Open Source Summit Europe
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Call For Proposals (CFP)


September 16-18 | Vienna, Austria

Open Source Summit is the premier event for open source developers, technologists, and community leaders to collaborate, share information, solve problems, and gain knowledge, furthering open source innovation and ensuring a sustainable open source ecosystem. It is the gathering place for open-source code and community contributors.

Open Source Summit is a conference umbrella composed of a collection of events covering the most important technologies, topics, and issues affecting open source today.

Please be aware that the Linux Foundation will now utilize Sessionize for CFP submissionsSessionize 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: Tuesday, April 30, 12:00 AM PDT (UTC-7) / 0900 CEST (UTC+2)
  • CFP Notifications: Tuesday, June 11
  • Schedule Announcement: Thursday, June 13
  • Event Dates: Monday, September 16  – Wednesday, September 18, 2024

Open Source Summit europe 2024 Microconference Events & Suggested Topics

CloudOpen logo

CloudOpen provides valuable content across cloud native and cloud infrastructure technologies. It is where cloud developers, engineers and operations teams can discover new tools, projects, platforms and technologies across cloud native and cloud infrastructure.

  • Open Cloud Infrastructure
  • Hybrid & Multicloud
  • Edge Cloud Computing
  • Container-Native Virtualization
  • Container and Infrastructure Security
  • Cloud Native Storage
  • Infrastructure-as-Code
  • CI/CD, Configuration Management
  • Cloud-native Application Development (Architectures and Architectural Patterns, APIs, Testing, WebAssembly)
  • Cloud-native Developer and Operator Experience
  • Confidential Computing
  • Observability: Metrics, Logging, Tracing, Service Mesh
  • Serverless and Functions-as-a-Service
  • Security, Authentication, and Compliance (Policy Agents, Supply Chain Management)
  • Data Flow Management
ContainerCon logo

Containers are revolutionizing the way workloads are automated, deployed and scaled, and ContainerCon is where teams can learn more about why and how to adopt containerization to further automation, portability and efficiency.

  • Container Runtimes, Management and Orchestration
  • Container Images and Registries
  • CI/CD, Configuration Management, Automation, GitOps
  • Observability: Metrics, Logging, Tracing, Service Mesh
  • Security/Authentication
  • Storage and Databases
  • APIs, SDKs, Frameworks and Libraries
  • Monolithic to Cloud Native: Migration and Refactoring
  • Remote and Cloud-based Developer Environments
  • Reproducible Builds and Environments
  • Debugging Techniques for Containerized and Wasm Applications

As open source is found more and more in safety-critical products and infrastructure, the need to ensure dependability and reliability has increased. This event gathers developers focused on solving these issues, to figure out how we can increase the confidence of using OS projects in safety, mission, and business-critical applications.

  • Testing and Hardening
    • Testability and Stability of Products based on Open Source Projects
    • Best Practices for Verification for Dependability
    • Best Practices for Update Policies and Practices
    • Maintainability of Products based on Open Source Projects
    • Automated Regressions and Management of Test Evidence
  • Cyber Security Considerations
    • Best Practices for Improving Software Transparency with SBOMs
    • Best Practices for Vulnerability Classification, Exploitability Assessment, and Mitigations
    • Best Practices for Vulnerability Detection and Reporting
    • Best Practices for Managing Security Incident Responses (PSIRT teams, etc.)
  • Safety-Critical Considerations
    • Safety Considerations when Developing Products based on Open Source Projects
    • Sandboxing and Code Isolation Techniques
    • Management of Security Issues in Safety-critical Applications
    • Best Practices for Working with Certification Authorities
    • Traceability between Requirements, Source, and Testing Evidence
Digital Trust logo

This event brings together experts, enthusiasts, and practitioners in the field of open source digital trust. It aims to explore the latest trends, challenges, and solutions in using open source tools to enhance trustworthiness and security in the digital landscape.

  • Establishing Open Source Trust Frameworks
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM) 
  • Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Security and Vulnerability Management 
Diversity Empowerment Summit logo

Diversity and inclusion are hot topics as projects compete to attract more talent to power development efforts now, as well as build their ranks to carry the projects into the future. The Diversity Empowerment Summit (DES) encourages attendees to examine how a variety of perspectives and experiences can create a richer open source community and stronger open source code development.

  • Strategies for Inclusiveness
  • Diversity Research & Metrics
  • Community Dynamics & Case Studies of Positive Outcomes from Diverse Groups
  • How to be an Ally
  • Mentorship
  • Recruiting & Retaining Diverse Contributors
  • Diversity Badging
  • Navigating Inclusivity Roadblocks
Embedded Linux Conference logo

Launched in 2005, Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) is for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products. It gathers the technical experts working on embedded systems and applications for education and collaboration, paving the way for transformation in these important and far-reaching areas.

