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Keynote Speaker Guide


Thank you for being a keynote speaker at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022, taking place October 24-28, at Huntington Place in Detroit, Michigan + online

This is the official event speaker guide for Keynote Speakers. 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 Cody Liskh.

Please click through the tabs on this page to access information.

Important Dates + Deadlines

  • Speaker Registration Deadline: Friday, August 19
  • AV Requests Deadline: Friday, September 23
  • Meet with Co-Chairs Deadline (virtual + in-person keynotes): Friday, September 30
  • Pre-recorded Talk Submission Deadline (virtual keynotes only): Friday, September 30
  • Presentation Slides Due (in-person keynotes only): Friday, October 14
  • Walk-on Song Deadline (in-person keynotes only): Friday, October 14
  • Keynote Stage Walk-Thru (in-person keynotes only): Scheduled closer to the event


Your registration serves as confirmation that you will be speaking with a deadline of Friday, August 19.

  • Please be aware that anyone coming on site must be vaccinated against COVID-19. You can review detailed 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 Cody Liskh.
  • All keynote speakers receive complimentary registration. If you previously purchased your registration, please email Cody Liskh to have your registration updated and a refund processed.


The schedule will be announced on Wednesday, August 3, and will be posted on our website using Sched.com.

Note: Keynotes are 15-minutes and sponsored keynotes are 5-minutes. Keynote sessions occur each morning, October 26-28, 9:00 AM to 10:25 AM EDT. If you have a conflict with the timing of your talk or any issues uploading your bio and photo, please contact Cody Liskh.

Speaker PowerPoint Presentation Template

We designed an optional PowerPoint template and virtual backgrounds for our speakers. Use of these templates are not required but we do welcome you to use them for your convenience. Please see the CNCF style guide which covers things like abbreviating Kubernetes as K8s not K8 or K8S.

Co-Chair Meeting + Final Presentation

  • Meet with Co-Chairs by Friday, September 30
    • Virtual Keynotes: Pre-recorded Talk Submission Deadline by Friday, September 30
    • In-person Keynotes: Email final presentation to Cody Liskh by Friday, October 7

We strictly enforce a no-pitch, non-advertorial policy for all of our presentations, especially on the keynote stage. Leading up to the event, we will send out a co-chair sign-up sheet to review your presentation with one of our co-chairs and ensure the messaging resonates with our audience. You must have an initial draft of your presentation at the time of the meeting.

Helpful Notes on Presentation Design

Obsolete, low-res (i.e., pixelated), and malformatted logos are an epidemic among conference presentations. High-res logos of over 1,000 cloud native projects, products, and companies are available in the cloud native landscape and the serverless and member landscapes. All logos are in the card mode and can be found with Cmd-F or Cntl-F from your browser. Note that all of these logos are stacked, not horizontal, and include the name. The logos are all the most current (or you can open a pull request if they’re not). Also note that the text below the logo shows the proper capitalization of projects like gRPC and containerd. In particular, Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure have all changed their logos in the last couple years; please use their current one.

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

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, platform, speaker, or schedule-related questions, please contact Cody Liskh.


Visa Letter Requests

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

Venue + Hotel Accommodations

This year’s event will take place at Huntington Place located at 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226.

We have several discounted room blocks* and invite you to view this information on our Venue + Travel page.

*Rooms may sell out in advance of the room block close date – we encourage you to book early to secure a room at the conference rate.

AV Details + Requirements

Any additional AV requests are due by Friday, September 23. 

The keynote room will include:

  • Screen(s)
  • Projector(s)
  • Handheld + Lavalier Microphones
  • Countdown Timer
  • Wireless Slide Advancer
  • Lectern
  • Confidence Monitors*

*We recommend that you consolidate your notes as much as possible to increase the font size as large as possible. Keeping it brief will ensure you will be able to easily read your notes while on the main stage.

Note: After emailing your presentation to us, we will upload it to the show computers to play from backstage. CNCF will make every effort to accommodate additional AV needs; however, final approval for these requests will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Choosing Your Walk-On Song

Song choices are due by Friday, October 14

We are asking keynote presenters to send us the name of the song + artist they wish to play as they are introduced to the stage. This will be 5-10 seconds of any song, so if there is a specific point in the song you wish to have played, please send us a link with the time stamps. All songs should adhere to our Code of Conduct and not include any profanity or suggestive themes. Please send your song choice details to Cody Liskh as soon as you are ready.

Keynote Walk-Thru

Date: Tuesday, October 25

  • All in-person keynote presenters are required to attend a 15-minute walk-thru of the keynote stage on October 25.
  • This walk-thru will allow you to become familiar with the stage, what to expect on show-day, go over any AV needs you may have (example: playing a video) and to click through your slides. This is a great opportunity to see if any issues arise and resolve them ahead of the event.
  • Please keep October 25 available for this walk-thru.

You will be assigned a walk-thru time slot closer to the event. If you foresee any issues with attending your walk-thru, please let Cody Liskh know as soon as possible to reschedule.

Keynote Stage Setup

The keynote stage will be what is known as a “thrust stage” with a semi-in-the-round seating layout designed to minimize the distance from the audience to the presenter. This unique design will allow our community to better connect with the presenters. There will be audience seating on three sides of the stage: front, left, and right. Because of this unique setup, here are some tips to pay attention to when navigating the stage in order to address the audience on all sides:

  • Practice stage movement by presenting one complete thought to each section of the audience.  
  • Shift to the right or left and face the next seating section with your next topic or thought.
  • Make eye contact as much as possible in each of the three sections. Confidence monitors will face each direction.

An excellent example of what this stage looks can be found with Kelsey Hightower’s Keynote Recording from our North America event in 2019.


Platform Details

If you cannot attend in-person, you will send us your pre-recorded talk, which will be played at its scheduled time and will be live streamed to the platform.We will be using the virtual event platform MeetingPlay that will allow speakers to deliver content with a pre-recorded talk.

The platform is an HTML5 web-based platform, and will be easy for everyone to access and use. All talks will be available on MeetingPlay for viewing and we will also be uploading them to YouTube approximately one week post-event so anyone, anywhere, can view them as well.

Pre-recording Your Talk

If you need help pre-recording your keynote session, please let Cody Liskh know by Friday, September 23 and we will follow up with our production team.







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