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Bsides NoVa 2024

event starts

6 Sep 2024

event ends

7 Sep 2024


George Mason University - Mason Campus Arlington, Virginia, United States


What is BSides?

BSides is a community-driven framework for organizing and holding information security conferences, a concept that began in the US in 2009. Because the call for papers that year for Black Hat Vegas was oversubscribed, a number of quality speakers were rejected—not because of lack of quality but of lack of space and time. Those unable to present decided to hold their own conference on the "b side."

Since then, many BSides events have been arranged in several countries throughout the world. BSides has come to be known as a conference by the community for the community. Events are generally inexpensive to attend and rely heavily on sponsorship to pay for the venue and other costs.

Because BSides events offer smaller, more intimate networking atmospheres and breakout discussions, they foster strong audience participation and overall group interaction. They create opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an atmosphere that encourages collaboration.

Why should I talk at BSidesNoVa?

  • 1000+ expected attendees for 2024!    
  • Several tracks of talks including a careers track and a all new n00b track!
  • 50-minute and 20-minute talks accepted

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Call for Speakers
Call opens at 12:00 AM

20 May 2024

Call closes at 11:59 PM

01 Jul 2024

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Call For Presentations schedule

  • CFP submissions window May 20th - July 1st 
  • CFP review July 2nd - July 15th
  • Schedule announced tentatively August 5th

Who can present?

All professionals and budding professionals in the information security field with something they want to share or teach are welcome to submit a proposal. There is no minimum experience or certifications required.

  • 1000+ expected attendees for 2024!    
  • Several tracks of talks including a careers track and a new n00b track!
  • 50-minute and 20-minute talks accepted
  • Two training tracks, accepting full-day and half-day courses

Bsides is a great place to come show off your coolest hack, most clever defense, hunt kung fu, or any other relevant topic.

  • Offensive security
  • Network Defense
  • Forensics and Malware Analysis
  • Threat Intelligence


At a minimum all submissions should include the following details. Failure to provide these details severely lessens the chances of your talk being accepted.

  • Interesting and appropriate title
  • Talk summary to include the main objectives and takeaways for attendees. This summary should include enough details to give reviewers a solid idea of what your presentation is about.
  • Ensure you either submit a speaker bio or update your Sessionize bio

  • Talks will not be recorded
  • You can have up to 2 presenters
  • Presenters will be using their own devices
  • Workshops are on Friday

Helpful links

Getting Started Village
This year we’re excited to host a Getting Started Village aimed at providing teens, newcomers, and students with a head start in infosec training and experience. So we are looking for talks that show newcomers how to do things, like:

  • How to get environments set-up for training (what does a “build a lab really mean?”)
  • How to get started with online CTFs (i.e. Setting up Putty and logging into OverTheWire)
  • How do SOC analysts use open-source tools (e.g. VirusTotal, GreyNoise, etc.) to investigate alerts?

Careers Track

This year we're excited to announce our Career Village track!
Are you passionate about career advancement and want to share your insights and expertise with fellow professionals? This is your chance to shine! We're seeking engaging and thought-provoking presentations focused on all aspects of career development, from personal growth to professional success.

Whether you're an experienced professional, a rising star, or a seasoned mentor, we invite you to submit your proposals for talks, workshops, and panel discussions. Share your journey, provide valuable advice, and inspire others to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of career advancement.
Topics of interest for the Career Village track include, but are not limited to:

Building a personal brand for career success

  • Navigating career transitions and pivots
  • Effective networking strategies
  • Balancing work and personal life
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Mentoring and coaching for career growth
  • Overcoming obstacles and challenges in the workplace
  • Embracing diversity and inclusivity in your career

event fee

free for speakers