Hyperledger Global Forum 2018 CFP Guide

Hyperledger Global Forum will offer the unique opportunity for more than 1,200 users and contributors of Hyperledger projects from across the globe to meet, align, plan and hack together in-person. Open to members and non-members alike, attendees will have the chance to talk directly with Hyperledger project maintainers and the Technical Steering Committee, collaborate with other organizations on ideas that will directly impact the future of Hyperledger, and promote their work among the communities.

The Hyperledger Global Forum agenda will comprise both a technical and enterprise track covering a mix of Distributed Ledger and Smart Contracts 101, sharing roadmaps for Hyperledger projects, cross-industry keynotes and panels on use cases in development, social networking for the community to bond, and hacking activities with mentors to help deliver specific pipeline features and bring developers up the learning curve.

Dates to Remember:

  • CFP Opens: February 27, 2018
  • CFP Closes: Friday, July 13, 2018
  • CFP Notifications: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Schedule Announcement: Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Slide Due Date: Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Event Dates: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – Saturday, December 15, 2018

First Time Submitting? Don’t Feel Intimidated

Hyperledger events are an excellent way to get to know the community and share your ideas and the work that you are doing. You do not need to be chief architect or long time industry pundit to submit a proposal, in fact, we strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks for all of our events.

Our events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the Hyperledger community and we work closely with our attendees, sponsors and speakers to help keep Hyperledger events professional, welcoming, and friendly. If you have any questions on how to submit a proposal, or the event in general, please contact events@hyperledger.org.

Thinking About a Case Study?

  1. The further along to production, the better. Focus on what is real.

Submitting an Industry Panel or Breakout Session?

  1. BE SPECIFIC. For example, not blockchain in finance, but rather, blockchain in capital markets, or in cross-border payments; not supply chain, but rather, responsible supply chain. 
  2. Structure panel composition to reflect the market players that do business together in the proposed space. For example: shipper, importer, manufacturer, bank, retailer, to talk about different ends of supply chain use case.

Submitting a Workshop?

  1. Keep in mind that we are aiming to have these be facilitated discussions around deployments.
  2. A workshop may look like this: introduce specific theme – have a few panelists give thoughts then break out into smaller groups and report out with conclusion, lessons learned, next steps, best practices. Examples of themes include, but are not limited too, working with regulators, challenges with production deployments, or reflecting commercial networks in a blockchain network.

Consider the Following as You Write Your Proposal

  1. What do you expect the audience to gain from your presentation?
  2. Why should YOU be the one to give this talk? You have a unique story. Tell it.
  3. Be prepared to explain how this fits into the Hyperledger and overall Open Source Ecosystem.

Submitting Multiple Proposals?

If you choose to submit multiple talks, please do so with the understanding that they should all be unique. These should be as separate of talk topics as you can muster. Multiple talks do not necessarily increase your chance of being selected.

We definitely do not expect every presentation to have code snippets and technical deep-dives but here are two things that you should avoid when preparing your proposal because they 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:

  1. Sales or Marketing Pitches
  2. Unlicensed or Potentially Closed-Source Technologies

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 Submit Your Proposal

We have done our best to make the submission process as simple as possible. Here is what you will need to prepare:

1. Choose a submission type:

  • Breakout Session: Typically 40 minutes in length. If you are proposing a panel discussion (not required to submit a proposal for this session type), please make sure that you list all of your potential panelists and their information (1 moderator and 4 panelists maximum).
  • A think tank is a discussion forum where there is someone facilitating only 20% of the time with 80% audience interaction.
  • A workshop is a facilitated discussion around deployments. The theme of the workshop will be introduced, you and up to 3 additional facilitators will give attendees topics for discussion. Attendees will then break out into smaller groups to discuss/share their experience/thoughts with one another culminating with a report out back to the group with a summary of lessons learned, next steps, best practices, etc.
  • The demo theater (Innovation Hub) is where you can showcase your Hyperledger-powered application in a lightning talk format (10-15 minutes).

Note: All panels are required to have at least one female speaker.

