• Goa'16
  • CFP

7TH YEAR
CFP OPENS ON 24TH AUG 2015

Welcome to nullcon se7en!

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nullcon is an annual security conference held in Goa, India. The focus of the conference is to showcase the next generation of offensive and defensive security technology. We happily open doors to researchers and hackers around the world working on the next big thing in security and request everyone to answer our CFP and submit their new research. Time to tickle your gray cells and submit your research.
Training: 9th-10th Mar 2016
Conference: 11th-12th Mar 2016

CFP se7en

Tips

1) Submit early - Submitting early increases the chance of acceptance in the first round itself. The more you delay the more competition you have with other papers that are submitted later.
2) Technical description - The more concrete technical details you provide the better chance you have of getting accepted. Reviewers usually give low score to submissions that have very small or vague abstract and may not request for more details. The best way is to provide a supporting full technical paper that explains all the vulnerabilities, exploits etc in detail.
3) Declining a paper - Please take rejection as a suggestion for improvement somewhere in the paper and not as an offense. Declining a paper does not mean your submission is not good. There are many parameters we look at when reviewing a paper, technical in-depth is only one of them. Many times we have to let go of really good talks because there is already an accepted paper on similar subject or too many good submissions. We want you to succeed and are only trying to help you in preparing you for future submissions. So, cheer up and get ready for the next submission.
4) Review comments - We do not ask our review board for comments. If they have any comments, they write it down which we usually pass to the submitters. So, if we have comments we will pass it on. You don't have to specifically ask for review comments. Also, for small and vague abstracts, or talks delivered previously we do not share any review comments.


Submission Type

Submit under any of the below Type

  • Talk (40 mins - 1 hr)
  • Event (Sub-events, Competitions, CTFs, BOFs)
  • Recreation (Fun events, Games, Parties, Tech Rock bands, Djs)
  • Tutorial (2-3hrs Workshops, hacking villages)

Submission Topics

Anything that aligns with our motto - "The neXt security thing!" is welcome.

And as a special consideration for nullcon se7en any digital sin is also welcome ;)

Categories

The talk time duration includes time for questions and answers (5-10 minutes)

  • New Research Category (40 mins - 1 hr) - is a deep knowledge technical track that includes new research, vulnerabilities, zero days or exploits.
  • Desi Jugaad (30 mins - 1 hr) - is our signature new research category talk and includes any local hacks. This category is dedicated to hackers who find innovative tech/non-tech solutions for real-life challenges.
  • Current Research Category (30 mins - 1 hr) - comprises of known security issues, case studies, twist to an existing research, tool, vulnerability, exploit or research-in-progress. Although this track is fairly technical, it covers known techniques, analysis and research already published or presented even though there might be some additions to it. Please note if you have already published, presented your research, it will fall in this category even though you have added new stuff to your research.
  • Tool Category (30 mins - 1 hr) - comprises of open source security tools, exploits, frameworks etc. This is an excellent opportunity for the original authors to showcase their software to the world.
  • Event/Recreation Category (No specific time limit) - This is for proposing any exciting sub-events as mentioned above in "Submission Type".

Review

We have an external review panel that scores the papers and based on the scoring we take a call on acceptance of papers.

Submission Format

Email the paper to: [email protected]
The subject should be: CFP Goa 2016 < Paper Title >
Email Body:

  • Name
  • Twitter Handle
  • Submission Type (Mentioned above i.e. Talk/event/recreation/tutorial)
  • Category (Mentioned above i.e. new research/current research/tool/desi jugaad etc)
  • Time required (including 5-10 mins of QA)
  • Submission Title
  • Country (and City) of residence
  • Organization and Designation
  • Contact Number
  • Have you presented or submitted this paper at any other conference(s) or magazine(s)?
  • Yes, No. If yes, where? and how this submission is different from the previous ones. Note that new research talks already given elsewhere or are due to be given elsewhere prior to nullcon will be considered as current research category talks unless they consist of cutting edge and ground breaking technology, which is at the judgment of the review committee.
  • Are you releasing an open source tool?
  • Yes/No. (If yes, please include the source code for review)
  • Are you releasing an exploit?
  • Yes/No. (If yes, please include the source and vulnerability details for review)
  • Are you releasing a new vulnerability/Zero-day?
  • Yes/No. (If yes, please send us the details, including reproduction procedure, for review)
  • Why do you think your paper is different/innovative (for all tracks) and how does it qualify as new work/research(for Research track only)?
  • Are there any live demonstrations (These earn you good points during review)?
  • Yes/No. (If Yes, how many? Also please explain each demo)
  • If it is a talk, can it be converted to a workshop/village?
  • Yes/No. (Sometimes there are good talks that may not be accepted due to large no. of submissions but can be accepted as a workshop)
  • Brief Profile ( less than or equal to 500 Words)
  • Paper Abstract - Please provide detailed working or your research/work. The more details you provide the better it is for the reviewers. Please keep the abstract to the point. Please do not try to hide the technical details or say "I can't disclose it till bla bla" as it does not help the reviewers in any way and may give your paper a low score because of insufficient information available in the abstract.
  • Supporting technical details (Please attach full technical paper for review) - This is not a must if your abstract is technical and large enough for reviewers to understand your research fully. However, providing a full technical paper increases the chances of acceptance as reviewers get a better understanding of the technical capability.
  • Your high resolution photo (attached)

Note

Only the original authors should submit their research and any submission from a third party will be rejected. The Abstract should clearly mention the techniques and hacks in detail and merely mentioning that it works will not help in understanding the research to its full extent. nullcon is an open knowledge/research sharing platform and hence product/company marketing and pitches will be rejected. We request you not to submit any product specific talk.

Important Dates

  • CFP Opens: 24th Aug 2015
  • 1st round of Speaker list Online: 15th Oct 2015
  • CFP Closing Date: 30th Nov 2015
  • Final speakers List online: 10th Dec 2015
  • Detailed Paper submission by selected speakers: 6th Jan 2016
  • Training Dates: 9th-10th Mar 2016
  • Conference Dates: 11th-12th Mar 2016

Speaker Benefits

For the New Research and Desi Jugaad Category

  • Travel Reimbursement (Either actuals or the below mentioned amounts, whichever is less)
    • International Speaker (USD $1000)
    • National Speaker (INR Rs.6000)
  • Complimentary Accommodation for 3 nights.
  • Complimentary VIP conference pass.
  • One extra complementary Student pass to be given to any student who cannot afford to register.
    The student needs to show a valid and original College/University ID at the registration desk.
    Only university and colleges are applicable i.e. short term courses/certifications are not valid.
  • Invitation to speaker party.
  • Invitation to Mehfil-E-Mausiqi (nullcon networking cocktail).

For the Current Research and Tool Category

  • Complimentary shared accommodation near the venue for 2 nights.
  • Complimentary VIP conference pass.
  • One extra complementary Student pass to be given to any student who cannot afford to register.
    The student needs to show a valid and original College/University ID at the registration desk.
    Only university and colleges are applicable i.e. short term courses/certifications are not valid.
  • Invitation to speaker party.
  • Invitation to Mehfil-E-Mausiqi (nullcon networking cocktail)

* Only one speaker will be eligible for the benefits in case there are two or more speakers for a talk.
** By submitting a paper and agreeing to talk at nullcon you give Payatu Technologies Pvt. Ltd. the right to post, publish, re-distribute online and offline, soft and/or hard copies of your presentation material including slides, source code, detailed paper and the recorded video of the presentation and you.

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