Call for Presenters:

The Diana Initiative prides itself on featuring a diverse speaker line-up covering a wide range of topics. If you’re interested in sharing your knowledge, please review the details and process below, and get ready to submit your talk!

To submit to our CFP this year, you will need to create an account with Ex Ordo. Once you have an account created, you will be able to submit to our CFP []

This submission is for both the virtual event as well as the in-person event, when you submit you will be able to select which (or both) you are applying for.

*** There will be multiple speaking tracks. Speakers have a choice of a 20 minute slot or a 50 minute slot. ***

For any CFP questions, email []

Important Dates

  • March 14th, 2022: Call For Papers Opens
  • April 25th, 2022: First Round Closes
  • May 9th, 2022: First Round Speaker Acceptance Notifications Sent
  • May 30th, 2022: Second Round Closes
  • June 14th, 2022: Second Round Speaker Acceptance Notifications Sent
If your submission is not accepted in the first round, your submission will automatically be considered for the second round of selections.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Submission Title
  2. Speaker Name(s) Hidden from reviewers
  3. Speaker Email (this is how we will contact you) Hidden from reviewers
  4. Speaker biography (150 words or less per speaker) Hidden from reviewers
  5. Abstract for your talk (200 words or less) Please refrain from including identifying information
  6. Detailed talk outline Please refrain from including identifying information
  7. Whether this would be your first speaking engagement at a conference
  8. Whether this talk has been previously given at another conference

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

Speaker Benefits

Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to pay an honorarium, travel, lodging, or meals. Speakers receive a badge for the event as well as a token gift (usually a t-shirt). We are aware this limits who is able to attend and present and hope to change it if we are able to secure more sponsors or donations in the future.

Review Process

Each 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 judgment 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. The Diana Initiative believes in feedback and education as part of the CFP process.

If your talk is not accepted in the first round, we strongly encourage you to rework your talk and resubmit in the second round.

CFP Staff

CFP Chair: Jaime Borchert

CFP Co-Chair: John Ives

Submit your Proposal

[Submit your proposal here]. You will need to create an account for our CFP system ExOrdo

Example Submission

Please check [here] for an example submission of an accepted talk submitted last year.

Resources for Writing CFPs and Giving Presentations

Collection of [CFP Tips] rounded up and shared by CircuitSwan.

Conference Submissions for the Faint of Heart, from Amelie Koran and Nicole Schwartz

This [Blog post] by Kat Sweet on the building blocks of an InfoSec conference CFP.

The [CFPs 101 Panel] from BSidesLV 2016

The DEFCON Speaker’s Corner post by Nikita titled [How do I Make my CFP Stand Out?]

This [Blog post] by Cheryl Biswas about giving a talk in Infosec

[Presentation Tips for Technical Talks], from Tanya Janca (@shehackspurple).