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ONS 2017 will gather the networking industry ecosystem of executives, developers and IT architects across; enterprises, carriers and cloud service providers; vendors, start-ups and investors; and open source and open standards projects in SDN/NFV to discuss innovations in networking and orchestration to shape the future of the open networking.

Submit a talk to speak in one of our 5 tracks, including two Business/Architecture tracks, two DevOps/Technical tracks and a General Interest track, and share your vision and expertise with the open networking community.

Dates to Remember:

  • CFP Close: January 21, 2017
  • CFP Notifications: February 13, 2017
  • Schedule Announced: February 16, 2017


ONS 2017 Tracks and Topics

General Interest Track

  • State of Union on Open Source Projects (Technical updates and latest roadmaps)
  • Programmable Open Hardware including Silicon & White Boxes + Open Forwarding Innovations/Interfaces
  • Security in a Software Defined World
  • Progress in Standards & Open Source interworking to drive industry forward
  • Open Source 101 - From creation to deployment (Life of Code)
  • Role of Open Networking in Adjacent hot areas - Big Data, Converged Infrastructure, SD-WAN, Firewalls, IIOT, Data Insights, Business Intelligence, Machine Learning
  • Not leaving a legacy behind - Legacy Enterprise Workload migration, Role of Networking in Cloud migration and interworking of Carrier OSS/BSS/FCAPS systems

Enterprise DevOps/Technical Track

  • Software Defined Data Center Learnings including networking interactions with Software Defined Storage
  • Cloud Networking, End to End Solution Stacks - Hypervisor Based
  • Container Networking
  • Scale and Performance in SDN Deployments
  • Cloud Native App Development
  • MicroServices Architecture

Enterprise Business/Architecture Track

  • ROI on Use Cases
  • Automation - network and beyond Analytics
  • NFV for Enterprise (vE-CPE)
  • Security
  • AI/BI/CI (Artificial Intelligence/Business Intelligence/Cloud Intelligence) - Solving the connectivity problem for explosion of data everywhere
  • IIOT & Networking
  • Software Defined WiFi

Carriers DevOps/Technical Track

  • NFV use Cases - VNFs
  • Scale & Performance of VNFs
  • Next Gen Orchestration OSS/BSS & FCAPS models
  • NFV Security
  • High Availability in SDN/NFV solutions
  • 5G apps and Integration
  • The Next 5 VNFs
  • NFV Microservices

Carriers Business/Architecture Track

  • SDN/NFV learnings
  • ROI on Use Cases
  • Architecture Learnings from Cloud
  • SD-WAN & vCPE Momentum
  • Software Defined Packet Optical
  • Mobile Edge Computing/4G Video/CDN
  • 5G Networking
  • IOT Networking & Business case 

Open Project Roadmaps, Status and Harmonization 

  • Architecture/Framework
  • Orchestration/Policy/Management
  • Control & Network OS
  • Infrastructure & Virtualization/Container Layer
  • Data Plane
  • Technical Updates & Roadmap

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:



Example: Kernel Weather Report (Jon Corbet, - The Linux kernel is at the core of any Linux system; the performance and capabilities of the kernel will, in the end, place an upper bound on what the system can do as a whole. In this presentation, Jon Corbet will review recent events in the kernel development community, discuss the current state of the kernel, the challenges it faces, and look forward to how the kernel may address those challenges.

Describe who the audience is and what you expect them to gain from your presentation

Example: Kernel Weather Report (Jon Corbet, - The audience is anyone interested in Linux kernel development. Attendees can expect a detailed update on the upcoming kernel release, including recent release history, highlighted features, active employer statistics and much more.

Tell us how the content of your presentation will help better the Linux and open source ecosystem

*Note: We realize that this can be a difficult question to answer, but as with the abstract, the relevance of your presentation is just as important as the content.

Example: Kernel Weather Report (Jon Corbet, - This presentation will help existing and new kernel developers better understand the state of the Linux kernel and will hopefully encourage them, and the companies that they work for, to participate more in upstream kernel development.

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.

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.

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:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Complimentary Passes For Speakers

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.

Code of Conduct

The Linux Foundation is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants at all of our events. Linux Foundation events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the Linux community. They exist to encourage the open exchange of ideas and expression and require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group. While at Linux Foundation events or related ancillary or social events, any participants, including speakers, attendees, volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, booth staff and anyone else, should not engage in harassment in any form.

All event participants are expected to behave according to professional standards and in accordance with both the Linux Foundation Code of Conduct as well as their employer's policies on appropriate workplace behavior.

Harassment will not be tolerated in any form, including but not limited to harassment based on gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or any other status protected by laws in which the conference or program is being held. Harassment includes the use of abusive or degrading language, intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, sexual imagery and unwelcome sexual attention. Any report of harassment at one of our events will be addressed immediately. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Anyone witnessing or subject to unacceptable behavior should notify a conference organizer at once.

Exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material in their booths and must refrain from the use of sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise creating a sexualized environment. Speakers should not use sexual language, images, or any language or images that would constitute harassment as defined above in their talks.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference, with no refund. The Linux Foundation reserves the right to exclude any participant found to be engaging in harassing behavior from participating in any further Linux Foundation events, trainings or other activities.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified by t-shirts/staff badges onsite; and an organizer can be found at the event registration counter at any time. You are also encouraged to contact Angela Brown, VP of Events at angela (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance


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