USENIX Security '18 Activities

To enhance your USENIX Security Symposium experience, attendee events are planned throughout the week. They are open to all attendees at the USENIX Security Symposium and the co-located events. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to network with colleagues working in multiple disciplines. Check back here for the latest additions to the activities schedule.

SOUPS 2018 Poster Session

Sunday, August 12, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm, Grand Ballroom Foyer
Check out the cool new ideas and the latest preliminary research on display at the SOUPS 2018 Poster Session.

Tuesday Happy Hour

Tuesday, August 14, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm, Grand Ballroom Foyer
Mingle with other attendees while ­enjoying snacks and beverages. Attendees of USENIX Security '18 and all co-located events are welcome.

Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) BoF

Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm, Dover Room A
Let’s talk about women in advanced computing. All registered attendees—of all genders—are welcome to attend this BoF.

Students and Young Professionals Meetup

Tuesday, August 14, 8:00 pm–9:00 pm, Dover Room A
Come for the refreshments, stay for the opportunity to meet and network with other students and young professionals.

Board Game Night

Tuesday, August 14, 9:00 pm–11:00 pm, Dover Room A
Join us for some good old-fashioned board games. We'll have some on hand, but bring your own games, too!

Career Luncheon for Students and Recent Grads

Wednesday, August 15, 12:10 pm–1:40 pm, Grand Ballroom VI
Sponsored by Google
This new event is an opportunity for new students, soon-to-be-PhDs, and early career researchers to learn from each other and from mentors who are further along various career paths in computer security research. The luncheon is now full based on pre-registrations; if you would like to join a waiting list in case there are cancellations send email to

USENIX Security '18 Symposium Reception

Wednesday, August 15, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm, Grand Ballroom VI
Mingle with fellow attendees at the USENIX Security '18 Reception, featuring dinner, drinks, and the chance to connect with other attendees, speakers, and symposium organizers.

Community Meeting with the USENIX Security Symposium Steering Committee

Wednesday, August 15, 7:30 pm–8:30 pm, Grand Ballroom V

USENIX Security '18 Lightning Talks

Wednesday, August 15, 8:30 pm–9:30 pm, Grand Ballroom V
We will host a Lightning Talks session (also previously known as Work-in-Progress/Rump session) on the evening of Wednesday, August 15, 2018. This is intended as an informal session for short and engaging presentations on recent unpublished results, work in progress, or other topics of interest to USENIX Security attendees. As in the past, talks do not always need to be serious and funny talks are encouraged! This year, USENIX will generously sponsor awards for the most engaging talks. Bragging rights and small cash prizes can be yours for a great talk! For full consideration, submit your lightning talk via the lighting talk submission form through July 27, 2018. You can continue submitting talks via the submission form or by emailing until Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 12:00 pm EDT.

USENIX Security '18 Symposium Luncheon

Thursday, August 16, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm, Harborside Ballroom A–C
Sponsored by Facebook
The Internet Defense Prize will be presented at the USENIX Security '18 Luncheon.

USENIX Security '18 Poster Session and Happy Hour

Thursday, August 16, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm, Grand Ballroom VI
Check out the cool new ideas and the latest preliminary work on display at the Poster Session and Happy Hour. Take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with colleagues who may share your area of interest while enjoying complimentary food and drinks. View the list of accepted posters.

USENIX LGBTQ+ and Allies Happy Hour

Thursday, August 16, 7:30 pm–8:30 pm, Dover Room A
Refreshments Provided by Google
All are welcome! Come enjoy tasty refreshments while meeting and chatting with LGBTQ+ attendees and allies in the security community.

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)

Monday, August 13, 7:00 pm–11:00 pm
Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 pm–11:00 pm
Wednesday, August 15, 7:30 pm–10:30 pm
Thursday, August 16, 7:30 pm–10:30 pm
View the current schedule and scheduling instructions on the USENIX Security '18 BoFs page.