Publication date: February 22, 2018

Young School: special opportunities for tomorrow's security stars

Excellent news for undergrads, graduate students, and young researchers—Young School will be back at PHDays 8. This year, two formats will be available to choose from: a research track and Spring Hack Tricks, a series of five-minute rapid-fire talks. Selected applicants will be able to present their contributions to the international security community at PHDays 8 in May.

"For several years now, Young School has motivated undergraduate and graduate students to come forward and share their work with the wider public. Young people come from a number of countries each year to demonstrate their findings in the field of applied security. For some of the participants, this will not even be their first time speaking at Young School," says Andrey Petukhov, member of the PHDays Young School program committee. "So far, most applicants are coming from Russian cities such as Tomsk, St. Petersburg, and Taganrog. We expect that the finalists will include new names and a few familiar ones too.

The research track of Young School is intended for original work in the field of applied information security. Successful proposals are chosen for their novelty and relevance; experimental or empirical value is a must. In the case of research with multiple authors, one author will be invited to speak at PHDays and will have travel and accommodation reimbursed; co-authors will receive complimentary PHDays tickets, but will not be reimbursed.

In Spring Hack Tricks, we invite you to talk about a nifty trick or tool that you use in your work, bug bounties, or CTF competitions. Proposals are selected based on their originality and usefulness in practice. If your proposal is selected, you will receive a complimentary ticket to PHDays and the opportunity to share your idea with the community.

To apply for Young School, write to youngschool@phdays.com. Rules and other guidelines are available on the Young School page.

Young School application deadlines:

  • Research track: April 1
  • Spring Hack Tricks: April 15
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