SOUPS 2018 Call for Workshops, Tutorials, and Hackathons

In cooperation with USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, SOUPS 2018 will be co-located with the 27th USENIX Security Symposium, August 15–17, 2018, in Baltimore, MD, USA.

Important Dates

All dates are at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time.

  • Proposal submission deadline: Monday, February 26, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Final workshop CFP due date for workshop organizers: Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Workshop paper submission deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Workshop paper acceptance notification to authors: Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Workshop camera ready papers due: Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Tutorials and Workshops Co-Chairs

Elissa Redmiles, University of Maryland
Florian Schaub, University of Michigan


The Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) features a day of pre-symposium workshops, tutorials, hackathons, and other events to support exploration and networking related to topics of interest to the usable privacy and security community. We invite you to submit a proposal to organize a full- or half-day event on August 12 as part of SOUPS 2018 in Baltimore, MD.

Pre-symposium events enable attendees with shared interests to meet in the context of a focused and interactive discussion. We are looking for proposals for any of the following types of events:

  • Workshops: Workshops are an opportunity to move a topic forward and build community. SOUPS workshops might address basic research, applied research, practice, education, methodologies, competitions, or emerging topics in usable privacy and/or usable security. Some workshops involve calls for position papers, while others involve creative activities and more informal guided discussions around a common topic of interest. Successful workshops at previous SOUPS include: Who are you?! Adventures in Authentication, Workshop on Security Information Workers, Workshop on Usable Security and Privacy Education, Workshop on Home Usable Privacy and Security.
  • Tutorials: A SOUPS tutorial is an in-depth learning experience on one or more state-of-the-art topics in usable privacy and security presented by researchers or practitioners within the field. A tutorial should focus on its topic in detail and include references to the "must-read" papers or materials within its domain. Tutorials in which participants actively engage in exercises or hands-on work are particularly welcome. Successful tutorials at previous SOUPS include: Introduction to Password Cracking and Research on Passwords, Hacking Public Policy, and Working with Computer Forensics Data.
  • Hackathons/Design-a-thons: Hackathons and design-a-thons present an opportunity to bring together hackers, designers, policy makers, researchers, and coders to push boundaries in usable security and privacy. A hackathon should focus on a particular set of topics and include an explanation of how the tools, solutions, and problems developed through the event will help the research community or society at large and continue moving forward after the event. Similar events at CHI have included a Hacking Women’s Health and Critical Making Hackathon: Situated Hacking, Surveillance and Big Data.
  • Other: Do you have a great idea for a SOUPS event that doesn’t fit any of the categories above? We are looking forward to your proposal!
  • Submission Instructions

    Submissions will be solicited via this web form. The submission form includes the following items:

    • Title of Event
    • List of Organizers (including affiliations and contact information)
    • Event Type (workshop, tutorial, hackathon/design-a-thon, or other)
    • Event Length (half day, full day, or full day but could work as half day)
    • Description (maximum of 500 words): Describe the event’s goal, scope, format (i.e., will you solicit submissions via a CFP or will attendees be engaged in other ways), and structure
    • Abstract (200 words): abstract promoting the event to be posted on the SOUPS website
    • Promotional strategy: how do you plan to attract participants for your event?
    • Draft CFP (PDF): Upload a draft of your call for papers, if applicable.
    • Sample agenda: how do you plan to structure the event? Include planned sessions, etc.
    • Event requirements: List any audio/video, space, or other requirements for your event.

    Upon Acceptance of Your Event

    Please note the following milestones which must be met for all SOUPS workshops, tutorials, and events:

    • Organizers will be notified of acceptance or rejection by March 19, 2018.
    • Organizers will have until April 9, 2018 to submit their final workshop/tutorial/event descriptions to be posted on the SOUPS website. Workshop organizers will submit their Call for Papers/Participation on the same date. Organizers are encouraged to create a website for their accepted event and include the URL address in their Call for Participation/description for the SOUPS website.
    • Solicit Contributions and Potential Participants: While some organizers may choose alternate formats, for events accepting paper submissions, workshop papers are typically 2-4 pages long. Workshop paper submissions (if applicable) should be due no later than May 25, 2018.
    • Final acceptances for workshop papers must be completed by June 9, 2018. This will give participants enough time for early registration to the symposium.
    • New this year: Accepted papers will not be posted on the USENIX website to avoid confusion with archival papers and encourage more informal or experimental workshop formats. Workshop organizers are expected to create an event website to which the SOUPS website will link. Workshop organizers can then decide to post accepted papers and other workshop/tutorial/event materials before the workshop date on their own website.
    • Publicize Your Workshop: Organizers of an accepted workshop must set up and maintain their own website in which they provide further and updated information about their workshop. The workshop page will be linked to from the official SOUPS webpage. In order to have a successful and well-attended workshop, we recommend that you post your call for participation early and widely (e.g. publicize on social media and on relevant mailing lists).

    Workshop Registration Fees
    Due to the co-location with USENIX Security this year, SOUPS is operating on a different fee structure, requiring a fee for workshop, tutorial, and/or event participation ($150). Event organizers receive one complimentary registration per event.


    For questions or to discuss the suitability of a workshop or tutorial idea please contact the workshop chairs at: