Call For Papers

Conference: May 17-18, 2018

Subjects we cover

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 tool releases.

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!

Cryptography & Obfuscation

From theoretical cryptosystems to applied cryptography exploitation, steganography and covert communication systems, we’d like to hear from you!

Society & 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 digital society and its security implications, drop us a line!

Something we forgot?

You’ve got a great subject that you think would fascinate us? Write us an email and we’ll give you feedback!

Talks & Workshops

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!

Format for talks

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 including a question period).

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

Workshops format

Workshops will take place on the side of the conference, in a dedicated small-sized room with a projector & whiteboard. The attendance will be limited to the most motivated individuals (20-30 seats max). Workshops should be at least 90min in duration, 120min being the maximum duration.

Submit your proposal

Proposals review process

We will have a board of multiple people with varied background & expertise reviewing the proposals. We will let you know whether you’ve been selected or not, following this approximate timeline:

  • CFP Opened;
  • Jan 15th, 1st round CFP closed;
  • Feb 1st, 1st round talks announced;
  • Feb 1st, 2nd round CFP opened;
  • Mar 15th, 2nd round CFP closed;
  • Apr 1st, 2nd round talks announced.

What do you get?

An entry to both the conference and CFP, 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!

Why Montreal?

Montreal is an exceptional city, often cited as one of the best party/hedonistic city & named 2014 traveller’s choice. Art, music, outdoor festivals, amazing food — we have it all! Here are a couple of links about the city’s attractions:

Not only will you be able to meet & exchange with security experts as passionate as you are, we will also do our best to make sure we live up to our reputation!

Someone you would like to see present? Let us know!

If you are not decided yet on the subject you’d like to present, but know someone who is likely to accept speaking at the event, write to us at including that person’s contact info, and we’ll do our best to reach out to them with encouragement.