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ShmooCon 2007 CFP Announcement
From: B Potter <gdead () shmoo com>
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2006 21:06:42 -0400

ShmooCon [ www.shmoocon.org ]
March 23-25 2007
Wardman Park Marriott, Washington DC

The Shmoo Group is soliciting papers and presentations for the third  
annual ShmooCon.

+About ShmooCon 2007 and The Shmoo Group+

ShmooCon 2007 will be a highly-technical and entertaining East Coast  
hacker convention focused on technology exploitation, inventive  
software & hardware solutions, as well as open discussion on a  
variety of technology & security topics. ShmooCon 2007 is hosted by  
The Shmoo Group and will be held at the  Wardman Park Marriott in  
Washington, D.C., just minutes from your choice of 3-letter agencies.

The Shmoo Group is comprised of security professionals from around  
the world who donate their time and energy towards information  
security research and development.  TSG encourages speakers to  
perform new and interesting projects for ShmooCon and will give  
preferential treatment to submissions that have not been presented at  
other conferences. Further, TSG invites any individual who has not  
spoken at a conference before to submit a talk and attempt to make  
ShmooCon their inaugural event.

+Conference Format+

ShmooCon 2007 has 4 options for speaker submission.:
One Track Mind - Technical Tales in Twenty Minutes or Less
Break It! - Technology Exploitation
Build It! - Inventive Software & Hardware Solutions
Bring It On! - Open Discussion of Technology & Security Topics

Topics for the One Track Mind track may include, but are not limited to:
• Updates to talks given at other conferences
• Works in Progress
• Talks that are as much about fun as they are about technology
• Anything that doesn't need a full hour to explain

Topics for the Break It! track may include, but are not limited to,  
EXPLOITATION of:
• Consumer electronic devices
• Application, host, and network security
• Telephony
• Physical security

Topics for the Build It! track may include, but are not limited to,  
inventive software & hardware
SOLUTIONS in:
• Robotics
• Distributed computing
• Community wireless networking
• Mobile personal computing

Topics for the Bring It On! track may include, but are not limited  
to, open DISCUSSION of the following:
• Privacy and anonymity
• Exploit and vulnerability disclosure / databases
• DRM (Digital Rights Management), fair use, copyright infringement
• Open source software world domination strategies
• Controversial views on existing trends or technology (Trusted  
Computing, anyone?)
• Dan Kaminsky and Johnny Long

+Presentation Format - One Track Mind+

Presenters will have 20 minutes on Friday night to give the entirety  
of ShmooCon a view into their mind.  Perhaps that's a 10,000-foot  
overview of a new, cool idea or an update or extension of a previous  
presentation at ShmooCon or another conference.  Or maybe you have a  
twenty minute parody of Bruce Potter up on stage.  We'll give you an  
additional 10 minutes for audience questions.  If any questions can't  
be answered in that time, there is space set aside for further  
discussion while One Track Mind marches on.

+Presentation Format - Break It!, Build It!, Bring It On! +

All presentations & discussions will be 50 minutes in length and  
presented to attendees on either Saturday or Sunday. It is the  
speaker's responsibility to budget time for audience participation  
and questions. Presentations in the Break It! and Build It! tracks  
are strongly encouraged to include demonstrations of personally  
developed techniques, working code, and/or devices, with code and/or  
schematics being open-source and released to the public for free.  
Presentations in the Bring It On! are more open-ended, but presenters  
are strongly encouraged to structure their talk in a way that engages  
or enrages the audience.

+ShmooBalls+

ShmooCon 2007 is continuing in the tradition of arming attendees with  
ShmooBalls (a soft aerodynamic object of some sort).  This is in an  
effort to facilitate a frank and open discussion of opinions.  
Speakers are encouraged to present innovative ideas that not everyone  
agrees with.  Audience members are encouraged to use their ShmooBalls  
if they disagree.

+Submission Procedure+

To submit, email cfp () shmoocon org with the following information:
1. Speaker name(s) and/or handle(s)
2. Presentation Title
3. Track preference
4. Two to three paragraph presentation description and/or outline
5. List of other conferences at which submission has been presented
6. List facilities required. Projector for use with VGA input,  
flipchart, sound projection, and Internet connectivity will be provided.
7. Speaker bio, limited to 75 words or less.
8. Contact info for speaker (email AND a phone number, please)

Accepted speakers will receive free admission to the conference, as  
well as a $100 (One Track Mind) or $200 (Build It!, Break It!, Bring  
it On!) honorarium after evaluation of their completed presentation.  
6 runner-ups will receive free admission as hot-alternates. They  
should come to ShmooCon 2007 prepared to speak.  If it becomes  
necessary for them to speak as an alternate, they too will receive a  
$200 honorarium after evaluation of their completed presentation.  
NOTE: Select presentation submissions which are not accepted will be  
awarded a 50% discounted admission to ShmooCon 2007. Preference will  
be given to presentations that plan to release source code /  
schematics.  Additionally, speakers who indicate they will be  
releasing source code / schematics but do not provide them by  
presentation time will not receive an honorarium.

Presentation proposals will be reviewed by members of the Shmoo  
Group. A list of the reviewers will be posted on the ShmooCon 2007  
web site.

If you feel you have a presentation that would be appropriate but  
that does not meet these guidelines, feel free to submit it anyway  
but be sure to include a cover letter explaining your reasoning so we  
can evaluate your proposal.

All questions regarding this call for papers should be addressed to  
cfp () shmoocon org  Feel free to contact us if you have an idea for a  
talk but you're not sure how to present it at a conference.

+Schedule+

September 1, 2006 - CFP opens
December 1,  2006 – Papers for preferential first round consideration  
due
January 15, 2007 - Final due date for all papers
February 15, 2007 - All speakers notified

Submissions are due by January 15, 2007. Preference will be given to  
submissions received by December 1, 2006. Early selection speakers  
will be notified by December 31, 2006. All other speakers will be  
notified in early spring.  We look forward to receiving your  
submissions as well as seeing you at ShmooCon 2007!

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