Open Source Strategy Forum London

Call For Proposals (CFP)


The  Open Source Strategy Forum London 2021 Call for Proposals is now open. You can submit below to speak in person or virtually.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Closes: Sunday, July 11 at 11:59 PM PDT
  • CFP Notifications: Monday, August 9 
  • Schedule Announcement: Wednesday, August 11
  • Presentation Slide Due Date: Wednesday, September 29
  • Event Dates: Monday, October 4 – Tuesday, October 5

Suggested Topics

We welcome talks on a wide range of topics relevant to open source in financial services, such as:

  • FINOS projects and standard
  • Non-FINOS OSS projects and standards (relevant to financial services)
  • Developing and delivering open source tooling, training & best practices
  • Delivering value through open source collaboration (business or technical)
  • Addressing legal, compliance and policy concerns
  • Building and sustaining open source communities in a highly regulated industry
  • New opportunities to solve long standing challenges (e.g. regulation, open data, building on existing standards)
  • Community Engagement
  • Exploring open source collaboration on hot topics in finance (e.g. ESG, CBDC, blockchain, NFTs)

Submission Types

  • 30 – 45 Minute Session Presentation
  • 45 Minute Session Presentation
  • Birds of a Feather Session (45 minutes to one hour in length)
  • Tutorial (1.5 – 2 hours in length)
  • Lightning Talk (5-10 minutes in length)

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 should include the names of all participants. In addition, The Linux Foundation does not accept submissions with all-male panels in an effort to increase speaker diversity. If you need help in finding panelists, please reach out to
  • Complimentary Passes For Speakers – One complimentary pass for the event will be provided for the accepted primary speaker and co-speakers. For panel sessions, all panelists will receive a complimentary pass.
  • 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 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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Part 2:

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.