Submissions are closed

We will post regular updates about the 2021 edition on our mailing list and Twitter account.

Below, You will find all relevant details for submission.

Toulouse Hacking Convention

Created in 2017, the Toulouse Hacking Convention is an annual French cybersecurity conference. It usually takes place in Toulouse, France with an audience of about 300 attendees (engineers, academics and students). The THCon is organized by an association composed of current and former students of TLS-SEC, a training program dedicated to information security.

Like every year, we are organizing a CFP (i.e. Call For Papers) to give everyone an opportunity to submit their work and be a speaker during the 2021 edition in June. If you have carried out original research related to IT security and want to showcase it to the community, please submit your research paper and/or presentation to this CFP.

Topics

We accept any submission that may be relevant to a conference on IT Security and the talk needs to be in French or English.

With this in mind, here is a non-exhaustive list of potential topics :

  • Exploitation and mitigation techniques
  • Reverse engineering (hardware, software, protocols...)
  • Vulnerability research (operating systems, smartphones, hypervisors...)
  • Malware analysis (sandboxes, reverse engineering...)
  • Cryptographic attacks and/or analysis (including protocols)
  • Attacks on distributed networks and/or protocols (including proof-of-work algorithms)
  • Techniques seen "in the field" (blue teams, operationals...)
  • Technical feedback on well-known incidents and/or notable stories of "#FAIL"
  • Your last hack and/or system tampering involving any of the techniques listed above
  • Your favorite buzzword and/or upcoming threat (machine learning / big data, cloud, IoT, APT...)
  • Any research that brings something to the world of IT security
  • See previous years' submissions for further examples

Both academic and non-academic speakers are welcome.

Timeline

This is the timeline for the 2021 edition of the Toulouse Hacking Convention:

  • February 2021 — The CFP opens.
  • April 16 2021 — The CFP closes.
  • April 30 2021 — The staff advises each candidate about his decision.
  • May 21 2021 — The speakers should have recorded their video (i.e. the deadline to send it to the staff ;-) ).
  • June 11 2021 — The date of the conference. Speakers should be available for the live Q/A session.

Format

The 2021 edition of the Toulouse Hacking Convention will take place entirely online. Speakers should record their talk and send it to us.

We propose a single track event over one day with two main formats:

  • Short: ~20min (Q/A included).
  • Long: ~40min (Q/A included).

Nevertheless, we are likely to accept any format you may judge to be appropriate for your submission and generally speaking, we will do our best to accommodate your needs if your submission is of particular interest (and/or fun ! :' ) ).

We encourage you to indicate your preferred format. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to offer you the requested slot, but we'll do our best.

Miscellaneous

General-purpose informations

  • Submissions accepted by the organizers will be presented at THCon2021;
  • For accepted works, at least one of the authors must record a video of the talk (requirements are given below) and send it to the staff according to the timeline.
  • Please make sure you will be available for the live Q/A session on the day of the event before submitting your work;
  • Further questions on the submission process may be sent to the organizers at contact@thcon.party;

Video technical requirements

As mentioned previously, the 2021 edition will be online. As well, we choose to ask to the speakers to record a video of their presentation and send it to the staff before the event. Here are the technical requirements about the recording.

Video
  • Resolution: 1920x1080 (16/9 aspect)
  • Frame per second: 30FPS
  • Minimal bitrate: 6000kbps
  • Encoder: x264
  • Keyframe Interval: 2s
  • Format: mp4 (or mkv)
Sound
  • Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz
  • Stereo
  • Minimal bitrate: 192kbps

Feel free to:

  • Use the software of your choice. As an example : OBS Studio.
  • Ask for some assistance if you are afraid about this step, we will be happy to help !

Advices for recording

  • Isolate yourself in order to get the background noise as low as possible: close the doors and windows.
  • Close all unecessary software on your computer.
  • Disable notifications (sounds and popups).
  • Why not disconnect your computer from Internet during the recording ?
  • Use a headset to get better sound quality.
  • The microphone should be placed near to your mouth to have a high signal/noise ratio. The input level should be adjusted to avoid saturation.
  • Please wait about 10 seconds between :
    • the start of the recording and the start of your presentation;
    • the end of your presentation and the end of the recording;

Content-related information

  • Talks must be submitted as yourself and/or on your work (not as a PR firm and/or for marketing purposes);
  • We do favor F/LOSS (Free/Libre and Open-Source Software) releases and reproducible works;
  • We do favor submissions and/or presentations and/or talks in English;
  • Both academic and non-academic speakers are welcome;
  • We do not accept product and/or vendor pitches;

Logistics-related information

  • We may need to change the schedule at the last minute (but we will try to avoid any inconvenience of this kind);
  • We reserve the right to withdraw any submission at any time without reason (but we won't abuse this right);

Streaming-related information

  • We will broadcast your presentation online, therefore, by speaking at the event, you grant us the permission to do it;
  • You also grant us the permission to upload the recording of your presentation online;

A few extra points

  • We will do our upmost to accommodate your needs, please feel free to ask any questions or give us your feedback: we will be happy to help!
  • We ask our participants to be respectful to each other, thus we will expect the same from you.

If any of these points seem unclear or inappropriate to you, please mention it in your submission or contact us.