Call for Proposals (CFP)

The CFP has closed.

Notifications will be sent out Wednesday, November 13th and the schedule will be announced Wednesday, November 20th.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Closes: Friday, October 4
  • CFP Notifications: Wednesday, November 13
  • Schedule Announcement: Monday, November 25
  • Slide Due Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  • Event Dates: Tuesday, March 3 – Friday, March 6, 2020

Suggested Business Topics:

  • End User Case Studies – break down into a few different industries
  • Role of Government in Blockchain
  • The Rise of the Foundation
  • Governance for Enterprise Blockchains
  • Economics of Enterprise Blockchain
  • Stories from the Battlefield- The Opportunities, The Challenges, The Solutions, The Results
  • How to Make Interoperability Work
  • Complexities of Healthcare and Medical Records
  • Blockchain for Good – Societal Impact
  • The People of Blockchain – Meeting different thought leaders – from the member community – encouraging underrepresented groups
  • Making the Case for Blockchain Initiatives
  • The Next Generation for an ICO for the Enterprise World
  • Public vs Permissioned Ledgers
  • Scalability in the Wild
  • Grafting Blockchains into Enterprise Businesses
  • Industry Sessions

Suggested Technical Topics:

  • Deployment of Hyperledger/Blockchain technologies (POCs, pilots, Blockchain for social good, production)
  • Interoperability between Hyperledger projects
  • Performance and Scalability – big vs small, IoT (embedded devices)
  • “Identity and Blockchain (security implications; authentication)
  • {Architecture} of Hyperledger tech – modularity
  • Reference Architectures – use case and developed architecture for it
  • Best practices when creating Blockchain apps
  • Patterns and practices
  • Deployment tips & tricks with Hyperledger technologies
  • Production learnings with Hyperledger technologies
  • Technical Demos
  • DevOps of Blockchain
  • What went well/not so well, lessons learned
  • Usability and user interface of Hyperledger projects
  • Blockchain from first principles /Hyperledger 101
  • Contributing to Hyperledger/Getting Involved with Hyperledger
  • Blockchain and AI
  • Blockchain and IoT
  • Hardware for Blockchain
  • Hyperledger + Ethereum
  • How the two communities work together, compete, collaborate, etc.
  • Approaches to Consensus
  • Approaches to Privacy/Confidentiality
  • Innovations for smart contracts
  • Cryptographic advances
  • Best practices for management and operations
  • Handling application data
  • Platform tutorials for each of the Hyperledger platforms
  • Open source 101 (submitting your first patch)
    Hyperledger project specific talks
  • Core components of each of the Hyperledger projects
  • Getting started with Hyperledger [Project] — updates on
  • Beginner and Advanced – overview of Hyperledger [Project] to segregate audiences

Reminder: This is a community conference — so let’s try to avoid blatant product and/or vendor sales pitches.

Types of Submissions

  • Think Tank (approximately 40 minutes)
  • Workshop (approximately half or full day)
  • Demo Theater (approximately 15 minutes)
  • Panel Discussion (maximum 4 panelists & 1 moderator, approximately 40 minutes)
  • Presentation (maximum 2 presenters, approximately 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 per submission. In the instance that a submission has a co-speaker, they will receive a 40% discount off the all-access attendee registration price. For accepted panel discussions, up to 4 panelists, + 1 moderator will receive a complimentary event pass; additional panelists will receive a 40% discount off the all-access attendee registration price.
  • 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 by Tuesday, October 15th.

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.





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