Call For Proposals (CFP)


Cephalocon 2023 Call for Proposals is now open.

Cephalocon is the premier yearly event that brings together the global community of operators, developers, and researchers for Ceph, the open source distributed storage system designed to provide excellent performance, reliability, and scalability. Join new and existing community members worldwide to learn more about Ceph and the project’s future from the developers writing the code and the operators deploying it at scale.

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

Cephalocon 2023 is accepting talks for IN-PERSON speakers only.

  • April 16: Developer Summit
  • April 17-18: Cephalocon

Cephalocon 2022 accepted submissions/speakers can be included in the 2023 Cephalocon CFP

  • Please email cfp@linuxfoundation.org to request your 2022 CFP submission be included as a Cephalcoon 2023 submission.
  • You can view your 2022 Cephalocon submission by logging into your SMApply account and viewing your submission for the event titled VVV – Cephalocon 2022
  • Please note: If your 2022 submission needs edits, you must resubmit to the Cephalocon 2023 CFP.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Closes: Sunday, February 12 at 11:59 pm PST
  • CFP Notifications: Wednesday, February 22
  • Schedule Announcement: Monday, February 27
  • Presentation Slide Due Date: Wednesday, April 12
  • Event Dates: Monday, April 17 – Tuesday, April 18 (Developer Summit Sunday, April 16)

Suggested Topics

  • Ceph operations, management, and development
  • Ceph operations, management, and development
  • New and proposed Ceph features, development status
  • Ceph development roadmap
  • Best practices
  • Ceph use-cases, solution architectures, and user experiences
  • Ceph performance and optimization
  • Platform Integrations
    • Kubernetes, OpenShift
    • OpenStack (Cinder, Manila, etc.)
    • Spark
  • Multi-site and multi-cluster data services
  • Persistent memory, ZNS SSDs, SMR HDDs, DPUs, and other new hardware technologies
  • Storage management, monitoring, and deployment automation
  • Experiences deploying and operating Ceph in production and/or at scale
  • Small-scale or edge deployments
  • Long-term, archival storage
  • Data compression, deduplication, and storage optimization
  • Developer processes, tools, challenges
  • Ceph testing infrastructure, tools
  • Ceph community issues, outreach, and project governance
  • Ceph documentation, training, and learner experience

Session Types

Types of Submissions:

  • Session Presentation (typically 30-40 minutes)
  • Panel Discussion (typically 30-40 minutes)
  • Lightning Talk (typically 5-10 minutes)
  • Tutorial (typically 1.5 – 2 hours)
  • Birds of a Feather (typically 40 minutes)
  • Developer Discussion Topic (for Developer Summit)

Important Notes

  • All speakers are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct. We also highly recommend that speakers take our online 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 all the accepted speaker(s) per submission.
  • Avoid sales or marketing pitches and discussing unlicensed, proprietary 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 before the event.
  • You can view the submission form to help you prepare and reach out to the cfp team with any questions.

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.

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.


For questions about the CFP system, please contact cfp@linuxfoundation.org