Open Source Summit North America

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Speaker Guide


We are excited to welcome you as a speaker for Open Source Summit North America 2024, held from April 16-18, 2024, at the Seattle Convention Center Summit Building in Seattle, Washington.

Please click through the tabs on this page to access information.

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Schedule Announced: Thursday, February 15
  • Speaker Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 27
  • Additional AV Needs Deadline: Tuesday, March 19
  • Slide Submission Deadline: Monday, April 15
  • Event Dates: Tuesday, April 16 – Thursday, April 18


Your registration serves as confirmation that you will be speaking, and you will need to register by Tuesday, February 27. Please see your notification for the discount code. Please email if you need this information sent to you again. 

Visa Letter Requests

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

Travel Funding

If you are applying for travel funding and have not submitted your request, please do so as soon as possible. The deadline for travel funding applications is February 26, 2024. You can access the form here

*  Please note: talk acceptance does not guarantee travel funding.

Venue & Hotel Accommodations

This year’s event will take place at the Seattle Convention Center Summit Building in Seattle Washington.

We have negotiated a discounted rate at a hotels in the area. Please visit our Venue & Travel page for more information. Rooms will likely sell out in advance of the room block close date listed for each hotel – we encourage you to book early to secure a room at the conference rate.

Schedule, Timing & Speaker Profiles

The schedule will be announced Thursday, February 15, and will be posted on our website using

Please view the schedule for your exact session time. Session times are inclusive of Q&A. Please be mindful of your session timing.

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 to, please contact

AV Details & Requirements

Please note the following technical requirements:

  • All speakers must supply their own computers and adapters to use during their talk.
  • Presentation slides should be formatted in 16:9. 
  • The room will include a screen, projector, and (2) microphones; panelists will each receive their own microphones.
  • If you require any additional AV, please email with those needs by Tuesday, March 19. The Linux Foundation will make every effort to accommodate additional AV needs; however, final approval for additional AV requests will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Presentation Template & Slide Upload

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. The deadline for presentations is Monday, April 15.

To upload slides:

  • Log into your speaker profile through
  • 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

An optional presentation template is available below:

Can’t Speak in Person?

We understand that there may be circumstances beyond your control that prevent you from speaking in person; however based on attendee feedback, we have decided to not include virtual talks for this event. All talks will continue to be streamed live online so that a wider audience may benefit from the content. If your availability has changed and you are unable to participate, please email as soon as possible so that we can remove your session from the agenda.

Promote your Talk

We are pleased to offer speaker cards for you to share online and on your social media! Graphics can be found in the Speaker Kit. Example promotions are found below:

Join me at #OSSummit North America, April 16-18 in Seattle, Washington! The schedule is PACKED w/ sessions covering the most important topics in #OpenSource including #Linux, #AI, #Security, #Cloud, #Containers + MORE. Register now!

I’m speaking at #OSSummit North America, April 16-18 in Seattle, WA! Check out my session, titled [session name]. 1 registration = access to 16 events covering the most cutting edge topics in #OpenSource today. Check out the full schedule: Register NOW:

I’ll be at #OSSummit North America, will you? Open Source Summit takes place April 16-18 in Seattle and is THE gathering place for #OpenSource #developers and community contributors to collaborate. Check out the schedule: Register NOW: #Linux #OSS

Inclusive Speaker Orientation Online Course

In collaboration with the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), the Linux Foundation has created an online course designed to teach the viewer about inclusion, diversity, and unconscious bias. We highly recommend all of our speakers watch the course to learn tips/tools to use when speaking to encourage inclusivity in presentations and messaging. 

Along with the online course, we suggest that speakers also refer to the Inclusive Language Initiative’s language recommendation list, which provides guidance on substituting hurtful and exclusive language in the field of information technology.

Code of Conduct

Please review our code of conduct which all participants must follow. It’s strictly enforced and we ask speakers to prioritize inclusivity and appropriate language and imagery in their presentations.

Contact Us

If you have any other platform, speaker, or schedule-related questions, please contact us at