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ShmooCon and The Shmoo Group are soliciting papers and presentations for the thirteenth ShmooCon to be held at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C. the weekend of January 13, 2017.


September 20, 2016 – CFP opens
October 17, 2016 – Papers for preferential early bird consideration due
October 28, 2016 – First round accepted speakers notified
November 18, 2016 – Final due date for all papers
December 9, 2016 – All notifications sent
January 13-15, 2017 – ShmooCon XIII


The Shmoo Group (TSG) comprises security professionals from around the world who donate their time and energy towards information security research and development. Several years ago TSG had an idea. This idea has grown into a community recognized annual security conference attended by over 2000 people.

Our goal for ShmooCon is to educate, inform, and entertain the attendees. ShmooCon is primarily a security conference, but we also encourage innovative and interesting submissions on offbeat technology topics.


We are most interested in new presentations, but important updates on existing work are welcome too. We are also interested in presentations from new faces, therefore, we encourage any individual who has not spoken at a conference before to submit a talk and attempt to make ShmooCon their inaugural event.


ShmooCon has four tracks to accommodate a variety of speaking styles and topics.

ONE TRACK MIND – Tell us something interesting in twenty minutes or less
BUILD IT – Creating inventive software and hardware
BELAY IT – Cutting edge defensive solutions to contemporary problems
BRING IT ON – Open discussion of technology and security topics

One Track Mind
Friday night only
20 Minutes (hard limit)

In ONE TRACK MIND presenters have 20 minutes on Friday night to give the entirety of ShmooCon a view into their mind. Presenters beware: You need to be diligent about your use of time as ShmooCon staff strictly enforces the 20-minute timeline. You will have just a few minutes for audience questions while we switch to the next talk.

One Track Mind submissions should showcase material that will appeal to the ShmooCon audience at large.

Subjects for ONE TRACK MIND may include, but are not limited to:
Works in Progress
Talks that are as much about fun as they are about technology
Rants, Homages, Calls to Action…you get the idea.

Build It, Belay It, Bring It On
Tracks run concurrently on Saturday and Sunday
50 minutes (hard limit)

All presentations and discussions in these three tracks are 50 minutes in length and presented to attendees on either Saturday or Sunday. It is the speaker’s responsibility to budget time for audience participation and questions – Again, 50 minutes is a hard limit.

Presentations in the BUILD IT and BELAY IT tracks are strongly encouraged to include demonstrations of personally developed techniques, working code, and/or devices, with code and/or schematics being open-source and released to the public for free. We’re serious about this. We want the community to get something from your presentation, not just 50 minutes of hot air. So PLEASE, in your CFP response, indicate what you are releasing that will be of interest. If you can’t release code or something similar, be sure your techniques and methods can stand on their own.

Presentations in BRING IT ON are more open-ended, but presenters are strongly encouraged to structure their talk in a way that engages or enrages the audience.


ShmooCon presentations should be focused on topics that are of interest to security and technology professionals who are paying attention to current trends and issues. Presentations dealing with new technologies are always encouraged.

Presentations that are rehashes of old talks, primers on known technologies, or vendor pitches will be rejected and summarily panned. We want ShmooCon to be educational and entertaining to the attendees and the community at large. We expect our speakers to be a part of that through talks that are well thought out, well presented and original.

If you feel you have a presentation that would be appropriate but that does not meet the guidelines in this CFP, feel free to submit it anyway as we sometimes accept out-of-scope talks that are so cool and compelling they’ll obviously be of interest to ShmooCon attendees. Just be sure to include information explaining your reasoning so we can better evaluate your proposal.


Submissions with two or more speakers are welcome at ShmooCon. However, we reserve the right to limit the number of free speaker passes granted to an accepted talk.


ShmooCon 2017 will continue to use a web based submission process.
Visit HTTPS://CFP.SHMOOCON.ORG and be prepared with the following information:

  • Speaker name(s) and contact information – all communications from the conference will be via the contact author.
  • Presentation Title
  • Track Preference
  • Keywords and Abstract (copied from your submission)
  • Document in TEXT or PDF formats ONLY which CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING IN ORDER:
    1. Title of Presentation
    2. Presenter(s) Name
    3. Abstract of your presentation limited to 200 words or less for use in the ShmooCon program and on the website.
    4. Bio limited to 100 words for you OR your group (not 100 words per person).
    5. Detailed outline or description of your topic. This is where you tell us what your presentation is really about and why people will want to see it. Do not rely on your abstract to be enough information. It isn’t.
    6. List of other conferences at which submission has been presented or submitted.
    7. Why do you feel this submission is a good fit for ShmooCon?
    8. Are you a potential first time presenter at ShmooCon? Have you spoken at any other conferences? If yes, which ones?
    9. If accepted, would you be willing to write a 1000 word article about your topic for ShmooCon Proceedings?
    10. List of facilities requested beyond what is already provided (power, projector with VGA input, sound projection, and internet connectivity).

NOTE: Submissions that do not follow the above format exactly will be marked down no matter how exciting the content or the reputation of the person submitting. A sample submission can be found online at We provide this as a general example. Your detailed outline need not look like or be formatted like ours, but it should contain more than enough information to convince us of the merit of your talk.

Speakers in all tracks will receive free admission to the conference. Accepted talks will also receive a $200 (shared) honorarium OR one (1) guest admission to ShmooCon. You will need to inform us of your choice upon being accepted. Please be kind and confer with your fellow presenters if applicable before making this decision.

Several alternates will also be chosen and will receive free admission. Alternates should come to ShmooCon prepared to speak.

Hints About Submissions

Again, follow the instructions above. We cannot stress this enough. Nothing is more annoying than opening a submission and not finding all the information we need, in the order in which we have requested to see it.

Convince us that we should accept your talk (see number 7 above). We get three to four times as many submissions as we have slots. The more you can help us see how cool/unique/timely/etc. your talk is, the better chance it has of being accepted.

Spelling does count! Let spell check do its job and present us with a professional looking submission. Also, sentences start with capital letters.

On a similar note – Spell ShmooCon and Shmoo correctly. Your submission stands out for the wrong reasons if these words are presented incorrectly. There is only one C in ShmooCon and none at all in the word Shmoo.

If you aren’t accepted, don’t fret. Again we receive way more submissions than we have room for in our program and this absolutely means that talks with merit get turned away. Keep submitting elsewhere. Submit to us again next year.

Members of TSG and select ShmooCon volunteers will review all submissions. Questions can be sent to