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Call for Papers and Workshops

Speakers and Trainers apply!

We are still buzzing on the energy of Bsides Cape Town 2022 and are excited to announce the Call for Papers (CFP) and Call for Workshops (CFW)! We call all hackers, defenders, developers and researchers to send us their proposals! We would also like to get more workshops this year as we received very good feedback on the 2022 workshops.


See our post about the theme for bsides called on: Dystopia Now


Submit your talk here hosted/sponsored by PreTalx : CFP/CFW website.
You can edit your submission until review stage, and once that is done, you can edit if selected till before con.

Main components are:


75 Word Limit. This is typically what we will use to advertise your talk. A short, bite size background about your talk/workshop


500 Word Limit. Here you can go into great detail or hypothesis. If you have things planned, you can break down your talk here. Tell us what people will learn from your talk. What are the benefits of attending.


This is anything you feel we should know. Anything you may need, support, a set of hands or assistance during your talk. Need audio? Need cookies? Need someones head to rest your laptop on? Tell us here.


We welcome talks across various categories, including but not limited to:

  • On Theme: Exploring the dystopian theme and its implications on cybersecurity.
  • Web3: Talks focusing on decentralized technologies, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies.
  • Cryptography: Discussions on encryption, cryptographic protocols, and secure communications.
  • Red Team: Presentations covering offensive security, penetration testing, and adversary simulations.
  • Blue Team: Insights into defensive strategies, incident response, and security operations.
  • Pentesting: Hands-on demonstrations and discussions on penetration testing methodologies.
  • CompSci: Talks related to computer science, algorithms, and cutting-edge research.
  • Security Research: Presentations showcasing innovative research and discoveries in cybersecurity.
  • Other Topics: We are open to talks on any cybersecurity-related subject that you believe would be of interest to our attendees. Cool research, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Deep Fakes, (Software Defined Radio) SDR, CloudSec, Hardware Hacking, C2 channels, Social Engineering, you name it, we want it!

Past Talks

To get an idea of the diverse range of talks we’ve had in the past, check out some of the notable sessions:

  • Gerard de Jong: BSIDES CPT 2019 - Hacking satellites with Software Defined Radio (SDR).
  • Leon Jacobs: BSIDES CPT 2019 - Meticulously Modern Mobile Manipulations.
  • Ross Simpson & Dale Nunns: BSides Cape Town 2018 - Hacking and weaponizing the NES Classic Mini.
  • Byron Rudman: BSIDES CPT 2019 - Gollum: One anti-phish bot to rule them all.
  • Keagan Jarvis: BSIDES Cape Town 2018 - Lightning Talks - SDN - Software Defined Networking.

CFP/CFW Formats

Talk formats

We have 5 Session Types

95% of you will be aiming for a Standard Talk, and below are the details

Standard Talk: / 45 minutes

This is the usual kind of talk most people submit. This time includes opportunities for questions.

Short Talk / 30 minutes

Like a standard talk, but most likely shorter.

Lightning Talk / 10 minutes

Here is your brief chance to cover a thought, subject or perhaps gain support for a project you are working on. You have 10 (Maybe 15Min, make it count!)

Workshop / 120 minutes

This year we want to do a bunch of Workshops. We set it at 120min (Because we had to put in a number). If you have a workshop idea, whether it is 60 min, or half a day, use this slot. We are POSSIBLY considering doing long form workshops on the Friday, so stay tuned.

Keynote / 60 minutes

We are honored to consider keynotes from every corner of the planet, including right here at home. Keynote is hidden from the public, so get in touch with the team or email us on the addy below, for the code to submit. Your keynote does not need to be 60 min, we just had to put a length in.


The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2023, but the earlier you submit the better.

We encourage all speakers to submit their proposals, regardless of the specific topic. If you believe your talk would be of interest to our attendees, we want to hear from you! Our goal is to offer a diverse and engaging program that reflects the broad scope of cybersecurity. We welcome fresh perspectives, unique insights, and innovative ideas.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to your submissions and to seeing you at BSides Cape Town 2023!

cfpreview@bsidescapetown.co.za | For CFP questions, queries or feedback.
organisers@bsidescapetown.co.za | For anything BSides related, not specific to CFP.