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Vote for Summit Track Co-Chairs!

Winter is coming. So is the deadline to submit your speaking proposals for Cloud Foundry Summit Boston in April 2018.

Aligning with our open source nature and inclusivity, we lean on our community to shape the session content for Cloud Foundry Summit. We sought help from the community to nominate track co-chairs, review the proposals and select the highest value sessions best suited for the Summit.  Along with a tremendous number of nominations, we have also received questions from community members to clarify the selection process, so we have collected those here. Drop me a note if you have more questions.

Please take a look at the nominations and start voting today!  Voting closes on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

What is a CFP co-chair?

The Cloud Foundry Foundation seeks CFP (Call For Papers) co-chairs for each track at Cloud Foundry Summit. Each co-chair will review the speaking proposal submitted to their specific track and select the talks with highest value for attendees, thereby helping shape the content that makes Cloud Foundry Summit a successful event.

What are the benefits of being a CFP co-chair?

The co-chairs may 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
  • Thanking the speaker after the session

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

Around 10-20 hours a month two months prior to Cloud Foundry Summit Boston in April 2018.

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 get to 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.

When will voting begin?

November 30, 2017

When will voting close?

December 6, 2017

When will the co-chairs be announced?

December  8, 2017

What are the different tracks available?

  • Cloud Native Java
  • Cloud Native .NET
  • Containers
  • Core Project Updates
  • Experiments and Extensions
  • Internet of Things
  • Machine Learning and Big Data
  • Node.js
  • Serverless and Cloud Foundry
  • Use Cases

How many co-chairs will be assigned to a track?

2-3 total co-chairs exist for each track. Certain tracks may also have a sponsored co-chair, which are tied to platinum sponsorships. Tracks that may have a sponsored co-chair are:

  • Cloud Native Java
  • Cloud Native .NET
  • Containers
  • Internet of Things
  • Machine Learning and Big Data
  • Serverless and Cloud Foundry

Track co-chairs must collaborate to review the proposals received, rate each proposal, and arrive at a consensus to finalize breakout sessions. The Foundation staff will be available to answer any questions and provide support during this process.

Are sponsored tracks treated differently?

Yes. Sponsored tracks include a co-chair based on sponsorship rather than based on votes.

How were nominations for these co-chairs sought?

Cloud Foundry community members sent nominations for these tracks. The nomination form was available here.

When did call for nominations close?

The call for nominations closed on November 28, 2017, at 11:55 pm Pacific Standard Time.


I’m Swarna, the Senior Director of Community at the Foundation, and I’m here to answer your questions. Drop me a note via email or on slack.

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