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August 6-11, 2022
Mandalay Bay / Las Vegas
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Black Hat Innovation Spotlight Competition

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

4:30-5:30 PM

Business Hall, Bayside ABC, Level 1

The Black Hat Innovation Spotlight is a new video competition for cybersecurity Start-Up’s to present their products and solutions* live and in-person at Black Hat USA.

The Competition

Create and submit a 5-minute video using the form below, highlighting your company’s product or solution and how it’s going to help cybersecurity professionals.

*Products and Solutions can be in development and about to launch, or recently launched.

Who Can Enter

Any Start-Up company up to two-years old with less than 50 employees

Please note you do not need to be an exhibitor at Black Hat USA 2022 to submit, but can be. There are no entry fees, and you must submit a link to your video by July 6, 2022.


The Innovation Spotlight competition will be judged by a panel of industry leaders. Once all videos have been reviewed by the judges, four finalists will be selected and announced on July 12.

These four finalists will be invited to exhibit in the Start-Up area at Black Hat USA 2022, and present their product/solution live to the judging panel at Black Hat USA 2022, where a winner will be announced.

Each Finalist will Receive:

  • One turnkey Start-Up booth at Black Hat USA 2022
  • A 10-minute scheduled Speaking slot at Black Hat USA 2022
  • One 30-minute call with an Omdia Cybersecurity Analyst

Key Dates:

  • May 2022: Contest Announced
  • July 6, 2022: Video Submission deadline
  • July 12, 2022: Four finalists chosen
  • August 10-11, 2022: Finalists exhibit and present at Black Hat USA 2022

Our judges:

Ketaki Borade
Trey Ford
Hollie Hennessy
Maria Markstedter
Lucas Nelson
Robert J. Stratton III
Rik Turner

Submit your application