Call for Papers

We are soliciting a diverse lineup of talks for CircleCityCon 4.0. We are particularly interested in hearing from first-time speakers.
Some subjects we’re interested in include (but are not limited to): blue team, red team, appsec, physsec, social engineering, stress management, biohacking… Surprise us!
To better showcase diverse ideas and a variety of subjects, we do not theme our speaking tracks to any specific topic types. All submissions will be required to fill a 50-minute talk slot. We welcome group and panel submissions, but we reserve the right to limit the number of free tickets granted to an accepted talk.


Submission Guidelines
Please visit circlecitycon.com/submitcfp and be prepared to submit the following information:

  1. Submission title
  2. Speaker name(s)
  3. Speaker email (this is how we’ll contact you) [WILL NOT BE SEEN BY REVIEWERS]
  4. Speaker biography (150 words or less per speaker) [WILL NOT BE SEEN BY REVIEWERS]
  5. An abstract for your talk (200 words or less) [DO NOT INCLUDE IDENTIFYING INFORMATION]
  6. Detailed talk outline [DO NOT INCLUDE IDENTIFYING INFORMATION]
  7. Whether this would be your first time speaking at a conference
  8. Whether or not this talk has been given before at other conferences
  9. Shirt Size
  10. Equipment Needs (beyond internet access and A/V equipment)

If the submission is missing any of the above items, it will not be accepted. CircleCityCon reserves the right to throw out papers in which the author’s personal information is contained in the abstract or detailed outline.

We will do our best to accommodate equipment needs, but presenters are responsible for any equipment beyond internet access and A/V equipment provided.


Important Dates

  • December 1, 2016: CFP Opens
  • January 20, 2017: First round closes
  • February 3, 2017: First round notifications sent
  • March 3, 2017: Second round closes
  • March 17, 2017: Second round notifications sent
  • June 9-11, 2017: CircleCityCon 4.0

Review Process
Each CircleCityCon submitted talk will be double-blind reviewed (the reviewers do not see the author names and the authors do not see their reviewer names) by a committee of dedicated reviewers.

A final group of core conference staff will make a final judgement on each talk based on the comments provided by the double-blind review panel. Reviewers score talks based on a number of criteria included, but not limited to:

  • Detail of submission
  • Novelty of the talk
  • Whether the talk has been given previously
  • Whether the talk has been recorded previously

We offer two submission rounds for talks. CircleCityCon believes in feedback and education as part of the CFP process. With that in mind, we will send out clear acceptance and rejection letters at the end of each round, which will include feedback from reviewers.

If your talk is not accepted in the first round, we strongly encourage you to rework your talk and resubmit in the second round.
Accepted speakers will receive free admission to CircleCityCon, as well as a +1 ticket for a friend.


Resources for writing a CFP submission


Review Board
Co-chairs:
Kat Sweet
Sarah Clarke
Reviewers:
TBA