SUBMISSIONS FOR 2020 ARE OPEN! See details below.

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 submit your talk info ASAP!

*** There will be 2 speaking tracks this year as well as a Workshops track. Speakers have a choice of a 20 minute slot or a 45 minute slot. Workshops and Training submissions will be opening in early March. Please stay tuned for those links! ***

Click Here to Submit Your Talk

For any CFP questions, email []

Important Dates

Feb 26th: First Round CFP Open
April 10th: First Round Closes
April 15th: First Round Review End, Notifications

April 11th: Second Round CFP Open
May 24th: Second Round CFP Closes
May 29th: Second Round Review End, Notifications

Submission Guidelines

  1. Submission Title
  2. Speaker Name(s)
  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
  9. Shirt Size
  10. Equipment Needs (beyond internet access and AV equipment)

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.

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

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 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. The Diana Initiative believes in feedback and education as part of the CFP process. With that in mind, we will send out clear acceptance emails at the end of each round. Rejection letters will be sent at the end of the second round, which will include an option to request feedback from reviewers.

Additionally, the CFP submission form includes an option to be considered for mentoring if your submission isn’t accepted in the first round. If you select this option, our staff will contact you to discuss potentially having a mentor assigned to you to help redraft your submission for consideration during the second phase of the CFP.

Resources for Writing CFPs and Giving Presentations

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

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).