Spinnaker Summit

Call For Proposals (CFP)


The Spinnaker Summit 2020 Call for Proposals is now closed.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Opens: 9:00 AM PST on Sunday, March 15
  • CFP Closes: 11:59 PM PST on Friday, September 11
  • CFP Notifications: Week of September 21
  • Schedule Announcement: Week of September 28
  • Slide Due Date: Monday, October 5
  • Event Dates: Monday, October 19 – Thursday, November 12

Suggested Topics

Getting Started Track

This track features conferences, workshops and hackathon content to educate new Spinnaker operators and users on the world of Spinnaker. 

Suggested Topics: 

  • How to implement Spinnaker
  • New Operator stories
  • What does it mean to be a part of the Spinnaker community?
  • Deployment policies and choosing among them
  • Applying DevOps concepts with Spinnaker
  • How to get started as a contributor, and challenges faced
  • Application Developer perspectives on using Spinnaker to deliver apps
  • Tricks for new users or operators
  • Increasing diversity and inclusion in developer communities and teams
  • Interactive activities that seek feedback from operators and developers

Technical Leadership Track 

This track features interactive content to share software delivery solutions, strategy, opportunities, and challenges with decision-makers interested in the impact of Spinnaker and CI/CD.

Suggested Topics:

  • SDLC solution sessions with practical solutions to business problems
  • Challenges your enterprise faces with Spinnaker or software delivery
  • Education sessions on value delivered by tools from across the SDLC
  • Spinnaker adoption and rollout strategies
  • Guidance on scaling Spinnaker
  • Digital transformation and developer empowerment case studies
  • Anatomy of a Spinnaker implementation
  • Increasing diversity and inclusion in developer communities and teams
  • Interactive activities that allow leaders to share knowledge, feedback, and solutions

Earn Your Stripes Track 

This track for experienced users, operators, and contributors feature advanced Spinnaker conferences, workshops, and hackathon content focused on extensibility, integrations, feature development, and experimentation.

Suggested Topics:

  • Managed Delivery
  • Spinnaker as a Kubernetes-native platform
  • Building plugins 
  • Extending Spinnaker
  • Continuous Delivery Interoperability – the good, the bad, the ugly
  • Chaos engineering
  • Spinnaker & Service mesh
  • Core contributor projects
  • SIG updates
  • Ideation sessions
  • Software delivery experimentation
  • Increasing diversity and inclusion in developer communities and teams
  • Interactive activities that seek feedback from contributors

If you have any questions, please contact cfp@linuxfoundation.org.

Submission Types

  • Session Presentation (20-30 minutes in length)
  • Hands-On Workshop (1-4 hours in length)
  • Fireside Chat (15 minutes in length)
  • Panel/Roundtable Discussion (30-40 minutes in length)
  • Other Sessions of Interest (Ex. Focus group, Brainstorming session, Demo, etc.) (20-60 minutes in length)

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 should include the names of all participants. In addition, The Linux Foundation does not accept submissions with all-male panels in an effort to increase speaker diversity.
  • Complimentary Passes For Speakers – A complimentary pass for the Pre-Conference Workshop Day will be provided for the accepted 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE9y3gyF8Kw

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcOP4WQfJl4

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.