TrustCon 2024 Call for Proposals

TrustCon is the only global conference dedicated to trust and safety professionals who are responsible for the challenging work of keeping our platforms and communities safe. It is the culmination of TSPA’s vision to create and foster a global community of practice among trust and safety professionals. TrustCon 2024 will continue to create an enduring and supportive community, offer workshops and presentations focused on the practice of trust and safety, and explore successes, lessons learned, and the future of the field. Attendees will also have the opportunity to collaborate, hear from trust and safety thought leaders, and connect with peers from all over the world. Join us July 22 – 24, 2024 in San Francisco for the 3rd Annual TrustCon! 

The proposal deadline is Friday, February 2, 2024 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Final decision notifications will be sent on or before April 1, 2024.

We’re accepting submissions for the following tracks:

  • Engineering
  • Investigations & Intelligence
  • Operations
  • Partnerships
  • Policy
  • Product
  • Research

Submission Types

Click to expand and read about each submission type below. Pay careful attention to the important notes.

Lightning Talk

A lightning talk is a brief presentation (5-7 minutes) accompanied by slides. Lightning talks are great opportunities to celebrate a success, share a new idea, or get feedback on early work. You can also use a lightning talk to introduce yourself and talk about your T&S journey. All TrustCon 2024 lightning talks should be focused on some aspect of trust and safety.

Successful lightning talks usually consist of 1-3 key ideas and/or takeaways and feature slides with images rather than text. Think of this submission type as an opportunity to share a short, illustrated story with the community!

Important notes:

  • Only one speaker will be accepted per lightning talk; we will not accept lightning talks with co-presenters.
  • If your lightning talk is accepted, you will be required to send your slides to TSPA prior to the conference.


A panel is a 50-minute thematic session consisting of 3-4 panelists and facilitated by a moderator. With this submission type, you have two options:

  • Propose a full panel. When submitting a full panel, you must provide the theme/topic, possible questions to be asked and discussed, the name of the moderator, and the names of the panelists. You may list yourself as either the organizer and/or moderator or panelist.
  • Propose to be a single panelist. When submitting to be a panelist, you must provide a range of themes/topics to which you are willing to speak.

Panels are great opportunities to investigate a topic from different points of view. Successful panels require a strong moderator who can facilitate conversation and ask succinct questions. Successful panels also require panelists who are willing to engage openly, honestly, and respectfully with one another—especially when they disagree.

Important notes:

  • If your proposed panel is accepted, you (the person who submits the proposal) are considered the panel organizer and will be responsible for communicating important information (i.e., registration requirements, deadlines) to and scheduling all meetings with your panelists.
  • We will prioritize panel submissions that are intentionally inclusive of different lived and professional experiences, races, ethnicities, ages, genders, disabilities, economic statuses, and other diverse backgrounds. We reserve the right to add panelists to a session to ensure inclusivity and representation.
  • All single panelist proposals will be waitlisted automatically. If there are panels that need panelists, the Program Committee will consult the single panelist waitlist to see if there is an appropriate fit with regard to themes/topics and then contact you before June 1, 2024. If you are not contacted on or before June 1, 2024, this means your single panelist proposal has not been accepted.


A presentation is a 20-minute talk that may or may not be accompanied by slides. Presentations are great opportunities to share current work, lessons learned, or how you and your team have built a product, service, policy, or organization. You may also want to present research you and your team have recently completed and/or published. Each presentation will be followed by time for Q&A.

Successful presentations are well-organized and rehearsed with explicit key points and take-aways.

Important notes:

  • Only one speaker will be accepted per presentation; we will not accept presentations with co-presenters.


A workshop is a 90 or 120-minute hands-on session focused on a specific audience and with specific goals in mind. For example, you may want to plan and facilitate a workshop for trust and safety managers about how to provide online and offline security for their frontline employees.

Successful workshops engage participants in collaborative work, meet predetermined goals, and generally result in an artifact of some kind (i.e., shared notes, a template, a set of preliminary evaluation metrics).

With this submission type, you will be asked to indicate the goals and outcomes of the proposed workshop, the proposed format and/or schedule of activities, the ideal number of participants for your workshop, and how the workshop will contribute to the trust and safety community.

