The Shmoo Group announced over the weekend that the CFP for ShmooCon has officially opened as of September 15th. Funny how no one noticed it until they tweeted about it Sunday night… Anyway, the big news this year is a little experiment based on the closing plenary from last year. The overarching theme from that discussion was that we are spending too much time focusing on the sexy offensive stuff instead of on the necessary defensive tactics. With that in mind The Shmoo Group is dropping the BREAK IT track and replacing it with BELAY IT. In their announcement over the weekend they describe this new track as follows.
BELAY IT is a track for talks that are more strategic/long term in nature than talks in BUILD IT. Fixes to broken protocols, discussions on foundational defensive concepts, and technologies that are still research-ware but show promise are all examples of what we’re looking for in BELAY IT. This is going to be a bit of an experiment, so we’ll be listening to submitters and attendees as to how well it works. We’ll take a look at BELAY IT after the con and determine if it will be a permanent fixture or go the way of its BoF IT ancestor.
So with this change the four official tracks for this year will include:
- ONE TRACK MIND – Technical tales in twenty minutes or less
- BUILD IT – Creating inventive software and hardware
- BELAY IT – Cutting edge defensive solutions to contemporary problems
- BRING IT ON – Open discussion of technology and security topics
Beyond this swapping of track topics the CFP is pretty much standard in terms of CFPs. Here are the important dates to remember for those interested in submitting their presentations or papers.
- September 15, 2012 – CFP opens
- October 31, 2012 – Papers for preferential first round consideration due
- November 30, 2012 – Final due date for all papers
- December 15, 2012 – All notifications to speakers sent
See their full official announcement on the ShmooCon CFP page.
Wow, two big changes for this year’s conference. First was the new hotel … and now a new track. What other surprises do you think there will be? See ya!