Call for Papers
The Black Hat USA 2016 Call for Papers is now closed.
Call for Papers opens: February 9, 2016
Call for Papers closes: April 11, 2016
Notification to Authors: by end of May, 2016
Terms are subject to change.
WHAT ARE THE BLACK HAT BRIEFINGS?
The Black Hat Briefings were created more than 19 years ago to provide computer security professionals a place to learn the very latest in information security risks, research, and trends. Presented by the brightest in the industry, the Briefings cover everything from critical information infrastructure to widely used enterprise computer systems to the latest InfoSec research and development and everything in between. The Briefings are vendor-neutral, allowing the presenters to speak candidly about real problems and potential solutions across both the public and private sectors.
- Briefings: 25 and 50-minute presentations (traditional presentation format)
- Workshops: 100-minute sessions (hands-on labs and presentations)
Click here to see samples of accepted submissions.
SUBMISSION PROCESS & REQUIREMENTS
- 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.
- 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.
- Each submission must be completed in its entirety.
- Black Hat's selection process is competitive. Members of the Black Hat Review Board score each submission. Submissions should clearly detail the concepts, ideas, findings, and solutions a researcher or speaking team plans to present.
- Submissions that highlight new research, tools, vulnerabilities, etc. are highly recommended and will be given priority.
- Submissions that include White Papers will also be given priority.
- Speakers may submit more than one proposal but each proposal must be submitted via a separate submission form.
- Each submission must include detailed bibliographies acknowledging prior work in the space, distinguishing or highlighting how your presentation is different.
- Individuals submitting a proposal will receive a “Your submission for Black Hat USA 2016 has been received” email notification within 48-72 hours of receipt of the submission. After selections have been completed, all submitters will receive an email confirmation of acceptance or rejection (early June 2016).
- Speakers will be contacted directly if Review Board members have any questions about a submission.
- If you have any questions regarding your submission, please email them to email@example.com. Black Hat requests that submitters (and members of a speaking team) do not contact Review Board members directly regarding a submission.
REVIEW BOARD + CONTENT SELECTION
The Black Hat Review Board is comprised of 24 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: blackhat.com/review-board.html
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.
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.
Black Hat advises all Speakers to create session titles that describes the session's deliverable – what an attendee will learn by attending a session. Session titles that focus on content takeaways are consistently more powerful than "cute" or "gimmicky" titles.
Attendees expect to receive a copy of your presentation, a White Paper supporting your work, RFC's, and tools/code (if applicable). All presentation slides and white papers are due no later than Monday, July 25, 2016. 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.
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.
Black Hat is committed to helping Speakers become better presenters on the Black Hat stage. Black Hat may request any speaker (new to Black Hat or veteran Black Hat presenter) or an entire speaking team to participate in its Speaker Development Program. A Black Hat-initiated request to participate in this program may include a draft review of presentation slides by a Black Hat Review Board member or a request maybe made for a speaker (or Speaking Team) to participate in a presentation rehearsal with a Black Hat Speaker Liaison. A Speaker (or Speaking Team) may also opt-in to the Speaker Development Program and request a slide review and/or presentation rehearsal.
Attendees expect to see Speakers deliver professional, polished presentations. Black Hat strongly recommends that all Speakers rehearse their presentation multiple times in front of another person(s).
All Speakers and or Speaking Teams are strongly encouraged to end their session with a final presentation slide titled, "Black Hat Sound Bytes." Black Hat Sound Bytes detail the three key takeaways from a Speaker's presentation. Black Hat may collect the key takeaways from each session and create a summary document that will be distributed to all attendees following the conference.
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.
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 a Black Hat conference, you grant Black Hat permission to record, reproduce, distribute, advertise, and show your presentation including but not limited to blackhat.com, conference proceedings and materials, audio, video, printed and/or electronic ads, fliers, mailers, etc.
- Researchers and research teams should be aware of the following guidelines regarding the number of researchers permitted to present on stage for each type of Briefing session. Speaking team members must be included in the CFP submission prior to the close of the CFP.
- 25-minute Briefing – 1 speaker per team
- 50-minute Briefing – 2 speakers per team
- 100-minute workshop – 3 speakers per team
- Full conference passes are given only to those who actively participate as Speakers on accepted presentations.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Prospective Speakers should not directly contact any Black Hat Review Board member 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.
