WICYS 2023

Call for Participation

Call for participation for the WiCyS 2023 annual conference is open thru October 31.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION FOR the WICYS 2023 CONFERENCE OPEN SEPTEMBER 6

Join WiCyS to showcase the wide variety of talents of a diverse group of cybersecurity professionals on a global stage and impact more women to join or advance in the field.

At WiCyS, we understand that we are a community of women, men, non-binary, allies, and advocates. Collectively, we work to fill the cybersecurity workforce shortage by amplifying the nonprofit’s efforts to recruit, retain and advance women in cybersecurity. At the WiCyS conference, we strive for our speakers to represent the diversity of our community.

Please note: to keep our alignment strong, the WiCyS conference program committee does prioritize those identified as women in their selection process.

Conference Dates: March 16-18, 2023

Location: Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver, Colorado

Submissions Open: September 6, 2022

Submissions Close: October 31, 2022 (Student research posters are open until December 12)

Notification of Status: November 28, 2022 (Student research posters will be notified on January 3)

Send any questions to program@wicys.org

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION (CFP) SUBMISSION RESOURCES:

  • Call for Participation Tip Guide: Download Here
  • Mid-Atlantic Affiliate CFP Workshop (Presented by Meghan Jacquot): Watch Here
  • Review previous programs to gain an understanding of what presentations, talks and panels were previously accepted:
  • Mentoring Available: If you are new to submitting a Call for Participation or just need an extra dose of encouragement, please lean in on the WiCyS CFP mentors. To request a mentoring session, email program@wicys.org.

Submission Format

Authors can submit multiple proposals in different categories and tracks. Submissions will be peer reviewed with speaker name, email, and affiliation blinded. All accepted proposals will have access to early registration and lodging reservations. Accepted proposals will be notified by November 28.

All submissions need to be submitted through EasyChair. 

  • Authors have to create an account in EasyChair to submit an abstract of their proposal.
  • Authors need to identify what type of submission they are applying to: Lightning Talk, Technical Presentation, Birds of a Feather, Workshop, Panel, or Student Research Poster.
  • Authors also must identify which track: Today’s Technology, Looking ahead, Best practices, and/or Career development. You can select multiple tracks. No track required for Student Research Poster. 
  • An abstract is limited to 500 words that highlight the proposed session.
  • Uploaded abstracts are accepted in these forms:  pdf, docx, doc, docm, text, jpeg, jpg and png.

ACCEPTED PROPOSALS WILL RECEIVE:

Workshop

  • First listed presenter receives complimentary registration and two nights complimentary lodging
  • Second listed presenter receives complimentary registration and does not receive complimentary lodging
  • Other listed presenters do not receive complimentary registration or lodging

Presentation

  • First listed presenter receives complimentary registration and two nights complimentary lodging
  • Other listed presenters do not receive complimentary registration or lodging

Birds of A Feather

  • First listed presenter receives complimentary registration and does not receive complimentary lodging
  • Other listed presenters do not receive complimentary registration or lodging

Lightning Talk

  • First listed presenter receives complimentary registration and does not receive complimentary lodging
  • Other listed presenters do not receive complimentary registration or lodging

Panel

  • Moderator receives complimentary registration and does not receive complimentary lodging
  • Up to three panelists receive complimentary registration and do not receive complimentary lodging
  • Other listed panelist do not receive complimentary registration or lodging

Student Research Posters

  • The first listed student of accepted posters will receive an automatic scholarship
  • Only submissions from WiCyS student members will be considered

WICYS 2023 CONFERENCE TRACKS:

Today’s Technology and Challenges:

Current issues and challenges, advances in research and development (R&D), experimental findings

Looking Ahead:

Important technology/R&D trends, challenges on the horizon, upcoming solutions, tomorrow’s vision

Best Practices:

Institutional/Operational/Academic best practices, tools, techniques, approaches

Career Development: 

Leadership, advancement

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

STUDENT RESEARCH POSTERS

STUDENT RESEARCH POSTERS

Posters provide opportunities for students to present their work for the audience at WiCyS in poster format. Winners in both undergrad and grad category receive travel support for future security conference(s) of their choice. Runners-up receive prizes as well. Only Student Poster submissions from WiCyS student members will be considered. The first listed student of accepted posters will receive an automatic scholarship. Additional students listed on a poster will be responsible for their own expenses. Send any questions to program@wicys.org.

Presentation

TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS

Technical presentations highlight innovations, research & development projects, internships/co-ops experiences, service-learning and outreach projects, or other interesting experience related to cybersecurity. This is an opportunity to share that experience with others and perhaps inspire them to pursue similar opportunities. Technical Presentations are 45 minutes long, including time for Q&A. A maximum of two listed presenters.

WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are hands-on sessions (technical/professional development) on any topic related to cybersecurity. Hands-on workshops in any cybersecurity area are welcome. The audience can be students, educators, professionals and researchers (in any combination or by category). Workshops are 2 hours long. A maximum of four listed presenters.

BOAF

BIRDS-OF-A-FEATHER (BOAF) SESSIONS

Birds of a Feather are informal discussion sessions moderated by the facilitator on just about any topic related to cybersecurity that elicit participant discussions. The facilitator lead the discussion with active participation from the audience. These sessions can be a great way to share ideas and be introduced to current issues or trends in this area. BoaF sessions are 45 minutes long. A maximum of two listed facilitators.

STUDENT RESEARCH POSTERS

LIGHTNING TALKS

Lightning talks highlight fresh ideas, unique perspectives, valuable experiences, and emerging trends in cybersecurity. Lightning Talks are five-minute presentations (with or without formal presentations) that seek to jump-start discussion.

PANELS

PANELS

Panels provide opportunities to discuss a current relevant topic in cybersecurity. Panel organizers are responsible for selecting appropriate panelists to participate. In addition to the moderator, there can be up to 4 panelists and each panel is 45 minutes long. Submit all names and their affiliation info along with the abstract.

Send any questions to program@wicys.org