The HOPE 2020 Revised Call for Speakers

HOPE 2020 will take place online from July 25 through August 2, 2020. Hackers from around the world will convene virtually for nine days of online presentations, workshops, collaboration and entertainment.

Submissions are being accepted until June 28.

The conference will consist of scheduled sessions across the nine days. Talks, workshops, panels, keynotes, performances and more will be livestreamed on the Internet. Conference attendees will have the opportunity for live online interaction with presenters and with each other.

Email your talk proposal to

Include a proposed title, an abstract, and a short bio for each speaker. Provide enough information so it is clear why HOPE attendees would find your topic interesting, new, and relevant. Make it clear why YOU are the right person or people to give this presentation. Most speaker/panel sessions will be allotted 40 minutes for the session, and then 10 minutes for live Q&A. Workshops can be allotted as much time as you feel is necessary. Speakers will record their own sessions in advance, and then lead the live discussion afterwards.

All types of presentations are encouraged, from solo talks to panels, debates, workshops, demonstrations, and interactive discussions. Presenters must consider the viability of their session for an entirely online and pre-recorded presentation method. A small number of sessions may be entirely live.

Your presentation can be made in any language or dialect. Please submit the abstract and biography in English, though, since that is the language that HOPE uses to communicate with presenters and attendees. If you intend to give your presentation in a language other than English, please mention this in your submission.

Submissions should highlight their relevance to hacking. They should be original, and not previously presented. We encourage presenters from all age groups and backgrounds.

HOPE is an inclusive event, seeking civil discourse and education on all topics related to the hacker world. HOPE encourages all approaches and interpretations to hacking, presented by hackers, makers, developers, teachers, learners, and experimenters. If you have a passion for discovering how things work and sharing that knowledge, you have the hacker spirit.

Some topics from past HOPE events, and new topics of interest, include:

  • Hacker approaches to fighting 2020’s massive health and social challenges
  • Information, disinformation, and information literacy
  • Technologies, along with their benefits and risks
  • Social engineering
  • Education
  • Hacker culture and lifestyles
  • Effecting social change
  • Industry, government, commerce, and multinationals
  • Science, engineering and math
  • Body modification, hacking and enhancement
  • Phones, networks, and telecommunication
  • Hardware and software
  • Secrets and disclosures
  • Data, privacy, encryption, and policy
  • Outer space and beyond
  • How-to’s / DIY (for beginners, or any level)
  • and much, much more

All submissions will receive an automated response. (You won’t get multiple responses if you email us more than once in a short period of time, but we will still get your email.) Notices of acceptance will begin to be mailed out in the weeks ahead.

Deadline for submissions: June 28

[HOPE 2020] Keynotes