  • Agriculture
  • Aerospace
  • Android (in embedded devices)
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Drones
  • Energy
  • Industrial Automation
LinuxCon logo

LinuxCon is an event for maintainers, developers and project leads in the Linux community to gather for updates, education, collaboration, and problem-solving to further the Linux ecosystem.

  • Filesystems, Storage & io_uring
  • Linux Kernel Development (Advanced & Beginner)
  • Mission-Critical, Real-Time, and Long Life Systems (Scientific & Medical)
  • Programming Languages and Toolchains
  • Tracing
  • Scheduler
  • Kernel Dependability & Testing (static analysis,kcov, kcov triggered fuzzing testing, fuzzing, kmsan, kcsan, kubsan, test rings, and bots)
  • System Boot
  • Security
  • Live Patching
  • RDMA
  • Power Management 
  • Containers and Checkpoint/Restart
  • Linux on the Desktop & Distribution Kernels & Distros Considerations for Servers, Desktops, etc.
  • Virtualization
  • Networking & eBPF
  • Performance & Benchmarks
  • Rust
  • Community Health (maintainer and developer stress, burnout, well being)
Open Ai + Data Forum logo

This conference is for the open AI and Data community, and provides a forum to drive open source innovation in the AI, ML, DL, and Data domains by enabling collaboration and learning amongst the community. This event is produced by the LF AI + Data Foundation, and The Linux Foundation.

  • LLMs & Natural Language Processing
  • Image Generation & Computer Vision
  • Audio and Video Generation and Processing
  • Databases and Storage Solutions
  • AI Agents
  • AI Application Development Frameworks
  • AI in 3D, Simulations and Robotics
  • Scaling AI Workloads
  • xOps: MLOps, GenOps & DataOps
  • Deep Learning Development Frameworks
  • Security and Privacy
  • Edge AI
  • Data Management & Processing Techniques
  • Navigating AI Legislation and Governance
  • Responsible and Trustworthy AI
Open Source 101 logo

Open Source 101 is the conference for developers that are new to open source. This event provides fundamental teaching in Linux, Cloud, and Embedded Administration and will help attendees gain the skills and understanding they need to further their careers.

  • Kernel Essentials (Beginner)
    • Kernel Basics
    • Linux boot-up Sequence
    • Toolchains and Libraries
    • Debugging & Tracing
    • Driver Model & Subsystems
  • Linux Administration Essentials (Beginner)
    • Introduction to Working with Open Source Software
    • Achieving Bash Mastery
    • Troubleshooting the Network
    • Monitoring Your System
    • Tracing
    • Networking Basics
    • Understanding Linux Security
    • Systemd Basics
    • Security Compliance Testing
    • Overcoming Scaling Challenges
  • Cloud Administration Essentials (Beginner)
    • Cloud Infrastructure 101
    • Cloud-native App Developer 101
    • Serverless 101
    • Cloud Security 101
    • Understanding Containers 101
    • Understanding Cloud Native Projects
    • Introduction to Containers
    • Container Runtime Engines Replacing Docker
    • Introduction to Kubernetes
  • AI Essentials
    • Data Fundamentals for Machine Learning
    • Introduction to AI and ML
    • Basics of Deep Learning
    • Model Evaluation and Metrics
    • Data Visualization 101
    • Understanding Natural Language Processing
  • Quantum Computing Essentials (Beginner)
    • Programming for Quantum Computers
    • Understanding Quantum Computing Advancements
    • Integrating Quantum Computing into Legacy Environments
    • Quantum Algorithms 101
    • Quantum Machine Learning (QML) 101
Open Source Leadership Summit logo

Open Source Leadership Summit fosters innovation, growth and partnerships among the leading projects and corporations working in open technology development. It is a must-attend for business and technical leaders looking to advance open source strategy, implementation and investment.

  • Best Practices in Open Source Development / Lessons Learned
  • Growing, Managing & Sustaining Open Source Projects
  • Security and Risk Management
  • Open Source Governance and Models
  • Certifying Open Source Projects & Compliance
  • Leveraging Open Source Technology, Incentivization and Engagement
  • Software Development Methodologies and Platforms
  • Building Internal Innersource Communities
Operations Management Summit logo

Operations Management Summit (OMS) is designed to bridge the intricacies of open source consumption, compliance, and management. Designed for organizations aiming to streamline software processes, OMS confronts the challenges of discoverability and understanding in Process-related open projects.

