Dates To Remember
CFP Close: Friday, May 31, 2019
CFP Notifications: Monday, June 17, 2019
Schedule Announced: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Event Dates: September 11 – 12, 2019
Things to Know Before You Submit
1. What is the submission type (Presentation, Panel discussion, or Deep Dive)?
- Presentations and Panel Discussions will be scheduled for 30-minutes.
- Panel discussions – To be considered, your submission must include details on all panelists and have at least one woman panelist if you have 3 or more panelists.
- Deep Dive – These are 60-minute presentations that offer more in-depth information than 30-minutes can provide.
2. What is the category for your proposal? Choose from the following:
- Cloud Foundry 101: Getting Started
- Cloud Foundry User Stories
- Cloud Foundry for Developers
- Cloud Foundry for Operators
- Experiments & Extensions
- Project Updates
3. Provide a biography for all speakers, including previous speaking experience.
4. Provide a session abstract covering what you would like to present. This abstract is what will be used on the event schedule if your submission is selected.
5. Describe who the audience is and what you expect them to gain from your presentation.
6. Tell us how the content of your presentation will help the Cloud Foundry community.
7. Select the experience level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Any) of those who should attend this session.
8. List any technical requirements that you have for your presentation over and above the standard projector, screen, and wireless Internet.
Since its inception, the Cloud Foundry Foundation and extended community have strived to uphold values of diversity and inclusivity across all of our activities — from technical development to event production to messaging and communications. Being inclusive is one of our key values as a community. That means we welcome immigrants, support gender equity and elevate different perspectives on how to tackle unconscious bias. As a team, we are always in conversation about how we can do better.
In years past, the Diversity Luncheon at Cloud Foundry Summits has featured a motley line-up of women-identified panelists from around the world. Women’s voices matter. The tech world and the open source community are still male-dominated fields, and bearing witness to women’s unique experiences in these industries is crucial to paving a new path.
Broadening Our Definition of Diversity
We also recognize that gender is not the only marker of diversity in this industry that bears discussion. That is why we have changed the process and line-up for the Diversity Luncheon in The Hague.
If diversity is being asked to the party, but inclusivity is being asked to dance — then we are asking if you’d like to dance with us. If you self-identify as “diverse” in our industry — whether that is based on ability, ethnicity, mental health, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, immigration status, or any other experience that varies from the “norm” — and you would like to share your experience as a panelist during the luncheon, please apply.
What Are We Asking From You?
The format for this event will be similar to past Diversity Luncheons. You can watch the full program at Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston 2018 and Cloud Foundry Summit in Basel 2018 to get a sense of how the panel unfolds during the luncheon.
After a brief introduction by Foundation staff, the panel will assemble on stage and a moderator from the community will facilitate a dialogue with panelists about your experience. You can share whatever you’d like about your professional experience and be as open as you’re comfortable being.
We cannot be what we cannot see — and we want to see you and hear your experience to paint a full picture of how many amazing people comprise the Cloud Foundry community.
Guidelines to Help You Prepare
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:
- What are you hoping to get from your presentation?
- What do you expect the audience to gain from your presentation?
- How will your presentation help better the Cloud Foundry platform?
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:
- Sales or Marketing Pitches
- 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.
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) and that it is written in the third person (use your name instead of I).
Title: Can you Trust Cloud Foundry to Save a Life? To save 10,000? (Speaker: Tim Savage, Armakuni)
The Abstract Description: The brief: “Never be limited by technology.” The result: They haven’t. Comic Relief, a UK-based charity, run the wildly successful brand Red Nose Day; It consists of 7 hours of primetime live TV, generating in the region of 26 million viewers on BBC 1. Last year their total fundraised was over a billion UK pounds (£1,047,083,706). Since 2012, Armakuni have been using Cloud Foundry to deliver the global payments platform that handles the credit card transactions generated through web and call centre traffic. It’s built to handle up to 400 payments per second, 800,000 in total through the night.
Cloud Foundry is key not only to the development practices that enable the success of the platform through automated testing and continuous delivery, but vitally the scalability and resiliency models that deliver confidence in a solution where feedback cycles are a luxury we just don’t have.
For Panel Discussions: If you are proposing a panel discussion, please make sure that you list all of your potential panelists in your abstract. We will request full biographies if a panel is accepted.
Session Speaker Requirements & Complimentary Passes
Each session is allowed (1) primary speaker and (1) co-speaker.
The primary speaker for a proposal will receive a complimentary conference pass and the co-speaker will receive a discounted conference pass.
For panel discussions, all panelists will receive a complimentary conference pass; maximum 4 panelists and 1 moderator.