Spinnaker Summit

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Speaker Guide



We are excited to welcome you as a speaker for Spinnaker Summit 2022, taking place October 23-24, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan + virtually.

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

Important Deadlines

  • Official Schedule Posted: Week of August 22
  • Speaker Registration Deadline: Monday, August 22 
  • Additional AV Needs Deadline: Friday, September 23 
  • Virtual Speaker Pre-Recorded Video Deadline: Monday, October 10
  • Slide Submission Deadline: Friday, October 14 
  • Event Dates: Sunday, October 23 – Monday, October 24 


You should have received registration information in your speaker notification email. If you need those details again, please contact Jennifer Crowley at jcrowley@linuxfoundation.org.

Venue Location & Hotel Accommodations

Spinnaker Summit will take place at –

The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center 
400 Renaissance Drive W 
Detroit, Michigan  48243

Hotel Accommodations

Information will be provided shortly – please check our Venue & Travel page for updates.

Schedule, Timing & Speaker Profiles

The schedule will be announced the week of August 22 and posted on our website using sched.com. You will receive an email directly from sched.com asking you to create your account; please make sure to upload your bio and photo.

If you have a conflict with the timing of your talk, find that it conflicts with the content of another presentation, or are having problems uploading your bio and photo, please contact Jennifer Crowley at jcrowley@linuxfoundation.org.

AV Details + Requirements

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

Please note the following technical requirements:

  • All speakers must supply their own computers and adapters to use during their talk
  • Speakers should format their presentation slides in 16:9  
  • The room will include a screen, projector, and (2) microphones
  • You can download the Spinnaker Summit PowerPoint template for your presentation if you want to use it here. (Please note it is not required to use the presentation template.)

If you require any additional AV, please email Jennifer Crowley with those needs by Friday, September 23. The Linux Foundation will make every effort to accommodate other AV needs; however, final approval for additional AV requests will be made case-by-case.

Presentation Slides

Due by Friday, October 14

All speakers must submit their final presentation slides before 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.

Please note that your presentation slides should be submitted in PDF format to Sched.com and must be formatted in 16:9. 

To upload slides:

  • Log into your Spinnaker Summit 2022 speaker profile through Sched.com or via the mobile site
  • Click “Manage and Promote Your Session at the top of the page.”
  • 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
  • Or send them to jcrowley@linuxfoundation.org who will upload them on your behalf

You can download the Spinnaker Summit PowerPoint template for your presentation if you want to use it here. (Please note it is not required to use the presentation template.)

Uploading Instructions for Pre-Recorded Videos

Videos need to be received no later than Monday, October 10

We have multiple options for uploading your pre-recorded presentation:

  • Add your recording directly into the shared Google folder (please email jcrowley@linuxfoundation.org to confirm we received your file)
  • Share your file with jcrowley@linuxfoundation.org
  • Or let us know if you have an alternate method (DropBox, file sharing service, etc.)
  • Videos should be submitted in mp4 format

The due date for submitting your pre-recorded video is Monday, October 10

Inclusive Speaker Orientation Online Course

In collaboration with the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), the Linux Foundation has created an online course designed to teach the viewer about inclusion, diversity, and unconscious bias. We highly recommend all of our speakers watch the course to learn tips/tools to use when speaking to encourage inclusivity in presentations and messaging. Please click here for the course

Code of Conduct

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

Contact Us

If you have any other platform, speaker, or schedule-related questions, please contact us at cfp@linuxfoundation.org.