SOSS Fusion
Graphic of blue mountains with an orange sky

Call For Proposals (CFP)


The Secure Open Source Software (SOSS) Fusion Conference is a premier event, from OpenSSF, where the brightest minds in software development and cybersecurity converge as one community committed to securing the open source software that we all depend on. SOSS Fusion will host in-depth technical conversations on innovative and industry leading ways to secure open source software, fostering a collaborative platform for cutting-edge solutions and security insights.

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

Dates to Remember
  • CFP Closes: Friday, July 12 at 11:59 pm EDT
  • CFP Notifications: Tuesday, July 30
  • Schedule Announcement: Wednesday, July 31
  • Presentation Slide Due Date:  Friday, October 18
  • Event Dates: Tuesday, October 22 – Wednesday, October 23

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

Tracks & Suggested Topics

Suggested Topics Include:
  • OSPO: Security and Open Source Program Offices
  • Maintainer Roles: Maintainer and Contributor roles in Securing Open Source Software
  • Dev: Secure Open Source Software Integration in the Software Development Lifecycle
  • What’s Next: Fresh Ideas for Security Research & Innovation
  • Digital Public Goods (DPG): How the Public Sector (Gov’t) can Promote & Adopt Secure Open Source Software Principles
  • Public Policy: Regulations to Improve the Security of Open Source Software
  • As We Are: How Diversity Improves Security of Open Source Software
  • Education (K-12+): the Future of Secure Open Source Software
  • End Users: Secure Open Source Software Supply Chains
  • Dependencies: Understanding the OSS in Your Stack
  • Towards a Secure Baseline: The Ecosystems Role as a Rising Tide to Lift all OSS
  • AI for Security: Leveraging AI to Secure Open Source Software
  • Security for AI: Starting with Security for Open Source AI

Submission Types

  • Lightning Talk Sessions (5-10 minutes)
  • Session Presentation (30 minutes)
  • Panel Sessions (30-40 minutes)
  • Keynote Sessions (10-15 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.

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.