CFP: CodeCon (deadline coming up!)

Bram Cohen bram at
Fri Dec 7 17:18:19 EST 2001

The deadline for submissions is coming up in less than a month, so now's
the time to send them in.


CodeCon 2002, scheduled for February 15, 16, and 17 in San Francisco,
California, is the premier event in 2002 for the P2P, cypherpunk, and
network/security application developer community. It is a workshop for
developers of real-world applications  that support individual

During the first two days, our policy is "bring your own code"; while 
those not demonstrating software are welcome to attend, the focus is
primarily on developer discussion. The final day of the workshop is
intended to be more inclusive, consisting of public and press
demonstrations, interviews, panels and a public session allowing a 
larger number of presenters to demonstrate their projects in a more 
informal setting. All presentations must be accompanied by functional 
applications, ideally open source. Presenters must be one of the
active  developers of the code in question.

CodeCon strongly encourages presenters from non-commercial and academic
backgrounds to attend for the purposes of collaboration and the sharing
of knowledge by providing free registration to workshop presenters and
highly-discounted registration to full-time students. Public session 
presenters and approved members of the press will receive free
registration for the public session on Sunday.


Submissions open:                               1 October 2001
Final submission deadline:                      1 January 2002
Final notification of acceptance:              15 January 2002
Conference begins:                            15 February 2002
Public session and public demonstrations:     17 February 2002
Post-conference web-based proceedings:           15 March 2002


The focus of CodeCon is on running applications which:

*  use one or more of: cryptography, steganography, distributed 
   network architectures, peer to peer communications, anonymity 
   or pseudonymity
*  enhance individual power and liberty 

*  can be discussed freely, either by virtue of being open source or
having a published protocol, and preferably free of intellectual
property restrictions
*  are generally useful, either directly to a large number of users, or 
   as an example of technology applicable to a larger audience

Examples of excellent presentations include Mixmaster remailers and
extensions, OpenNap, Swarmcast, Mojo Nation, Magic Money, and OpenPGP
applications. Novelty in technical approaches, security assumptions,
and end-user functionality are excellent properties.

Presentations about basic technologies, such as a new cipher or hash,
non-interesting vulnerabilities in existing applications, or
discussions of unimplemented protocols are better suited for other
conferences. The guidelines for the CodeCon public session on Sunday
are less stringent than the main workshop; presentations which are more
tangential to CodeCon's focus may be accepted.


Paper and Q&A
For those most comfortable with a traditional conference format, we
will accept papers up to 25 pages. We encourage HTML or plain ASCII
submissions, but can accept PostScript, PDF, or LaTeX. We will
distribute papers in advance of the conference, and will provide 30 or
60 minutes for discussion and Q&A, at the presenter's discretion. In
exceptional cases, we will accept anonymous papers and conduct either a
non-directed discussion or a Q&A session directed by proxy. All papers
should be accompanied by source code or an application. When possible,
we would prefer that the application be available for interactive use
during the workshop, either on a presenter-provided demonstration
machine or one of the conference kiosks. Additionally, during the paper
presentation, some use of this demo must be made; it may be relatively
brief, but a demonstration of the running application is essential.

Interactive demo
In addition to the traditional conference paper format, we encourage
highly interactive presentations. Throughout the event, we will have
several kiosks and local servers available for demonstration purposes.
We also strongly encourage presenters to bring their own hardware.
Application demos can be up to 20 minutes, followed by a period of up
to 40 minutes for Q&A, which can include demonstration of additional
features of the application not covered in the main presentation. If
desired by the presenter, we can distribute URLs of applications
several days before the workshop to allow attendees to familiarize
themselves with the basics of applications prior to the workshop

In areas where multiple projects fall roughly in the same domain, the
most efficient presentation may be a panel with one or more developers
from each team. These developers may then individually demonstrate
their applications, followed by discussion among the panel and Q&A with
the other attendees as to differences in design goals, implementation,
and other aspects of the systems. If we receive multiple submissions
from related projects for papers or demos, we may suggest to the
presenters that they combine into a panel. Additionally, presenters are
free to submit jointly as a pre-selected panel.

There is some flexibility in requirements and formats for presentations; 
please enquire if you would like to use an alternate form.


On the afternoon of Sunday 17 February, we will set aside a substantial
amount of time for 5 minute-or-less project public session
presentations. Other events on this day, including panels and main
presentations, will be targeted at members of the press and public, so
brief presentations on Sunday will reach a wide audience. Presenters 
from the first two days who wish to make an additional public session 
presentation may do so.


Presentations must be performed by one of the active developers on the
project. That's the rule -- no code, no mike. Multiple people may be 
involved in a presentation. You do get in free if you're part of a
presentation even if you don't speak during it, so  creativity (within
reason) is encouraged.

The workshop language is English, for both presentations and papers.

Ideally, demonstrations should be usable by attendees with 802.11b 
connected devices either via a web interface, or locally on Windows,
UNIX-like, or MacOS platforms. Cross-platform applications are most

Our venue may be 21+. If you are submitting and are under 21, please 
advise the program committee; we may consider alternate venues for one
or more days of the event. If you have a specific day on which you
would prefer to present, please advise us.

Main workshop submissions should include in the plain-text body of
email to submissions at the following information:

                 - Name of presenter
                 - Name of others involved in project attending
                 - Title of presentation
                 - Brief summary of topic
                 - URL or attachment of example code
                     (must be received by the final submission deadline)
                 - Brief project history                  
                 - Brief summary of demo, or abstract of paper
                 - Any other details considered relevant

Public session submissions should include in the plain-text body of
email to submissions at the following information:

                   - Name of presenter
                   - Title of presentation
                   - Brief summary of topic
                   - URL or attachment with example code
                   - Any other details


                       Bram Cohen, BitTorrent
                       Dan Egnor,
                       Jered Floyd, Permabit
                       Ian Grigg, Systemics
                       Ryan Lackey, HavenCo
                       Don Marti, LinuxJournal
                       Guido Sanchez, New Hack City
                       Len Sassaman,
                       Bill Stewart, AT&T
                       Brandon Wiley, Freenet
                       Jamie Zawinski, DNA Lounge


Recognizing that many of the developers of the most interesting
cypherpunk applications are unable to afford accommodations and other
expenses in San Francisco, CodeCon will attempt to locate housing and
otherwise assist with issues for presenters on a case-by-case basis.
Please contact codecon-admin at if your submission is accepted
but you require assistance to attend.


If your organization is interested in sponsoring CodeCon, we would love
to hear from you. In particular, we are looking for sponsors for social
meals  and parties on any of the three days of the conference, as well
as  sponsors of the conference as a whole, prizes or awards for quality
presentations, and assistance with transportation or accommodation for
presenters with limited resources. If you might be interested in
sponsoring any of these aspects, please contact the conference
organizers at codecon-admin at


If you have questions about CodeCon, or would like to contact the
organizers, please mail codecon-admin at Please note this
address is only for questions and administrative requests, and not for
workshop presentation submissions.

-Bram Cohen

"Markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent"
                                        -- John Maynard Keynes

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