KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America

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Speaker Guide


Thank you for speaking at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021, taking place October 11-15, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California + online.

This is the official event speaker guide for speakers presenting in person in Los Angeles, CA. Please bookmark this page for easy reference and continue to check back as the event gets closer as we will be adding additional speaker information, such as on-site details, as they are available. If you have any questions, please email the CNCF Content Team.


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Important Dates + Deadlines

  • Upload Bio + Headshot to Sched.com Deadline: Monday, August 16 
  • Speakers Registration Deadline: Friday, August 27. You should have received registration information in your speaker notification email. Please email the CNCF Content Team if you need this information sent to you again.
  • Travel Fund Request Deadline: Wednesday, August 18 
  • Schedule Finalized: Friday, September 3
  • AV Requests Due: Friday, September 10 
  • Last Day to Request Speaker Additions or Changes:  Friday, September 10 
  • Presentation Upload to Sched Deadline: Friday, October 1
  • Event Dates: Tuesday: October 12 – Friday, October 15


Your registration serves as confirmation that you will be speaking and you will need to register as either an in-person OR virtual speaker by Friday, August 27, 2021. If you have a co-speaker or panelists, please confirm with them prior to registering as everyone will need to register with the same pass type (i.e., you cannot present in person with a co-speaker who can only speak virtually). 

NOTE: Once you register as an in-person or virtual speaker, this will be final and you will not be able to switch.

If you do plan on attending in person, please be aware that anyone coming on site must be vaccinated against COVID-19, and you can review that information on our Health + Safety page.

You should have received registration details in your acceptance email. If you need this information sent to you again, please contact the CNCF Content Team. If you are not registered by August 27, there is a possibility that your speaking slot will be replaced by one on our waiting list so please do so promptly. 

Any co-speakers or panelists that are part of the original CFP submission will receive complimentary registration. Please contact the CNCF Content Team for details. 

Visa Letter Requests

If you require a visa letter, please register for the event, and then complete the visa letter request form.

Speaker Travel Funding

If you requested travel funding as a part of your proposal and have not submitted your request, please do so as soon as possible. You can access the form here. The deadline for travel funding applications is Wednesday, August 18.

Note: Talk acceptance does not guarantee travel funding.

Schedule, Timing + Speaker Profiles

The schedule will be announced on Wednesday, August 4, and will be posted on our website using Sched.com.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Timing of sessions, and room locations, are subject to change through Friday, September 3 due to schedule changes that will be made as speakers finalize whether speaking in person or virtually.

  • Please note that all maintainer and breakout conference sessions are 35-minutes in duration. 
  • If you have a conflict with the timing of your talk or find that it conflicts with the content of another talk; or are having problems uploading your bio and photo, please contact the CNCF Content Team.
  • If you would like to make updates to your speaker profile on Sched.com (biography, headshot, title), send updates directly to the CNCF Content Team so they can be integrated with the virtual platform.

AV Details + Requirements

Please note the following technical requirements:

  • All speakers must supply their own computers and adapters to use during their talk.
  • Presentation slides should be formatted in 16:9. 
  • The room will include a screen, projector, and (2) microphones; panelists will each receive their own microphones.
  • If you require any additional AV, please email the CNCF Content Team with those needs by Friday, September 10. CNCF will make every effort to accommodate additional AV needs; however, final approval for additional AV requests will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Any additional AV requests are due by Friday, September 10

Track Hosts

**Breakout Speakers Only**

Please be aware that you should arrive at your room no later than 15-minutes before your session begins and you will be greeted by a program committee member that has volunteered their time on-site to be a track host. Their role is to introduce you to the audience at the start of your session, help facilitate Q+A, and maintain the integrity of the session. Please email the CNCF Content Team if you have any questions regarding track hosts.

Presentation Details

All speakers are required to submit their final presentation slides ahead of the event. In addition to providing a hard copy for accessibility purposes, we find that adding the presentations before the event helps to drive interest in attending the session. The deadline for presentations is Friday, October 1.

To upload slides:

  • Log in to your speaker profile through Sched.com or via the mobile site
  • On the top of the page click “Manage and Promote Your Session”
  • Click “Add Presentation”
  • Click in the “Select a File” box and add the PDF document (note: there is a 50MB size limit)
  • Click “Upload” and your slides will automatically be saved

We designed an optional PowerPoint template for our speakers. Use of this template is not required but we do welcome you to use it for your convenience. Please note that your presentation slides should be uploaded in PDF-format to Sched.com and must be formatted in 16:9.

Please see the CNCF style guide which covers things like abbreviating Kubernetes as K8s not K8 or K8S.

Conference Name, Logos + Branding

The official conference name is KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021. Please use the full name when creating your presentation. You may shorten the name to just KubeCon + CloudNativeCon but you may not refer to the conference as KubeCon only. 

Official conference logos and other CNCF artwork are available for download on GitHub:

When using KubeCon + CloudNativeCon conference logos, please ensure to use the full logo. It is not permitted to use the KubeCon or CloudNativeCon logos separate from each other.

Use of any trademark or logo is subject to the trademark policy available at https://www.linuxfoundation.org/trademark-usage.

If you would like to use the Kubernetes logo for booth graphics, collateral, or swag, please adhere to the usage guidelines.

The Certified Kubernetes marks may be used only by companies who are certified through CNCF’s Certified Kubernetes Software Conformance program. All usage cases must comply with the brand guidelines.If you have any questions about trademarked logos, please email info@cncf.io.

Inclusive Speaker Orientation Online Course

The Linux Foundation, in collaboration with the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), has created an online course designed to teach the viewer about inclusion, diversity, and unconscious bias. It is strongly encouraged by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation that all our speakers watch the course to learn tips/tools to use when speaking to encourage inclusivity in presentations and messaging.

Code of Conduct

Please read and abide by our code of conduct, which is strictly enforced. We ask that speakers especially review and are careful to be inclusive in the words and images used during their presentation.

Contact Us

If you have any other venue, speaker, or schedule-related questions, please contact the CNCF Events Team.







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