The Linux Foundation Member Summit
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Call For Proposals (CFP)


The Linux Foundation Member Summit is the annual gathering for Linux Foundation members that fosters collaboration, innovation, and partnerships among the leading projects and organizations working to drive digital transformation with open source technologies. It is a must-attend for business and technical leaders looking to advance open source strategy, implementation, and investment in their organizations and learn how to collaboratively manage the largest shared technology investment of our time.

Please be aware that the Linux Foundation will now be utilizing Sessionize for CFP submissions. Sessionize is a cloud-based event content management software designed to be intuitive and user-friendly. If you need guidance, please review how to submit your session for an event to see step-by-step instructions and helpful screenshots.

dates to remember

  • CFP Closes: Friday, August 30 at 11:59 PM PDT
  • CFP Notifications: Thursday, October 3
  • Schedule Announcement: Tuesday, October 8
  • Event Dates: Tuesday, November 19 – Thursday, November 21

suggested topics

Legal Track
  • Legal considerations of AI and open data
  • Managing licensing, license compliance, and license changes
  • Legal and regulatory requirements for security and trust
  • Risk and compliance management for open source
  • Interplay of open standards and open source
Open Source Program Office (OSPO) / TODO Group
  • OSPO Lessons Learned
  • OSPO Support in Compliance and Legal
  • OSPOs in Academia and Public Sector
  • OSPO Support in Supply Chain Security and Risk Mitigation
  • Open Source Project Health and Community Sustainability
Building and Managing Healthy Open Source Projects
  • Project Scalability and Resilience: Best practices for project planning and strategy, improving or maintaining code quality, documentation, contribution policies, and managing risks in basing a product on an open-source project.
  • Leadership and Mentorship: Mentoring and training programs, building community management skills, and advocacy and evangelism.
  • Monetizing Open Source & Innovators Dilemma: Strategies for leveraging open-source technology, incentivization, and engagement.
  • Software Development Methodologies and Platforms: Effective development practices and platform utilization.
Security, Trust, and Ethics in OSS
  • Security Practices: Security frameworks, managing vulnerability response teams, and ensuring the dependability of releases and code quality.
  • Ethical Open Source: Principles and practices for ethical open-source development and use.
  • Compliance and Legal Challenges: Covering export compliance, using trademarks in open communities, and automating compliance with tools like SPDX.
  • Coding for Safety-Critical Applications: Approaches to coding for safety-critical and high-reliability environments.
  • Models to Address Security Issues: Innovative models for addressing security challenges in open source.
  • Critical Impact of Security Updates on Certified Systems: Importance and management of security updates in certified systems.
Sustainability and Innovation in Open Source 
  • Emerging Technologies: How open source is driving innovation in AI, blockchain, IoT, and critical infrastructure, including ethical considerations and governance models.
  • R&D via Open Source: Highlighting research and development, upcoming trends, and interesting use cases developed with open source projects.
  • Extended Project Support Lifecycle for Critical Infrastructure: Strategies for maintaining and supporting long-term open-source projects in critical infrastructure.
Open Source in the Public Sector and Society
  • Digital Public Infrastructure: Discussing the intersection of public and private partnership through open source and the role of OSPOs in public sectors.
  • Public Sector Innovation: Models of open-source adoption in government, focusing on benefits, challenges, and strategic collaborations.
  • Social Responsibility: How open-source projects contribute to societal goals like environmental sustainability and ethical technology use.
  • Working with Regulators/Regulated Industries: Strategies for collaboration with regulators and navigating regulated industries.
  • Working with Governments on Open Source: Successful models and case studies of government open-source collaborations.
Global Collaboration and Diversity
  • Inclusive Communities: Strategies for driving participation and inclusiveness, managing competing corporate interests, and building internal innersource communities.
  • Digital Sovereignty and Open Source: Examining open source’s role in ensuring technological independence and security at a national level.
  • Cultivating Open Source Leadership: How to run a business that relies on open source, be an effective board member, and invest in your project’s success.
Open Source Project Highlights
  • Highlight New Open Source Projects, Provide Updates on Key Open Source Projects or Present Interesting Use Cases Developed with an Open Source Project

submission types

  • Session Presentation (Typically 30-40 minutes in length)
  • Panel Discussion (typically 30-40 minutes in length)
  • Facilitated Discussion (This is not a presentation. The goal is to lead a group discussion based on the topic proposed.)

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 for the accepted speaker(s) per submission.
  • 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 submit

First time using Sessionize?

Sessionize is a cloud-based event content management software designed to be intuitive and user-friendly. If you need guidance, please review how to submit your session for an event to see step-by-step instructions and helpful screenshots.

Submitting on behalf of somebody else?

While speakers ordinarily submit their sessions themselves, it’s also common for them to have someone else do it in their name. Submitters can choose to submit as someone else and must fill out the necessary speaker fields, but the session submission process is otherwise identical to when the session is submitted by the speaker themselves.

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.