Skytalks XII at DEF CON 27 Call for Papers 2019
Skytalks is a 'sub-conference' at DEF CON that gives a unique platform for researchers to share their research, for angry hackers to rant about the issues of their industry, and for curious souls to probe interesting issues, all WITHOUT the watchful eye of the rest of the world. With a strict and well-enforced "no recording" and "no photography" policy, research that is underway or critical of a vendor can be aired to your peers. You are presenting to other people in the computer underground, and very few topics are taboo. We invite the best of how DEF CON has been: the best of the computer underground -- and knowledge in all its forms. Esoterica is as welcome as 0-day here.

That said, this isn't a soapbox to say and trash whoever or whatever you want. Skytalks is old-school DEF CON. We welcome and encourage handles - we want your material to stand on its own, not what company's logo is on your slide deck. We encourage the audience to ask questions and challenge what does not seem to be right. Speakers can and will be held accountable for their material by their peers... loudly and perhaps drunkenly.

We're looking for talks that are about cutting edge material, either in-progress or ready to be disclosed... possibly at the risk of offending a company. Talks that challenge industry or societal norms are great. Calling out those who plague our industry and community, welcome! Talks that are outside the realm of a PG rating, can and have found a home here (for example, Teledildonics, 4chan email). First-time speakers are always welcome. We have had the privilege and honor of providing the first presentation stage for some of greatest names in our community. You are invited to be among that group.

What you must bring: A compelling topic and willingness to educate and/or face your peers.

We invite you to be: outgoing, willing to educate, wanting to learn (yes, as a presenter), and wanting to engage your peers. If you lack any of these skills, we can fix this. If you drink, please bring a spare liver. Two would be even better. A good talk is about mutual learning; it is a conversation. We just provide a room of professionals that want to converse, sometimes over booze. A lot of booze.

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