Open Networking & Edge Summit North America

Speaker Guide


Thank you for speaking at Open Networking & Edge Summit, taking place on September 28 – 29 at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles, California.

This is your official event speaker guide. Please bookmark this page for easy reference and continue to check back as the event gets closer as we will be adding additional speaker information, such as on-site details, as they are available. If you have any questions, please email

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Important Deadlines

  • Speaker Registration Deadline: Monday, April 20
  • Upload Bio + Headshot to Deadline: Monday, April 20
  • AV Requests Due: Tuesday, September 1
  • Presentation Deadline: Monday, September 21


To confirm that you will be presenting, please register as a speaker by Monday, April 20

You were previously sent the registration link and access code in your notification email. If you did not receive this, please contact

As everyone is aware, the Coronavirus situation taking place across the globe is quickly changing. At this time we ARE moving forward with holding ONES NA and are taking numerous precautions onsite to ensure the safety of all event participants. These include restricting travel for those that have traveled to some countries. If you are coming from one of these countries, or are planning to travel to one of these countries prior to ONES NA, please contact Jillian Hall at who can brief you on your options (traveling to the US early, substituting another speaker etc).

That said, there is always the possibility that large scale changes in the Coronavirus spread may mean that we do end up needing to cancel or postpone. To that end, we encourage you to either book refundable travel or hold on booking any nonrefundable travel until we get closer to the event and have a clearer sense of what additional steps we might need to take.

Visa Requests + Travel Funding

If you require a visa letter, please register for the event, and then complete the visa letter request form.

All visa letter requests must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the event. Any visa letter requests made after the two-week deadline cannot be guaranteed.

We also ask that you please note the following:

  • Provision of a visa letter by The Linux Foundation does not guarantee visa approval as final approval is made at the sole discretion of the government of the event’s host country.
  • The Linux Foundation strongly recommends requesting a visa letter at your earliest possible convenience and to contact your local Embassy/Consulate with any visa questions you may have.
  • The Linux Foundation processes most visa letter requests in (3) business days.

If you are applying for travel funding and have not submitted your request, your application must be received by Monday, July 20. Please fill out the form, select “other” under the Event Information dropdown, and note that it is for ONES NA 2020. Applicants will receive a final decision email by Monday, August 3

*Please note – Talk acceptance does not guarantee travel funding.

Venue Location

Open Networking & Edge Summit will be held at JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles, CA.

JW Marriott LA Live
900 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Hotel Accommodations

We have negotiated a discounted rate at the JW Marriott LA Live. Please visit our Venue & Travel page for more information.

We will alert you once our new room block reservation link is posted. The hotel allows for a 72-hour cancellation so should we pivot to a virtual event, you will not be liable for any cancellation fees. We also encourage you to hold off on booking air travel, or book refundable travel, until August 1st.

We look forward to welcoming you to Los Angeles!

Schedule Information

The schedule will be announced Thursday, March 5, and will be posted on our website using You will receive an email directly from asking you to create your account; please make sure to upload your bio and photo.

Please note that all conference sessions are 30-minutes in duration and lightning talks are 10 minutes. If you have a conflict with the timing of your talk or find that it conflicts with the content of another talk; or are having problems uploading your bio and photo, please contact

AV Details + Requirements

Any additional AV requests are due by September 1

The room will include a screen, projector, and (2) wireless microphones. At the end of the session a mic will be used for questions, so be sure to leave time at the end of your talk. If you are participating in a panel discussion, there will be four handheld microphones to share. Required: All speakers will need to supply their own computers and necessary adaptors to use during their session.

NOTE: The projectors have both VGA and HDMI capabilities/outputs and can accommodate either. If you require any additional AV, please Jillian Hall with those needs by September 1.  The Linux Foundation will make every effort to accommodate additional A/V needs; however, final approval for additional A/V requests will be made on a case-by-case basis.

PowerPoint Template + Presentation Requirements

Due by Monday, September 21

All speakers are required to submit their final presentation slides ahead of the event. In addition to providing a hard copy for accessibility purposes, we find that adding the presentations before the event helps to drive interest in attending the session.

Please note that your presentation slides should be submitted in PDF-format to and must be formatted in 16:9.

If you would like to use the ONES NA PowerPoint template for your presentation, you can download it here. (Please note it is not required to use the presentation template.)

To upload slides:

  • Log into your Open Networking & Edge Summit speaker profile through or via the mobile site
  • On the top of the page, click “Manage and Promote Your Session”
  • Click “Add Presentation”
  • Click in the “Select a File” box and add the PDF document (note: there is a 50MB size limit)
  • Click “Upload” and your slides will automatically be saved

Promote Your Talk

Once the schedule is announced on Thursday, March 5, we appreciate you spreading the word about #onesummit and your session – please find some sample tweets below to share on your social channels!

  • Proud to be chosen as a speaker for #onesummit – visit “link to your session” to add my talk to your schedule!
  • Thrilled to announce I’ll be presenting at #onesummit! Visit ONES NA to see the full schedule 👍
  • Just learned my talk “Session Name” was accepted 🎉 See you all in Los Angeles for #onesummit! “link to your session
  • Can’t wait to speak at #onesummit in Los Angeles, California – visit ONES NA 2020 to check out the full lineup!

Inclusivity Course

The Linux Foundation, in collaboration with the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), has created an online course designed to teach the viewer about inclusion, diversity and unconscious bias. It is strongly encouraged by the Linux Foundation that all our speakers watch the course to learn tips/tools to use when speaking to encourage inclusivity in presentations and messaging.

Code of Conduct

Please read, and abide, by our code of conduct, which can be found here. Our code of conduct is strictly enforced. We ask that speakers especially review this code of conduct and are careful to be inclusive in the words and images used during their presentation.

Contact Us

Do you have a speaker or schedule-related question? Please contact us at