SOUPS 2023 Call for Lightning Talks and Demos

The The Nineteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2023) will take place on August 6–8, 2023 and will be co-located with 32nd USENIX Security Symposium in Anaheim, CA, USA.

In cooperation with USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association

Important Dates

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

  • Priority submission deadline: Thursday, May 25, 2023
  • Priority acceptance notification: Thursday, June 8, 2023

Submissions received after May 25, 2023 will be considered until the program is full.

SOUPS 2023 will be an in-person event and accepted lightning talks will be presented during the conference. More details will be provided as they are finalized.

Lightning Talks and Demos Co-Chairs

Taslima Akter, University of California, Irvine

Kopo Marvin Ramokapane, University of Bristol

Lightning Talks and Demos Junior Co-Chair

Nikita Samarin, University of California, Berkeley


A continuing feature of SOUPS is a session of strictly timed 5-minute lightning talks. These talks provide an opportunity to interact with the SOUPS community on a range of usable privacy and security topics. Examples of acceptable topics include:

  • Discussion of your research vision, potentially including preliminary research results
  • Describing a challenge in research, industry, or government that could benefit from community feedback, attention, and new collaborations
  • Recounting lessons learned from conducting user studies in academia, industry, or government labs
  • Introducing an open-source tool or community project to encourage attendees to use or contribute to it
  • Presenting an exciting visualization, new user interface, or interaction paradigm related to security and privacy

We particularly encourage students and practitioners in industry who have never before presented at SOUPS, especially first-time attendees to submit a lightning talk proposal. This is a great opportunity to present your research interests and vision to the community, generate hallway conversation, and receive helpful feedback. Lighting talk abstracts will be made publicly available through the conference program. We also invite advisors to encourage their students to present ongoing work.

Submit Your Proposal

If you would like to give a lightning talk, please complete the submission form or email us at with your name, affiliation, title of the talk, and a brief abstract (up to 200 words). Your abstract should include how your talk is relevant to SOUPS and how it will benefit the SOUPS community.