Third Chisel Community Conference

Call For Proposals (CFP)


CHIPS Alliance will host CCC2020, the 3rd Chisel Community Conference. The first day will have a full day of presentations on Chisel topics, followed by a poster session. The second day, January 30, will be a Chisel working day with breakout rooms.

Chisel is a hardware-construction language, hosted in Scala, and is used in both academia and industry to generate RTL for digital hardware. This event will further promote the Chisel language, FIRRTL compiler, and associated software ecosystem. Working with CHIPS Alliance, this event will bring together the community for multiple talks, tutorials, discussions and more.

If you have not yet used the CFP system, you will be required to register and create an account before submitting.
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Dates to Remember

  • CFP Closes: Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 5:00 PM PDT
  • CFP Notifications: Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Schedule Announcement: Friday, December 20, 2019
  • Slide Due Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • Event Dates: Wednesday, January 29 – Thursday, January 30, 2020

Suggested Topics

  • Extensions to the Chisel frontend or FIRRTL compiler
  • Chisel libraries
  • Chisel-based projects (such as Rocketchip-based designs)
  • Chisel-related infrastructure (testers, transforms, backends, simulators)
  • Chisel in teaching, and other tools/contributions that promote reusability in hardware

Session Types

Types of Submissions:

  • Breakout
  • Poster
  • Tutorial

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 submission. In the instance that a submission has a co-speaker, they will receive a 40% discount off the all-access attendee registration price. For accepted panel discussions, up to 4 panelists, + 1 moderator will receive a complimentary event pass; additional panelists will receive a 40% discount off the all-access attendee registration price.
  • 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 by Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

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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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.