Speak at CPOSC 2020

The Call for Speakers for CPOSC 2020 is now open!

Form submission is open through Friday, October 16, 2020.

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 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!)

What do I need in order to present?

You will need an internet-connected device that can run videoconferencing software, a camera, and a microphone (basic webcam and built-in mics are fine!). If you need to borrow any of these devices, just contact us, and we’ll arrange a machine/peripherals/meeting space 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 stay available 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 a few minutes between each session. The CPOSC team will work with you to test your videoconferencing equipment ahead of time and also get you “staged” and ready to go in plenty of time before your talk, so all we need to do is flip the switch when it’s your time to shine.

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

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



Where do I send copies of slides or additional questions?

Email team@cposc.org and we’ll answer all of your questions! 🙂