Hyperledger Global Forum

Call For Proposals (CFP)

Overview

Hyperledger Global Forum Call for Proposals is now open.

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 virtually. 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 Introductions, 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.

Submissions can address a technical or business audience with focus on:

  • Research (academic, Hyperledger Labs, mentorship projects, etc.)
  • Innovation (project specific content, new use cases, production examples, labs)
  • Solutions (commercial implementations)

Each submission will be reviewed by a program committee made up of community members according to the following criteria (in no particular order):

  1. Experience of the presenters – we would like to hear from industry experts, researchers and all of you who have battle stories to tell
  2. Relevance to Hyperledger community – does the session talk about a solution that uses Hyperledger technology in some aspect, discusses some research work done with the Hyperledger community, provides guidelines to our community, etc.
  3. Applicability – will the audience come away with learnings, tips, etc.
  4. Interactiveness – given the virtual nature of the conference, we encourage submissions that will engage the audience. This can be done by shortening your talk and increasing the Q&A time, hosting a discussion rather than giving a talk, including polls, demos, tutorials and follow-alongs.  
  5. Timeliness – We are looking for sessions that include the latest research, deployments, and newest features in enterprise blockchain technology and implementation. Please consider creating new content to keep it timely and interesting. We will also accept content that is introductory in nature or that detail an element of the blockchain landscape.
  6. Diversity – we are committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects. At Hyperledger “all are welcome here” and we will be making sure that our agenda includes a variety of voices and representation.

Accepted submissions will receive feedback on the talk outline and may be asked to adjust it according to the guidance provided. 

CFP must be submitted in English; however, talks can be presented in your language of choice. In particular, we’d love to see talks in Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Opens: Monday, February 1, 2021 at 12:00 pm PST
  • CFP Closes: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST
  • CFP Notifications: Friday, April 9
  • Schedule Announcement: Thursday, April 15
  • Presentation Slide Due Date: Tuesday, June 1
  • Event Dates: June 8 – June 10

Suggested Topics

Below we list some areas of Interest. This is not an exhaustive list and we welcome topics that do not fit into these bullet points. We encourage depth over breadth, so use the list as inspiration. 
  • Best practices, challenges, solutions
    • Blockchain Network Governance
    • Consortium Governance
    • Policy setting
    • Consortium Building 
    • Bridging between Permissioned and Permissionless networks
    • Industry specific topics
    • Identity using Blockchain – implications and opportunities
    • Proposals for Reference Architectures
    • Usability and user interface
    • Contributing to Hyperledger
    • Management and Operation of Blockchain Networks
  • Best practices, challenges, solutions
    • Blockchain Network Governance
    • Consortium Governance
    • Policy setting
    • Consortium Building 
    • Bridging between Permissioned and Permissionless networks
    • Industry specific topics
    • Identity using Blockchain – implications and opportunities
    • Proposals for Reference Architectures
    • Usability and user interface
    • Contributing to Hyperledger
    • Management and Operation of Blockchain Networks
  • Best practices, challenges, solutions
    • Blockchain Network Governance
    • Consortium Governance
    • Policy setting
    • Consortium Building 
    • Bridging between Permissioned and Permissionless networks
    • Industry specific topics
    • Identity using Blockchain – implications and opportunities
    • Proposals for Reference Architectures
    • Usability and user interface
    • Contributing to Hyperledger
    • Management and Operation of Blockchain Networks

Session Types

Types of Submissions:

  • Hosted Discussion (approximately 60 minutes): The speaker introduces the topic, followed by a discussion with the audience. Highly interactive.
  • Demo Theater (approximately 15 minutes)
  • Panel Discussion (maximum 4 panelists & 1 moderator, approximately 60 minutes + Q&A)
  • Presentation (maximum 2 presenters, approximately 30 minutes + Q&A)
  • Ask the Expert Session (45 minutes with subject matter experts)

Important Notes

  • All speakers are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct. We also highly recommend that speakers take our 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 accepted speaker (and co-speaker, if required). For accepted panel discussions, up to 5 panelists, + 1 moderator will receive a complimentary event pass; additional panelists will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Avoid sales or marketing pitches 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 by TBA.

Preparing to Submit

Some tips on submissions:

  • This is a community conference — avoid blatant product and/or vendor sales pitches.
  • Every part of the submission is important. The “Session Details” is crucial. In addition to the abstract, give us a short overview/agenda of your talk. It will give us a better idea what you want to accomplish and what type of session it will be. If you don’t have enough time to come up with the session details before submission, don’t worry. If you run out of time, or are not ready with the details just know and send in the outline by March 19th. 
  • We will prioritize talks that have agendas and learning outcomes in the submission. 
  • Mark the level of your topic appropriately. It is ok to have beginner or very technical sessions, as long as attendees know in advance. 
  • Think outside of the box: your audience might think they already know a lot about the topic, so think about angles you can propose. Panel discussions often do not provide sufficient depth of discussion – prioritize depth over breadth of topics. Maybe set up a debate or an Ask-the-expert.
  • Accepted submissions will get feedback on the talk outline and may be asked to adjust according to the guidance provided. 
  • Contact us at hyperledger-speakers@linuxfoundation.org if you would like feedback on your submission prior to sending it out.

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE9y3gyF8Kw

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcOP4WQfJl4

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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