We are currently soliciting bids for universities to volunteer to host MSW 9 in Spring 2021.
The Midwest Security Workshop (MSW) series brings together researchers in computer security and privacy from throughout the Midwestern United States. The MSW Steering Committee is in the process of selecting the site for the 2021 edition of the workshop. To ensure fair consideration for all Midwest universities, we would like to announce a new lightweight bid process for schools that are potentially interested in hosting.
What are the benefits of hosting the workshop? MSW is a high-impact, low-overhead event that provides great visibility for your security research to your department, university, and region. The workshops in the "modern era" of MSW have all boasted over 200 attendees, the vast majority of whom are visitors to campus. By hosting, you'll create opportunities for young security researchers and help us to grow this fantastic community.
What goes into hosting the workshop? MSW is free to attend and does not have proceedings, meaning that very little infrastructure is required to host a successful event. Your specific responsibilities as local organizers will include securing facilities, necessary AV equipment, and catering. As organizing committee members, you'll also work with non-local organizers from other universities to plan and facilitate the workshop's programming (e.g., panels, poster sessions, speed mentoring), manage registration, solicit donations, and complete other tasks required for a successful event.
What does hosting the workshop cost? Because MSW is a free event, hosting will entail working with your institution to secure in-kind support for facilities and possibly staff support. The recent iterations of MSW have cost less than $5,000 in direct costs to host (mostly catering costs), which has been covered by a mix of donations and local host funding. Recent host institutions have also covered the overtime costs for administrative, custodial, and AV staff to be present for the workshop. If you are interested in bidding you or your institution should be prepared to contribute at least $5,000 for catering costs in the worst case (from your institution or through partners identified in part with the assistance of your institution). That said, we are actively working to transition to other funding sources (e.g., corporate sponsorships) to alleviate this burden.
Application Deadline: We encourage institutions that are planning to submit a bid to informally let us know by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) of their intention to bid by February 1st, 2020. We request that formal bids (the materials described below) be submitted by email to email@example.com by March 1st, 2020. We expect to announce decisions by April 1st, 2020 so that we can announce the subsequent year's host at the workshop.
Application Materials: An application consists of a brief document (about 1-2 pages of text) that contains the following information: