Tips for submitting to RSA Conference 2020 Asia Pacific & Japan Call for Speakers.

It doesn't matter whether you are an independent consultant, a security professional at a small company, a blogger, an expert security tester at a large software company with a story to tell, or a senior developer at a company that is not exhibiting at RSA Conference 2020 Asia Pacific & Japan - all submissions are reviewed equally! The Conference is vendor-independent. Sponsor and exhibitor submissions are reviewed with the same criteria by our Program Committee judges who are selected based on their industry knowledge and experience. Our judges are security practitioners like you and love reading submissions that come directly from you.

Marketing and agency personnel – please work closely with your speakers in order to provide the technical depth required to get our Program Committee judges excited! We welcome your submissions, but many parts of the submission will be a challenge for you without the direct involvement of your speakers.

Below are some tips that have helped previous speakers get selected to speak at RSA Conference:

1. Select Your Topic Carefully. This can be the most challenging aspect of the entire process.

You need to consider:

Experience. The scope of your personal expertise and those of any co-speakers. Having personally experienced an implementation or war story in your enterprise automatically positions you as an expert.

Timeliness of the topic. If it is a topic that is in the headlines now – or was of major importance in past Conferences – you may need a fresh angle (or a different topic) to drive interest for the 2020 event. Your submission will have quite a bit of company.

Technical level of the topic. The average Conference attendee has seven or more years’ experience in the security industry. Attendees are looking for high quality strategic information and demonstrations as well as highly technical presentations.

Geographic significance of the topic. While RSA Conference 2020 Asia Pacific & Japan does attract an international audience, the attendees do primarily hail from the region. Sessions that focus on issues/trends/vulnerabilities of particular interest to this region tend to fair better in evaluations.

Applicability of your session. Conference attendees want to learn from your experience and apply to their jobs. What can you impart to them that they can put into action the week after the Conference?

Diversity. RSA Conference is committed to diversity and inclusion, in terms of the gender, orientation, nationality and ethnicity of the presenter(s), as well as the diversity of experience the presenter(s) or panelist(s) bring to bear by virtue of their position, responsibilities, and industry they represent. RSA Conference is all about this intersection of ideas and experiences, and the strength of the intersection comes from the power of diversity.

2. Develop a Unique Approach to the Topic. Recognize that your professional peers may be submitting their proposals on a similar topic. Evaluate how to make your proposed topic stand-out from the crowd.

We recommend that you download the offline submission form to determine the information you need to provide in advance. Fill in the form offline, and then copy and paste your responses into the online submission form. This option is the best approach to avoid losing your valuable work and information.

3. Consider Every Aspect of Your Submission. Each item on the online form is important to your potential selection and your proposed presentation. Many of these items are character-restricted and the character count includes spaces. Save time by ensuring that each item is within the correct character count before going online. The session detail portion is particularly important—please make sure to give this section the time and attention it deserves! Also make sure the depth of your presentation is in line with the experience of our attendees.

4. Respect Your Audience. As you think about your session and the audience you’ll address, think carefully about your classification and matching your content to your audience. RSA Conference 2020 Asia Pacific & Japan offers content for practitioners at all stages of their career. All track sessions must fit into one of the following session classification options, and you will be asked to provide knowledge “pre-requisites” to help attendees assess those sessions that are best fits for them:

Advanced - Focused on advanced principles and concepts, geared toward attendees with deep subject knowledge and 10 or more years of experience. Little/no time is spent on defining terms and background. These sessions are high in demand and should contain demonstrations, line code, advanced architecture discussions, tools that can be shared, or similar level of content.

Intermediate - Focused on principles and concepts that would appeal to attendees with more than 5 years of experience. Little, if any, time is spent on definitional terms and concepts. Contains instructive demos, management tools, deep process discussions, or similar level of content. 

General Interest - This classification is used for compelling strategic sessions and introductions to new technology.