Open Source Strategy Forum

Call For Proposals (CFP)


The Open Source Strategy Forum Virtual 2020
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, August 16 at 11:59pm PST
  • CFP Notifications: Thursday, September 10
  • Schedule Announcement: Tuesday, September 15
  • Event Dates: Thursday, November 12 – Friday, November 13

Suggested Topics

Suggested Topics

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

  • FINOS project or standard
  • Non-FINOS OSS project or standard
  • Legal, compliance and policy
  • Tooling, training & best practices
  • Strategy and value (business or technical)
  • Community engagement
  • Opportunities for collaboration in finance (e.g. regulation)

Submission Types

  • 30 – 45 Minute Session Presentation
  • 45 Minute Session Presentation
  • Birds of a Feather Session (BoFs are typically held in the evenings, from 45 minutes – and up to 1 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 per submission, and a substantially discounted pass will be available for 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.