SOUPS 2020 Call for Workshops, Tutorials, and Hackathons

The Sixteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2020) will take place on August 7–11, 2020, and will be co-located with USENIX Security '20.

In cooperation with USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association

Important Dates

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

  • Proposal submission deadline: Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Final workshop CFP due date for workshop organizers: Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Workshop paper submission deadline: Thursday, May 28, 2020 Thursday, June 25, 2020
  • Workshop paper acceptance notification to authors: Thursday, June 11, 2020 Thursday, July 9, 2020
  • Workshop camera ready papers due: Thursday, June 25, 2020 Thursday, July 23, 2020


Tutorials and Workshops Co-Chairs

Katharina Krombolz, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
Daniel Zappala, Brigham Young University


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 Sunday, August 9, 2020 as part of SOUPS 2020.

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:

Submission Instructions

Submissions will be solicited via the web submission 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; for established workshops: please provide links to previous events.
  • Abstract (200 words): abstract promoting the event to be posted on the SOUPS website
  • Preliminary list of PC members: a list of PC members the organizers plan to recruit (if needed)
  • 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 Thursday, March 12, 2020.
  • Organizers will have until Thursday, March 26, 2020, 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 Thursday, May 28, 2020.
  • Final acceptances for workshop papers must be completed by Thursday, June 11, 2020. 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 required 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: