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OpenDaylight's mission is to facilitate a community-led, industry-supported open source framework, including code and architecture, to accelerate and advance a common, robust Software-Defined Networking platform and create a solid foundation for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

To help encourage the open collaboration and discussions that are necessary to help OpenDaylight, we invite our members, developers and industry experts to submit a speaking proposal for the OpenDaylight Summit.

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 OpenDaylight and SDN ecosystem?

At the heart of 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 community can be very intimidating for anybody who is interested in participating.

Our 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 developer 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 OpenDaylight and SDN community and we work closely with our attendees, sponsors and speakers to help keep our 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 (Presentation, Panel, BoFs, Tutorial, Lab)
  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 OpendDaylight and SDN 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 list all additional speakers that will be on stage during the presentation.



  • This is your chance to *sell* your talk to the program committee, so do your best to highlight the problem/contribution/work that you are addressing in your presentation. The technical details are still important, but the relevance of what you are presenting will help the program committee during the selection process.

  • 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).

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 OpenDaylight and SDN 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.

Tutorials & Labs (2-4 Hours)

For technical tutorials or labs, please keep in mind that your material needs to cover either a 2-hour or 4-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.

Suggested Topics

  • Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and/or Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
  • Network management with OpenDaylight
  • Writing an application for OpenDaylight
  • Deploying OpenDaylight
  • Configuring and Using OpenDaylight
  • SDN and the data center
  • Development of OpenDaylight
  • Interesting or unique OpenDaylight use cases
  • Industry specific needs and/or issues (Carrier, Cable, Financial Services, Government Agency, etc.)
  • Benefits of the collaborative development model for OpenDaylight
  • Building out the OpenDaylight community
  • Working with the code

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: July 20, 2015

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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Complimentary Passes For Speakers

In the instance that your submission has multiple presenters, a maximum of three speakers for a proposal will receive a complimentary pass for the event. For panel discussions, all panelists will receive a complimentary event pass.

Our Policy

The OpenDaylight Summit is a working conference intended for professional networking and collaboration in the SDN community. Attendees are expected to behave according to professional standards and in accordance with their employer's policies on appropriate workplace behavior.  

While at the OpenDaylight Summit 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 OpenDaylight Project and the Linux Foundation do not condone any statements by speakers contrary to these standards.  The OpenDaylight Project, and the Linux Foundation reserve the right to deny entrance to any individual.

Please bring any concerns to to the immediate attention of OpenDaylight and/or Linux Foundation event staff onsite, or contact us at  We thank our attendees for their help in keeping the OpenDaylight Summit professional, welcoming, and friendly.

Dates To Remember

  • CFP Open: December 15, 2014
  • CFP Close: February 13, 2015
  • CFP Notifications: March 13, 2015
  • Schedule Announced: March 17, 2105
  • Event Dates: July 27-31, 2015

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