Round 2 of the 2019 CFP is now open!!

Please note that the conference will take place on May 16 and 17, 2019. For the full NorthSec program, please visit our main website.

What makes a great talk?

Subject matter

NorthSec covers the full spectrum of applied security. We try to take a practical approach to covering security topics, so we very much like talks that feature demos and/or working POCs and/or open source tool releases. We do not accept talks that are essentially sales pitches for commercial products, nor do we accept sponsored talks.

Application & Infrastructure Security: Got talks about about pentesting, network security, software and/or hardware exploitation, web hacking, reverse engineering, malware/virii/rootkits, or anything low-level that makes your personal clock tick? We’re here for it! The conference is followed by a 48h on-site CTF — if your talk or workshop can be “weaponized” in this event, we’d like to know!

Cryptography & Obfuscation: From theoretical cryptosystems to applied cryptography exploitation, steganography, covert communication systems, and how to break all of the above, we’d like to hear from you!

Society, law & ethics: Technical subjects are at the core of the security field, but they also exist in a world of humans, affected by their social environment & political context. If you’ve got something great to say about the social implications of privacy, security, censorship, etc. this is the place for you.

Something we forgot? Not sure if your talk fits? Got a great subject that you think would appeal to our audience? Write us an email at and we’ll give you feedback!


2019 CFP schedule:

  • CFP Opened;
  • Jan 30th, 1st round of the CFP closes;
  • Feb 1st, 2nd round of the CFP opens;
  • Feb 25th, 1st round of talks announced;
  • Mar 15th, 2nd round of the CFP closes;
  • Apr 1st, 2nd round of talks announced.

Why submit during round 1? About 2/3 of the talks will be chosen during round 1. Since NorthSec is a generalist event, round 2 of the CFP will be focused on getting talks to fill gaps left by round 1. So if you submit a an amazing proposal during round 2, but it's on a topic that is already broadly covered by talks selected during round 1, you might get rejected.

Format for talks

Please note that we accept talks and workshops in English exclusively.

The conference runs over two days, with two tracks. We are able to provide you with either 20 min or 45 min time slots (30 – 60 total including a question period moderated by one of our volunteers).

Check out last year’s talks on YouTube in order to get a feeling of the kind of topics we appreciate 🙂

Format for workshops

Workshops will take place in smaller dedicated rooms with a projector & whiteboard. The attendance will be limited to the most motivated individuals (20-50 seats max). Workshops should be between 2 and 3 hours long. We will have up to 4 tracks of workshops running at any time.

Being a speaker

Travel & accommodations

We have a limited budget for speaker travel and accommodations. If your employer is not in a position to sponsor your travel, the CFP process will guide you through specifying your needs. We will do our best to make sure speakers can make the trip!


As a speaker, you get an entry to both the conference and competition (the largest on-site CTF in the world!), for you and one other person along with two distinctive and exclusive NorthSec badges (the second one upon request). You will also be invited to a speakers’ dinner, and much more!