cdCon + GitOpsCon

Call For Proposals (CFP)


May 8-9, 2023 | Vancouver, canada

cdCon + GitOpsCon is designed to foster collaboration, discussion, and knowledge sharing by bringing two communities together. It’s the best place for vendors and end users to collaborate in shaping the future of GitOps and Continuous Delivery (CD). 

This event is both for new and current GitOps and CD users. Learn from experienced practitioners about pitfalls to avoid, hurdles to jump, and how to adopt the most popular open source GitOps and CD technologies such as Argo, Flux, Tekton, Jenkins, Spinnaker*, and CDEvents in your cloud native environment. 

Submit talks about getting started with GitOps, scaling and managing GitOps, lessons learned from production deployments, CD best practices, advanced delivery techniques, CD in action, supply chain security, and more.

*Spinnaker Summit will be its own track within cdCon.
May 8, 2023: Spinnaker SIG/Workshop Day
May 9, 2023: Spinnaker Track

Please Note: cdCon+GitOpsCon is being planned as an in-person event and we ask that all speakers be prepared to present onsite.

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!

If you aren’t ready to submit, view the submission form to help you prepare.

Dates to Remember

  • Early-Bird Submission Deadline*: Tuesday, January 17 at 11:59 PM PST 
  • Early Bird Announcement: Wednesday, January 25
  • CFP Closes: Friday, February 10 at 11:59 PM PST 
  • CFP Notifications: Friday, March 3
  • Schedule Announcement: Week of March 6
  • Slide Deck Due Date: Wednesday, May 3
  • Event Dates: Monday, May 8 – Tuesday, May 9

* (5) CFP submissions will be selected and highlighted as Early Bird picks by the program committee from all talks submitted by the January 17 deadline. Talk submissions not selected as Early Bird picks will still be considered for the final agenda.

Suggested Topics

  • End user talks Around GitOps Implementations
  • How to Implement Advanced Deployments
  • How to Solve Edge Cases Around GitOps
  • Stories of How GitOps Helped and Where Systems Broke Down
  • Comparisons of Open Source GitOps Tooling
  • Uses of Open Source Tooling to Achieve GitOps
  • Convincing Larger Org to Adopt GitOps
  • Interesting Use Cases for GitOps ie Edge, Machine Learning, etc.
  • 101 (dedicated sessions for attendees who are new to the conference overall and/or beginners to the conference content)
  • Leadership
  • Community & Culture
  • Cloud Native CD
  • Progressive Delivery
  • Best Practices in Continuous Delivery
  • MLOps
  • Observability & Analytics
  • Performance
  • Security & Supply Chain Security
  • Developer Experience & Productivity
  • Platform Engineering
  • Policy & Governance
  • Automation & Testing
  • Interoperability in CD

Submission Types

  • Session Presentation (typically 20-30 minutes in length)
  • Panel Discussion (typically 30-40 minutes in length)
  • Lightning Talk (typically 5-10 minutes in length)

Please Note: cdCon+GitOpsCon is being planned as an in-person event and we ask that all speakers be prepared to present onsite.

Important Notes

  • All speakers are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct. We also highly recommend that speakers take our 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.
  • You can view the submission form to help you prepare and reach out to the cfp team for any questions.

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.

How to Give a Great Talk

We want to ensure submitters receive resources to help put together a great submission and, if accepted, give the best presentation possible. To help do this, we recommend viewing seasoned speaker Dawn Foster’s in-depth session titled Overcoming Imposter Syndrome to Become a Conference Speaker!

Have More Questions? 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 you are doing, and we strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks for our events. If 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.

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.