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hardwear.io Call for Papers – Santa Clara, USA 2020

hardwear.io is seeking innovative research on hardware security for hardwear.io Security Conference in Santa Clara, United States of America. If you have done interesting research on attacks or mitigation on any Hardware and want to showcase it to the security community, just submit your research paper.


  • CFP Opening Date - 15th January 2020
  • CFP Closing Date - 20th February 2020
  • Training - 27th to 29th April 2020
  • Conference - 30th April and 1st May 2020


hardwear.io accepts papers on any topic that discusses in-depth hardware and firmware security both from the offensive as well as defensive perspective. Some of the topics of interest include (but not limited to):

  • Integrated Circuits
  • Processors
  • Internet of Things / Smart Devices
  • Embedded Systems
  • Automobile, Aeroplane, Train Automation Systems and Hardware Components
  • Industrial Control Systems / SCADA Systems
  • Satellite Systems
  • Medical Devices
  • Smartphone Firmware, Hardware
  • Firmware
  • Hardware Pentesting
  • Trusted Platform Module
  • Radio Communication Protocols and Hardware
  • Hardware Trust and Assurance Algorithms
  • Multimedia Hardware, Firmware, Protocols
  • Telecom Hardware / Networks
  • Electronic / Physical Locks


Technical Talk - 40 mins – 1 hour

A deep knowledge technical track that includes new research, vulnerabilities, zero days, exploits, comprises of known security issues, new research presented / published elsewhere, case studies, twist to an existing research or research-in-progress.

Workshop - 2 hours

Hands on session on specific hardware security topic where attendees can obtain some practical knowledge and do tasks/challenges on their computers.

Village - during two conference days

A dedicated area at the exhibition with fun activities for attendees on specific topic.


Only the original authors should submit their research and any submission from a third party will be rejected. The abstract should clearly mention the techniques and hacks in detail and merely mentioning that it works will not help in understanding the research to its full extent. Product/company marketing and pitches will be rejected. We request you not to submit any product specific talk.

Speaker Benefits

1. Travel Reimbursement

(Either actuals or the below mentioned amounts, whichever is less)

  • Speaker travelling from outside USA
    (Based on actuals or USD 1000 whichever is less)
  • Speaker travelling from within USA
    (Based on actuals or USD 250 whichever is less)
  • If your employer can afford (or pays for) your travel, we will not reimburse anything from our end i.e. we will only reimburse if no one is sponsoring your travel
  • Please provide the receipts/invoice of the travel along with tickets for reimbursement

2. Complimentary Accommodation for 3 nights

3. Complimentary conference pass

4. Invitation to hardwear.io party


* Only one speaker will be eligible for the benefits, in case there are two or more speakers for a talk.

** By submitting a paper and agreeing to talk, the speaker gives hardwear.io the right to post, publish, re-distribute online and offline, soft and / or hard copies of his / her presentation material including slides, source code, design specifications, detailed paper and the recorded video of the talk.