The Linux Foundation Member Summit

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Call For Proposals (CFP)


The Linux Foundation Member Summit (formerly Open Source Leadership Summit) is the annual gathering for Linux Foundation member organizations. 

The event fosters collaboration, innovation, and partnerships among the leading projects and organizations working to drive digital transformation with open source technologies. It is a must-attend for business and technical leaders looking to advance open source strategy, implementation and investment in their organizations and learn how to collaboratively manage the largest shared technology investment of our time.

If you have not yet used the CFP system, you will be required to register and create an account before submitting.
Please CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT before submitting for the first time. Thank you!

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Closes: Sunday, August 8 at 11:59pm PDT
  • CFP Notifications: Tuesday, September 14
  • Schedule Announcement: Thursday, September 16
  • Slide Due Date: Wednesday, October 27
  • Event Dates: Tuesday, November 2 – Thursday, November 4

Suggested Topics

Growing & Sustaining Open Source Projects

Most projects continue on indefinitely so long as they fill a functional requirement. But just filling a need doesn’t create instant sustainability. A sustainable project will often have well-structured governance, release dependability and a focus on security that brings a broader ecosystem to the community. That ecosystem bolsters the sustainability of the projects by employing key contributors, providing resources to the community and creating an effective feedback loop for bug fixes, security patches and new features. No one has yet created the perfect formula to repeat sustainability across all projects – but what have you learned in your community(ies) that worked well and others might learn from?

  • Ecosystem collaboration best practices: beyond the developer community engaging end-users, integrators, academic, governments
  • Governance Models
  • Proper documentation
  • Dependability of releases, code quality
  • Improving or maintaining code quality
  • Measuring community or project health
  • Models to address security issues
  • Ensuring Proper Training for Open Source Contributors and Consumers
  • Metrics For Understanding Project Health
  • Managing Risk in Basing a Product on an Open Source Project
  • Driving Participation and Inclusiveness in Open Source Project
  • Beyond the code. E.g. evangelizing, marketing, legal / IP clarity, etc. for a project
  • Project Planning and Strategy
  • Standards and Open Source

Open Source Program Office (OSPO) / TODO Group

  • Creation and Best Practices of Open Source Program Offices (OSPOs)
  • Consuming and Contributing to Open Source
  • Managing Competing Corporate Interests While Driving Coherent Communities
  • How to Vet the Viability of OS Projects
  • Open Source + Startup Business Models
  • Internal vs External Developer Adoption

Business Leadership

  • Cultivating Open Source Leadership
  • How to Run a Business that Relies on Open Source
  • How to be an Effective Board Member
  • How to Invest in Your Project’s Success
  • Managing Competing Corporate Interests While Driving Coherent Communities
  • Monetizing Open Source & Innovators Dilemma

Best Practices in Open Source Development / Lessons Learned 

  • Contribution Policies
  • Promoting Your Open Source Project
  • Open Source Best Practices
  • Managing a Vulnerability Response Team for Your Project
  • Coding for Safety-Critical Applications
  • Extended Project Support Lifecycle for Critical Infrastructure

Certifying Open Source Projects 

  • Security
  • Safety
  • Critical Impact of Security Updates on Certified Systems
  • Government Restrictions
  • Compliance
    • Export Compliance
    • Using Trademarks in Open Communities
    • Working with Regulators/Regulated Industries
    • Working with Governments on Open Source
    • Automating Compliance – How to Incorporate SPDX Identifiers in your Project
    • Successfully Working Upstream & Downstream
  • Open Source vs Open Governance
  • Training Datasets for Machine Learning

Project Highlights

  • Highlight New Open Source Projects
  • Provide Updates on Key Open Source Projects
  • Interesting Use Cases Developed with the Project


  • Upcoming Trends 
  • R&D via Open Source

Submission Types

  • Session Presentation (Typically 30-40 minutes in length)
  • Panel Discussion (typically 30-40 minutes in length)

Important Notes

  • All speakers are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct. We also highly recommend that speakers take our online Inclusive Speaker Orientation Course.
  • Panel submissions must include the names of all participants in the initial submission to be considered. In addition, The Linux Foundation does not accept submissions with all-male panels in an effort to increase speaker diversity.
  • Complimentary Passes For Speakers – One complimentary pass for the event will be provided for the accepted speaker(s) per submission.
  • Avoid sales or marketing pitches and discussing unlicensed or potentially closed-source technologies when preparing your proposal; these talks 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
  • All accepted speakers are required to submit their slides prior to the event

Preparing to Submit 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 ecosystem?

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

Linux Foundation events are an excellent way to get to know the community and share your ideas and the work that you are doing and we strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks for 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.

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 who has prepared an in-depth tutorial on “How to Give a Great Tech Talk”.

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Part 2:

Code of Conduct

The Linux Foundation is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants at all of our events. We encourage all submitters to review our complete Code of Conduct.




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