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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 and network, collaborate, and share the newest innovations in the field. The conference will take place on November 17-18, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, California. The event will also offer hands-on training with vetted and leading trainers from November 14-16, 2022.

Considering the ongoing international emergency regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we are aware that an in-person conference may not be feasible. While we are moving forward with the planning of an in-person conference, there is a possibility we may need to make the conference virtual. We ask that you design content that could be effectively presented in either format. We will provide technical guidelines and assistance to speakers who may not be familiar with delivering virtual content should the decision be made to hold the conference virtually.

The Global AppSec Program Team is formally issuing a call for presentations, opening June 16, 2022, and closing July 21, 2022, at 11:59 PDT

This year’s tracks follow the traditional OWASP Builder & Developer, Breaker, and Defender principles - with an additional track in  DevSecOps. Speakers should focus on the following guidelines for each of the tracks below. Sessions will be all virtual but presented live and 50 minutes, with a 10-minute Q&A session, immediately following.

BUILDER  - Show us how to build more secure apps and use those apps in our systems.

BREAKER - Show us how to break secure apps

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

DevSecOps - Show us how to automate your CI/CD pipeline security.

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 program
  • Creating an AppSec team & culture
  • Techniques to communicate risk and AppSec value to management - sharing what works and what doesn’t!

CfP Opens on June 16, 2022
CfP Closes on July 21, 2022
Notification to submitters Week of August 8, 2022
The Program announced  Week of August 22, 2022

Keep in mind: the better your description is, the better our review will be.  Please review your proposal thoroughly, as your accepted abstract and bio will be published publicly as submitted 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 of novice to advanced level practitioners. Your content should be developed to connect with a specific audience clearly.
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 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 to frame your talk. Write this as thoroughly as possible, so the committee understands what you bring to the table.
Be Applicable - Talks that prioritize content that attendees will be able to implement immediately are preferred.
Not be a Marketing Pitch - Submissions which double as marketing talks or include 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 our audience the most professional, interesting, and innovative content.  The Review Committee is a diverse group.  We will review the submissions and choose the talks based on 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 you have changed.

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 travel and accommodation costs 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 do not 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 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, a free 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 any marketing or commercials purposes. All data collected will be deleted once the selection process is complete.

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