Tips for Submission

RSA Conference 2016 Call for Speakers is Now Closed. Submitters for regular sessions were notified in late November as to their acceptance status.

No matter whether you are an independent consultant, a security professional at a small company, a blogger, an expert security tester at a large software company with a story to tell, or a senior developer at a company that is not exhibiting at RSA Conference 2016 – you are all reviewed equally! The Conference is vendor-independent. Program Committee judges are selected based on their industry knowledge and experience. They are technical like you and love reading submissions that come directly from you.

We expect more than 2,000 submissions this year, so differentiation and depth is key.

Below are some tips that have helped previous speakers be selected to speak at RSA Conference. Review our webinar for tips on how to get your speaking proposal accepted. Also be sure to check out the sample submissions that map some sample sessions that were selected last year to the actual presentations by these speakers (all of whom were top 25 picks out of all of the speakers at RSA Conference).

1. Select Your Topic Carefully. This can be the most challenging aspect of the entire process.
You need to consider:

•The scope of your personal expertise and those of any co-speakers moderators or panelists. Having personally experienced an implementation or war story in your enterprise automatically positions you as an expert.

Timeliness of the topic. If it is a topic that is in the headlines now – or was of major importance in past Conferences – you may need a fresh angle (or a different topic) to drive interest for the 2016 event. Your submission will have quite a bit of company – we expect more than 2,000 submissions this year.

•Technical level of the topic. The average Conference Attendee has nine or more years’ experience in the security industry. Attendees are looking for highly technical and high level strategic information and demonstrations.

•Applicability of your session. Conference Attendees want to learn from your experience and apply to their jobs. What can you impart to them that they can put into action the week after the Conference?

2. Develop a Unique Approach to the Topic. Recognize that your professional peers may be submitting their proposals on a similar topic. Evaluate how to make your proposed topic stand-out from the crowd.

For a panel, think outside the box. Should you set up a debate? Do the proposed panelists have different opinions? Is there controversy? Many of our Conference attendees find panels do not provide enough of a deep dive into the subject matter – if you are submitting a panel, think about ways to deliver this type of information.

3. Consider a Peer2Peer Submission - One of the most popular offerings at RSA Conference are our focused, highly interactive Peer2Peer sessions. This is a great way to get started with facilitating topical conversations at RSA Conference with sessions limited to 25 participants. Think about if your topic makes more sense as a traditional presentation or as an interactive facilitated discussion. We will start accepting submissions for Peer2Peer sessions October 8.

4. Consider Every Aspect of Your Submission. Each item on the online form is important to your potential selection and your proposed presentation. Many of these items are character-restricted and the character count includes spaces. Therefore, save time by ensuring that each item is within the correct character count before going online. 

Session Classifications

RSA Conference offers content at all levels whether you’re new to the security industry or a seasoned professional.

All track sessions must fit into one of the following session classification options:

General Interest - This classification is used for compelling strategic sessions, introductions to new technology, or sessions where ratings are not as relevant (e.g. Professional Development).

Intermediate - Focused on principles and concepts that would appeal to attendees with more than 5 years of experience. Little, if any, time is spent on definitional terms and concepts. Contains instructive demos, management tools, deep process discussions, or similar level of content.

Advanced - Sessions focused on advanced principles and concepts, geared toward attendees with deep subject knowledge and 10 or more years of experience. Little/no time is spent on defining terms and background. Contains demonstrations, line code, advanced architecture discussions, tools that can be shared, or similar level of content. Advanced sessions are in high demand. If you choose ‘advanced’ you will be asked to justify this classification.


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