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All submissions must be received by Tuesday, Septermber 30th.

The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and advances Linux by marshalling the resources of its members and the open source development community to ensure Linux remains free and technically advanced.

To help encourage the open collaboration and discussions that are necessary to help Linux successfully compete with closed platforms in the enterprise and cloud computing space, we invite our members, technical, business and legal leaders, and anyone who is hoping to make a difference in Linux, open cloud and open source to submit a speaking proposal for Enterprise User's Meeting Japan.

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Guidelines To Help You Prepare Your Proposal

While it is not our intention to provide you with strict instructions on how to prepare your proposal, we hope you will take a moment to review the following guidelines that we have put together to help you prepare the best submission possible. To get started, here are three things that you should consider before submitting your proposal:

  1. What are you hoping to get from your presentation?
  2. What do you expect the audience to gain from your presentation?
  3. How will your presentation help better the Linux and open source ecosystem?

At the heart of Linux and open source is the technology. We definitely do not expect every presentation to have code snippets and technical deep-dives but here are two things that you should avoid when preparing your proposal because they are almost always rejected due to the fact that they take away from the integrity of our events, and are rarely well-received by conference attendees:

  1. Sales or Marketing Pitches
  2. Unlicensed or Potentially Closed-Source Technologies

There are plenty of ways to give a presentation about projects and technologies without focusing on company-specific efforts. Remember the things to consider that we mentioned above when writing your proposal and think of ways to make it interesting for attendees while still letting you share your experiences, educate the community about an issue, or generate interest in a project.

First Time Submitting? Don’t Feel Intimidated

We know that the Linux and open source community can be very intimidating for anybody who is interested in participating.

Linux Foundation events are an excellent way to get to know the community and share your ideas and the work that you are doing. You do not need to be a core kernel maintainer or a chief architect to submit a proposal, in fact, we strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks for all of our events. In the instance that you aren’t sure about your abstract, reach out to us and we will be more than happy to work with you on your proposal.

Our events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the Linux community and we work closely with our attendees, sponsors and speakers to help keep Linux Foundation events professional, welcoming, and friendly. If you have any questions about participating please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How To Submit Your Proposal

We have done our best to make the submission process as simple as possible. Here is what you will need to prepare: 

  1. Choose a submission type (Please select "Presentation" only this time!)
  2. Choose the category for your proposal (Developer, Operations, Business/Legal, Wildcard)
  3. Provide a biography, including your previous speaking experience (900 characters maximum).
  4. Provide us with an abstract about what you will be presenting at the event (900 characters maximum).
  5. Describe who the audience is and what you expect them to gain from your presentation (900 characters maximum).
  6. Tell us how the content of your presentation will help better the Linux and open source ecosystem. (900 characters maximum).
  7. Select the experience level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Any).
  8. List any technical requirements that you have for your presentation over and above the standard projector, screen and wireless Internet.
  9. Please note that this event is a Japan local event, so Japanese language will be the prefered language. 

 

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Suggested Topics

This year we are specifically eager to gather the real business case of Linux and Open Source implementation.

  • Business value of open source and the collaboration with open source community.
  • Real business case, implementation, and the technologies employed in the implementations 
  • Cloud Computing
  • Optimization of Linux in enterprise environments

 

Submitting Your Slides

You can now submit your slides directly through the CFP management system immediately when you submit your initial proposal or any time before the event by logging into your account, choosing your presentation and uploading your slides. We only accept presentation slides in PDF format to ensure that there are no formatting issues.

Slide Due Date: November 1, 2014

How To Give a Great Tech Talk

In the instance that your talk is accepted, we want to make sure that you give the best presentation possible. To do this, we enlisted the help of seasoned conference speaker Josh Berkus (PostgreSQL Experts) who has prepared an in-depth tutorial on “How to Give a Great Tech Talk”.

You may not instantly become a brilliant orator overnight, but we strongly encourage all of our potential speakers to watch this tutorial and hopefully you will see more of the audience watching and listening to you as opposed to checking their email during your presentation.

Skills you will learn include:

  • Know your audience
  • How to prepare for a talk
  • Nobody cares about your slides…but make good ones anyway
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Speakers
  • Clock-watching
  • Audience interaction 101
  • When your demo crashes
  • The audience outside the lecture hall
  • Common presentation issues and tips

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE9y3gyF8Kw

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcOP4WQfJl4

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Our Policy

Linux Foundation events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the Linux community. Attendees are expected to behave according to professional standards and in accordance with their employer's policies on appropriate workplace behavior.  

While at Linux Foundation events or related social networking opportunities, attendees should not engage in discriminatory or offensive speech or actions regarding gender, sexuality, race, or religion.  Speakers should be especially aware of these concerns.  

The Linux Foundation does not condone any statements by speakers contrary to these standards.  The Linux Foundation reserves the right to deny entrance to any individual.

Please bring any concerns to to the immediate attention of Linux Foundation event staff, or contact Amanda McPherson, Vice President of Marketing at amanda (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org.  We thank our attendees for their help in keeping Linux Foundation events professional, welcoming, and friendly.

Dates To Remember

  • CFP Open: September 1, 2014
  • CFP Close: September 30, 2014
  • CFP Notifications: October 3, 2014
  • Schedule Announced: October 10, 2014
  • Event Dates: November 12, 2014

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