Posted by on Feb 6, 2020
Over almost three decades, the Virus Bulletin Conference has built a reputation as a conference that produces solid content. While you might be forgiven for thinking this comes from having experienced speakers with decades' worth of experience doing security research, this is not always the case – it is often the bright minds of rising stars that bring important new insights to the conference floor.
As such, it not only experienced speakers that we look out for when putting together the conference programme. We always aim for a diverse programme, not just in terms of topics and the speakers' backgrounds, but also when it comes to the experience of speakers. We can all learn something from the fresh angle a new speaker can bring, or from the knowledge of a speaker who has thus far kept their work to themselves just as much as from the well-seasoned conference presenter.
Indeed, we are proud to have given some less well experienced speakers both the opportunity and the support required to deliver their papers at VB in the past and from there to go on speak at many other events.
What's more, aside from presenting their work to industry peers at the event itself, many VB Conference speakers find that their written papers (which form part of the Conference Proceedings - a book containing the papers that accompany each of the presentations) are also referenced on security blogs, in whitepapers, and sometimes even in academic research, and in some cases continue to be referenced long after the close of the conference at which they were presented.
If you need any convincing to submit a proposal for VB2020, have a look at some of the things past VB Conference speakers – both newcomers and seasoned presenters – have said about their experiences.
I’m really stinkin’ proud of this paper. 12 mths ago I’d never analyzed a piece of malware & knew nothing about Android. Leaving my comfort zone of HW & firmware hacking was terrifying. Honestly, I didn’t know if I’d be good at or enjoy anything else. Boy I’m glad I took the leap pic.twitter.com/sVmHr3Nx0E— Maddie Stone (@maddiestone) 6 October 2018
Had a talk on #Emotet at #VB2019 and I am still alive????What’s more I have so much fun here! I have huge fears from public speaking but I faced it!— Luca Nagy (@luca_nagy_) October 3, 2019
Besides, I’m super grateful for being nominated to Péter Szor award with my Matrix ransomware research! It’s an incredible honour!?? pic.twitter.com/Dgx7cNnbAr
I was honored and grateful for the chance of presenting some of the research work I did into #FacialRecognition and #surveillance tech at the recent #VB2019. The conference was great and the people I met even greater. A big thank you to the organizers and all who engaged with me. pic.twitter.com/q9dvUfqNul— Miriam Cihodariu (@miriam_cih) October 7, 2019
I got my first @virusbtn subscription 11 years ago since then I have wanted to attend VB conference. finally today I am attending and presenting at #VB2019 . Great experience and one of the best conferences I have ever been to.Thanks @martijn_grooten and VBteam ?? https://t.co/0XskPVbBxu— Ghareeb Saad (@geboos) October 4, 2019
So, whether you've never presented before, or whether you're a conference circuit veteran, if you have some interesting research to share with the community we want to hear from you! Why not go ahead and submit your proposal now?
VB2020 takes place in Dublin, Ireland, 30 September to 2 October 2020.