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Application Security leaders, software engineers, and researchers from all over the world gather at Global AppSec conferences to drive visibility and evolution in the safety and security of the world’s software, as well as to network, collaborate, and share the newest innovations in the field. 

Dublin is more than just a great conference location, Dublin is now the European headquarters of many of the world’s leading corporations. Yet has not forgotten its roots and is steeped in a rich cultural heritage that begs to be explored. 

The conference will also offer hands on training with vetted and leading trainers will be offered June 15-17


The Global AppSec Programme Team is formally issuing a call for papers, opening 27 January 2020. 

This year’s tracks follow the traditional OWASP Builder, Breaker, & Defender principles - with an additional category - Leadership. 

Speakers should focus on the following guidance for each of the tracks:

BUILDER - show us how to build more secured apps

BREAKER - show us how not to build more secured app

DEFENDER - show us world-class application defense, including the tools and techniques enabling detection and response to attacks

LEADERSHIP - show us how to shape and inspire both change and understanding in the teams and organizations around us 

We’ve provided a few suggested topics below, but feel free to innovate!

  • Web application security
  • Mobile, Cloud and Serverless security
  • Blockchain & Internet of Things for security use
  • Penetration testing & Application level attacks
  • Threat modeling, Application and solution architecture 
  • Security for DevOps engineers
  • Privacy controls
  • Planning and implementing an application security programme
  • Creating an AppSec team & culture
  • Techniques to communicate risk and appsec value to management - sharing what works, and what doesn’t!  



CfP Opens January 27, 2020
CfP Closes February 29, 2020
Notification to submitters March 20, 2020
Program announced  April 2020

For submissions we will be conducting a rolling review.  Submissions submitted earlier are more likely to be accepted, and sooner.     

Keep in mind: the better your description is, the better our review will be.  Please review your proposal thoroughly, as accepted abstract and bio submitted will be published publicly 1:1 on our site. 


The Program Team will review your submission based on a descriptive abstract of your intended presentation. 

Your presentation should:

Be Aimed at a Specific Audience - OWASP has a diverse audience that consists of novice to advanced level practitioners. Your content should be developed to clearly connect with a specific audience.

Have a Clearly Written Abstract - Your Abstract is the only long-form marketing for your specific talk to our audience. It should be written so that attendees can clearly understand what you will be discussing and what they will get out of your talk.

Have a Detailed Outline - Your detailed outline is your chance frame your talk. Write this as thoroughly as possible so that the committee understands what you bring to the table.

Be Applicable - Talks which prioritize content that attendees will be able to immediately implement are preferred.

Not be a Marketing Pitch - Submissions which double as marketing talks or including sales pitches within the training will not be successful, or accepted.  All talks are vendor agnostic, we do not approve of product demos.

This is a blind submission.  It does not matter where you come from, what your gender is, or what formal education you have.  We care about bringing the most professional, interesting and innovative content to our audience.  The Review Committee is a diverse group.  We will review the submissions and choose the talks based on their content only.

We are looking for new talks, not ones you’ve given in previous conferences.  If you wish to present a topic you’ve talked about in the past, please share with us what did you change.


Global AppSec is a community event designated to support the Foundation, we have a limited budget.  If travel costs are a challenge, we will try to help cover part of your costs of travel and accommodation so that you do not incur large expenses to come speak at our conference

This will not affect your acceptance at all. We will not expect you to confirm attendance before we confirm how much assistance we can offer.


Following acceptance, we’ll provide guidance on presentation templates.  All presentation slides will be published on the conference website after the conference.  OWASP values vendor neutrality.  Please make sure that any pictures and other materials in your slides don’t violate any copyrights. You are solely liable for copyright violations. You may choose any CC license for your slides, including CC0. OWASP does suggest open licenses.

Additional  Notes:

  • OWASP is an inclusive organization for practitioners from all cultural, gender, language, educational, ability, religious, and career backgrounds. We actively encourage speakers of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, religions, and ethnicity. 
  • Fields denoted by an asterisk are mandatory. Failure to fully complete your submission can result in your submission being excluded from the review process.
  • Multiple submissions will be reviewed.  However one talk will be selected.  We’re looking to expand a speaking opportunity across our diverse community.
  • While we do not offer an honorarium, pre-registration is included and we hope to create an epic speaker experience this year!

All personal data collected during the submission process will be only for contacting submitters regarding their submission and will not be used for an marketing or commercials purposes. All data collected will be deleted once the selection process in complete.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.