Delve into comprehensive discussions that reveal the ties between compliance, community involvement, and enterprise open source management. Whether your focus is on licensing, a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM), or unique management structures, OMS offers insights to fit every organizational mold.

  • CxO Strategy Management
  • Internal Stakeholder Engagement & Partnerships
  • Organization Risk Management
  • Adherence to Government Requirements
  • Leveraging Standards for Process Management
  • Applying Best Practices for Procurement
  • Applying Best Practices for and M&As & Divestments
  • Remediation Strategy
  • Sustainability Strategy
  • Managing Customer Expectations & Contractual Requirements with Regards to OS
  • Working with Legal to Reduce Risk
  • Working with Outside Legal Counsel on Open Source Matters
  • Tooling and Shareable Processes for All of the Above
OSPOCon logo

An event for those working in open source program offices (OSPOs) in organizations that rely on open source technologies to learn and share best practices, experiences, and tooling to overcome challenges they face.

  • OSPOs Supporting Lessons Learned
  • OSPOs Supporting Compliance and Legal
  • OSPOs Supporting IT and Engineering Strategy
  • OSPOs Supporting Supply Chain Security
  • Developer Advocacy and Ecosystem Participation
  • Hosting Projects and Communities
  • OSPOs in Academia and Government
Standards & Specifications Forum logo

Standards & Specification Forum is an event supporting collaboration and open conversation surrounding specification development and adoption from ideation to international standard.

  • Specifications and Implementations Showcase
  • Testing, Conformance and Compliance for Specifications
  • Standards for Critical and Emerging Technology
  • Spec Editing Tools and Best Practices
  • Issues in Standardization and Global Policy
  • Cross-Org Collaborations: Highlighting partnerships between open source and open standards organizations
SupplyChainSecurityCon logo

Cybersecurity incidents are among the greatest threats facing organizations today. This event, held in partnership with OpenSSF and CNCF, gathers security practitioners, open source developers, and others interested in software supply chain security to; explore the security threats affecting the software supply chain, share best practices and mitigation tactics and Increase knowledge about how to best secure open source software.

  • Countering Source Code Level Problems
    • Reducing the Likelihood of Vulnerabilities (e.g., eliminating entire classes)
    • Countering Subverted Source Code Control Systems
  • AI/ML Influence on Open Source Development and Supply Chain Security
    • Understanding Risks of Building with LLMs
    • Secure use of AI to Develop Software or Services
    • AI/ML Vulnerabilities and the Evolving Software Supply Chain
  • Countering Build Threats
    • Simplifying Verified Reproducible Builds
    • Ensuring Safe Transition from Source Code Control to Build System
    • Countering Compromised Build System
    • Countering Bypassed CI/CD
    • Countering Subverted Package Repository
    • Countering use of Bad Package
  • Measuring Risk of Potential & Already-included OSS
  • Countering Dependency Threats
    • Countering use of a Bad Dependency (e.g., Typosquatting and Dependency Confusion)
    • Detecting malicious reused software
  • Ensuring users Know, with Confidence, what Software Components (at all tiers) are Included.
TechDocsCon logo

TechDocsCon is for those interested in best practices for open source project documentation processes and communication, and provides an open forum to share real world experiences, how documentation impact and success is measured, what’s working and what’s not, and so much more.

  • Documentation in Open Source Projects
    • Establishing a Documentation Process in Open Source Communities
    • Community-driven Localization: Engaging Global Contributors
    • Creating Inclusive Documentation: Strategies and Best Practices
  • Measuring Success and Impact
    • Developing Metrics to Measure Documentation Impact and Success
    • Analyzing User Behavior to Inform Documentation Strategies
  • Case Studies and Real-world Experiences
    • Sharing Successes and Lessons Learned
    • Overcoming Challenges in Documentation within Diverse and Distributed Teams
  • Emerging Trends in Documentation
    • Exploring Agile, Lean, and other Process Frameworks in Documentation
    • The Impact of Remote Work on Documentation Processes and Collaboration
  • Documentation Tooling

submission types

  • Session Presentation (typically 30-40 minutes in length)
  • Panel Discussion (typically 30-40 minutes in length)
  • Birds of a Feather (typically 45 minutes to one hour in length)
  • Tutorial/Hands-on Lab (typically 1.5 – 2 hours in length)
  • Lightning Talk (typically 5 – 10 minutes in length, not a valid option for Embedded Linux Conference or OS 101)

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.

How to Give a Great Talk

We want to make sure submitters receive resources to help put together a great submission and if accepted, give the best presentation possible. To help do this, we recommend viewing seasoned speaker Dawn Foster’s in-depth session titled Overcoming Imposter Syndrome to Become a Conference Speaker!.

Have More Questions? 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.

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.