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).


 SUBMISSIONS FOR 2020 ARE NOW CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who submitted.

The Diana Initiative prides itself on featuring a diverse speaker line-up covering a wide range of topics.

For any CFP questions, email []

First Round CFP Start Date – Feb 26th
First Round End Date – May 23th
First Round Notifications – End of May
as soon as possible, we promise!

Second Round CFP Start Date – May 24st
**EXTENDED** Second Round CFP End Date – July 12th
Second Round Notifications – Late July

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

Additional Notes:

Will mentoring for first round submissions not accepted into Diana Initiative be taking place this year?
Due to staffing restrictions and the impact of Covid 19 on our volunteers, we will not be offering CFP mentoring this year for individuals not accepted in the first round of the CFP. We apologize for not being able to offer this opportunity and we will strive to resume offering this service during future events.

Will presentation mentoring for accepted submissions be taking place this year?
At this time we are still anticipating offering mentoring services for accepted speakers to help hone their presentations. We will provide further updates on this as the CFP continues. We look forward to all your submissions this year for Diana Initiative 2020!

Are you currently accepting submissions for workshops and training for the 2020 event?
At this time we are currently not accepting submissions for workshops or training due to the format of the virtual event. We are actively discussing how to best serve our attendees and will update the site if this changes as we finalize the virtual format. If you have any questions regarding this, please email