North America Summit 2019

April 2-4, 2019 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Speaker Guide – Cloud Foundry Summit North America 2019

This is your official event speaker guide.  Please continue to check back as the event gets closer as we will be adding additional speaker information, such as onsite details, as they are available. If you have any questions, please email Shannon.[/middle_content_module][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row 0=””][vc_column 0=””][vc_tta_tabs 0=””][vc_tta_section title=”General Information” tab_id=”generalinfo”][session_tracks_module top_padding=”-1″ bottom_padding=”-1″]Thank you for speaking at Cloud Foundry Summit North America, taking place April 2–4, 2019, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For any discussion and/or questions about the event in general, join the conversation in Slack: #summit.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

Speaker Registration Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2019

Technical Requirements: Friday, February 15, 2019

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Primary Speakers

To confirm that you will be presenting, please register as a speaker by Friday, January 25, 2019. Please register using the same email address that you provided in your proposal. If you are not registered by January 25, there is a possibility that your speaking slot will be replaced by one on our waiting list so please do so promptly.


As a reminder, in the instance that your submission has a co-presenter, only the primary speaker for a proposal will receive a complimentary pass for the event. Co-speakers should click here to register for the discounted registration fee of $150.


For panel discussions, all panelists will receive a complimentary event pass and should click here to register (select “Primary Speaker” from drop-down menu).

Please note, our registration platform is now integrated with the Linux Foundation Identity Management Platform (LFID). Once you click above to register, you will be prompted to login using your LFID, or to create an LFID account if you do not already have one.

Note that currently you are unable to register using a Firefox; we are in the process of fixing this issue. View our Identity Management FAQ.

Visa Request

If you’re not a U.S. resident, we recommend that you check with your local government for information on required documents and arrangements you’ll need for travel to the United States. If you need a letter to accompany your visa application confirming your attendance at Cloud Foundry Summit North America, request it here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Venue and Hotel Details” tab_id=”venue”][vc_column_text 0=””]

Venue Location

This year’s event will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Pennsylvania Convention Center

1101 Arch Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107


Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been secured for attendees at the Le Méridien Philadelphia, which is a short walking distance from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Guest rooms are available at 231/night USD + applicable taxes.

The discounted room rate is available until Friday, March 8, 11:59pm EST. We encourage you to book your reservation quickly, as rooms are subject to availability.

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The schedule will be announced Wednesday, January 16, and will be posted on our website using . You will receive an email directly from asking you to create your account, so make sure you upload your bio and photo.

Please note that all track sessions are thirty (30) minutes (inclusive of Q&A) and if you have a conflict with the timing of your talk or are having problems uploading your bio and photo, please contact Shannon Jessee.[/session_tracks_module][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Tech Needs” tab_id=”techneeds”][session_tracks_module top_padding=”-1″ bottom_padding=”-1″]

Technical Requirements

Due by Friday, February 16.

The session room will include a screen, projector, and (2) wireless microphones. During individual sessions a second mic will be used for questions, so be sure to leave time at the end of your talk. All speakers will need to supply their own computer and necessary adaptors to use during their sessions.  

NOTE: The projectors have both VGA and HDMI capabilities/outputs and can accommodate either. If you require any additional AV, please email Shannon with those needs by Friday, February 15, 2019.[/session_tracks_module][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Presentation” tab_id=”slidetemplate”][session_tracks_module top_padding=”-1″ bottom_padding=”-1″]


Due by Friday, March 22, 2019

All speakers are required to submit their final presentation slides ahead of the event. In addition to providing a hard copy for accessibility purposes, we find that adding the presentations before the event helps to drive interest in attending the session.

Please note that your presentation slides should be submitted in PDF-format to by Friday, March 22, 2019. Presentations must be formatted in 16:9.

If you would like to use the Summit powerpoint template for your presentation, the following formats are available:


Google Slides

*Please note, it is not required to use the Summit template.

To upload slides:

  1. Log into your Cloud Foundry Summit speaker profile through or via the mobile app
  2. On the top of the page, click “Manage and Promote Your Session”
  3. Click “Add Presentation”
  4. Click in the “Select a File” box and add the pdf document (note: there is a 50MB size limit)
  5. Click “Upload” and your slides will automatically be saved



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Promote Your Talk

We want to thank you for submitting a proposal and we appreciate you spreading the word about the event and your presentation on social channels with the hashtag #cfsummit or #cloudfoundrysummit. Find some sample tweets below to share with your network!

Proud to be chosen as a speaker for #cfsummit! Visit “link to your session” to learn about my Philadelphia talk!

Thrilled to announce I’ll be presenting at #cloudfoundrysummit NA! Visit to see the full schedule

Just learned my talk “Session Name” was accepted See you all in Philly at #cfsummit NA: “link to your session”

Can’t wait to speak at #cloudfoundrysummit NA in Philadelphia – visit to see the full lineup![/session_tracks_module][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Inclusivity Course” tab_id=”inclusivitycourse”][session_tracks_module top_padding=”-1″ bottom_padding=”-1″]

Inclusive Speaker Orientation Online Course

The Linux Foundation, in collaboration with the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), has created an online course designed to teach the viewer about inclusion, diversity and unconscious bias. It is strongly encouraged by the Cloud Foundry Foundation that all our speakers watch the course to learn tips/tools to use when speaking to encourage inclusivity in presentations and messaging.

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Code of Conduct

Please read and abide by our code of conduct, which can be found here. We ask that speakers especially review this code of conduct and are inclusive in the words and images used during their presentation.[/session_tracks_module][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Contact Us” tab_id=”contact”][vc_column_text 0=””]

Contact Us

Do you have questions?

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