OpenJS World

Call For Proposals (CFP)


The OpenJS World Call for Proposals has closed.

All CFP Notifications will be sent by Friday, March 27th.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Opens: Wednesday, January 15
  • CFP Closes: Friday, February 28 at 11:59 PM PST
  • CFP Notifications: By EOD Monday, March 30
  • Schedule Announcement: Please note that due to the current COVID-19/coronavirus situation, we will be delaying our schedule announcement. We currently plan to announce the schedule the week of April 13.
  • Slide Due Date: Tuesday, June 16
  • Event Dates: June 23 – 24

Suggested Topics

  • JS Architectures and Patterns
  • Community Building
  • Diagnostics (Performance, Debugging)
  • Emerging Use Cases & Unique Case Studies 
  • Impact of Appium, Dojo, Electron, jQuery, Nodejs or Webpack
  • Security
  • DevOps for JS Engineers (Serverless, Containers, Orchestration)
  • JavaScript Ecosystem
  • JavaScript in Production
  • JS in Multimedia & Arts
  • JS in Serverless 
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • GraphQL, Elasticsearch, or querying with JS
  • Developer Tooling & Workflows
  • Testing Patterns & Frameworks 
  • Internationalization
  • Accessibility
  • Building and Evolving APIs
  • Mobile
  • Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)
  • Performance 
  • Microservices (managing/deploying/debugging)

Submission Types

  • Lightning Talk
  • Panel Discussion (maximum 4 panelists & 1 moderator)
  • Presentation (maximum 2 presenters)
  • Hands-On Workshop

Speaker Perks

  • Your registration to the event is complimentary.
  • Bring your family! We are pleased to offer complimentary child care for our speakers and attendees this year at OpenJS World 2020. Professional child care services will be provided by a certified professional during event days. Visit our child care page to sign up.
  • You’ll receive a speaker gift at registration as a token of our appreciation.
  • Travel funding: you have the option to apply for a travel stipend (*application does not guarantee funding)
  • Access to 900+ like-minded attendees.

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.
  • When submitting a talk, you will be asked to select the Key Topic Area in which you’d like to submit. You may only submit for One Key Topic Area so please review all carefully before making your selection. We understand that some proposals could potentially fit into multiple topic areas. Don’t worry, our program chairs are working together to move proposals to other areas as needed for additional review.
  • 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 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”.

Part 1:

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.