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Seeking Program Chair Nominations for Cloud Foundry Summit North America 2020

Updated: Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 11:59 PM PST.

As we announced recently, Cloud Foundry Summits will take a new shape in this new decade. Cloud Foundry Summits in 2020 will be one-day events, co-located with the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summits in North America (June 25, Austin, Texas) and Europe (October 29, Dublin, Ireland). 

While the event format has evolved, many of the traditions and structures that have become familiar to our community will remain the same, including the way in which we structure content at our events.  

We are now seeking nominations for program chairs at Cloud Foundry Summit North America to co-chair the following tracks:

  • Contributor track: This content is geared towards current and prospective Cloud Foundry contributors. Topics may revolve around core projects, application development, platform operations, etc.
  • Developer Experience track: This content is focused on Cloud Foundry end users. Topics may include app developer experience, platform operator experience, and end user experience. 

Responsibilities of program chairs

Each track will have two co-chairs who will suggest the structure, topics and content-flow for that specific track at Cloud Foundry Summit.

As a co-chair, you will work with your partner to determine the track’s structure and curate the content (ie. identifying if the content would be best-suited to a discussion or a session or a retro). The two co-chairs will review submissions to the Call for Papers and suggest an agenda to the Cloud Foundry Foundation events team. The events team will manage all speaker logistics, communications and publishing the schedule.

For Cloud Foundry Summit North America 2020, we will adopt a blind review process, meaning all submissions will be anonymous to the co-chairs. Foundation staff will review the proposed schedule with an eye to ensuring diversity and, if necessary, work with the program committee to make modifications in order to ensure the program reflects the wonderful diversity of our community.


As a thank-you, each co-chair receives a full conference pass to Cloud Foundry Summit. The co-chairs may also choose to be the emcees (master of ceremonies) of the tracks and may consider introducing speakers to attendees in the room, running interference during Q&A to ensure a proper end time, and/or thanking the speaker after the session. 


Here are a few questions that may come up as you consider nominating yourself or a peer. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered yet, please do not hesitate to drop me a note.

  • What is the timeline for nominations?

Nominations are open as of Friday, February 8, 2020, and will close on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Voting will take place the following week and co-chairs will be announced on Monday, March 2, 2020.

  • What is the time commitment to be a co-chair?

Around 10-20 hours from March 23 – April 3 for session reviews and schedule-building prior to Cloud Foundry Summit.

  • As a co-chair, can I submit a speaking proposal to other tracks or the track I’m chairing?

Yes. The proposals you submit to other tracks are treated the same way as any other submission. If you submit a proposal to a track you are chairing, the other co-chairs get to vote on your proposal.

  • How are the co-chairs selected?

Community members vote to elect co-chairs. The Foundation staff counts votes to select the final co-chairs for each track, keeping in mind employer diversity, co-chair willingness and making sure each individual is not a co-chair on more than one track.

Nominate today!

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Swarna Podila, AUTHOR

Swarna is the Senior Director of Community at the Cloud Foundry Foundation, where she focuses on enriching the Cloud Foundry community.