Submit a Proposal


Notacon 11 Call for Proposals is closed.

If you wish to be considered as a backup presenter, please submit your proposal.

Submitters should receive their response letters by February 24th.

Important Dates

  • CFP Submission Deadline February 21st, 2014 11:59 PM EST
  • CFP Opens December 3rd, 2013
  • Early Acceptance Deadline January 2nd, 2014
  • Early Acceptance Notifications January 10th,  2014
  • Regular Presenter Notification by February 24th, 2014
  • Presenter Confirms Scheduling Availability by March 5th, 2014
  • Schedule finalized by March 10th, 2014

Contact Information

Please read the submission guidelines carefully as incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

NOTACON: taking hacking back to its roots!

NOTACON is an annual hacker, electronics, art and music conference celebrating 10 years of community! Join us for a weekend of presentations, individual expression, electronics, workshops, locksport, digital art, music, radio and just a little information security for flavor. Saturday features PixelJam, North America’s most unique demoparty, where we premier creative digital presentations created by our community. NOTACON is a participatory and open event, we are all about people that both do stuff and make stuff!

Presentation Format

Papers: propose academic or artistic presentations of original research
Projects: present individual or collaborative projects
Workshops: lead workshops on technological, aesthetic or conceptual approaches

Conference Topics

Topics tracks include but are not limited to the following.  If you can dream it, Notacon participants want to hear about it!

  • Connections between Hacking, Media, and Community
  • Indie / Old Schools Games, Art, Music and history
  • Electronics, DIY and DIT Projects and/or Maker Communitiues
  • Wireless, radio and antenna technology
  • Demoscene technologies, cultures and/or histories
  • Information Security
  • Hacker/technology related history
  • Programming languages and development
  • Non-traditional projects and endeavors embodying the hacker spirit
  • Hacking government and communities, sociology
  • Bio/Neuro/Wetware hacking
  • Social engineering
  • Physical security and locksport
  • Hacking as Art and Artists as Hackers
  • Open government, Digital civil rights, and surveillance technologies

Proposal Submission

Please read this section carefully.  Incomplete submissions cannot be considered.  You will receive a reply within 48 hours of your submission confirming receipt. No submission will be accepted after 11:59pm on February 12st, 2014.

Depending on the date of your submission, your proposal may be accepted by one of our early notification dates.  All submissions will receive notice of a decision by February 21st, 2014.


Proposal Selection

Notacon 11 will be using a new selection process for proposals.  In an effort to engage our community more in the decision making process, your proposal’s approval may be decided in whole or part by other participants.  Thus, proposal submissions will have one of the following outcomes:

  1. We send the proposal back to you with suggestions, questions and need for clarifications
  2. We will reject outright wholly unacceptable, offensive or wildly off topic proposals
  3. We, the CFP committee, approve your proposal bypassing a community vote.
  4. Your proposal is submitted to a community vote.  Based on the number of available speaking slots, we will select the top vote-getters. Voters will consists solely of participants who have purchased or received a ticket to the event.

As always, we reserve the right to accept or decline a submission for any reason at any time.

Conference Scheduling

Please note that all scheduling and programming details are subject to change.
Notacon 11 starts the evening of Thursday, April 10th, with our  Notacon Freeview Sampler of presentation previews and closes on Sunday, April 13th.

Friday and Saturday, presentations in the 3 tracks (of Hardware, Hacker and Digital Arts) run concurrently in (typically) 30 and 60 minute blocks (for 25 or 55 minute presentations).  After each presentations, presenters can move to a breakout room explicitly set aside for the purposes of continuing the conversations.  Workshops, performances and other activities are scheduled individually.


If accepted, presenters receive free admission for themselves and one guest.  In addition, presenters receive a very snazzy badge that says “Presenter” on it in large, friendly letters.   We courage you as a presenter to stay for the weekend and participate in all Notacon and PixelJam events.  Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to cover hotel and travel expenses.  If you are not from the Cleveland area, please take that into consideration.  As an exception to our ticketing policy,  presenters who previously paid to attend this years event may ask to have that fee refunded to them.  If so a check will be presented to them at the Notacon registration desk upon arrival

Venue and Facilities

Notacon will take over most of the conference space at the hotel.   We have a diversity of both traditional presentation venues as well as performance and workshop space.  In other words, we can find the perfect space to accommodate your proposal.

The main presentation spaces will each be equipped with at least the following equipment/accessibility:

  • LCD projector with a standard VGA input capable of projecting in at least 1024×768 @ 60 Hz (Mac users: please bring your video adapters!  Every year someone forgets theirs and it’s a real pain.  don’t be that guy/girl!)
  • Projection screen or sheet
  • Whiteboard and markers or other appropriate writing surface
  • Microphone and audio line-in as well as small PA system
  • A video and audio recording crew to record your presentation (may not be available in some presentation rooms)
  • A network drop that will have wired Internet connectivity
  • At least one power outlet for your use
  • Table/Podium or other presentation platform

We can likely provide other A/V equipment if  necessary, including a 1080p HD projector with HDMI and upgraded sound system.  Please let us know when submitting your proposal to the event.  Please do not wait until the week or night before the event.

The breakout rooms are designed for greater interactivity; therefore presentation equipment will be provided on an as-needed basis.  Copious table space will be available in these rooms as well to facilitate hands-on activities.  In addition, power outlets and LAN connectivity can be provided given prior notice.

We cannot guarantee access to printing facilities at the conference site. If your proposal includes the use of handouts, you are responsible for ensuring that sufficient quantities are printed in advance. The hotel does have a business center, but if you’ve been to a conference before, you know how likely it is the equipment will either be 1) non-functional 2) out of supplies 3) totally compromised security-wise

We also cannot guarantee secure storage facilities for equipment, art, etc. related to your proposal. While it is possible that we may be able to provide some form of storage during the conference, arrangements must be made with us well in advance.  We will require signed waivers indemnifying the Notacon organizers for any potential loss or damage to your property. You are strongly encouraged to make your own arrangements.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Notacon Content Selection Committee