Enigma 2021 Instructions for Presenters

Welcome to all Enigma 2021 speakers! We're so glad that you'll be joining us!


If you have questions, please contact conference@usenix.org or your Program Co-Chairs, Lea Kissner and Daniela Oliveira, enigma21chairs@usenix.org.

To-Do List

  1. Sign your Consent to Publish form.
    USENIX requires a signed consent form from all presenters, which allows us to publish the audio, slides, and/or video of your talk. USENIX makes these freely available to the public as part of our commitment to open access. Please review and e-sign the Enigma 2021 Consent Form for Talk Presenters.
  2. Register for the conference.
    The USENIX Conference Department will contact you with instructions for registering online.
  3. Read the USENIX Event Code of Conduct and USENIX Event Guidelines for Speakers.
    Please ensure your talk follows the guidelines outlined in the Code of Conduct for USENIX Events and Online Community Spaces.
  4. Prepare and submit your presentation materials by Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
    Speakers must record videos of their presentations and prepare their slide decks prior to the conference. Specification requirements for both the videos and slides are available below. Submission information has been emailed to speakers.

Use of Images, Audio, and Video in Your Materials

It is very important that you secure permission to use copyright-protected materials in your slide deck, video, or other materials used at a conference or submitted for publication. Even when an item has a Creative Commons license, you must read and comply with the terms of the license.

USENIX receives copyright infringement notices from time to time, resulting from authors or speakers using copyright-protected materials without proper licensing or attribution. When this happens, we have to unpublish the work in question until/unless the issue is resolved. Licensing fees may be incurred, even when the work is unpublished, and USENIX will bill the author or speaker for any costs incurred. When possible, USENIX will refer the complainant directly to the author or speaker, who will be solely responsible for resolving the complaint.

Slides and Video Specifications

For our virtual event, you must pre-record a video of your talk that integrates your slides with footage of you speaking using the Zoom Video Recording Instructional Guide for Enigma Speakers. This video will be played live for you by the USENIX staff during the event at your designated time slot in the program.

Slides Specifications

  • File format: PDF
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Leave space in the bottom-right corner for the speaker inset showing you presenting your paper
  • Introduction slide that clearly lists the name of your talk and your name
  • Closing slide to thank your audience and/or collaborators and to display your contact information should you wish to receive follow-up questions from attendees
  • The Enigma slide deck is available for download to use as a starting point for your slides
  • File name: enigma2021_slides_[yourlastname].pdf (e.g. enigma2021_slides_smith.pdf)

Video Specifications

  • Length: 19–21 minutes
  • File format: H.264 MP4
  • Resolution: 1920x1080 (1080p)
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Max file size: 500MB
  • File name: enigma2021_video_[yourlastname].mp4 (e.g. enigma2021_video_doe.mp4)
  • Clearly audible audio (headphones and headsets are permitted)
  • Fullscreen slides with a speaker inset, as shown here:
    Please ensure that your speaker inset does not cover any pertinent information on your slides.
  • Need help preparing your video? See our document, "Zoom Video Recording Instructional Guide for Enigma Speakers," for step-by-step instructions, additional tips, and best practices.