KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America

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Speaker Pre-Event Details

Welcome TO KUBECON + CLoudnativecon

We look forward to having you present at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2023! Below you will find all logistical details needed to prepare as a speaker.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the public speaker channel #1-kubecon-speakerhelp and refer to your Speaker Guide to answer many common questions.

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.


Sessions will be video recorded + live streamed into the Accelevents platform. All questions from the virtual audience and to virtual speakers will take place in the #2-kubecon-sessions slack channel. Please be sure to review this channel after your talk to engage with those who cannot attend in-person.

All talks will be recorded and uploaded to our CNCF Youtube Channel within two weeks after the event.

In-Person Speakers

  • All speakers must supply their own computer and HDMI adapter to use during their sessions. 
  • An AV tech in the room will be available during your presentation. Please visit the AV table in order to be mic’d and to connect your laptop. 
  • Breakout rooms will include a screen, projector, and (2) wireless microphones.
  • Please repeat any questions asked during Q+A for the virtual audience to follow along.
  • We recommend viewing seasoned CNCF speaker Bart Farell’s in-depth speaker training video and accompanying guide ahead of traveling to the event.

Virtual Speakers

  • Pre-recorded talks will automatically play at the time listed on the schedule.
  • Virtual and in-person attendees are encouraged to post questions in the #2-kubecon-sessions slack channel. Please monitor this channel during and after your pre-recorded talk to engage with Q+A.


If you’re attending the event in person, please review our Health + Safety page. Remember to check for updates as the event approaches.



McCormick Place West
2301 S Indiana Ave., Chicago, IL 60616

Speaker Lounge

Located in W193 (open Tuesday – Thursday during event hours)


  • SSID: MezmoTelemetryData
  • Password: cloudnative


Please visit the t-shirt pick-up desk in the Solutions Showcase and bring your badge to pick up your speaker gift. 

Speaker gifts are only available to speakers of the main KubeCon + CloudNativeCon event.


We are using Slack as the primary tool for communication among attendees, speakers, staff, and sponsors.

If you are not yet a member of the CNCF Slack workspace, please sign up to join the workspace here: http://slack.cncf.io/


If you have not uploaded your slides to Sched.com, please submit a PDF copy of your slide deck as soon as possible.


We encourage all speakers to add their session’s provided QR code to the end of their presentation to encourage attendees to score and leave feedback, which will be sent via email after the event.

If you need your QR code, this can be generated by adding your session’s direct link from Sched.com to the end of the following URL and pasting into a browser:

  • https://image-charts.com/chart?chs=300×300&cht=qr&choe=UTF-8&chl=

(example: https://image-charts.com/chart?chs=300×300&cht=qr&choe=UTF-8&chl=https://sched.co/1HyPN)

⚡Lightning Talk DETAILS

Lightning talks go very quickly and we ask that you please come practiced, prepared, and on time.

  • Date and Time: Monday, November 6 from 5:30 – 6:30pm
  • Location: W375AB
  • AV Check-In + Walkthrough: All speakers must arrive by 4:45pm to be seated in order and receive a quick demonstration on how to use the wireless slide advancer with the combined master slide deck. 
  • AV Setup: We will provide a podium microphone, visible speaker timer, and a wireless slide advancer. A dedicated production manager will be at the walkthrough to lead you through everything to expect.
  • Stage Set-up: The lightning talk stage will have a main center screen to display your content slides and a confidence monitor for you to view your slide. There will not be a monitor to view your PowerPoint notes, so please ensure you are memorizing your points or bringing notes on stage.
  • Lightning Talk Host: Our Lightning Talk Host will introduce each speaker and call you on stage when it is your time.

🚨Contribfest details

Each ContribFest session will have an AV tech in the room to assist with any technology questions with connecting your laptop to the main screen. Please direct all AV-related questions to the tech in the room.

Setting You up for Success

  • Prepare Ahead of Time – It is up to the presenters on how to spend the 90 minutes, but please remember that the point is to get contributions from attendees. To get the most out of your session, please confirm the overall goal with your contributors ahead of time to avoid giving mixed signals. We also highly recommend having your repo ready to go ahead of time and that somebody in the room has the ability to merge PRs.
    If you have any mechanism to track success (e.g. labeling, copying the commits or PR in a doc for sharing, etc.) please have this ready before your ContribFest session begins. 
  • Beginning your Session – At the beginning of the session, you are required to give a brief introduction to the issue you want to solve. This is important to familiarize attendees with the problem in case they are new to your project. After your introduction, we encourage you to interact with the attendees as much as possible to network, collaborate, and find meaningful solutions. This is your chance to work closely with contributors to your project and make lasting connections. 
  • Room Layout – Unlike other breakout sessions or tutorials, the ContribFest room will have ten communal-style tables that will seat 6 comfortably per table. This is to facilitate a more casual conversation between attendees to work together in achieving the goal at hand. There will also be bean bags and comfortable couches that we encourage attendees to use.

Contact Us

If you have any other venue, speaker, or schedule-related questions, please reach out to the #1-kubecon-speakerhelp Slack channel.







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