Call for Proposals (CFP)

The CFP for Kubernetes Forum Sydney is now open. Please review the information below and click “SUBMIT PROPOSAL NOW” when you are ready to apply.

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Kubernetes Forum Seoul + Sydney CFP Guide


Kubernetes Forums in global cities bring together international and local experts with adopters, developers, and practitioners in an accessible and compact format. The Forums are designed to promote face-to-face collaboration and deliver rich educational experiences. At the Forums, attendees can engage with the leaders of Kubernetes and other CNCF-hosted projects and help set direction for the cloud native ecosystem. Kubernetes Forums have both a beginner and an advanced track; about half of the speakers are international experts and half are from the local area.

International and local speakers will arrive in Seoul no later than Sunday, December 8. The CFP-based sessions occur Monday, December 9. On Tuesday, December 10, attendees select among several co-located events. These may be cloud- or distribution-specific training or any other topics of interest to Kubernetes Forum attendees. Tuesday night, the sponsors and international speakers will take a red-eye flight to Sydney and recover Wednesday, where the time zone is only 1 hour different. The international speakers will present the same material from the Seoul event on Thursday, December 12, interspersed with a slate of new talks from different local speakers in Sydney. On Friday, December 13, the co-located events repeat.

Dates to Remember

    • CFP Opens: Wednesday, July 31
    • CFP Closes: Friday, September 6
    • CFP Notifications: Monday, October 14
    • Schedule Announcement: Wednesday, October 16
    • Event Dates: Seoul: December 9–10, 2019; Sydney: December 12–13, 2019

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

Local to Sydney or Seoul, and, it’s Your First Time Submitting? Don’t Feel Intimidated

CNCF events are an excellent way to get to know the community and share your ideas and the work that you are doing. You do not need to be chief architect or long time industry pundit to submit a proposal, in fact, we strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks for all of our events.

Our events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the CNCF community and we work closely with our attendees, sponsors and speakers to help keep CNCF events professional, welcoming, and friendly. If you have any questions on how to submit a proposal, or the event in general, please contact


Liz Rice

Liz is the technology evangelist at container security specialists Aqua Security, where she works on container-related open source projects including kube-bench and kube-hunter. She was Co-Chair of the CNCF’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon events in Copenhagen, Shanghai and Seattle. She has a wealth of software development, team, and product management experience from working on network protocols and distributed systems, and in digital technology sectors such as VOD, music, and VoIP. When not writing code, or talking about it, Liz loves riding bikes in places with better weather than her native London, and competing in virtual races on Zwift.


  1. Any platforms or tools you are describing need to be open source.
  2. If you are submitting a talk to only the Seoul event, the proposed speakers must reside in South Korea.
  3. If you are submitting a talk to only the Sydney event, the proposed speakers must reside in the region of Oceania.
  4. If you would like for your talk to be considered for both events, the proposed speakers must have spoken previously at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon and are willing and able to travel to both events to present their talk.
  5. The proposed talk’s level of expertise for the intended audience needs to state whether it is beginner or advanced.

Consider the Following as You Write Your Proposal

  1. What do you expect the audience to gain from your presentation?
  2. Why should YOU be the one to give this talk? You have a unique story. Tell it.
  3. Be prepared to explain how this fits into the CNCF and overall Open Source Ecosystem.

If you choose to submit multiple talks, please do so with the understanding that if more than one is selected, you will be required to choose only one to speak on. Multiple talk submissions do not necessarily increase your chance of being selected.

We definitely do not expect every presentation to have code snippets and technical deep-dives but here are two things that you should avoid when preparing your proposal because they 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:

  1. Sales or Marketing Pitches
  2. Unlicensed or Potentially Closed-Source Technologies

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 Submit Your Proposal


We have done our best to make the submission process as simple as possible. Here is what you will need to prepare:

  1. Choose a submission format:
    • Solo Presentation: 25-minute presentation, limited to 1 speaker
    • Dual Presentation: 25-minute presentation, limited to 2 speakers
  1. Choose which CNCF hosted software your presentation will be focused on (Choose all that apply):
    • containerd (Graduated)
    • CoreDNS (Graduated)
    • Envoy (Graduated)
    • Fluentd (Graduated)
    • Kubernetes (Graduated)
    • Prometheus (Graduated)
    • CNI (Incubating)
    • CRI-O (Incubating)
    • etcd (Incubating)
    • gRPC (Incubating)
    • Harbor (Incubating)
    • Helm (Incubating)
    • Jaeger (Incubating)
    • Linkerd (Incubating)
    • NATS (Incubating)
    • Notary (Incubating)
    • Open Policy Agent (Incubating)
    • OpenTracing (Incubating)
    • Rook (Incubating)
    • TiKV (Incubating)
    • TUF (Incubating)
    • Vitess (Incubating)
    • One or more Sandbox projects
    • Other

Note: Final tracks for the conference will be based on accepted submissions.

  1. Choose a topic to narrow down the focus:
    • Application & Development (includes Helm, Brigade, & Telepresence)
    • Case studies
    • CI/CD
    • Community
    • Customizing & Extending Kubernetes
    • Machine Learning & Data
    • Networking (includes CoreDNS, CNI, gRPC, NATS, KubeEdge, & Network Service Mesh)
    • Observability (includes Fluentd, Prometheus, Jaeger, OpenTracing, Cortex, OpenTelementry, & Thanos)
    • Operations
    • Performance
    • Runtimes (includes containerd & CRI-O)
    • Security, Identity & Policy (includes Notary, OPA, TUF, & SPIFFE/SPIRE)
    • Serverless (includes CloudEvents)
    • Service Mesh (includes Envoy & Linkerd)
    • Storage (includes Rook, Vitess, & OpenEBS)
  1. Provide a detailed and focused description with a max of 900 characters. This is what will be used on the online schedule if your talk is accepted.
  2. Provide more in-depth information in the “Benefits to the Ecosystem” section. This is your opportunity to elaborate on your content and share any more details with the committee with a max of 1,500 characters.
  3. Provide a biography for all speakers, including previous speaking experience.
  4. Provide resources to enhance your proposal. These can be videos of you or your speakers presenting elsewhere, links to personal websites (including LinkedIn), links to your open source projects, or published books.

Sample Submission


Your abstract will be the cornerstone of your proposal.

This is your chance to *sell* your talk to the program committee, so do your best to highlight the problem/contribution/work that you are addressing in your presentation. The technical details are still important, but the relevance of what you are presenting will help the program committee during the selection process.

This is the abstract that will be posted on the website schedule, so please ensure that it is in complete sentences (and not just bullet points), free of typos and that it is written in the third person (use your name instead of “I”).


Kernel Weather Report (Jon Corbet, – The Linux kernel is at the core of any Linux system; the performance and capabilities of the kernel will, in the end, place an upper bound on what the system can do as a whole. In this presentation, Jon Corbet will review recent events in the kernel development community, discuss the current state of the kernel, the challenges it faces, and look forward to how the kernel may address those challenges.

Scoring Guidelines

To help you further understand what is considered while the program committee and co-chairs are reviewing your proposal, please review the Scoring Guidelines and Best Practices page.

Travel Support + Speaker Passes


If you require travel support, you will be given the chance to apply for travel funding upon acceptance. Only speakers whose talks are accepted will be considered for travel funding.

All accepted speakers will receive a complimentary conference pass.

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.

CFP Questions?


If you have any questions regarding the CFP process, please email Nanci Lancaster,