Embedded Linux Conference

Call For Proposals (CFP)


The Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference Call for Proposals is now closed.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Closes: Sunday, June 13 at 11:59pm PDT
  • CFP Notifications: Monday, July 19
  • Schedule Announcement: Thursday, July 22
  • Slide Due Date: Wednesday, September 22
  • Event Dates: Monday, September 27 – Thursday, September 30

Suggested Topics

Embedded Linux Conference (ELC)

  • Audio, Video, Streaming Media and Graphics
  • System Size
  • Boot Speed
  • Embedded Storage Technologies
  • Real-Time Linux – Performance, Tuning, and Mainlining
  • SDKs for Embedded Products
  • Flash Memory Devices and Filesystems
  • Build Systems, Embedded Distributions, and Development Tools
  • Linux in Devices such as Mobile Phones, DVRs, TV, Cameras, etc
  • FPGAs and Dynamic Hardware
  • Embedded CPU Architectures
  • Network and Wireless Technologies in Embedded Systems
  • Device Tree and Related Technologies
  • Test Frameworks and Board Farms
  • System Upgrades
  • Use of Linux in Automotive
  • Drones and Robots
  • Linux in the Internet of Things and Edge Computing
  • Practical Experiences and War Stories
  • Standards
  • Public Infrastructure
  • Industrial Automation
  • Security

Additional topics you can submit for at the co-located Open Source Summit include:

  • Linux Systems
  • Open Source Databases
  • IoT
  • Open Source Dependability
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Cloud Native Development
  • AI & Data
  • Beginner / Level 101 Technical Training
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Community Management & Leadership
  • Open Source Program Management
  • Wildcard

Submission Types

  • Session Presentation (~40-50 minutes in length)
  • Panel Discussion (~40-50 minutes in length)
  • Birds of a Feather Session (BoFs are typically held in the evenings, from ~45 minutes – 1 hour in length)
  • Tutorial (~1.5 – 2 hours in length)

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.
  • When submitting a talk, You will be asked to select the “Key Topic Area” in which you’d like to submit. Each proposal may be submitted to only one topic area, so please review all carefully before making your selection. We understand some proposals could potentially fit into multiple topic areas. Don’t worry, our program chairs are working together to move proposals around as needed for additional review.
  • 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 primary speaker per submission, and a substantially discounted pass will be available for co-speakers. For panel sessions, all panelists will receive a complimentary pass. 
  • 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 prior to the event

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”.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE9y3gyF8Kw

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcOP4WQfJl4

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.