gRPC Conf

Call For Proposals (CFP)


The gRPC Conf 2020 Call for Proposals (CFP) is now open. We encourage you to read through each tab from the menu to the left for information on requirements and how to submit a proposal. When you are ready to submit a proposal, please click on the button below.

If you have not yet used the CFP system, you will be required to register and create an account before submitting.

Please CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT before submitting for the first time. Thank you!

General Info + Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Opens: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • CFP Closes: Friday, March 13, 2020, 11:59 pm PST
  • CFP Notifications: Friday, May 1, 2020
  • Schedule Announcement: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
  • Event Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020

Reminder: This is a community conference — so no product and/or vendor sales pitches.

First Time Submitting? Don’t Feel Intimidated

For those of you who are new to speaking; never fear – as long as you are passionate and knowledgeable you’ll be fine! We love first-time speakers and provide a great deal of support as you get ready for the conference stage.

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

Helpful Proposal Details

Thank you for your interest in speaking at gRPConf! Below are some guidelines on what we are looking for. Please read through all the guidelines, as doing so will improve your chances of being selected.

Sessions will be in 30-minute blocks. We recommend you plan 20-25 minutes for your presentation, leaving the last 5-10 minutes for questions and discussion. 

What Makes a Good Proposal?

First, let’s start with the Proposal Topic. It should be something that will be of interest to all attendees, and you should word it in a way that makes it very clear to those attendees what you’ll be covering. 

The Session Description field is where you’ll give a short paragraph to quickly tell us what you’re going to talk about. Remember this will eventually be published in the conference agenda and will be the public-facing view of what your talk is about. It should be compelling and clearly communicate what attendees can expect to learn from your session. Spell it out so they know exactly what to expect. If you have any additional background information for your talk or want to tell us more about what your plans are for the session, use the “Benefits to the Ecosystem” field for that.

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 CNCF and overall Open Source Ecosystem.

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 format:

  • Solo Presentation: 35-minute presentation, limited to 1 speaker
  • Dual Presentation: 35-minute presentation, limited to 2 speakers

2. Choose a category to narrow down the focus:

  • gRPC in-production
  • User stories, case studies
  • Implementation
  • Ecosystem, tooling
  • Other, please specify

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

3. Provide a detailed and focused description with a max of 1,000 characters. This is what will be used on the online schedule if your talk is accepted.

4. Provide more in-depth information in the “Benefits to the Ecosystem” section. This is your opportunity to elaborate on your content and share any more details with the committee with a max of 1,500 characters.

5. Provide a biography for all speakers, including previous speaking experience.

If you have more than one topic you’d like to propose, please complete the submission process again for each topic.

Sample Submission + What to Expect

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), free of typos and that it is written in the third person (use your name instead of “I”).


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.

What to Expect

Proposals go through multiple evaluations. During the review process, you may be contacted for more information about your proposal. All who submit a proposal will hear from us with the decision on Friday, March 13, 2020. 

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of submissions, we are unable to provide specific feedback. Should your proposal be approved you will then begin a multi-step process of review and feedback. These check-ins help both new and experienced speakers stay on target for session delivery and ensure the best session possible.

Travel Support + Speaker Passes

If you require travel support, you will be given the chance to apply for travel funding upon acceptance. Only speakers whose talks are accepted will be considered for travel funding.

All accepted speakers will receive a complimentary conference pass to attend the event.

Code of Conduct

The Cloud Native Computing 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.

CFP Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the CFP process, please contact Nanci Lancaster: