Call For Proposals (CFP)

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Dates to Remember:

  • CFP Opens: Monday, November 20, 2017
  • CFP Closes: Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • CFP Notifications: Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Schedule Announcement: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Slide Due Date: Monday, October 8, 2018
  • Event Dates: Monday, October 22 – Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Suggested Tracks & Topics

**Please note that open source must be the core element of all talk submissions. Also, the Embedded Linux Conference tracks have their own CFP, which you can find here.**

Cloud Native Apps/Serverless/Microservices

  • Cloud & Microservices
  • Containers – Libraries, Runtimes, Composition
  • Workload Orchestration – Mesos, Kubernetes; Distributed Services
  • Serverless Computing

Infrastructure & Automation (Cloud/Cloud Native/DevOps)

  • Containers
  • Monitoring
  • Virtualization
  •  DevOps
    • Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery
    • Configuration Management
    • Lean IT
    • Moving at Cloud-speed

Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics

  • AI/ML Use Cases – Practical applications of AI and machine learning that solve real business/research problems.
  • AI/ML Operations and Infrastructure – Demonstrations of how teams can deploy, scale, and manage AI/ML applications and workflows.
  • AI/ML Frameworks – New, updated, or extended frameworks for AI, deep learning, statistical analysis, etc.
  • Big Data

Linux Systems

  • Embedded & Mobile Systems (Phones and Tablets, Automotive and Self-driving, Yocto, Wearables)
  • Filesystems And Storage (Long-Term Archiving, Client-Server Filesystems, Compression, Deduplication, Distributed Storage, NVMe, etc.)
  • Linux Kernel Development
  • Linux On The Desktop (Porting Proprietary Software, Hardware With Linux Preinstalled, Wine and Emulators, Influencing Closed-Source Companies)
  • Mission-Critical, Real-Time Operating Systems, Real-Time, and Long Life Systems

Open Collaboration Conference

  • Incentivization and Engagement
  • Software Development Methodologies and Platforms
  • Building Internal Innersource Communities
  • Remote Team Management and Methods
  • Bug/Issue Management and Triage
  • Communication Platforms and Methods
  • Open Source Governance and Models
  • Mentoring and Training
  • Event Strategy
  • Content Management and Social Media
  • DevOps Culture
  • Community Management
  • Advocacy and Evangelism
  • Government and Compliance

Diversity Empowerment Summit

  • Strategies for Inclusiveness
  • Diversity Research
  • Team Dynamics
  • Diversity Topics Specific to Gender
  • Diversity Topics Outside of Gender
  • How to be an Ally

Emerging Open Technologies / Wildcard

  • Networking & Orchestration
  • Blockchain
  • Edge Computing
  • Open Hardware

Innovation at Apache

  • Big Data
  • IoT
  • Web Services
  • Cloud
  • Innovation at the Incubator

TODO/Open Source Program Management

  • Lessons Learned
  • Tooling
  • Starting a New Open Source Program Office

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 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 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.

Session Types

You will need to choose a session type when submitting:

  • Session Presentation – Typically 50 minutes in length
  • Panel Discussion– Typically 50 minutes in length. Again, all panelist names must be included in the submission, and all-male panels will not be considered.
  • Birds of a Feather – Typically run in the evenings as an unconference style working session with audience participation, and are 1 hour in length.
  • Lightning Talks – Typically 5 minutes in length and run the day before the event or during the event itself.
  • Tutorial– Deep dive of content, 1.5 – 2 hours in length
  • Lab – Typically 3-4 hours with hands-on work


  • 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, – 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.

Audience – Describe who the audience is and what you expect them to gain from your presentation.

Example: Kernel Weather Report (Jon Corbet, – The audience is anyone interested in Linux kernel development. Attendees can expect a detailed update on the upcoming kernel release, including recent release history, highlighted features, active employer statistics and much more.

Benefits to the Ecosystem – Tell us how the content of your presentation will help better the 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.

Example: Kernel Weather Report (Jon Corbet, – This presentation will help existing and new kernel developers better understand the state of the Linux kernel and will hopefully encourage them, and the companies that they work for, to participate more in upstream kernel development.

Experience LevelSelect the experience level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Any) of those who should attend this session.

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 and its project communities are 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.