2. Choose the track for your proposal:

  • Business
  • Technical

Note: Final tracks for the conference will be based on accepted submissions. 

3. Provide a biography, including your previous speaking experience.

4. What category is your proposal?

  • Based on your selection of track (Business or Technical) categories will populate. Please select all that you think apply to your proposal.

5. Provide us with an abstract about what you will be presenting at the event.

  • Provide as much information as possible about what the content will include. Do not be vague.

6. Tell us how the content of your presentation will help better the Hyperledger and open source ecosystem. We realize that 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.

7. Select the experience level:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Any

8. List any technical requirements that you have for your presentation over and above the standard projector, screen and wireless Internet.

Sample Submission

Your abstract will be the cornerstone of your proposal. 

This is your chance to *sell* your talk to the program committee, 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 the program committee during the selection process.

This is the abstract that will be posted on the website schedule, so please ensure that it is in complete sentences (and not just bullet points) and that it is written in the third person (use your name instead of “I”).

Example: Kernel Weather Report (Jon Corbet, LWN.net) – The Linux kernel is at the core of any Linux system; the performance and capabilities of the kernel will, in the end, place an upper bound on what the system can do as a whole. In this presentation, Jon Corbet will review recent events in the kernel development community, discuss the current state of the kernel, the challenges it faces, and look forward to how the kernel may address those challenges.

Travel Support + Speaker Passes

If you require travel support, please be sure to answer the request for travel funding at the end of the CFP submission form.

All speakers are required to review, and adhere to, our Code of Conduct.

Each session is allowed (1) primary speaker and (1) co-speaker. All accepted speakers will receive a complimentary conference pass. For panel discussions, all panelists will receive a complimentary conference pass; maximum 3 panelists & 1 moderator. (Panels are required to include at least 1 female participant).

Suggested Technical Topics:

  • Identity and Blockchain (security implications; authentication)
  • DevOps of Blockchain (what went well/not so well; lessons learned)
  • Blockchain and AI
  • Blockchain and IoT
  • Hardware for Blockchain
  • Approaches to Consensus
  • Approaches to Privacy/Confidentiality
  • Innovations for Smart Contracts
  • Cryptographic Advances
  • Best Practices for Management and Operations
  • Handling Application Data
  • Reference Architectures (patterns and practices; best practices when creating Blockchain apps)
  • {Architecture} of Hyperledger Tech (modularity)
  • Deployment Tips & Tricks with Hyperledger Technologies
  • Production Learnings with Hyperledger Technologies
  • Interoperability Between Hyperledger Projects
  • Performance and Scalability (big vs small; IoT; embedded devices)
  • Technical Demos
  • Usability and User Interface of Hyperledger Projects
  • Blockchain From First Principles /Hyperledger 101
  • Contributing to Hyperledger/Getting Involved with Hyperledger
  • Hyperledger + Ethereum (how the two communities work together, compete, collaborate, etc.)
  • Core Components of Each of the Hyperledger Projects
  • Getting started with Hyperledger [Project]
  • Submitting Your First Patch
  • Hyperledger Platform Tutorials

Reminder: This is a community conference — so let’s try to avoid blatant product and/or vendor sales pitches.

Suggested Business Topics:

  • End User Case Studies
  • Role of Government in Blockchain
  • The Rise of the Foundation
  • Governance for Enterprise Blockchains
  • Economics of Enterprise Blockchain
  • Stories from the Battlefield – The Opportunities, The challenges, The Solutions, The Results
  • How to Make Interoperability Work
  • Complexities of Healthcare and Medical Records
  • Blockchain for Good – Societal Impact
  • The People of Blockchain Meeting different thought leaders – from the member community – encouraging under represented groups
  • Making the Case for Blockchain Initiatives
  • The Next Generation for an ICO for the Enterprise World
  • Public vs Permissioned Ledgers
  • Scalability in the Wild
  • Grafting Blockchains into Enterprise Businesses

Reminder: This is a community conference — so let’s try to avoid blatant product and/or vendor sales pitches.