Call for Proposals (CFP)

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Submit a Proposal

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Opens: Sunday, January 13
  • CFP Closes: Sunday, March 24 at 11:59pm PST
  • CFP Notifications: Monday, April 22
  • Schedule Announcement: Wednesday, April 24
  • Slide Due Date: Wednesday, July 10
  • Event Dates: Wednesday, July 17 – Friday, July 19

Suggested Tracks & Topics

**Submissions must be in English, however, if your talk is accepted you may give it in English or Japanese.**

Open Cloud Native Apps / Serverless / Microservices

  • Cloud & Microservices
  • Containers – Libraries, Runtimes, Composition
  • Workload Orchestration – Mesos, Kubernetes; Distributed Services
  • Serverless Computing
  • Cloud Native Networking (for Carriers and Enterprise)
    • VNF-> CNF (Virtual Network Functions to Cloud-Native Network Functions; Container Evolution & Cloud Network Interface; CNCF / Kubernetes and Telecom (Service Mesh, Cross Cloud CI, Scaling); Enterprise Apps, Scaling – Public, Private & Issues to Fix & Address – Remaining Challenges

Cloud Infrastructure & Automation

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

AI / ML / DL

  • Machine Learning  (Frameworks, Libraries, Platforms, Algorithms, Toolkits, Systems, etc.)
  • Deep learning (Frameworks, Libraries, etc.)
  • Models (Creation, Representation, Training, Learning, Marketplaces)
  • AI Ethics, Fairness, Human Rights (Principles, Best Practices, Toolkits, Libraries, etc.)
  • Workflow Management
  • >Streaming Processing
  • Pipeline Management

Linux Systems 

  • Embedded & Mobile Systems (Phones and Tablets, Automotive and Self-driving, Yocto, Wearables)
  • Filesystems & Storage (Long-Term Archiving, Client-Server Filesystems, Compression, Deduplication, Distributed Storage, NVMe, etc.)
  • Linux Kernel Development
  • Mission-Critical, Real-Time Operating Systems, Real-Time, and Long Life Systems; Security & Safety
  • KVM
    • Hardening and Security, Scaling and Performance Tuning, New Features, Testing, Resource Management and Scheduling, Virtio and Vhost, High Availability and Live Migration, Managing KVM: Libvirt, OpenStack, oVirt, etc., Storage: Ceph, Gluster, SPDK, etc.
  • IoT and M2M
    • Internet of Things Operating System, IoT and Security/ Cognitive / Artificial Intelligence, Platforms / Frameworks and Middleware for the IoT, Architectural Interoperability in IoT Systems, State-of-Practice, Experience Reports, Industrial Experiments, and Case Studies in the IoT, Simulation Techniques and Tools for the IoT

Open Networking & Edge Computing

  • Hot Topics in Open Networking
    • 5G, O-RAN and Access Technologies, Next Gen Transport and Software-Defined Optical Technologies, Core Open Source Networking Stack for Global Telecom (Automation / Zero Touch) Orchestration / MANO, Control
    • Hybrid Clouds / On Prem, Operation and Deployment of Open Networking, NextGen OSS / BSS & Next Gen Workloads, Data Center Networking, Software Defined Apps & Cloud Foundry / App Development, Modern Business Apps Requirements on IT, Digital Transformation
  • World of Open Innovation & Impact to Networking
    • Technology: Blockchain, AI/ML, Intent-based, Data Sharing, Silicon / Hardware, etc.; Architecture: Innovation, Trends, Business and Process Innovation; Standards (SDO) and Open Source Software; Open Hardware and Open Software Security
  • The New Edge
    • Connected Devices, IOT, Edge Cloud, Telco, Enterprise, Cloud/OTT
    • Open Source Projects & Edge (Connected Cars / Automotive Grade Linux, CNCF / Edge Cloud, Edge & AI/ML/DL…)
    • Edge Cloud for Telecom

Project Highlights

  • Share the latest developments and best practices on a range of open source projects including Hyperledger & Blockchain. Zephyr, Ceph, SPDX and more.

Open Source Leadership, Strategy & Governance

  • Best Practices in Open Source Development / Lessons Learned – Contribution Policies, Promoting Your Open Source Project, Open Source Best Practices, Open Source Program Office Case Studies, Success Stories, Standards, and Open Source
  • Growing & Sustaining Project Communities – Collaboration Models to Address Security Issues, Metrics for Understanding Project Health
  • Automating Compliance – Using Trademarks in Open Communities, Working with Regulators / Regulated Industries, Working with the Government on OS, How to Incorporate SPDX Identifiers in Your Project, Legal + Compliance, Licensing + Patents, Successfully Working Upstream & Downstream
  • Certifying Open Source Projects – Security, Safety, Export, Open Source vs. Open Governance
  • Business Leadership – Cultivating Open Source Leadership, How to Run a Business that Relies on Open Source, How to Invest in Your Project’s Success, Managing Competing Corporate Interests while Driving Coherent Communities, Monetizing Open Source & Innovators Dilemma

Session Types

You will need to choose a session type when submitting:

  • Session Presentation – Typically 30-40 minutes in length
  • Panel Discussion – Typically 30-40 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 (BoF) – Typically 40-50 minutes, usually in the evening
  • Tutorial – Typically 1-2 hours
  • Workshop or Lab – Typically 2-4 hours
  • Mini-Summit – Typically 3-4 hours


  • 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.

Why Should the Audience Attend and/or Care – Tell us why the audience should care about your proposal and/or why they would attend this session (and please limit to 3 bullet points).

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: 1. This presentation will help existing and new kernel developers better understand the state of the Linux kernel 2. It 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.

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.

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.