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Submissions were accepted until September 24

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ShellCon is on October 19 in Los Angeles, CA

Got a talk idea? We want to see it!

Thank you for your interest in submitting a talk to ShellCon.

ShellCon is a security conference. As such, presentations should focus on topics that are relevant and useful to security practitioners. When selecting talks, special emphasis will be placed on those that teach skills, concepts, tools, or techniques that the audience can put to use immediately.

Presentations have a hard stop at 50 minutes to allow for the next presenter to get set up on stage and to let the audience move around. Please shoot for 40-45 minutes to allow for Q&A at the end. We have a single track this year in addition to our hacker village.

We will be providing power, a microphone, and a projector with VGA and HDMI inputs. Please note that the venue does not have a reliable Internet connection available and cell reception has been known to be spotty. If your talk requires Internet connectivity please have a backup plan prepared.

Talks which sound like an advertisement for a product or service will not be accepted.

Some guidelines for submitting your talk

Talk Title: Titles should be indicative of the content of the talk. If you have a super clever title that doesn't necessarily describe the content but is just too good to pass up, please provide a secondary title either in () after the main title or in the Additional Talk Information section (see below).

Description/Abstract: This is the description as it will appear on the schedule. It should be short, to the point, and give a good idea of what you’ll be covering.

Slides: If you have slides or other presentation materials that you’d like to share with the audience put a URL here. This link will be included on the schedule. This is not required.

Additional Talk Information: This is a non-public field, meaning that it won’t be seen by the audience. This is where you can provide the selection committee with any additional details about your talk that will help convince us that your talk should be placed on the conference schedule. Good things to include here:


Please fill out your profile’s Name, Company, and Bio as you would like them to appear on the published schedule. If you don’t provide a picture we may choose one for you :)

We know speakers are key to the success of a conference and hope you will submit a talk. In appreciation of your efforts, speakers will receive free admission to the conference for themselves and a guest.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Given the tight timelines we have this year, we request your help in making sure that submission dates are strictly followed in order to provide the CFP team enough time to choose the best set of presentation proposals.

Need Help?

If you run into any problems with the submission process (technical or otherwise) or if you have any questions related to the CFP, please email [email protected]. Please do not use this email address to submit your talk. Click the registration link at the top of the page to do that.

Diversity Matters!

ShellCon is committed to creating a conference that is as inclusive as possible. We want to showcase talent available around the U.S. and welcome international submissions as well.

We are also committed to ensuring the conference is a place where ideas are exchanged, old friends get together, new friends meet and harassment is not tolerated. We expect speakers, attendees and sponsor representatives to be professional and courteous to each other. We reserve the right to remove, without refund, ANY attendee (speaker or otherwise) who is unable to adhere to this policy.

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