Opportunity to submit sessions for Open Source Summit North America

Open Source Summit USA have an open CFP. It would be great to see some submitted from the Mautic community!

I’m happy to help with preparing submissions, reviewing them and providing feedback. If you’d like support in preparing to speak I’m also happy to listen to practice presentations!

Event date: 22-24 June 2020 in Austin, Texas

Event info: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/open-source-summit-north-america/

Event Call for Proposals: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/open-source-summit-north-america/program/cfp/ (includes categories for talk submissions)

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Opens: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
  • CFP Closes: 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, February 16
  • CFP Notifications: Monday, March 23
  • Schedule Announcement: Thursday, March 26
  • Slide Due Date: Monday, June 15
  • Event Dates: Monday, June 22 – Wednesday, June 24

Submission Types

  • Session Presentation (40-50 minutes in length)
  • Panel Discussion (40-50 minutes in length)
  • Birds of a Feather Session (BoFs are typically held in the evenings, from 45 minutes – and up to 1 hour in length)
  • Tutorial (1.5 – 2 hours in length)
  • Lightning Talk (5-10 minutes in length)

Not sure if anything has changed since then (2018), and this is by no means intended to discourage anybody from responding to the CFP, but Open Source Summit has historically been very difficult to get a talk accepted because it is a very popular conference hosted by the Linux Foundation.

Open Source Summit is also a developer & IT professional oriented conference that heavily favors highly technical topics, as opposed to application specific use cases. In recent years, there has also been criticism that the Linux Foundation has put too many sponsored talks on the conference schedule from big companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.

As a data point, I (as one of the lead architects at Autoize) was unsuccessful submitting a talk (not Mautic related) to their Blockchain & Emerging Technologies track at Open Source Summit 2018 Vancouver - even though hundreds of people had liked the talk proposal on Twitter.

We’re interested in submitting. We’ll likely put something together about deploying Mautic in High Availability Kubernetes cluster as we recently completed this work. Probably something around commoditizing the cost of Marketing Automation and reducing the economic barriers to entry for institutions with large databases of contacts (as opposed to marketing automation solutions which require you pay per contact in the database).

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