Andrey Petukhov, member of the PHDays Young School program committee:

Research track

This is your chance to present high-quality original research on questions relating to information security in practice.

The main selection criterion is practicality. Proposed solutions should be backed up with experimental data. We do not accept position papers or other proposals that present ideas not backed up by concrete results or empirical evidence.

If your work is selected, one author will be invited to PHDays and will receive reimbursement for travel and accommodation, as well as visa support and ground transfers. Co-authors will receive complimentary PHDays tickets, but will not be reimbursed for their expenses.

Please remember that PHDays Young School is not a competition. Prizes are a poor replacement for passion!

Spring hack tricks

This series of five-minute lightning talks is the chance for you to talk about a little-known trick that helps you in your work, bug bounties, or CTF competitions. The selection criteria are simple: is it new and is it useful?

We will be particularly glad to see your tricks in the following areas: RE/Exploit/Web/Forensic/Mobile/Post-Exploit/Network/Bruteforce/CTF.

If your trick or tool is selected by our committee, you will receive a complimentary PHDays ticket and the opportunity to share your secret with the security community.

How to apply

Send your proposal by email:

Applicants are invited to consult with the organizers prior to submitting. For any questions regarding eligibility of research topics, presentation formats, etc., contact Andrey Petukhov at the same address (

Proposals will be evaluated by academic reviewers who have extensive experience in applied security.

Young School research track: Provide an outline, in English, as bullet points or in another convenient form. Clearly state the purpose of the research and relevance of the topic for the community. Existing solutions should be considered as well. For experimental works, describe the objective, materials and methods, and results; include interpretation of the results.

You may submit work that is currently being reviewed for other conferences, or already has been accepted by them. If so, please include a link to the published work or indicate the name of the other conference.

Deadline: Please submit all proposals for the research track no later than April 1.

Young School Spring Hack Tricks: provide an outline, in English, as bullet points or in another convenient form. Be sure to describe why and how your trick/tool is useful. For whom is it relevant and how does it make life easier for them? Note that if your tool is hosted on a private repository, you will be asked to make the tool publicly available.

Deadline: Please submit all proposals for Spring Hack Tricks no later than April 15.