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The CFP is now closed. The schedule will be announced April 7, 2015.

We’re excited to announce the call for speaking proposals for MesosCon 2015, which will be held in Seattle, WA on August 20-21, 2015. MesosCon is a community-driven conference, organized for the Apache Mesos community.

Several formats are being accepted for speaking proposals, including: presentations (either 20 or 40 minute formats), panels, birds of a feather, and half-day tutorial.

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Here are a few example proposal topics we would like to see:

  • Best practices and lessons on deploying and running Mesos at scale
  • Deep dives and tutorials into Mesos
  • Interesting extensions to Mesos (e.g new communication models, support for new containerizers, new resource types and allocation models etc)
  • Improvements/additions to the Mesos ecosystem (packaging systems, monitoring, log aggregation, load balancing etc, service discovery)
  • New frameworks
  • Micro Service Design
  • Continuous Delivery / DevOps (automating into production)

The above list is by no means an exhaustive set of topics for submissions, and we welcome you to submit proposals that fall outside the mentioned areas. You can take a look at MesosCon 2014 list of talks for ideas. If you’re unsure about your proposal, or want some feedback or advice in general, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’ll be happy to help out!

Dates To Remember

  • CFP Open: December 7, 2014
  • CFP Close: February 14, 2015 at 11:55pm, PST
  • CFP Notifications: March 24, 2015
  • Schedule Announced: April 7, 2015
  • Conference Dates: August 20-21, 2015

What Do Speakers Get

  • Accepted speakers get a complimentary pass to the conference. In the instance that your submission has multiple presenters, only the primary speaker for a proposal will receive a complimentary pass for the event. For panel discussions, all panelists will receive a complimentary event pass.
  • Travel and hotel accommodations are not provided to accepted speakers. These costs must be covered by the speaker or the speaker's company.

First Time Submitting? Don’t Feel Intimidated

First time speaker? We would love to have your submission!

We know that big Apache projects like Mesos can be very intimidating for people, especially first timers, but don’t be afraid, we’re a friendly bunch and always interested in hearing from new folks.

Mesos is a relatively young project (it’s only our second MesosCon), however it has attracted a ton of contributions and is evolving rapidly. MesosCon is a good way to get to know the community and the future of Apache Mesos. As mentioned above, everyone is welcome to submit a proposal.

Contacting the MesosCon Program Committee

If you have any questions or issues, you can reach the MesosCon Program Committee Chair, Dave Lester, at dlester (at) twitter (dot) com or @MesosCon on Twitter.

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 (Presentation: 20 or 40min), Panel, BoFs, Tutorial (half day)
  2. Choose the category for your proposal (Developer, Operations, Case Study, 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. Provide additional notes to the reviewers so that they can make an informed decision. Here’s where you can include details about your presentation, links to previous talks you’ve given, or anything else. (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.

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Submission Guidelines:

Helping 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 improve Apache Mesos and its open source ecosystem?

At the heart of Apache Mesos is the technology. We do not expect every presentation to have code snippets and technical deep-dives but here is one thing 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

There are plenty of ways to give a presentation about projects and technologies without turning it into a sales pitch.


  • This is your chance to *sell* your talk to the attendees, so do your best to highlight the problem/contribution/work that you are addressing in your presentation.
  • This is the abstract that will be posted on the website schedule, so please ensure that it is in complete sentences (and not just bullet points) and that it is written in the third person (use your name instead of I).
  • Tell us who the audience would be for your presentation and your presentation will help better the Mesos and/or the open source ecosystem

Example: How Airbnb uses Mesos to Simplify

Airbnb, one of the largest Mesos users, has embraced this technology for the core of its data infrastructure. Mesos helps a small team of engineers stay focused on providing data tools & services to the company, without having to deal with most of the operational headaches. Mesos enables Airbnb to run and scale multiple distributed applications across the same infrastructure without compromising availability.

Example: Large Scale Mission-Critical Service and Job Deployment with Singularity

Singularity is an open source scheduler for Mesos Clusters, combining service, job and one-off task deployment in a single framework.  Singularity moves beyond batch job scheduling by solving the difficult problem of scheduling and managing the lifecycle of Highly Available, Multi-Instance, Load Balanced services running in a Mesos cluster. In this practical presentation, Gregory will use Hubspot's new Deploy Architecture to demonstrate how Singularity can serve large-scale production deployments of mission-critical, resilient applications and how it solves some of the common pains like load balancing of service instances, managing deployments, graceful decommissioning of hardware, and dynamic log management. Integration with existing deploy architectures and load balancer managers through the Singularity REST API will be discussed and a short demonstration of the Singularity Web UI will be provided.

Panel Discussions

If you are proposing a panel discussion, please make sure that you list all of your potential panelists in your abstract. We will request full biographies if a panel is accepted.


For technical tutorials, please keep in mind that your material needs to cover a 2-hour time-slot and should be focused on giving attendees the ability to walk away with skills and/or knowledge that they can use immediately.

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: Slides are requested after the presentation is given.

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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

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Conference Code of Conduct

Linux Foundation events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the open source 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.


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