Become a Speaker

The Call for Speakers for CPOSC 2019 is now open!

Check out the answers to some frequent questions below, and reach out if you have any questions we haven’t answered here.




What should I talk about? What kind of talks are you looking for?

Anything related to Open Source projects, software, and community is fair game. A few examples of subjects to get your brain started: coding/development, operating systems, project management, networking, hardware, platform technologies, and databases. We are looking for a range of target audience talks, from beginner-level introductions to advanced-level deep dives, so there’s a place at CPOSC for every kind of speaker/talk. We are also interested in hearing about projects and unique instances where Open Source solutions were used. Not only do case studies offer great insight into the various aspects of implementing an Open Source project, they also offer attendees an opportunity to get out of the weeds & let their brains relax a bit. For examples of sessions from past years, head over to our session recap page.

If you have an idea, but you’re not sure if it would fit, just email us!


How much experience do I need to give a talk?

We welcome speakers of all experience levels! If you’re already well-versed in the exhilarating field of proposing conference talks, go ahead and submit your talk. If you’re new to speaking at conferences, we’d love to support you through our Rising Speaker Program.


What do speakers get out of the deal?

In addition to a satisfying sense of a job well done, speakers will get: free admission to the event (including breakfast, lunch, and snacks) for yourself and a +1, a photo and bio on the CPOSC website, another cool item to put on your resume, a chance to connect with many fellow Open Source enthusiasts, and — of course — the earned respect & admiration of the grateful conference attendees.


That sounds awesome! How do I submit a talk proposal?

Just fill out this form to submit your proposal(s)! It’s that easy! (Yes, you can submit more than one!)


Should I present from my own machine?

We do recommend presenting from your own laptop, if possible. This will provide you with the most flexibility & a familiar environment. Please keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Projector interface is standard VGA and HDMI.
  • Target resolution should be 1024×768, or lower.
  • There will be internet access via wifi, but plan for the worst. The Lords of the Tubes can at times be fickle, so if you rely on network access a backup plan would be advised.
  • Machines break, hard drives crash – we recommend you store alternate copies on different media (USB, cloud backup with remote access, etc.).
  • Send us a copy! To be on the safe side, we’d be happy to hold onto a copy of your presentation as well.


What if I can’t bring my own machine?

No problem! Contact us, and we’ll arrange a machine for your use.


How long is my time slot?

We are still working on the exact schedule, but most sessions will be about 30 minutes long likely with a few 50 minute sessions based on content. It’s your talk, and you can use the time however you’d like. You are also welcome to hang out between sessions for follow-up Q&A for your talk or just general interaction with the attendees.


How much time will I have to prepare and set up?

There will be at least 10 minutes between each session. There will also be time between when the doors open and the first session to scope out the room, and there will also be a lunch break and an afternoon break that speakers with time slots afterward can use to do the same.


Can I check out the other presentations while I’m at the conference?

Absolutely! We’d be disappointed if you didn’t.


Can you pay for my transportation and hook me up with a swanky hotel room?

Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to cover hotel and travel expenses. We do, however, have some friends in the local hospitality industry & are happy to help you find the best rate in town. Lancaster has Uber as well as a public bus system and an Amtrak station a few blocks from the venue. Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) are both reachable via Amtrak into Lancaster.


Where do I send copies of slides or additional questions?

Email and we’ll answer all of your questions! 🙂