Positive Hack Days 12 will be held in Gorky Park on May 19–20

Call for speakers is now open.

Following last year's cyberattacks, even previously laid-back people are now concerned about cybersecurity. That's why we decided to make the twelfth Positive Hack Days information security forum even more open and large-scale: it will be held at Gorky Park in Moscow on May 19 and 20, 2023. We've already started preparing for the event and are accepting applications from speakers. You can submit a talk topic until March 25.

In 2022, PHDays set another attendance record: 10,000 visitors came in person and over 130,000 viewers watched online. In 2023, the forum's audience will expand even further thanks to the city festival format and the open-air venue in one of the capital’s most popular parks.

If you still think that cybercriminals can't be interested in you or your company, this is a delusion with potentially disastrous consequences. Information security concerns absolutely everyone and should be common public knowledge. That's why this year's forum will have a more open format, with a range of activities for everyone to get involved in. At the same time, all the traditional events and tracks, including cybersecurity competitions, will remain.

PHDays will once again host the Standoff cyberbattle in which attackers and defenders will test the infrastructural security of a digital state and uncover possible chains of non-tolerable events in various industries. If you want to share your own valuable discoveries and developments, talk about bug bounty, participating in Standoff, or what it's like to be a red or blue team expert, become a speaker!

The forum is open to all researchers: the program committee will consider applications from both established infosec experts and newcomers. More than anything, we'd love to hear original perspectives on current problems in information security.

At PHDays 12, we're looking forward to hearing expert talks on both defensive and offensive security. We are also looking for speakers on the topics of development, blockchain, and machine learning in information security. But if you have an interesting cybersecurity talk or presentation on a different theme, we'll be happy to consider it.

If you have something to say about data leaks, turnover penalties, mergers and acquisitions in the Russian cybersecurity market, or the prospect of AI replacing infosec experts, you are welcome at the business session of the forum.

The event evolves, but the conditions of participation remain the same. All presentations at PHDays 12 will be in the form of a talk (50 minutes) or a fast track (15 minutes).

How to apply

To take part in the forum, fill out an application on the CFP page with information about yourself and your proposed talk.

If your research has already been published, specify the relevant conference, journal, or website. If you know of similar work by other researchers, give details and indicate how your approach is different.

You may submit as many proposals as you want.

Speakers delivering 50-minute talks who are not in Moscow will be provided with a transfer to and from the PHDays venue, hotel accommodation, and two additional tickets to the forum.

Don't hesitate to apply, and mark May 19 and 20 on your calendars!

See you at PHDays!