Crowdsourced Submissions FAQs

What does the submission process entail?

The submission process is very straightforward. Submissions should include a suggested title, a session description, a quick abstract (sell it in a tweet!), and three things that will be discussed in the session.  A short bio is also requested (why are *you* the right person to facilitate this session?) and optional resources can also be pointed to for voters to review to get the best flavor of you and what this session will be about (YouTube videos, slide decks, etc.—your goal is to sell yourself and your session).

How long are the sessions?

All sessions are 50 minutes in length.

Who can submit sessions for consideration?


Can I submit a session on behalf of someone else?

No.  The timeline for this moves so quickly, we need direct contact with the actual presenter at all times.  As you’ll see on the submission form, there is only space for the individual presenter’s contact information. 

Is there a limit to the number of submissions I can make?

Yes! This year we are limiting submissions to one/person. If you make more than one submission, RSA Conference will select what goes to the judges for review.

Can I make changes to my submission once I send it in?

Submissions will be editable for the duration of the call for submissions process (Dec. 2-Jan. 3).  After Jan. 3, the submissions cannot be changed.  

What session formats are eligible for the crowdsourced track?

All sessions on the crowdsourced track will be delivered by an individual (one) presenter.  No panel or joint presenter formats are eligible.

Will all of the submissions be voted on?

The judges will review and vote on all of the submissions. That narrowed group of finalists will then be released for public vote to select the winning sessions for the RSA Conference stage. RSA Conference reserves the right to eliminate any voting records that it considers to be fraudulent.

How does voting work?

Voting will open on the RSA Conference web site on January 26 and close on February 9 at midnight PT.  Voters will only see the submissions that have been selected as finalists by the judging committee.  They will be able to give a “thumbs up” to all sessions that interest to them.  Registered RSA Conference attendees’ votes will be weighted heavier than non-RSA Conference attendees’ votes. Winners will be announced on Feb. 10.

Why is my email address requested in order to vote?

We want to make sure that people and not bots are casting the votes (and reduce the potential for ballot box stuffing), so this year we have implemented a lightweight approach that triggers a link to your email for you to use to complete your voting process. It also matches the email address you enter against our registrant emails to be sure to weight your votes appropriately. The email address is not used for any other purposes.

How can I promote my session?

All submitters who are designated finalists by the judging committee will receive a Promotional Toolkit.  We encourage you to promote your prospective session through social media as well as other networks.  The more people know about you and your prospective session the more likely it will be to make the final cut.

When will I find out if I’ve been picked?

The winning submissions will be announced on February 10.

Who can vote on submissions?

Everyone!  We are allowing anyone and everyone to vote, with Conference attendees’ votes weighted more heavily. Voters are allowed to vote once for any submission of interest. 

Who are the judges?

Our judges (who love great ideas but don’t love lobbying) represent some of the best and brightest in the industry.  We are honored, for the second year in a row, to welcome the following as our judges this year:

  • Jack Daniel, Security BSides Co-Founder and Strategist at Tenable Network Security, @jack_daniel

  • Jennifer Minella, ‎VP of Engineering & Consulting CISO at Carolina Advanced Digital and (ISC)2 Board of Directors member

  • Rich Mogull, CEO & Analyst at Securosis, @rmogull

Who can attend the crowdsourced sessions at RSA Conference?

The crowdsourced sessions will take place in Moscone North and are open to anyone with a Full Conference or Discover RSA Conference badge.

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