Important notes:

  • We will accept up to two speakers per proposed workshop (that is, we are accepting co-facilitators for workshop sessions).
  • TSPA will provide workshop supplies such as pens, sticky notes, whiteboards, and whiteboard markers. If your proposal is accepted and you need additional supplies, you will need to provide those yourself.
  • If you want to provide pre-work for your workshop, you will need to include a description in your proposal. You’ll also need to make all pre-work (for example, readings) available to potential participants during workshop registration.

Selection Criteria

The Program Committee will use the following selection criteria to determine acceptance:

  • Is the proposal complete? Does it provide a coherent summary of the proposed session? Have all of the required questions been answered? (If not, reject.)
  • Does the submission reify existing biases and/or prejudices? (If so, reject.)
  • Is the submission a sales, services, or product pitch? (If so, reject.)
  • Does the submission explicitly benefit trust and safety as a field and/or practice?
  • Does the submission introduce new voices, perspectives, and/or conversations?
  • Does the proposal evidence general applicability for the intended audience?
  • Will the intended audience learn something new?

Submission Form

Create an account and submit your proposal here.

For each submission, you’ll be asked to select an appropriate track, provide specific details, and note how your proposal is relevant and makes a contribution to T&S.

Email if you have questions.


Can I edit my proposal?

You can edit your proposal as many times as you like until the deadline, which is Friday, February 2, 2024 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Once the deadline has passed, you cannot edit your proposal. It’s important to remember that if your proposal is accepted, the abstract you provide during the submission process will be used as your session description. This description will be external-facing, available via the conference agenda and website. You will not be able to change it

How many proposals can I submit?

You can submit as many proposals as you’d like; however, the Program Committee will work to balance the agenda and ensure it’s not dominated by the same voices (individuals or organizations). We strongly recommend submitting only your best proposals—and ensuring you can commit to the subsequent sessions if they’re accepted.

Can I submit a proposal on behalf of someone else?

Yes. If you’re submitting a proposal on behalf of someone else, you’ll be required to provide their name and email address during the submission process.

If you’re submitting a full panel proposal, you’ll be required to provide the names and email addresses for all panel participants (panelists and moderator) during the submission process. However, you’ll be the corresponding author (e.g., responsible for all communication).

Do I need to secure organizational approval before submitting a proposal?

It depends on your organization; however, we strongly recommend securing approval ahead of time.

I missed the “Behind the Scenes” webinar about submitting proposals. Where can I find the recording?

You can find the recording of our November 16, 2023 webinar “Behind the Scenes: How to Submit Strong Proposals to TrustCon 2024 (and the TSPA Summits)” on our YouTube channel. You can also download the presentation deck as a PDF here.

What happens after I submit my proposal?

If your submission is incomplete and/or doesn’t meet the criteria outlined above, it will be rejected without review, and you’ll be notified. Completed proposals that meet the selection criteria will be reviewed by the Program Committee.

Before the end of March, we’ll email you to let you know whether your proposal has been accepted, rejected, waitlisted, or provisionally accepted. In the case of a provisionally accepted proposal, you will be given detailed feedback and invited to revise and resubmit within two weeks. The Program Committee will then review your revised submission and notify you of their final decision.

In the case of a presentation, panel, or workshop, we may ask you to consider collaborating with another applicant if there’s significant overlap in topics, themes, and/or goals.

If your proposal is accepted, you’ll be invited to register as a speaker. During the speaker registration process, you’ll provide your title, affiliation, bio, and headshot. TSPA staff will then follow up with you to ensure we have all of the additional information required for a successful conference program.

If my proposal is accepted, will I receive a registration discount?

Yes, all speakers (both members and non-members) will receive a registration discount. Learn more about speaker registration here.

Will TrustCon sell out before I can register as a speaker?

We reserve space for speakers, so even if TrustCon sells out for attendees, there will still be room for you. However, there will be a deadline for speaker registration, so please pay attention to emails you receive.

What if my proposal is accepted, but I can’t attend in person?

If you can’t attend in person, you can have a colleague present on your behalf. If you cannot find someone to present on your behalf, your submission will be removed from the program.

Are there provisions for COVID and other contingencies?

Anyone submitting an in-person proposal should be prepared to attend TrustCon 2024 in person if their proposal is accepted. However, we know that COVID uncertainties will carry on throughout the year. If restrictions issued by the United States government or your home country prevent you from traveling to San Francisco, we’ll make sure your work is included in the program (via video or delivered by an attendee). If we’re forced to cancel the in-person component of TrustCon 2024 completely, the entire program may be delivered virtually.