AGREEMENT TO TERMS OF SPEAKING REMUNERATION
(25, 50, and 100 minute presentations)
- Open to both new Speakers and previous Black Hat speakers
- Employer logo only on two presentation slides: Introduction and Biography
- Speaking Honorarium:
- $750 USD for one Speaker (25-minute Briefing)
- $1,000 USD for one Speaker (50-minute Briefing)
- $2,000 USD for one Speaker (100-minute Workshop)
- Travel Reimbursement:
- Coach-class, round-trip airfare for one Speaker
- Cap of $1,000 USD domestic travel and $1,300 USD international travel
- See "Land Travel" below for automobile and rail information
- Hotel Accommodations:
- One hotel room for three nights (August 2, 3, and 4) for one Speaker
- See "Hotels and Miscellaneous" below for more details
- Conference Registration:
- One Briefings pass per Speaker(s)
- Only coach class fares are eligible for reimbursement.
- Speakers must book their own travel.
- There is a cap of $1,000 USD on round trip itineraries for domestic travel and $1,300 USD for international travel.
- There is a cap of $500 USD on one-way itineraries.
- Itinerary must be round trip with arrival to the venue city for the event.
- Itinerary must be booked and receipt sent for reimbursement no later than May 27, 2016.
- A valid receipt in the form of a travel agency issued air itinerary and/or ticket receipt with the airfare, itinerary, and date of purchase printed on it is required.
- The purchaser of the airfare ticket must be the same as the person to be reimbursed.
- Should the Speaker be unable to attend for any reason, the Speaker will reimburse Black Hat for non-refundable airfare if Black Hat assisted with travel arrangements.
- Speakers choosing to travel by automobile to the conference will receive $0.58 per mile, round-trip, as reimbursement in accordance with UBM and IRS regulations.
- Speakers traveling by rail or bus will be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket price and must provide a receipt.
- There is a cap of $1,000 USD on round trip land based travel.
- There is a cap of $500 USD on one-way land based itineraries.
- Reimbursement will be for one form of travel to the conference; be it rail, bus, or air travel.
HOTELS AND MISCELLANOUS
- Black Hat will pay for a single hotel room for up to three nights at an official conference hotel, limited to the nights of August 2, 3, and 4.
- Luggage fees, transportation to and from the travel terminal(s) to the hotel/conference venue or travel from home/office to the travel terminal(s), or any additional expenses incurred will not be reimbursed.
- Parking, taxi or shuttle service(s) surrounding the event will not be reimbursed.
- Speakers will book their hotel through Black Hat’s official conference hotel booking system.
- Speakers will be required to provide the hotel with a valid credit card upon check in to secure the room; Black Hat will not reimburse any additional costs incurred by the Speaker.
- Black Hat will not reimburse or provide a per diem for meals.
- In our continuing efforts to support our speakers and the academic community, Black Hat will provide 2 free student passes for each Briefing selected. Speakers will choose the students they wish to invite and those invited will need to meet our standard Academic Rate requirements in order to qualify for the free passes. Further details will be provided to speakers, subsequent to selection of their Briefings.
- Speakers will submit items by deadlines specified in the deadlines table; failure to do so may result in forfeiting all or part of the honorarium at Black Hat’s sole discretion.
- Speakers understand that IRS tax form 1099 will be issued from UBM to individuals who have been paid to speak. The form will be sent to the address specified on the W8/W9.
- The person listed as the primary speaker will be required to complete a tax form in order to be paid.
- US citizens must complete a W9 and will be paid via check.
- Non-US citizens must complete a W8 form and will be paid via wire transfer.
- The name and address on the W8 tax form must match the beneficiary listed on the wire transfer where the payment will be sent.
- Only one payment for both the honorarium and airfare will be made per presentation.
- Additional Speakers will be fiscally and logistically responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements, time spent traveling will not be reimbursed.
- Black Hat will not split the payment of the honorarium or expenses amongst multiple Speakers.
- Speakers who do not reside in the United States will be paid via bank wire transfer.
- Speakers are responsible for providing accurate bank details; any transaction fees billed by the bank will be borne by the speaker.
- Speakers will not seek reimbursement from Black Hat or UBM to cover banking fees.
- Bank wire transactions will be reflected as UBM.
- Speakers failing to provide travel receipts by the date listed in the deadline table will forfeit any claims for reimbursement.
- Payment will be made net 60 from the receipt of the Black Hat required paperwork and presentation materials (W8/W9, receipts and payment/wire information). This is not negotiable.
- Speakers failing to inform Black Hat of any changes to their address or wire information as provided to them by the date listed in the deadline table may result in a delay of up to 60 days in receiving payment from the date that Black Hat received a change of address.
- A change of address must be accompanied by an updated tax form.
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 email@example.com.
ADDITIONAL EVENT INFORMATION
Please visit blackhat.com for previous conference archives, information, and speeches. Updated announcements about Black Hat USA 2016 will be posted to newsgroups, security mailing lists, and the Black Hat website when available.
We reserve the right to change or modify our Terms, dates and/or content of this page at any time without prior notice.
Thank you for your time!
The Black Hat Team