Hack.lu 2020 CfP

Submit a proposal, get published in a book

Due to the current situation, and as it is extremely unlikely there will be a vaccine, or a cure, to coronavirus before 2021, we decided to come with another plan for the conference.

By October, if you're into watching videos of conference talks, you will have seen dozens of them, and we bet that you'll be over it.

Let us explain what we have in mind, but first, some context: even if there are many infosec conferences every year, the research topics are too often one-shot efforts, with almost no follow up on the long term. One of the reasons is that we're pretty bad at keeping track of it in the community. In the industry, research papers are pretty much the exception, and when there is one, it tends to be dry. It is often also hard to find them behind paywalls, and to use them as reference.

That’s why we decided to do the CfP in a different way this time.

We keep the basics:

  • You come with a research project, something you always wanted to publish, and propose it in the CfP. It doesn't have to be something new, or ground breaking, but it must be something you want to spend quite some time working on, or you did work on this research for the past years/months, and a topic you're excited to talk about.
  • We review the papers. Our review board goes through all the proposals. It’s accepted if there is an acceptance consensus in the review group. A mentor will be assigned with the required expertise, time, and resources to support you along the way.
  • The final outcome (after the acceptance of the proposal) can be anything from one page to 10 pages.
  • It can be a text or anything you think would be interesting to support your work (photos, comics, drawings).

We want to allow your research project to be accessible to the widest possible audience, and allow other researchers to refer to a recognizable document. We will get an ISBN number and figure out a way to put together all the finalized research documents in a nice book by the end of the year.

Criteria for evaluation:

  • The research must be made accessible. We do not want a dry research paper that nobody will read, this is the point where you will have to be creative.
    Your job is to find a way to make your research project fun, interesting, and understandable by someone outside of your field.
  • The format can be anything you want. If we can insert it in the book physically, it is good, but not required. There will also be references to other resources with minimal explanations in the book, such as TikTok video, papyrus, diagrams in napkins.
  • If your research produced tools or datasets, we strongly encourage you to publish it along the paper, under an open source / open data license.
  • The review committee will help you with your publication. You will be in charge of the heavy lifting, but the review committee will act as an editor/mentor, give you feedback during the research, and the realization of the final product.

One last point: it may sound like we're talking of research papers only, but we also welcome op-ed style proposals.

We expect your research project to evolve by the time you deliver the final production.

If your proposal is accepted and your final paper is delivered, you will receive a copy of the book.

We expect to be able to finish the reviews by the end of July, and send the notifications early August.

This Call for Papers closed on 2020-08-02 23:59 (Europe/Luxembourg).