongly encouraged and will be given priority. Submissions that include White Papers will also be given priority.
  4. Speakers may submit more than one proposal but each proposal must be submitted via a separate submission form.
  5. Each submission must include detailed bibliographies acknowledging prior work in the space, distinguishing or highlighting how your presentation is different.
  6. 6. Individuals submitting a proposal will receive a “Your submission for the Black Hat Mobile Security Summit – London 2015 has been received” email notification generally within 48-72 hours of receipt of the submission. After selections have been completed, submitters will receive an email confirmation of acceptance or rejection.
  7. Speakers will be contacted directly if Review Board members have any questions about a submission. If your talk is accepted, you can continue to modify it up until the presentation due date, at which time it is frozen for printed and other conference materials.
  8. If you have any questions regarding your submission, please email them to Black Hat requests that submitters (and any members of a speaking team) to the Call for Papers do not contact Review Board members individually regarding a submission.


The Black Hat Review Board is comprised of the industry's most credible and distinguished security professionals and thought leaders throughout various areas of the information security community. The Review Board advises Black Hat on its strategic direction, reviewing, and programming conference content and providing unparalleled insight into the research community. You can find more information on the Review Board here:

Black Hat strives to deliver one of the most empirical content selection processes in the industry. All submissions are vetted thoroughly by the Black Hat Review Board. Each submission is reviewed for uniqueness, overall content expertise, and accuracy before any selections are made. Through the course of this dynamic review process, Black Hat Review Board members will frequently ask researchers for clarity on any areas of question in their submission(s) – whether it be about the uniqueness or audacity of claims made. The best submissions come with academic-grade papers, proof-of-concept code, and/or video demonstrations of the work done. Of note, Black Hat does not support pay-for-play Briefings. The Black Hat Briefings are, and always have been, independently selected based on quality of content and area of expertise rather than sponsorship.


Black Hat requires that submitted work has not been previously published elsewhere, or if it has, that Speakers have obtained permission for its publication by Black Hat and will promptly supply wording for crediting the original publication and copyright owner.

If you are going to announce or demonstrate a new tool as the primary focus of your talk, that tool must be made available to conference attendees via the Black Hat website. All sources of information, software, etc. must be properly cited.

Attendees expect to receive a copy of your presentation, a White Paper supporting your work, RFC's, and tools/code (if applicable). Presentations and White Papers should reference the tool(s), law(s), website(s), or publication(s) mentioned. A bibliography will greatly help attendees who wish to learn more about your subject, but are not sure where to start.

Black Hat expects Speakers to be available throughout the event to meet and talk with attendees. Attendees want to meet the Speakers and ask questions. Please advise conference management of time constraints when submitting your materials.

Speakers can assume that attendees already understand the basic concepts regarding your topic. For example, if you are talking about cryptography, assume that everyone knows the difference between public key vs. secret key algorithms. Black Hat is known as a technical security conference, and demands more detail from its Speakers.


By submitting via the Black Hat Call for Papers system, Speakers understand and agree to the Official Terms as detailed in this section and subsequent sections of this document.

  • By speaking at the Black Hat Briefings you are granting Black Hat permission to record, reproduce, distribute, advertise, and show your presentation including but not limited to, conference proceedings and materials, audio, video, printed and/or electronic ads, fliers, mailers, etc.
  • Full conference passes are given only to those who actively participate as Speakers on accepted presentations. Additional Speakers must be listed as a part of the submitted Call for Papers application prior to the close of the CFP.
    • Conference passes are non-transferable.
    • Co-workers, PR representatives, press, spouses, friends, etc. must register and pay the appropriate fees.
  • The Black Hat Review Board will have access to all submitted applications and materials.
    • Review Board and Speaker Liaison access to submissions is provisioned under NDA with Black Hat and UBM Tech.
    • Reviews, acceptances and/or declines are conducted on a rolling basis.
    • All correspondence and queries should be sent to
    • Prospective Speakers should not directly contact any Black Hat Review Board members regarding the status of submission(s) or feedback.
  • Black Hat will provide one projector, one screen, one wired Ethernet connection and one wired microphone (if applicable) for the on-site presentation.
    • Speakers are responsible for providing all other necessary equipment, including laptops and machines for their presentation.
  • If the presentation is deemed to be a work of plagiarism or a blatant vendor pitch, Black Hat may revoke the Speaker's honorarium and the Speaker will not be considered for future speaking opportunities.
  • Part of speaking at Black Hat requires an understanding that our Speakers represent the brand and the InfoSec community. All participants must work together to provide value to their fellow attendees, Speakers, and corporate sponsors, as well as volunteers and staff at the show. Please act accordingly.
  • Black Hat reserves the right to change scheduled speaking times as necessary. While every effort will be made to honor assigned times, Speakers may be called upon to present at any time during the conference.
  • Black Hat reserves the right to rescind an accepted submission without reason.


Briefings Speaker (25 minute) Criteria:
  • Open to both new Speakers and previous Black Hat Speakers
  • Speaking honorarium of $500 USD for one Speaker;
  • One Briefings pass per Speaker(s)
Briefings Speaker (50 minute) Criteria:
  • Open to Speakers who have never presented at Black Hat
  • Speaking honorarium of $500 USD for one Speaker;
  • Coach-class round-trip airfare for one Speaker, cap of $1,500 USD;
  • One hotel room for three nights for one Speaker;
  • One Briefings pass per Speaker(s)
Veteran Briefings Speaker (50 minute) Criteria:
  • Open to previous Black Hat Speakers (Trainer or Briefings Speaker) or specifically invited to speak by Black Hat
  • Speaking honorarium of $1,000 USD for one Speaker;
  • Coach-class round-trip airfare for one Speaker, cap of $1,500 USD;
  • One hotel room for three nights for one Speaker;
  • One Briefings pass per Speaker(s)


NOTE: If you have questions about the legal implications of your security research or presentation, consider contacting Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit legal service organization, for a pro bono initial consultation by emailing


Please visit for previous conference archives, information, and speeches. Updated announcements about the Black Hat Mobile Security Summit – London 2015 will be posted to social media, security mailing lists, and the Black Hat website when available.

Black Hat reserves the right to change or modify our terms, dates and/or content of this page at any time without prior notice.

Thank you,
The Black Hat Team



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