Call For Proposals (CFP)


cdCon’s Call for Proposals is now open.

Join Continuous Delivery leaders, industry icons, practitioners, and open source developers for a two-day virtual experience as we improve the world’s capacity to deliver software with security and speed. cdCon is the annual event by the Continuous Delivery Foundation that brings together technology teams, enterprise leadership, and open source communities to drive the future of software delivery. 

This year’s sessions are designed for 3 different types of audiences’:

  • Technology Teams: geared towards application developers, infra folks, DevOps engineers, security professionals, testers, and any other practitioners involved with delivering software.
  • Enterprise Leadership: for senior leaders and decision-makers from organizations interested in measuring DevOps, scaling, transformation, security, FinOps, and developer productivity. 
  • Open Source Communities: tailored for open source core contributors and maintainers running and growing CDF projects and special interest groups, as well as folks looking to get involved with open source for the first time. This includes Jenkins, Spinnaker, Tekton, Jenkins X, and other CDF communities. 

cdCon is a chance for our global community to come together to meet peers, share best practices and ideas, learn from each other, and hear about the latest trends in software delivery.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Opens: Monday, January 11 at 12:00 am PST
  • Early Bird Submission Deadline: Friday, February 19 by 11:59 PM PST *
  • CFP Closes: Friday, March 5 at 11:59 PM PST
  • CFP Notifications: Friday, March 26
  • Schedule Announcement: Friday, April 2
  • Presentation Slide Due Date: Friday, May 21
  • Event Dates: Wednesday, June 23 – Thursday, June 24, 2021

    * (5) CFP submissions will be selected and highlighted as Early Bird picks by the program committee from all talks submitted by the February 19 deadline. Talk submissions not selected as Early Bird picks will still be considered for the final agenda.

Suggested Topics/Track Focus

  • Continuous Delivery Ecosystem – This track spans the entire Continuous Delivery ecosystem, from workflow orchestration, configuration management, testing, security, release automation, deployment strategies, developer experience, and more.GitOps & Cloud Native CD
  • Advanced Delivery Techniques – For talks on the very cutting edge of continuous delivery and emerging technology, for example, progressive delivery, observability, and MLOps.
  • GitOps & Cloud Native CD – Submit to this track for talks related to continuous delivery involving containers, Kubernetes, and cloud native technologies. This includes GitOps, cloud native CD pipelines, chatops, best practices, etc.
  • Continuous Delivery in Action – This track is for showcasing real-world continuous delivery addressing challenges in specific domains e.g. fintech, embedded, healthcare, retail, etc. Talks may cover topics such as governance, compliance, security, etc.
  • Leadership Track – Talks for leaders and decision-makers on topics such as measuring DevOps, build vs buy, scaling, culture, security, FinOps, and developer productivity.
  • Community Track – There is more to open source than code contributions. This track covers topics such as growing open source project communities, diversity & inclusion, measuring community health, project roadmaps, and any other topic around sustaining open source and open source communities.

Not sure of the right track? If you aren’t sure which category is the best fit for your submission, just take a guess and the program committee may change it later. There’s no “wrong” type of submission and we want the conference to be appealing to a large audience. If you think your topic is interesting, there’s a good chance the program committee will too!

Project Focus

  • Jenkins
  • Jenkins X
  • Ortelius
  • Spinnaker
  • Screwdriver
  • Tekton
  • Other – e.g. Keptn, Flagger, Argo, Flux

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 per accepted speaker (and co-speaker, if required). For accepted panel discussions, up to 5 panelists, + 1 moderator will receive a complimentary event pass; additional panelists will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Avoid sales or marketing pitches 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 by TBA.

Preparing to Submit

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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