Linux Security Summit

Call For Proposals (CFP)


The Linux Security Summit Europe 2021 Call for Proposals is now open.

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!

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Closes: Sunday, June 27 at 11:59pm PDT
  • CFP Notifications: Tuesday, July 20
  • Schedule Announcement: Thursday, July 22
  • Slide Due Date: Friday, September 24
  • Event Dates: Tuesday, September 27 – Thursday, September 29

Suggested Topics

  • Access Control
  • Cryptography and Key Management
  • Integrity Policy and Enforcement
  • Hardware Security
  • IoT and Embedded Security
  • Virtualization and Containers
  • System-specific System Hardening
  • Case Studies
  • Security Tools
  • Security UX
  • Open Source Supply Chain
  • Emerging Technologies, Threats & Techniques

Submission Types

  • Refereed Presentation (~45 minutes in length)
  • Panel Discussion (~45 minutes in length)
  • Short Topic (~30 minutes in total, including at least 10 minutes for discussion)
  • Tutorials (~90 minutes in length) – Tutorial sessions should be focused on advanced Linux security defense topics within areas such as the kernel, compiler, and security-related libraries. Priority will be given to tutorials created for this conference and those where the presenter is a leading subject matter expert on the topic.

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, proprietary 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.