OpenSSF Day North America
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Call For Proposals (CFP)


The OpenSSF Day NA 2023 Call for Proposals (CFP) is now closed.

If you aren’t ready to submit, view the submission form to help you prepare.

Contact with any submission questions.

General Info + Dates to Remember

OpenSSF Day NA 2023 brings together the open source community to discuss the challenges, big-picture solutions, ongoing work, and successes in securing the open source software (OSS) supply chain. The program will feature keynotes from Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) contributors and thought leaders. Sessions include presentations, panels, and fireside chats on subjects such as security best practices, vulnerability discovery, securing critical projects, and the future of OSS security.

Please Note: OpenSSF Day NA 2023 is being planned as an in-person event, and we ask all speakers to be prepared to present onsite.

Dates to Remember
  • CFP Closes: Friday, March 17, at 11:59 pm PST
  • CFP Notifications: Monday, March 27
  • Schedule Announcement: Wednesday, March 29
  • Presentation Slide Due Date:  Thursday, May 4
  • Event Dates: Wednesday, May 10

Reminder: This is a community conference — so no product and/or vendor sales pitches.

Tracks & Suggested Topics

Suggested Topics Include:
  • Current progress & results from the OpenSSF, including its working groups, projects, and special interest groups (SIGs).
  • Reports from organizations and open source software projects on their experience being involved in OpenSSF and using OpenSSF results, focusing on benefits and lessons learned.
  • Presentations explaining interrelationships between OpenSSF and others interested in open source software security (including software supply chain defensive efforts).

Presentations should advance the OpenSSF commitment to “collaboration and working both upstream and with existing communities to advance open source security for all.” Expected topics include presentations on subjects such as security best practices, vulnerability discovery, securing critical projects, developing tooling for OSS security, and the future of OSS security.

Submission Types

  • Session Presentations (20-25 minutes)
  • Lightning Talks (5-10 minutes)
  • Panel Discussions (30-40 minutes)

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 before the event.
  • You can view the submission form to help you prepare and reach out the cfp team with any questions.

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 ensure 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 you are doing, and we strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks for our events. If 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 and its project communities are 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.