Call for Papers

Important Dates

Call for Papers Opens: February 6, 2018
Call for Papers Closes: April 9, 2018
Notification to Authors: end of May, 2018
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. All submissions must be received on or before April 9, 2018 at 23:59 PT.


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  1. Briefings: 25 and 50-minute presentations


A complete list of Black Hat USA 2018 track descriptions can be found here.



Click here to see samples of accepted submissions that received positive reviews.


  1. Submissions may only be entered by researchers/speakers (no submissions from PR firms/marketing representatives).
  2. Black Hat does not accept product or vendor-related pitches. Black Hat will disqualify any product or vendor pitch.
  3. Black Hat will disqualify incomplete submissions; complete your submission in its entirety.
  4. Your submission should clearly detail the concepts, ideas, findings, and solutions a researcher or speaking team plans to present.
  5. Submissions that highlight new research, tools, vulnerabilities, etc. will be given priority.
  6. Submissions that include White Papers will also be given priority.
  7. Individuals may submit more than one proposal but each proposal must be submitted via a separate submission form.
  8. Each submission must include detailed biographies of the proposed speaking team.
  9. Submitters will be contacted directly if Review Board members have any questions about a submission.
  10. If you have any questions regarding your submission, please email them to


Black Hat strongly supports and encourages co-ordinated/responsible disclosure. To this end, Black Hat has a strong partnership with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to provide pro-bono legal consultations to security researchers on the legality of any research or data they plan to present at the event.

If you have questions about the legal implications of your security research or presentation, contact Electronic Frontier Foundation at


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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.


Briefings Speaker
(25 and 50 minute presentations)
  • 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)
  • Travel Reimbursement:
    • Economy-class, round-trip airfare for one Speaker
    • Cap of $1,000 USD domestic travel and $1,300 USD international travel
    • One hotel room for three nights (August 7, 8, and 9) for one Speaker
  • Conference Registration:
    • One Briefings pass per Speaker(s)


By submitting a proposal via the Black Hat Call for Papers system, submitters selected to speak understand and agree to the Terms as detailed in this section.


Please visit for previous conference archives, information, and talks. Updated announcements about Black Hat USA 2018 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