The Pain of Rejection – Defcon 26 CFP Submission Denied

On May 25, 2018, I received the earth shattering news that both of my CFP submissions were rejected. I entered submissions for the Defcon 26 CFP and Shakacon X. The Shakacon denial was the most devastating, as I had to kiss my free trip to Hawaii goodbye. For about a week afterwards, I cried in my soup. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep. I had to get away. My only consolation was the sun, the view of the clear blue waters and José.

Defcon has given all of its rejects a second chance to redeem ourselves.

But fortunately, Defcon has given all of its rejects a second chance to redeem ourselves, by submitting our papers to their smaller stages at the conference referred to as “villages.” So, I’m going to give it another try, and maybe, just maybe, the committee will be as intrigued by my research on deception as I am.

It’s too bad that Defcon 26 CFP and Shakacon committees do not give feedback on submissions, as you do not have any clue as to why yours was not accepted. Hopefully, this will change in the future.

Who’s Going to Defcon 26?

Just a reminder that Defcon 26, Blackhat USA 2018 and BSidesLV security conferences are all happening this August in Las Vegas. I’m skipping Black Hat though; too rich for my blood. This will be my first time going to Defcon and BsidesLV (free) and I know it’s going to be an awesome experience. Hope to see you all there!

By the way, the National Cyber Summit 2018 (Huntsville, AL) is taking place in June. You can enjoy three days of spine tingling lectures, talks and workshops. It’s free for government employees and/or individuals with a .mil account, but you’ll have to pay for your own lunch. Drop by if you dare..

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