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Call for Papers – 2016:

The CFP for BSides Cape Town 2016 is now CLOSED!


This year we have a theme, which is “Improving the State of InfoSec in South Africa”. This theme covers everything from increasing security awareness in the public, to corporates, as well as in-depth security research either in the South African context, or done by South African researchers.

We encourage talks from all over South Africa, as well as globally, but this year we would especially like to encourage those in the Cape Town community to submit talk proposals, and to actively participate in the con. If you’d like to speak to BSides, have an idea, but need some encouragement, feel free to speak to one of the organisers for assistance.

To get you started, here are a few ideas for topical issues in the local and global security space:
  1. Privacy versus Security in the South African Context
  2. Security in Software Development
  3. Security for the Average Joe
  4. Breaking into the InfoSec field – For students, developers, and everyone else
  5. Internet of Things Insecurity
  6. Virtual Reality and Security
  7. Instant Messengers for Privacy and Security
  8. Full Disk Encryption Software – After Truecrypt, what now?
  9. The Insecurity of Software Libraries, and Open Source Code
  10. The Proposed Internet Censorship Bill in SA
  11. The Importance of using Unique Passwords

We hope these suggestions give you some inspiration, but feel free to submit a talk on whatever topic you like, as long as it is related to security in some way.

Papers can be informal or formal, but the presentations are generally less than formal – speak to your research, talk about it with us, don’t merely read it to us 🙂

Talk formats

Speed talks of 15mins, that focus on a very specific aspect of a topic, think: “inch-wide, mile-deep”. You will have an additional 5mins to take questions from the audience, plan your time well. (20min total)
Overview talks of about 30min that take on a topic as a whole, but plan to provide a mile-wide; inch-deep level of detail. These are generally very high-level and will usually (if they strike interest) result in conversations with others outside of the main speaking room. We will give you about 15mins to handle questions so view these talks / papers as a way to kickstart a conversation in the community. (45mins total)

How to submit your talk proposal

Please send an email to, and include the following information:

1. The title of your talk, and a brief abstract

A catchy title can go a long way in getting the attention of the reviewers. Please include as complete an abstract of your talk as possible. We understand that your work may be in the early stages when you submit, but do your best to explain to us what you want to talk about, and why it will provide value to BSides attendees.

2. A short personal biography of yourself

This doesn’t have to be anything too in-depth, just a sentence or three about yourself, who you are, what you do, notable previous achievements, and why you’re qualified to give the talk that you’re proposing.

The deadline for submissions is 23:59 on the 31st of August 2016, but the earlier you submit the better.

3. Where you’re from, and how likely it is that you’ll be able to attend BSides without assistance from us should your talk be accepted

While we do our best to accommodate speakers from other parts of the country, and internationally, BSides Cape Town generally does not have the resources to financially assist speakers with travel and accommodation arrangements. You will most likely need to make your own arrangements to attend the conference.

We will do our best to assist where we can, so please don’t be discouraged from submitting a talk if you’re worried about this. Send us an email explaining your situation and we’ll see what we can do.

When making your submissions, remember that the majority of the BSides Cape Town audience have historically been developers. Due to this, talks that appeal to developers are more likely to make the cut. Code is welcome.