WICYS 2024

Call for Proposals (CFP)

At WiCyS, we are a community of women, men, non-binary, allies and advocates. Collectively, we work to fill the cybersecurity workforce shortage by amplifying our 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.

Conference Dates: April 11-13, 2024

Location: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Conference Center in Nashville, TN

Submissions Open: September 11, 2023

Submissions Close: November 6, 2023; midnight PST
(Except student research posters, which close January 1, 2024; midnight PST)

Notification of Status: December 18, 2023
(Except student research posters, which will be notified on January 15, 2024)

Send any questions to [email protected].

WiCyS 2024 Program Chair

Dr. Ambareen Siraj

WiCyS 2024 Program Coordinator

Pat McCain

CALL FOR PROPOSAL (CFP) SUBMISSION RESOURCES:

Submission Format

Multiple proposals can be submitted in different categories and tracks. Submissions will be peer reviewed with speaker name, email and affiliation blinded. All participants for accepted proposals will have access to early registration and lodging reservations. Accepted proposals will be notified by December 18, 2023.

All submissions need to be submitted through Swoogo (WiCyS conference portal). 

  • Submitters have to create an account in the Swoogo platform to submit an abstract of their proposal.
  • Submitters need to identify what type of submission they are applying to: Lightning Talk, Presentation, Birds of a Feather, Workshop, Panel or Student Research Poster.
  • Submitters also must identify which tracks: Technical Skill Building, Education & Workforce Development, Research & Innovation, Career Advancement and Community EcoSystem & Outreach.
  • You can select multiple tracks. No track required for Student Research Poster.
  • Please do not include your name or affiliation in your abstract since all reviews are blind.
  • An abstract is limited to 250 words that highlight the proposed session. An outline of the proposed session should also be submitted but will not be published.

ACCEPTED PROPOSALS WILL RECEIVE:

Birds of a Feather (BoaF)

  • First listed facilitator receives complimentary registration and does not receive complimentary lodging.
  • Second listed presenter does not receive complimentary registration or lodging; they receive early registration.

Lightning Talks

  • Listed presenter receives complimentary registration and does not receive complimentary lodging.

Panels

  • Moderator receives complimentary registration and does not receive complimentary lodging.
  • Up to three panelists receive reduced rate conference registration ($250) and do not receive complimentary lodging.

Presentations

  • First listed presenter receives complimentary registration and two nights complimentary lodging.
  • Second listed presenter receives complimentary registration and does not receive complimentary lodging.

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; they receive early registration.

Student Research Posters

  • 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.
  • Only submissions from WiCyS student members will be considered.

WICYS 2024 CONFERENCE TRACKS:

Technical Skill Building

Technical skill development in all areas of cybersecurity

Education & Workforce Development

All levels of cybersecurity education and training programs

Research & Innovation

Includes research, entrepreneurship, and trends in emerging technologies

Career Advancement

Includes hiring, leadership, career development/growth, internships, apprenticeship

Community EcoSystem & Outreach

Includes collaborations/partnerships and diversity, equality, inclusion & accessibility (DEIA) efforts

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

BOAF

BIRDS OF A FEATHER (BoaF)

Birds of a Feather (BoaF) are informal discussion sessions moderated by the facilitator on just about any topic related to cybersecurity that elicit participant discussions. The facilitator leads 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 talks (with or without formal presentations) that seek to jump-start discussion. A maximum of one listed presenter.

PANELS

PANELS

Panels provide opportunities to discuss a current relevant topic in cybersecurity. Panel submitters are responsible for selecting appropriate panelists to participate. In addition to the moderator, there can be up to 3 panelists and each panel is 45 minutes long. Submit all names and their affiliation info along with the abstract. A maximum of three panelists and one moderator listed.

Presentation

PRESENTATIONS

Technical presentations highlight innovations, research & development projects, internships/co-ops experiences, service-learning and outreach projects, or other interesting experiences 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. 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.

STUDENT RESEARCH POSTERS

STUDENT RESEARCH POSTERS

Posters provide opportunities for students to present their work to the audience at WiCyS in poster format. Winners in both undergrad and grad categories 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 [email protected].