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Call for Papers (CFP)

It’s the 28th year of DEFCON and we are proud to announce anothere year of the Red Team Offense Village! We have a lot of exciting things planned, including a dedicated speaker track focused on Red Team / Offense topics. With that said, this is the call for papers for that speaker track. If you have a talk that is appropriate for our village, please submit ASAP as slots are limited and filling quickly.


The DEF CON Red Team Offense Village does not accept product or vendor related pitches.

If your briefing is a thinly-veiled advertisement for a new product or service your company is offering, please do not apply. There are plenty of "vendor" conferences that will accept that nonsense, please submit to one of those, don’t waste our time or yours. If your briefing is accepted and you perform a bait and switch, you will be banned for life.

All presentations must be submitted by the original authors.

We currently only accept submissions by original authors of the presentations. PR firms, speaking relation firms, and all other parties who are not direct authors of submitted presentations ARE NOT ALLOWED to submit materials on behalf of speakers or presenters. If it is obvious the author did not submit the briefing themselves, you will be banned for life.

We require direct contact with presenters to expedite questions from the reviewers and to fulfill Speaker Obligations. 

How long should the talk be?
45-60 minutes

Selection Criteria
Presentations will be reviewed through a voting process by the Red Team Offense Village CFP Review Board. Submissions are rated on a one to ten scale by each of the reviewers in four areas, and the resulting scores are added up. Those submissions with the highest scores are considered first. The majority of finalized briefings will require a live video interview, via WebEx prior to any final acceptance. In the case of topic overlap a lesser scoring submission may be selected to keep variety and diversity in the program. As the complexity and specialization of submissions grow more reviewers are added to the process. 

If your briefing does not meet all four selection criteria listed below it will be automatically rejected:

- Technical Depth
- Technical Breath
- Technical Accuracy
- Must not be a product or service pitch!

People submitting a briefing proposal will receive an email notification that the Red Team Offense Village review team has received the proposal generally within 30 days of receipt of the submission. Once the review and selection process has been completed you will receive an email confirmation of acceptance or rejection.

All presentations must be vendor neutral (no sales pitches for services or products are permitted). All sources of information, software, etc. should be properly cited.

What kind of talks are we looking for?
- Talks related to the Red Team Methodology.
- New trends and lessons learned about Red Teaming. 
- Briefings that are highly technical, reveal new ways Red Teams can operate.
- Submissions with detailed bibliographies acknowledging prior work in the space, distinguishing or highlighting how your presentation is different. We believe this is important to help move the security community to a more professional, inclusive and respected position. 
- Since security is a technical field, hands-on demonstrations that visually explain the theory will assist greatly for the audience to grasp and learn the content. However, there are also times when the subject is more abstract and visual demos might not be best suited to explain the topic, consider the breath of your briefing prior to submission.

By speaking at the DEF CON Red Team Offense Village you are granting us permission to distribute, disseminate, advertise, modify, market, include in other marketing materials and to show your presentation including but not limited to our website, Twitter, Twitch, Facebook, Youtube, other media, printed and/or electronic ads, fliers, mailers, etc.

This will be a virtual event during DEF CON 28 SAFE MODE (August 6-9, 2020). 


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