November 18, 2019
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California


Call for Proposals (CFP)

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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Submit a Proposal

The goal of the day is to bring together the broader Cloud Native security community in a community oriented space to discuss and share current challenges (and solutions) in Cloud Native security.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Closes: Friday, September 13
  • CFP Notifications: Friday, September 20
  • Schedule Announcement: Tuesday, September 24
  • Slide Due Date: Monday, November 11
  • Event Date: Monday, November 18

Session Types

  • Presentation – 30 minutes in length with a maximum of 2 presenters
  • Lightning Talk – 10 minutes in length


  • Provide an abstract that briefly summarizes your proposal.
  • This is the abstract that will be posted on the website schedule. This is your chance to *sell* your talk so do your best to highlight the problem/contribution/work that you are addressing in your presentation. The technical details are still important, but the relevance of what you are presenting will help during the selection process.

Benefits to the Ecosystem

  • Tell us how the content of your presentation will help better the ecosystem.
  • We realize this can be a difficult question to answer but as with the abstract, the relevance of your presentation is just as important as the content.

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.
  • 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

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:

Part 2:

Suggested Topics

  • Suggested Topics:

    • Policy enforcement
    • Data Compliance and Governance
    • Security as Code
    • Secure Development
    • Secure DevOps
    • Culture of Security
    • Challenges to Security in a cloud-native ecosystem
    • Security saved the day
    • Cloud Native Defense
    • Intrusion Prevention in Cloud Native Architectures
    • Using Observability to increase security

If you have questions about a submission topic, please contact Sana Ali at

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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